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EXTENDED: Get 18,000 cheap Avios with The Economist – and get £45 Amex cashback

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British Airways and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription. This is the first offer we’ve seen for some time.

As you can see at this link, you can earn up to 18,000 Avios with a new one-year subscription.

What is special this time is that you can tie this in with the current £45 American Express cashback deal for an Economist subscription. The cashback deal was meant to end on 10th March but has now been extended to 1st April, although the 18,000 Avios offer ends earlier on 21st March.

avios economist offer

Ignoring the Amex cashback for a moment, here are the two subscription options on offer if you are a UK resident:

  • Digital only:  £179 with 15,000 Avios (1.19p per Avios)
  • Print and digital:  £215 with 18,000 Avios (1.19p per Avios)

‘Print only’ subscriptions are no longer available.

Subscribing to The Economist could make sense just for the Avios bonus even if you have little intention of reading it in detail, although there are occasional opportunities to buy Avios points for nearer 1p each.

Earn Avios with The Economist

Don’t forget your £45 cashback with American Express

You should also check your American Express cards for an Economist offer:

Economist Avios cashback offer

This offer has now been extended to 1st April so ignore the 10th March date in the image above.

You’ll get £45 cashback when you spend £179 or more, which is conveniently the same price as a digital subscription. When factoring in the cashback, the value increases further:

  • Digital only:  £134 with 15,000 Avios (0.89p per Avios)
  • Print and digital:  £170 with 18,000 Avios (0.94p per Avios)

0.89p per Avios is very attractive in its own right. Getting a full year of The Economist on top is an added bonus.

Looked at another way, on the ‘Digital only’ offer, you could convert the 15,000 Avios into £120 of Nectar points, so your net cost for The Economist would be only £14 for the year!

As always, if you are self-employed you may be happy writing off the subscription cost as a business expense.  This would sharply reduce your price per Avios even further.

The 18,000 Avios offer runs until 21st March so you’ll need to apply by then, even though the Amex offer now runs until 1st April. You can subscribe here.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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

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 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 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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 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.

Comments (38)

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  • Sam says:

    It’s just very dodgy they enrol you to auto renewal by default, and then force you to contact customer service to disable it. Surely they can enable the button for you to cancel yourself online (just as Spotify premium, press reader etc) but they deliberately disable it. If I want it auto renewed I would want it, there is no need to make it difficult.

  • Sam says:

    Update: I am just on the live chat with the Economist customer service – very annoyed about how they try to make cancelling the auto renewal difficult. They keep nagging me by first offering a discounted price, I refused so the agent proceeded by saying I had 10 months until the end of term and asked me to consider later. I finally managed to have them disable move auto renewal only after I made it really clear that I wanted it cancelled NOW, not 10 months later.

    And the fact that they name disabling auto renewal as ‘cancelling subscription’ is misleading. I still have my subscription for 10 months but the way they word it makes it sound like if I cancel the auto renewal now, I would cancel the entire subscription for the remaining months. Very very dodgy. Definitely won’t subscribe if not for the 15k avios. This should be reported to Trading Standard.

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