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  • MF176 200 posts

    Just to be clear. To boost today’s total 186k Inc 10% at 0.84p. I would need to do so by the end of this month?

    It’s a rolling 30 days from when the Avios posted to your account. When did you earn said Avios you are boosting?

    zapato1060 718 posts

    Just to be clear. To boost today’s total 186k Inc 10% at 0.84p. I would need to do so by the end of this month?

    It’s a rolling 30 days from when the Avios posted to your account. When did you earn said Avios you are boosting?

    Ok, phew, 2 June is my 50k biggie I want to boost so according to 30 days it would be basically end of month. Cheers.

    Retron 16 posts

    FWIW, the Avios from “Avios for Thoughts” and from the Natwest rewards scheme are also boostable.

    I’ve transferred some IHG points over to Avios today – assuming they post before the bonus ends, I’ll see if they’re boostable too.

    List of boosted transactions:

    Credit card spend
    02/06/2023 – BARCLAYCARD 1,739 Avios
    20/05/2023 – AMEX NON BA SPEND 512 Avios

    Others
    12/06/2023 – Avios from MyRewards 1,170 Avios
    21/05/2023 – AVIOS FOR THOUGHTS 400 Avios
    21/05/2023 – AVIOS FOR THOUGHTS 40 Avios
    21/05/2023 – AVIOS FOR THOUGHTS 40 Avios
    14/05/2023 – AVIOS FOR THOUGHTS 40 Avios

    yorkieflyer 259 posts

    Torn as to transfer my stash of HSBC points and then maybe lose the annual secret bonus

    zapato1060 718 posts

    Torn as to transfer my stash of HSBC points and then maybe lose the annual secret bonus

    Maybe as 0.84p is a good as it gets. I went through previous hpf pages and found even at the rarely seen 75% buy Avios bonus that was at 0.92p.

    StaggerLee 61 posts

    FWIW, the Avios from “Avios for Thoughts” and from the Natwest rewards scheme are also boostable.

    Cheers, I hadnt thought about my Nat West rewards which I;ve been holding back in case I need them for something else. I’ll send some over today to check they do indeed boost.

    saladdodger 12 posts

    Has anyone else not had their 10% bonus for Jun/Jul immediately credited? On Wednesday, I purchased 300k Avios + 30k Jun/Jul Bonus by 3boosting the the 100k I got from Barclaycard. I immediately got the 300k Avios but the 30k Bonus for Jun/Jul hasn’t been credited, even though it was clearly shown on the screenshots throughout the transaction.

    I’ve filled out their typeform query to chase this up, but as yet still radio silence.

    ClubSmed 200 posts

    Has anyone else not had their 10% bonus for Jun/Jul immediately credited? On Wednesday, I purchased 300k Avios + 30k Jun/Jul Bonus by 3boosting the the 100k I got from Barclaycard. I immediately got the 300k Avios but the 30k Bonus for Jun/Jul hasn’t been credited, even though it was clearly shown on the screenshots throughout the transaction.

    I’ve filled out their typeform query to chase this up, but as yet still radio silence.

    My 10% boost was immediately credited

    zapato1060 718 posts

    I’ve filled out their typeform query to chase this up, but as yet still radio silence.

    Def chase. When I will do it this weekend I will screenshot the whole thing just in case.

    ukpolak 73 posts

    Same issue as above – 200k boosted and 20k bonus missing.

    I filled out the web chat form last Thursday and it noted a 15 day turnaround time.

    Similarly I called BA exec club yesterday (SA call centre I think) and they said they’d contact the accounts team for them to investigate, with ETA 7 days.

    It’s a bit poor customer services but on another boost (50k and 5k bonus or so) made 5 mins after the transaction above, the bonus went through just fine.

    Also just to note that in the case of my transactions, the email confirmation on #1 doesn’t even show the 10% bonus, where for transaction #2 it does.

    saladdodger 12 posts

    Same issue as above – 200k boosted and 20k bonus missing.

    I filled out the web chat form last Thursday and it noted a 15 day turnaround time.

    Similarly I called BA exec club yesterday (SA call centre I think) and they said they’d contact the accounts team for them to investigate, with ETA 7 days.

    It’s a bit poor customer services but on another boost (50k and 5k bonus or so) made 5 mins after the transaction above, the bonus went through just fine.

    Also just to note that in the case of my transactions, the email confirmation on #1 doesn’t even show the 10% bonus, where for transaction #2 it does.

    At least I’m not in this boat on my own. If you get anywhere or get the extra 10pc can you let me know on here and I’ll do the same.

    zapato1060 718 posts

    Same issue as above – 200k boosted and 20k bonus missing.

    I filled out the web chat form last Thursday and it noted a 15 day turnaround time.

    Similarly I called BA exec club yesterday (SA call centre I think) and they said they’d contact the accounts team for them to investigate, with ETA 7 days.

    It’s a bit poor customer services but on another boost (50k and 5k bonus or so) made 5 mins after the transaction above, the bonus went through just fine.

    Also just to note that in the case of my transactions, the email confirmation on #1 doesn’t even show the 10% bonus, where for transaction #2 it does.

    Can you check your BAEC account. My normal booster avios are shown 169k in a separate column. Then right under that is the 10% bonus 16k or so.

    ukpolak 73 posts

    Yep I did two in quick succession and the bonus worked on one and not on the other.

    My register of transactions as follows and you’ll see one has a separate 10% boost but not the other..

    Xxx transaction
    Purchase Avios Balance Booster 54962
    Purchase Avios Balance Booster 5497
    Purchase Avios Balance Booster 222516
    Xxx transaction

    Interestingly the 54962 one had a confirmation email with the 5497 bonus included. However the confirmation email for the 223516 one had no 10% referenced.

    saladdodger 12 posts

    Got an email from the Avios team this morning which says:

    Good Morning

    Thank you for contacting Purchase Avios.

    We are sorry to hear your 10% bonus has not arrived in your account.

    We are aware of a technical issue that affected a small number of members when boosting their Avios, this is currently being investigated.

    As soon as we can, we will update you.

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

    Kind regards

    Purchase Avios Team

    Doesn’t provide a timeline of when they will resolve rather unfortunately which is a shame as now want to make a booking with those Avios.

    ukpolak 73 posts

    Same email received this morning. I’m happy they have acknowledged it so I won’t refund and risk missing out.

    In the event they don’t honour the 10% I’ll have to reassess but I hope this will just be a case of applying a one-off bonus to make good.

    brian006 1 post

    Hi
    Not sure how this all works i have never done this before but here goes!!!

    im working towards a companion voucher with my BA amex premium plus card
    once i have the voucher can i use this to book a reward return flight to usa
    ie outbound and inbound for my wife
    or would it only work on one of the flights
    thanks very much for any help
    regards Brian.

    aq.1988 482 posts

    Hi
    Not sure how this all works i have never done this before but here goes!!!

    im working towards a companion voucher with my BA amex premium plus card
    once i have the voucher can i use this to book a reward return flight to usa
    ie outbound and inbound for my wife
    or would it only work on one of the flights
    thanks very much for any help
    regards Brian.

    With the voucher, you can book a return ticket (ie outbound and inbound) for 2 people, paying the avios for only 1 person (but taxes and surcharges for both).

    Or you can use it for just 1 person, paying only 50% avios (paying full t’s and s’s).

    In either scenario, the voucher holder must travel, so you mentioned your wife, are you the cardholder and she will join you? If so, then that’s ok. But, if she’s going alone and you’re the cardholder, then that won’t be allowed.

    You should find the article on the voucher useful.

    https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/01/16/how-do-british-airways-american-express-2-4-1-vouchers-work/

    saladdodger 12 posts

    Same email received this morning. I’m happy they have acknowledged it so I won’t refund and risk missing out.

    In the event they don’t honour the 10% I’ll have to reassess but I hope this will just be a case of applying a one-off bonus to make good.

    Had the bonus 10% credited this afternoon/evening. Hope you did too.

    ukpolak 73 posts

    Cheers – that just prompted me to check and indeed 22k added sometime over the past few hours. Case closed! Boy it took time to sort but I’m glad they did address this.

    MoneyNeverSleeps 5 posts

    Hi

    Does anybody know if Nectar to Avios conversion is “boostable”?

    sunny110 7 posts

    Is it worth buying avios at this rate or just waiting to passively earn them? my boost is for the avios plus card of 50k so its £1550 for 170000 avios. Was told never to buy them but flights do seem cheaper when redeeming avios on reward flights (even if you factor 0.84p per avios vs buying outright?)

    Alex G 465 posts

    I think it’s worth it.

    On a recent J class flight to the US, I saved about £1k on fees and charges by using an extra 60000 Avios, so 1.6p value.

    Eoc 34 posts

    Heres an odd one.

    Just did my second boost on player 2’s account. It didn’t seem to go thru on first attempt on phone so tried on desktop. 5 mins later I get both x3 transactions posting. Checked on P2’s BA account and there they both are, posted. Went back again and site said no points available for boosting. Interesting.

    On my P1 transaction it let me have one purchase vs. my points balance , here it is letting me double dip. At 0.84 I am not complaining…

    Rekka3000 1 post

    Can I buy avios and then boost the avios I bought? So if I buy 100,000 can I triple it for this price? Or is it best to sub and get it boosted? I only have 6000 points a month coming in from my AMEX/Barclay card, and I’d like to get enough points to use my companion ticket on a flight to the usa

    nectar collector 286 posts

    Can I buy avios and then boost the avios I bought? So if I buy 100,000 can I triple it for this price? Or is it best to sub and get it boosted? I only have 6000 points a month coming in from my AMEX/Barclay card, and I’d like to get enough points to use my companion ticket on a flight to the usa

    Sadly no – Robs recenr article summarizes the BA rules on what you can and can’t boost , and BAs Tsand Cs say

    ‘6. Not all transactions are eligible for boosting. Exclusions are: balance transfers from other airlines, Nectar exchanges, Avios shared or gifted by other members and bought Avios’

    https://www.headforpoints.com/2023/06/09/avios-balance-boost-review/

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