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.
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.
Don’t forget your £60 cashback with American Express
You should also check your American Express cards for an Economist offer:
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:
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.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.