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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 UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year 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.

Comments (62)

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  • 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?

  • 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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