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British Airways and Nectar have launched two major competitions to persuade you to convert your Nectar points into Avios this July.

This competition seems to be rolling out slowly. I can see details in the Nectar app – across two separate tiles – but it isn’t anywhere to be found across the British Airways site or the Nectar site.

The competition for you depends on whether you have already linked your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts.

Win a share of 2 million Avios and 3 million Nectar points!

Before we go into this, if you want to learn more about the Nectar and Avios partnership, take a look at these articles from earlier in the year:

If you haven’t linked your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts ….

There are three million Nectar points to be won, split into 351 prizes. It isn’t clear how the split is done.

Anyone who links their Nectar and British Airways accounts for the first time between 1st July and 28th July will be entered.

No registration is required. You are entered automatically when you link your accounts.

The ba.com page for linking your Nectar and British Airways accounts is here.

The rules do not specify that you need to make a transfer in either direction. You just need to make the link.

The winners will be picked by 18th August and notified by 1st September.

Win bonus Avios and Nectar points

If you have linked your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts ….

If your accounts are already linked, there is a different competition for you.

Each time you convert 400 Nectar points into 250 Avios between 1st July and 28th July, you will be entered into a competition.

There are two million Avios to be won. The Avios are split across 181 prizes – it is not made clear how the prizes are distributed.

Each block of 400 Nectar points moved to Avios counts as one entry. You can earn, at most, 20 entries by moving 8,000 Nectar points. You don’t need to make each 400 point transfer as a separate transaction, looking at the rules.

No registration is required. You are entered automatically when you convert your points.

I thought online conversion between Nectar and BA had stopped?

No, only one way. You CAN still convert Nectar points into Avios online via this page of ba.com.

It is only transfers in the other direction – from Avios into Nectar – which are currently restricted due to security issues. These transfers require a telephone call and can take up to 10 days to complete.

If your Nectar points are set to auto-convert into Avios, this is not a problem. You will still be included in the competition.

The draw will take place by 1st September and winners will be notified by 8th September.

Be aware that your entries are voided if you reverse the transaction during the competition period. You cannot move Nectar points into Avios, send them back to Nectar and then transfer them again to get additional entries. You also cannot unlink your Nectar and Avios accounts until the competition closes.

Can you enter both competitions?

I don’t see why not.

If your Nectar and BA accounts are not already linked, the rules imply that you enter the first competition by setting up the link, and you enter the second competition by moving some Nectar points into Avios. These are two separate tasks.

It is possible that some more information on this competition will emerge in the next few days – we’ll update you if we learn anything more.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (64)

  • Shane says:

    I don’t currently live in the UK. Nectar have contacted me to say they will close my account after no usage for a year. I have transferred a balance to Avios; but currently have 388 Nectar points. Any idea of a simple, cost effective way to top up by 12 points, so I can make a final transfer to Avios – before losing the balance (which I admit, is negligible)?

    • John says:

      Buy something for £11.99 on UK ebay (not including the postage price to your current residence)

  • David D says:

    Do names and email addresses have to be the same for Nectar and Avios in order to link and or transfer?

  • soundnomad says:

    Is it possible that AVIOS or Nectar could change the exchange rate in August or would they have to give fair notice of such a move? Hard to tell from T&Cs I am slightly suspicious of this competition.

    • Rob says:

      It is 2 way rate. If it is changed the dynamic moves. Assume it goes 1:1 – no-one would go from Avios and all Nectar collectors would bail out to BA. Sainsbury’s loses a fortune. It is hard to tweak it.

  • Magic Mike says:

    The data exchange between Nectar and BA on clicking through to link accounts is somewhat concerning – BA get my shopping data and Nectar get my travel dates and destinations? No thank you…

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