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Get up to 12,500 Avios for 1.2p each with a subscription to The Spectator

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In late 2020, Avios launched a partnership with The Spectator magazine. There is a generous incentive available if you sign up for a subscription.

You can check out the Avios deal here.

Spectator Avios offer

What is The Spectator?

If you’ve never read The Spectator, it is a weekly news and reviews magazine with a high-end and right-wing slant (Boris Johnson was once editor).

Even if you don’t agree with the political slant, the reviews and columns in the back half are generally a good read. It is printed on very light paper and is the perfect thing to read whilst travelling – shove it in your laptop bag and it keeps you busy for a short flight.

Of course …. you may find the Avios deal attractive even if you don’t like the magazine.

What is the Avios deal?

As you can see here, there are four options:

  • Digital subscription for 6 months – £59.50 and earn 5,000 Avios
  • Digital subscription for 12 months – £119 and earn 10,000 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 6 months – £79.50 earn earn 6,250 Avios
  • Print & digital subscription for 12 months – £159 earn earn 12,500 Avios

The digital subscriptions work out at 1.19p per Avios. The print and digital combos are marginally more expensive at 1.27p per Avios.

When do you receive your Avios?

The rules says that you will receive your Avios within two weeks of taking out your subscription. This is presumably as soon as the 14-day refund period expires.

Spectator Magazine Avios offer

Am I signing up for a recurring payment?

It isn’t clear. You can only pay by credit card or PayPal – there is no direct debit option. It doesn’t say anywhere that you will be setting up a recurring payment.

In any event, it seems easy enough to cancel. The magazine FAQ say:

“For some subscriptions, you can set your subscription to cancel on expiry from within your account section. To do so, go to to log in and then click on the account tab in the top right corner. Under the ‘my account’ section, click on the ‘subscriptions’ tab. Click on the ‘manage’ link, and then switch the auto-renew toggle off. Once the auto-renew toggle has been turned off, you will be able to see the date by which your current subscription will end. No further payment will be charged. If this option is not available for your subscription you can contact our customer service team to cancel your subscription.”


This is an easy way to pick up between 5,000 and 12,500 Avios for around 1.2p per point.

Even better, you should have the points in your British Airways account after two weeks.

You can find out more, and sign up, on this special page of The Spectator website.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

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

30,000 points 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 (20)

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  • Dominic says:

    Worth noting that I am fairly sure I have never paid more than £1 a week for the spectator, and that often includes a free bottle of some alcohol (or other ‘free’ gift) for signing up for 3 months or something.

    I’ve unsubscribed now, but a quick check shows they offered 3 months for £12 including a free bottle of Johnny Walker black label 70cl in November..

    • patrick says:

      Agreed, rather like “The Times” they will offer enormous and repeated discounts if you give a little bit of chat on the `phone.

    • cinereus says:

      Where’s the link for the Jonny Walker? I ink ever see offer for 60p an edition and a few bottle of gin.

      The Avios offers are terrible value and a ridiculously thing to recommend.

      • Rob says:

        Clearly not, given that you’re buying Avios for 1.2p each which is 25% cheaper than BA’s direct rate.

        • BJ says:

          That may be true but if the purpose is merely to purchase avios at a discounted rate then this offer remains almost entirely uncompelling when it is relatively simple to buy 25,000++ avios per household per year at 0.2-0.4ppa via Nectar in conjunction with SB financial products. However, having maximised those opportunities some might still need further avios in which case 1.2ppa would stil be a good deal.

          • Erico1875 says:

            I think if you average it all out across all the different opportunities and can get a combined amount for what you need at sub 1p each then the offers not bad.
            This morning I did 3 surveys for 680 Avios, which in reality was s poor use of my time, however they all go in the pot

    • David says:

      i guess it comes down to what’s driving the purchase.

      if you genuinely want the spectator, there are better ways to buy it.

      if you need 5000 Avios in the next couple of weeks to top up your account so you can make a booking, this is a pretty good way of doing it.

  • lumma says:

    The very light paper sounds like it would be more suitable than most magazines to be used as emergency toilet paper

  • J says:

    Very exciting… Until I realised ‘each’ was missing from the headline.

  • mark2 says:

    I have just renewed my subscription (not explicitly of course).
    I think I paid £29 for a year and got £20 cash back from somewhere.

  • F says:

    Do renewals get the offer? I signed up the last time the avios offer was on and could use the avios again.

  • RussellH says:

    > (Boris Johnson was once editor)

    I rather doubt that he did much actual work.

    [I speak from relevant experience here - my mum was editorial assistant on a small, specialist magazine for some years. They got a new editor who could talk the talk, charm everyone in the room etc. etc., - I met him once - but left my mum to do all the work. Finally she had enough and told the bosses to either fire the editor or she would resign. She had kept evidence of the editors failings; they fired the editor and gave mum most of the work officially, gave her a decent salary and got her her own assistant.]

  • J says:

    OT, but thought to give a heads up there’s yet another good Amex hotel offer showing this morning, this time on R&C. Spend £400, get £100 back. Until end of August.

    Annoyingly Italy excluded, I have some R&C hotel stays there coming up which won’t count.

  • Vinz says:

    What if I cancel my current sub and sign up again? Will I get the bonus avoid? Thanks

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