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Choose your Avios / Nectar auto-convert deal: 2x Nectar points at Sainsbury’s or win 50,000 Avios

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British Airways and Nectar have launched two promotions to persuade you to auto-convert your Nectar points into Avios.

There are two deals. It may be possible to get both of them – the terms and conditions are confusing.

One offers a guaranteed bonus, one offers a chance of winning a big prize.

get double points for linking your Avios account

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

Over on the Nectar website ….

Sainsbury’s is offering double Nectar points on your shopping if you activate auto-conversion of your Nectar points to Avios.

To take part, you need to go to the Avios page of the Nectar website and activate auto-convert by 28th February.

You will receive double Nectar points (2 per £1) on all of your shopping in Sainsbury’s between the day you register and 28th February. Clearly, the sooner you register, the longer you have to earn double points.

Auto-conversion must be retained for at least 28 days after 28th February, and the bonus points will be added after that date. Double points only relates to base points and not any instore promotions.

You can find out more on the Avios page of the Nectar website here.

If you read the small print, it contradicts what I have written above and implies that you get the bonus whether you activate auto-convert on the BA site or the Nectar site. This is important because …..

get double points for linking your Avios account

Over on the BA website ….

If you look at the British Airways website, there is a competition for you. You need to have the BA app to see the details:

Avios / Nectar auto-conversion deal

I should point out that, whilst the competition sounds very simple from the headline advertising, it is actually quite complex.

On the upside, your chances of winning – if you jump through the hoops – should be good.

What can you win?

There are 350 prizes to won, totalling 3,125,000 Avios:

  • 20 x 50,000 Avios
  • 30 x 25,000 Avios
  • 50 x 10,000 Avios
  • 100 x 5,000 Avios
  • 150 x 2,500 Avios

How do you enter?

This is the trick bit. You must activate auto-conversion from Nectar to Avios and transfer at least 400 Nectar points EVERY MONTH between February and May (four transfers).

A draw will take place in July to award the prizes.

I don’t know how many people generate 400 Nectar points each month, but it will only be a small percentage of account holders. If you do earn 400 points each month, I would set up auto-convert and take part in this competition.

Remember that you can always transfer your Avios back into Nectar points at the end!

The terms and conditions are vague, unfortunately. Despite running to 25 clauses, you are not told:

  • what the last day to activate auto-conversion in, to trigger a transfer out in February
  • whether existing auto-converters are also eligible

The terms and conditions also suggest that you are entered into the competition irrespective of whether you set up auto-convert from inside the BA website or the Nectar website.

Neither promotion makes any mention of the other offer in its terms and conditions, so it isn’t clear if you can have both.

EDIT: To add to the confusion, this competition is now showing on the Nectar site today. Do you get both offers?

Nectar Avios autoconversion offer

Can you take advantage of both promotions?

It really isn’t clear.

The situation got even more confusing this morning when the competition also appeared in my Nectar app. I now see both offers there, but separately.

The Nectar page to set up auto-conversion is here.

The ba.com page to set up auto-conversion is here.

If you already have auto-conversion activiated then I have absolutely no idea what is going on …..


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2022)

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. 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

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

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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 (66)

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  • JanM says:

    I actually find it really easy to reach 400 Nectar points per week. Lots of bonus Nectar offers in the app, usually for standard items (milk, orange juice, etc.) that I’ve bought before and will buy again.

  • Steve R says:

    We need to know if existing subscribers are included. Getting extra points is easy. Download the Nectar app and save the offers to your phone. Shop in Sainsburys via Smart Shop on your phone and even a few items can rack up 100’s of Nectar points e.g. 200 extra points on a £5 bottle of wine. Some months it can be more lucrative than the BA Amex Premium Plus card.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Easy to get 400 nectar a week let alone a month with the bonus offers.

  • Andrew. says:

    This weeks offers for me total 1070 points. One of those is 200 pts on a £1 box of Sainsbury’s own brand honey nut cornflakes – not as good as Kellog’s, but net zero can’t really complain too much.

    Definitely wouldn’t have any trouble hitting 400pts a month.

  • Trev says:

    Interested to know if those who have already activated auto-convert are included or do I have to un-link and then re-link…?

  • kt74 says:

    What a car crash. Like some of the others above, both offers show *separately* in my Nectar app. But one of them clicks through to “offer inactive” and the other one goes to a BA error page. Looks like BA’s IT prowess is infecting Nectar’s systems…

  • FatherOfFour says:

    My wife and I have separate Nectar card numbers (and weekly offers) but our points are pooled. She obviously has her own BAEC account. Judging by the confusing terms, I’m guessing nobody knows if we can both have the offer? Has anyone used auto-convert on a “joint” nectar account? I presume we can’t both link to our BAEC

  • Aston100 says:

    400 points shouldn’t be a problem for anyone who does their main groceries at Sainsburys.
    Had a quick look and it looks like I’ve got over 2500 nectar points for January thus far, and I don’t even use my Nectar Amex at present which would have increased that amount substantially.

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