Caffe Nero is, perhaps oddly, the best value Nectar redemption partner.
350 Nectar points will get you a voucher (in the form of a QR code, saved in the Nectar app, to be scanned in-store) for ANY hot or iced drink, of any size.
With most drinks now costing over £3, at least in London, you are certain to get more than the usual 0.5p per Nectar point.
Based on getting a £3.65 drink, which is frappe territory, for 350 Nectar points (which is the equivalent of 219 Avios) you’d be getting 1.66p per Avios, which is pretty much unbeatable.
It is a slightly worse deal if you don’t already have Nectar points. The Avios transfer rate INTO Nectar is now 300 Avios = 400 Nectar points, so a 350 Nectar point drink will require you to transfer 262 Avios in. You are still getting 1.4p per Avios based on a £3.65 drink. Remember that Avios transfer into Nectar take 10 days to allow for security checks.
For a more ‘normal’ drink, for example a £3.25 large white americano (my standard tipple), you would still be getting over 1p per Avios if you transferred Avios points across – 1.24p in my case.
If you mainly use the Nectar app, the deal is a bit fiddly to find. You need to scroll down the home page to the bottom until you get to ‘Explore partner offers’. Type ‘Nero’ into the search box and the deal will pop up.
You can order drinks vouchers via your phone as long as you have access to your email, as 2FA is in place. Click on the ‘Saved’ tab in the app menu and it will take you to your voucher bar codes for scanning in the store.
The ba.com page to transfer your Avios points to Nectar is here.
You can learn more about this deal on the Caffe Nero page of the Nectar website 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.