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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 (August 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 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.

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 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, £200 travel credit 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 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 (38)

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  • David A says:

    I took up this offer, BUT
    (a) the T&C on the AMEX site has a link to the Economist page which offers a 50% price for the first year, then £179 from the second year. So this would not qualify.
    I hope by ignoring this £89.50 offer and booking via the HfP link I will still receive the 15K Avios, and
    (b) unlike on previous occasions, the Economist Email receipt does not contain the “Gift Description” nor mention the Avios.
    I wasted time with an Economist agent online who told me the Avios would post within 35 days. I’ll wait and see.

  • DTM says:

    Has anyone had any job getting Avios credited long into a subscription? I signed up last June, have the email stating 15k Avios but never seemed to have received them. Granted, I probably should have checked earlier! So far The Economist are saying I should cancel my subscription and sign up for this offer again for the 15k and that they can’t credit the existing sub.

  • Anastasia says:

    Just finished my last year’s subscription and cancelled a month ago. If I used the same email ID and subscribed now on this offer, would I still be eligible for these avios?

  • Xylo says:

    Hi Rob! I bought a year of Economist on the 14th Feb and had nothing posted in my account so far … Is that normal?

  • Julie Bissett says:

    I also subscribed 28 days ago but haven’t received the Avios yet and not sure who best to contact regarding this. The offer stated they would be posted within 28 days. Any ideas?

  • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

    Looks like they have finished the offer early as the link now only goes to a regular subscription page for me. Shame as I would have liked to renew using the offer.

  • Mhairi says:

    Hi there, just a heads up – I applied for the offer on 20th Feb and the avios was deposited 17th March.

  • Richard G says:

    Looks like they’ve changed this to 6,000 Avios now.


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