Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

  • jeff 37 posts

    Are there any promotions of late that result in fairly fast posting (within 4-6 weeks) Avios? I’m about 50,000 short of a redemption at present. Lately I have done:

    -BAPP 60,000 signup promo (£5k within 3 months) so that rules out a few other Amexes
    -Daily Mail digital subscription (Nectar bonus, offer now ended)

    I have the option of P2 getting Amex Gold for 30,000 but trying to find the remaining 20,000 somewhere.

    I guess I can whack some credit into utilities etc for BAPP spend but I already have £1000 in Octopus.

    I see there is a 7,000 Nectar bonus on pet insurance and also a life insurance bonus via Sainsbury’s finance, but that looks to be 60 day/6 month lead time on posting?

    Any non-Amex Avios cards worthwhile at the mo?

    Appreciate any help. Cheers!

    kevinchoi 99 posts

    Balance Boost is probably your best bet if you don’t mind paying a small price. There’s a HFP article on it from June which you can refer to

    jeff 37 posts

    Thanks! That completely passed me by!

    aq.1988 489 posts

    Have you got the Barclaycard Avios Plus? That offers 25k for £3k spend (although has had offers of 50k at least twice).

    Having the BAPP would not preclude you from the bonus, as its a Mastercard (and more widely accepted).

    jeff 37 posts

    Thanks – I will have to check my history as I had the Hilton Barclaycard for many years, but ditched it last year (I think) to open myself to offers like that!

    louie 138 posts

    Have you taken out a supplementary card on your BAPP? That would be 3k Avios. Ditto 3k MR points for the first supplementary if P2 gets a Gold card.

    Misty 306 posts

    Not sure how fast you need the points, but at the moment I have an offer on gold, whereby if you recommend another person and they are successful you get a bonus of 14,000 points. I’m not sure if this is open to everyone or targeted. Maybe then just buy the other 60000 ?

    zapato1060 719 posts

    Thanks – I will have to check my history as I had the Hilton Barclaycard for many years, but ditched it last year (I think) to open myself to offers like that!

    Yeah I had to wait a year before I could get the Avios Plus. And if you have the BAPP then you can get the Plat, no problem. And at the moment youll get 80k if referred, let me know if you want referral, and youll still have til Feb 24 to get a pro rata refund of the £650.

    Your P2 can also get Plat then the BAPP.

    jeff 37 posts

    Thanks for the additional ideas. I miscalculated the required points so will definitely do some of them. I can’t reapply for Platinum yet and P2 is just under salary threshold but can get Gold at least.

    Thanks again!

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