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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 (September 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.

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 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 (121)

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  • strickers says:

    I’m sure I’ve activated it previously but I was asked to link again, I can’t find it saved and now I’m getting an error when trying to activate.

  • fw says:

    Data point: just purchased something for £189.00, showed that I was earning 189 nectar UNTIL AFTER purchasing and now shows earning 5,670 nectar. So anyone worried about it not showing the right amount, it should be ok!

  • Debbie Naylor says:

    The instructions in this article said “you MUST register in advance” (no mention of an Activate button at that stage).

    “The registration link should be on the eBay home page. 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”.

    I visited that page and sure enough my Nectar is linked to my Ebay account, so I assumed I was good to go and bought an item only to find I’ve been awarded the normal Nectar points not the bonus.

    I returned to this page only to find the new text in red mentioning the Activate button. Why was this not mentioned in the first place so we knew exactly what we were looking for?

    Now I’m left hoping the seller will agree to cancel my order so I can buy again, but I’ll be lucky if they confirm in time for me to re-do the purchase before the offer expires.

    What a frustrating and disappointing experience.

    • buchanan101 says:

      I clicked activate a number of times.. kept on saying “already activated”

      Bonus points didn’t show before or after purchase

    • Deb says:

      Luckily my seller (Worx) is super efficient, so I got the credit through swiftly and was able to re-order after hitting the Activate button and linking my Nectar account to spend for good measure (previously only linked to collect). Points awarded on the second purchase at 30 per £1, phew.

  • patrick says:

    I triggered the bonus, took a screenshot of confirmation, bought my item for £140 but it says “Nectar points collected: 140” which might get tedious.

  • buchanan101 says:

    Bonus didn’t show for me after purchase, and I activated the offer so many times…

  • Daz says:

    After purchase it’s showing the bonus on:

    Oddly showing more than expected, my £390 purchase shows 11,610 points earned.

  • Richard says:

    Ok I got the activation to work. I had to go to ebay to relink my Nectar account. Then I went to the Nectar page and clicked to activate the offer and it took me to ebay with a confirmation:

    “You’ve activated the Nectar bonus offer!”

    £300 item in the basket showed as earning 300 Nectar Points. After checkout it confirmed I had earned 300 Nectar points. Hmmm.

  • Jonathan says:

    After your purchase is made, check and you should be able to see the bonus points! Confirmed with my purchase plus other people as well.

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