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How to transfer 54,000 Avios per year to someone

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We ran a long article yesterday on the discovery that British Airways has slashed the cost of transferring Avios from one person to another to just £15.

Given that you previously had to pay a crazy £175 to transfer the annual cap of 27,000 Avios to another person – even though no new Avios were being created – this is a genuine improvement.

There was one snag though …. what happens if you want to transfer more than 27,000 Avios to the same person in this calendar year? As it is only 11th January you have a long time to wait until the annual cap resets.

How to transfer 54,000 Avios per year to someone

Good news! As Inside Flyer pointed out yesterday, Iberia Plus has adopted the same fees for transferring Avios. For just £15 you can move up to 27,000 Avios from one Iberia Plus account to another.

Let’s assume that you have maxed out on sending 27,000 Avios in 2023 to a certain person. This is how you send another 27,000:

  • open an account with Iberia Plus – ensure that ALL details match your BA account (name, address, email, date of birth) or you won’t be able to make transfers
  • activate the account by earning 1 Avios in it, or wait 90 days – your choice (the easiest option is to transfer 1,000 American Express Membership Rewards points into your new Iberia Plus account). The account is blocked from making transfers until there is some activity on it.
  • use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move up to 27,000 Avios from your British Airways Executive Club account into your new Iberia Plus account
  • use ‘Share Avios’ at Iberia Plus to send up to 27,000 Avios to whoever you want to share with, for a flat £15 fee
  • the recipient – who obviously needs their own, activated, Iberia Plus account – can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them from Iberia Plus to their British Airways Executive Club account

This is obviously a bit of a faff if one of the two parties doesn’t already have an activated Iberia Plus account,. For those of you who do – and I have long advocated having an activated Iberia Plus account just in case any good Avios redemption offers come along – it’s an easy process.

Plan B would be use a third party with a British Airways account. You transfer 27,000 Avios to Person A and 27,000 Avios to Person B, all from your BA account. You then give Person B £15 to cover their fee to move their 27,000 Avios to Person A, giving Person A a total of 54,000 transferred Avios for a total outlay of £45.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2024)

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 £15,000 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.

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

40,000 bonus points 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 sign-up 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 (15)

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  • Albo says:

    I want to transfer some avios from my Amex platinum account to my brother who is not in my BA household account. Is there a limit on how many avios you can transfer out of your Amex platinum account and can you send them to multiple BA exec accounts in different names? Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      You can’t do it this way. You need to send them from your Plat account to your BA account, and then from there to other accounts. The rules are in the article from yesterday.

  • cinereus says:

    You have to be pretty thick to pay the £15 fee once let alone twice in a year.

  • Robert Harper says:

    I’ve looked through Ethan’s website for any Flts under 2K to the Seychelles in Business. Nothing comes even close.

  • Bluekjp says:

    Can you send 27K to your intended main recipient and then 27K each to your wife, son, daughter and grandparents who then in turn pass them on to the main intended recipient at £15 each? Or, is there a limit to what anybody can receive from inbound transfers?

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    Plan B would work out better if you transfer to someone who is gold as they don’t have to pay the £15 fee

  • QFFlyer says:

    BA’s charge and 27k cap makes my hitting QF’s 600k free family transfer limit look a bit trivial now…

  • JohnM says:

    The dreaded BA IT system strikes again – both my partner and myself are Gold Exec members and we wanted to send 27,000 Avios each to her brother. Mine went through free of charge within minutes, but for my partner a charge of £15 showed for any amount. We contacted the IT team who wanted screenshots, browser details, etc etc. Now 5 days on and still waiting for an update….

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