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Get 30 Nectar points (19 Avios) per £1 at eBay TODAY

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As we trailed last week, eBay is bringing back its ‘Power Hour’ promotion for Valentines Day.

Between noon and 1pm today (Tuesday 14th) you will earn 30 Nectar points per £1 spent at eBay. This converts to 19 Avios per £1. If you value an Avios at 1p, it’s a 19% rebate.

Here’s the small print:

  • you MUST register in advance
  • you only earn the bonus on the first £300 you spend. Your Nectar earning will be capped at (£300 x 30) 9,000 points which would convert into 5,625 Avios.
  • there is a £10 minimum spend
  • you only earn the bonus on ONE ITEM
  • only ‘Buy It Now’ items will qualify

If a seller if offering a bundle of items for a flat combined price – eg ’10 historic FA Cup Final programmes for £50′ then this still counts as ‘one item’.

The standard eBay rules on excluded categories apply. Full details of excluded categories are here but in summary, you won’t earn on:

  • Cars, Motorcycles and Vehicles (parts and accessories are NOT excluded)
  • Holidays & Travel
  • Property
  • Gift Vouchers & Coupons
  • Baby Feeding: Formula

‘Gift vouchers’ is a key one to note.

Don’t leave it too close to 1pm. Some readers had issues last year when, buying at the last minute, eBay decided that they had booked the transaction just after 1pm even though the customer pressed ‘buy’ shortly before.

The registration link should be on the eBay home page is here. If not, it may be on on this special eBay / Nectar page which is the same page you need if your Nectar and eBay accounts are not linked.

(If you don’t see the ‘Activate’ button online – and I see it at the top of the home page on mobile – then go via the Nectar app.)

Note that you cannot add your Nectar number at check out – the accounts must be linked before you start.

If you can’t see a registration link above, look in the Nectar app or the Nectar website (log in required).

And remember …. don’t buy anything after 12.55 if you want to be certain of getting the bonus.

PS. 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 (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 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 (121)

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  • BJ says:

    Perhaps it’s too late to register already. I got his but will tryvagain later:

    “We ran into a problem and can’t activate the Nectar bonus offer.
    Please try again later.”

    Nectar-avios autoconversion didn’t work for me last night; anybody else?

    • Travel Strong says:

      Same message.

      The last two more minor bonus offers did not work either (after activating seemingly successfully) – the checkout never shows an uplifted amount, and there seems to be no reason why. Chasing with nectar does not appeal, and I am sceptical of success today.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Hmm, when clicking to Show Details in the nectar app it states “Click ‘Activate now’ from 12-1pm on Tuesday 14th February to activate the offer”, so seems this is not a register in advance situation.

      • BJ says:

        I’l give that a try thanks. My Nectar Ebay offers over past year have only been about 50% successful requiring me to chase the other half. I now ignore anything offering less than 1000 bonus points.

    • Nectar collector says:

      You can only activate between 12 and 1

  • Roger says:

    Can Dyson experts recommend any vacuum please assuming purchase from Dyson eBay outlet will qualify for this offer.

    On my app there is no option to opt in to this specific offer yet.

    • BJ says:

      Most in my family have ditched Dyson for Shark finding it is much better. Personally, I’m still using a Sebo I got back in 1996 and it is still superb.

    • Travel Strong says:

      Suspect ‘anything but a dyson’ will be the most common response to this 😂 After years of dyson use I was surprised how much better a basic Vax from curry’s has performed (flawless for many years now)

      • JDB says:

        I don’t know anything about hoovers, but someone who does once told me of Dyson products “quirky but no worky”. Certainly their extraordinarily elevated price bears no relation to the objective performance data, so you just need to be happy to pay the extra for the brand/look.

    • Can says:

      I like Dyson. Got the battery replaced by a knock off Amazon battery. V7 is the oldest model, I would get a newer one

    • TimM says:

      Similar experience to the others.We never found the Dyson to work better than the previous Hoover but was considerably more expensive. It was replaced by a cordless Bosch model which picked up two loads immediately after cleaning with the Dyson! Chalk & cheese.

    • DevonDiamond says:

      Shark bought via their eBay worked on Black Friday hope that helps!

    • Andrew. says:

      Sebo Felix.

      It’s an absolute workhorse, made in Germany and they use bags that can be cleanly dropped in the bin rather than have to deal with cleaning out “bagless” filth.

      (No matter what the ads say, it’s a mess.)

    • Guernsey Globetrotter says:

      I would recommend people take out a Which subscription if interested in the performance and reliability of hoovers (or indeed any other consumer products) rather than relying on random online advice. From a brief scan of Which’s testing & feedback it seems that Dyson (12 ex 14 reviews are best buys) perform better in their tests than Shark (7 ex 12 are best buys & one – WandVac WV361UK- is rated a ‘Don’t Buy’). Shark is rated much better for reliability however.

      • Rhys says:

        There’s an Amex offer on Which? subs too.

      • Can says:

        that’s exactly what I did last year and I really love Which, too

      • TimM says:

        Some people read the Which? reviews, follow their advice and report back in a forum, such as this.

        I don’t know what “12 ex 14” and “7 ex 12” mean. Which language is it?

        Which? always have their testing methodology and stick to it. However they are always testing brand-new goods and do not reflect years of ownership. That is where decades of experience of different competing products comes in. That is not “random”. Random is rather difficult to achieve – much harder than a Which? product review.

        Regardless of the technology, all are designed to fulfil a purpose. Ignore the hype and the as-new comparisons and instead look at the long-term results.

        • JDB says:

          The test environments used by Which? and also industry standard tests are often hopelessly artificial and however hard they might try to avoid this, the figures often simply don’t reflect real life use, ageing or reliability. I doubt it’s quite at VW levels, but some manufacturers are apparently quite adept at getting good ratings from various organisations. While these testers can sometimes identify real dogs, the top buys often don’t tell the whole story. Experience teaches one that, particularly for mundane products, functionality almost always wins over hype and fancy design. I can’t say I often get into conversation about household appliances, but on the occasions I do, one hears a lot of negative Dyson stories and that isn’t even from people in the south who really hate him for buying farmland all over the place.

  • Skywalker says:

    “We ran into a problem and can’t activate the Nectar bonus offer.
    Please try again later.”

    Both mine and P2 coming up with the same message.

  • Alex G says:


    “Nectar-avios autoconversion didn’t work for me last night; anybody else?”

    Me too

  • Bill says:

    Will this only work for UK sellers and delivery to UK addresses ? My account is a UK one however been considering a particular purchase from a Germany-based seller to my French address.
    Will this qualify ?

  • SecretSquirrel says:

    I don’t see anymore even any advertisement on eBay for this and the links do not show any reference to 30x offer?

  • Can says:

    I thought all you need was to link your accounts prior

    • SecretSquirrel says:

      Now showing again on my eBay home page but no activate offer just you need to link nectar.

  • Ash says:

    Too late for me as well “ran into problems” shame but least it stops me buying more rubbish we don’t need

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