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British Airways and Nectar launch a new competition

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British Airways has launched a competition for anyone who has not linked their Avios account to their Nectar account.

(EDIT: the comments imply that you are entered even if your account is already linked. People making transfers are getting confirmation emails. This would be against the rules, however.)

To enter, you need to link your account for the first time and transfer at least 400 Nectar points. You will receive the usual 250 Avios per 400 Nectar points in return.

British Airways Nectar competition

The deadline for making the transfer in order to be entered into the competition is 27th September.

One new linker during the competition period will win a holiday in New York. It’s a bit weak though, with economy flights and three nights in a (minimum) 3-star hotel. BA is throwing in a car to and from New York JFK.

There are 10 runner up prizes of 25,000 Avios.

You can find more details in the Nectar app. It isn’t on the Nectar page 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 (14)

  • Paul says:

    I don’t believe you need to be a new linker, I was already linked and got invited to enter via email.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Thanks for mentioning. I wouldn’t have read the Nectar email otherwise. I have the chance to win a trip to NYC or 25k Avios.

      To enter I think you need to click the “I’m interested” button on the offer page linked in the email and then just transfer 400 points to BA by 27 September.

    • Rob says:

      I assumed that too but the rules are clear.

  • Indy500 says:

    I specifically asked Nectar via Twitter whether, if you were already auto converting, would you be entered or was it only for ‘new’ converters and this was the reply:
    “As long as you convert at least 400 points by 27/09/2023, you’ll be entered. Hope that helps! Kelly”

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      For these competitions autoconvert tends to work. Although now the Avios->Nectar rate isn’t equal any more you’d lose points if you wanted to convert them back to Nectar for any reason so it’s probably best to do manual conversion when needed (switching on autoconvert temporarily when there’s the occasional promotion for enabling it)

      • Andrew. says:

        It’s not hard to earn 400 Nectar points though and to just pop them over.

        • Philondon says:

          They are offering me 120 points to buy some kitchen towels, 50 points for Popcorn, 40 for various spices.

  • Philondon says:

    Agh clicked submit too soon….

    So that’s an easy 250 points for me!

  • Andrew. says:

    Any reviews of Marriot H&V?

    I’ve no desire to spend the last day of my holiday cleaning, bagging and putting sheets in the washing machine like a typical AirBnB.

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      My parents did 2 stays this spring in Lanzarote. MH&V is just a marketing brand; the underlying rentals are usually run by local rental companies. In the case of the Canary Islands, Rock Rentals control significant swathes of rentals. Both their properties were pretty pants; much in need of maintenance and refurbishment. So I’d say don’t book a MH&V expecting brand standards. Instead you get an email from the underlying rental company setting out the terms of engagement.

    • Rich says:

      It entirely depends on the listing – and, in our case, the local agency managing the property. I don’t think it’s any different from booking through Airbnb or i that sense. The pictures are one thing, but it’s luck of the draw how easy your experience on the ground will be!

  • polly says:

    We had a very good experience in Ragusa in Sicily in June, on the 40k promo. Had a gorgeous terrace facing the mountains. Very spacious part of a grand old home. Yes, surprised to get emails and instructions from a local property manger, very helpful. You can just imagine driving through a maze of tiny Italian streets trying to find an apartment. But, they met us and brought us there. Point’s posted very soon after.
    Definitely equals a decent Airbnb standard. No complaints at all.

    In fact, now looking at booking a private villa with pool in Bali in November on this promo. Not much more than our usual hotel there. But in Seminyak. 40k would have been better than 20k, tho.

  • David Mc says:

    Not for the first time with BA website seems to be borked this morning for me, and I linking BA and Nectar accounts seems glitchy – on the BA/Nectar page I can see my linked accounts but get a pop-up saying “Combine Avios is currently unavailable. We are sorry, moving Avios from BA Exec Club to Nectar is currently unavailable. You can still move your points from Nectar to BA Exec Club as normal.” However, on the page itself exactly the opposite appears to be true – to test (expecting it to fail) I’ve just transferred out Avios into Nectar (though they’ve not yet appeared in my Nectar account). But any attempts to switch direction fail or to set up auto convert results in that same pop-up. Sigh.

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