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Get 15,000 cheap Avios with The Economist – as low as 0.86p with £60 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 since February.

As you can see at this link, you can earn 15,000 or 18,000 Avios with a new one-year subscription.

What is special this time is that you can tie this in with the current £60 American Express cashback deal for an Economist subscription.

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:  £189 with 15,000 Avios (1.26p per Avios)
  • Print and digital:  £239 with 18,000 Avios (1.32p 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 £60 cashback with American Express

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

Economist Amex cashback

You’ll get £60 cashback when you spend £189 or more, which is conveniently the same price as a digital subscription. When factoring in the cashback, the value increases further:

  • Digital only:  £129 with 15,000 Avios (0.86p per Avios)
  • Print and digital:  £179 with 18,000 Avios (0.99p per Avios)

0.86p 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 £9 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.

This offer runs until 31st October although the American Express cashback deal ends on 3rd November. You can subscribe here.

PS. When a similar offer ran in 2021, there were issues with the Amex cashback tracking. I believe it was all sorted out in the end, but you may want to keep an eye on your Amex account.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 (59)

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  • buchanan101 says:

    Cancelled my old sub (which I had negotiated at half price – threaten to cancel and they always offer that) clicked through from link here – it showed 15,000 Avios, and Amex has already sent email confirming use of £60

    I was going to renew anyway, so HOPEFULLY 15,000 Avios for ~£40 extra outlay (make that 15,060)

    • buchanan101 says:

      Oh – £10 has also appeared as Pending CB at a well known site, even though I clicked directly through from HfP (had clicked through from CB site earlier). Fully expect that to disappear though…

      • Rob says:

        No, it should stick. The cookie from the other site lasts for 2 weeks, at a guess, and we don’t get paid on Economist subs so it isn’t overwriting anything else.

        • buchanan101 says:

          I thought you may have that’s why I did the last click from HfP

          Surely you can affiliate like the “other site” does?

          (It may not stick as it may count as a renewal…)

          • Rob says:

            I’ve never asked them, because I doubt they would want us – given that we only write about them when there is an Avios offer running and often an Amex offer on top. Paying us an extra £10 on top isn’t likely to be popular!

    • JandeW says:

      @buchanan101 Did your 15k Avios post to your account? I have 3 mths left on a subscription and was wondering about doing the same….

  • Mark says:

    Hey does anyone know how quick they post the Avios please ?

  • Wotsit says:

    Can anyone advise how long it took for them to get their Avios credited please?

  • Yorkieflyer says:

    All please note that The Economist now auto rebews so you will need to diary a web chat with them to stop this happening or I guess use an amex card you intend cancelling before renewal, assume it works

  • Mark says:

    Anyone seen the Avios yet? And in the event they don’t post who do you follow up with – BA or Economist?

    • Wotsit says:

      As a minimum it’ll be 2 weeks after signing up, because of the cooling off period. Then a minimum 5 days for the Avios to emerge from cyberspace. Another trigger is that the deal closes on 31/10 (I think), so perhaps add 5 days onto that as well; then take the later of your two dates … and then “add a bit”. ROB may be able to advise on who to chase up.

  • Craig says:

    Where does one confirm if the cash back offer is still working? I cannot see it offered anywhere including within my Amex mobile app.

    • Rob says:

      If you can’t see it, it means that the cap of registrations has been reached and it is no longer available.

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