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Avios launches a new ‘first time’ transfer bonus from Nectar

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I assume, by now, that almost all Head for Points readers in the UK will have linked their Nectar account to Avios and made a transfer.

Some of you prefer to move Avios to Nectar, getting 0.8p per Avios, and slowly cashing out your Avios pile at Sainsburys, Argos or

Others prefer to move Nectar points, which they see as having little value, into Avios where they can get more for them.

Avios Nectar

If you are in the third camp – having never linked your Avios and Nectar accounts at all – Avios is running a small incentive this month.

If you transfer 2,000 Nectar points into 1,250 Avios by 27th September, you will receive 250 bonus Avios.

You cannot take part if you have previously transferred Avios and Nectar points in either direction.

You cannot reverse the transfer before 31st October.

The 250 bonus Avios will arrive within 10 weeks from 27th September.

Full details about the Avios and Nectar partnership are in this HfP article. You can link your Nectar and Avios accounts on this page of

Details of the transfer bonus are on this page of the Nectar site.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.)

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