Today, Wednesday 28th, is the last day to enter the two major competitions being run to persuade you to convert your Nectar points into Avios.
Remember that you have NOTHING to lose by doing a transfer from Nectar to Avios in order to enter, because you can reverse the transaction in a couple of days. Online transfers from Avios to Nectar are now possible again so the reversal is easy.
The competition for you depends on whether you have already linked your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts.
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:
Competition 1 – if you haven’t already 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 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.
Cometition 2 – 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 tonight, 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.
You can convert Nectar points into Avios online via this page of ba.com.
If your Nectar points are set to auto-convert into Avios, this is not a problem. You have still been 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.
Good luck. Let’s see what the biggest HfP prize turns out to be. Remember that you must act today, Wednesday.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.