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(DEAD) Avios to Nectar transfers are now instant again – albeit at the new lower rate

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Today, 16th November, is the day that the ‘Avios to Nectar’ exchange rate is meant to adjust. (I say ‘meant to’ because it hasn’t, so far – see the PS. at the bottom.)

Instead of a two-way transfer rate of 250 Avios = 400 Nectar points = 250 Avios, the rate is diverging.

On the upside, transfers into Nectar now go through instantly.

EDIT: This article is now out of date. Avios conversions are now active at the new rate and a new transfer system is in place which works differently to the one below. Transfers are no longer instant – it isn’t clear how long they will take.

Avios to Nectar conversion rate changes

As a reminder, from today the exchange rate is meant to be:

  • 300 Avios = 400 Nectar points (a 20% devaluation) and
  • 400 Nectar points = 250 Avios

The key implications of the devaluation are:

  • you can no longer move Avios back and forth to Nectar without penalty – from now on, if you reverse a conversion into Nectar, you will end up worse off than when you started
  • the ‘floor value’ of an Avios drops from 0.8p (250 Avios = 400 Nectar points = £2) to 0.66p (300 Avios = 400 Nectar points = £2) which makes some non-Nectar redemptions more attractive in comparison

Avios to Nectar transfers are now instant

One bit of good news from the devaluation is that transfers from Avios to Nectar are now instant.

(Transfers in the other direction, from Nectar into Avios, have always been instant.)

Avios to Nectar transfers were instant when the partnership originally launched. However, a huge wave of fraud – there are lots of BA account details and passwords for sale on the dark web – meant that blocks had to be put in place.

For the last year or so, you have had to wait 10 days for an Avios to Nectar transfer to complete. This was a purely artificial block to give members a chance to spot the transaction if it was being done from a hacked account.

This has now gone. As of today, your points move across immediately.

The process has changed slightly. You start on the British Airways Nectar page as usual – click here.

When you initiate a transaction, you are first asked to confirm your date of birth:

Avios to Nectar

Once you have done this, a clickable link is sent to your email address.

Avios to Nectar

Click this and the transfer completes instantly.

(It is still buggy. I tested this four times, and on two occasions the email did not arrive before the 10 minute expiry period was up, although it did arrive in the end.)

PS. At the time of writing (4pm), the old rate of 250 Avios = 400 Nectar points is still running. If you want to move some points across before they devalue, you may still have time. For safety, do a test of 250 Avios first. If this works, you can instantly repeat with a larger number.

PPS. If you don’t have the Nectar American Express credit card, take a look at our review here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (39)

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  • Mike Hunt says:

    For even more Nectar points new eBay power hour offer for Black Friday

    “Up to 300 base points + 30x bonus points on one item over 10 GBP.Offer Valid:25 Nov 2022, 12:00 PM GMT – 25 Nov 2022, 01:00 PM GMT”

  • Track says:

    Avios transfer / Manage auto-conversion — not working at the moment, not for me.

  • Pj92 says:

    Not working for me either have they turned it off again already….

  • Tom says:

    I performed a transfer on the 15th evening to beat the cut-off, strangely that hasn’t landed in the Nectar account yet, despite numerous people performing a transfer after that date and receiving it immediately. Avios really blows my mind sometimes how inconsistent and unreliable it is..!

  • Jude says:

    New rate but not instant. DOB request did not show up, but received an email to confirm transfer so they haven’t been lost. Disappointed that you can’t link 2 BA accounts to 1 nectar. Plan to wait to get into nectar account, transfer the rest then unlink to add the second BA account. Easier if you could use household account. Any other ideas would be appreciated

  • Jude says:

    Terms and conditions are still stating 12 days for transfer from avios to nectar, but the new exchange rates are now listed. Looks like the instant exchange isn’t being applied. Waiting for the transfer I made on the 17th.

  • Robert Jenkins says:

    Does anyone know how long the Avios to Nectar is taking? Just transferred 50100 Avios thinking they were instant (I had a Sainsbury’s shop ready to go) but they have not appeared 🙁

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