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Can I use Avios points for Eurostar tickets?

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In our Q&A question today, I want to look at how you can use Avios points for Eurostar train tickets.

A few years ago, it was possible to redeem Avios directly for train tickets on Eurostar. This is no longer possible.

There is, however, still a way of redeeming Avios for Eurostar seats:

  • you can transfer your Avios points into Nectar points, then
  • you can redeem your Nectar points for Eurostar vouchers

Let’s look at how it works.

Use Avios points for Eurostar tickets

How do you turn your Avios points into Nectar points?

The first stage of redeeming Avios for Eurostar tickets is to transfer your Avios points into the Nectar loyalty scheme. This only works if you live in the UK.

In January 2021, Sainsbury’s became the official Avios supermarket partner. That means you can now convert your Nectar points into Avios and Avios into Nectar points, although you lose value if you later reverse the transaction.

If you transfer your Avios points into Nectar points, the rate is 1:1. This means that you get 0.5p per Avios to spend with Nectar partners, since Nectar points are worth a flat 0.5p. This includes Eurostar.

What is the conversion rate between Avios and Nectar points?

The conversion rate is:

  • 400 Avios = 400 Nectar points
  • 400 Nectar points = 250 Avios

The loss of value is quite sharp if you try to send your Nectar points back to Avios.

How to convert Nectar points into Avios points

How to convert Avios points into Nectar points

You can convert Nectar points to Avios via the British Airways website here.

You must convert a minimum of 400 Avios which will get you 400 Nectar points.

If you are transferring FROM Avios, there is a 10 day delay. This is deliberate due to previous issues with hackers accessing British Airways accounts and emptying the Avios onto untraceable Nectar cards.

The transfer is INSTANT if you are transferring TO Avios from Nectar.

How do you spend your Nectar points on Eurostar tickets?

Once your points are in your Nectar account, it is very easy to turn them into Eurostar vouchers.

The spend rate at Eurostar is £2.50 per 500 Nectar points. This is the same rate you get when redeeming Nectar points at other partners such as eBay, Sainsburys and Argos.

There is a minimum conversion of 2,000 Nectar points (£10 of Eurostar vouchers) with vouchers only available for £10, £25, £50 and £100.

Multiple vouchers can be used in one transaction if booking a train-only ticket on the Eurostar website, but only one voucher per transaction can be used if booking a ‘train and hotel’ package.

What value do you get per Avios when you redeem for Eurostar vouchers?

Let’s look at the maths here.

2,000 Nectar points, if spent at Eurostar, would get you a £10 voucher. As you are giving up 2,000 Avios, you are getting 0.5p per Avios.

0.5p per Avios is not great value unfortunately. Whilst it is the same rate that you get if you use Avios for wine, at Avios Hotels, for car hire, to part-pay a cash flight etc, we would target 1p per Avios if you redeem for a premium cabin flight redemption.

Find out more on the Nectar website

The Nectar website has a dedicated page on how to redeem your points for Eurostar vouchers. This is also where you find the online form to order vouchers.

Click here to read it – you will need to log-in to your Nectar account in order to access the page.

(This article is part of our ‘BA Q&A’ series which explains how British Airways Executive Club works.  You can see all of our ‘BA Q&A’ articles here. )

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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

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 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.

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