Three Days Only: Up To 50% Bonus On Purchase Of British Airways Avios

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British Airways is offering what they call their “best ever bonus” on the purchase of Avios, available through 11:59PM GMT on Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

Through this promotion you’ll earn a 50% bonus if you purchase 2,000 or more Avios, up to the annual limit of 35,000 Avios (not factoring in any bonus Avios). Purchased Avios should post immediately and are processed directly by British Airways, meaning they should qualify as airfare spend for the purpose of your credit card.

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The cost per purchased Avios varies based on how many you purchase. For example, 15,000 Avios (including the 50% bonus) will cost you $300, which is 2.0 cents per Avios.

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Meanwhile if you max out the promotion, purchasing 52,500 Avios will cost you $988, which is ~1.88 cents per Avios.

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This is indeed the lowest cost at which I’ve ever seen British Airways sell Avios. So with a specific use in mind it could make sense to purchase Avios under this offer.

For example, a last minute ticket between New York and Montreal costs ~$533:

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While you could book the same ticket through British Airways for just 4,500 Avios plus $5.60 in taxes:

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In other words, it could make sense to buy Avios for under two cents each when you can redeem them for over 10 cents each. That being said, this is an extreme example.

Keep in mind that:

  • British Airways is devaluing their award chart as of April 28, 2015 (though economy shorthaul redemption costs remain the same, which I’d argue are the best use of these points anyway)
  • British Airways Executive Club is transfer partners with American Express Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, and Starwood Preferred Guest, so there are lots of ways to accrue Avios without outright purchasing them (though I realize not everyone has access to US credit card offers)

As a refresher, here are some of the best cards for accruing British Airways Avios:

CardCurrent BonusDetails
Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card50,000 Ultimate Rewards points after spending $4,000 within three months, plus an additional 5,000 points when you add an authorized user and they make their first purchase within three months• $95 annual fee, waived the first year
• No foreign transaction fees
• 2x points on travel and dining
The Amex EveryDay® Credit Card and Amex EveryDay® Preferred Credit Card from American ExpressAmex EveryDay®: Earn 10,000 Membership Rewards® points after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred: Earn 15,000 Membership Rewards® points after you make $1,000 in purchases with your new Card in the first three months.
Terms and Conditions apply
Amex EveryDay®:
• Get 2x points at U.S. supermarkets, on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1X). Earn 1X points on other purchases.
• Use your Card 20 or more times on purchases in a billing period and get 20% more points on those purchases less returns and credits.
Amex EveryDay® Preferred:
• Earn 3X points at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1X). Earn 2X points at U.S. gas stations. Earn 1X points on other purchases.
• Use your Card 30 or more times on purchases in a billing period and get 50% more points on those purchases less returns and credits.
Premier Rewards Gold Card from American Express25,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $2,000 within three months
Terms and Conditions apply
• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $195
• 3X points for flights booked directly with airlines. 2X points at US restaurants, US gas stations, and US supermarkets. 1X points on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply
The Business Gold Rewards Card from American Express OPEN50,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $5,000 within three months
Terms and Conditions apply
• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $175
• 3X points on one category of your choice from the following: Airfare purchased directly from airlines; U.S. purchases for advertising in select media; U.S. purchases at gas stations; U.S. purchases for shipping; U.S. computer hardware, software, and cloud computing purchases made directly from select providers. 2X points on the 4 remaining categories. 1Xpoints on other purchases. Terms and limitations apply. 3X and 2X apply to the first $100,000 in purchases in each of the 5 categories per year, 1X point per dollar thereafter.
Mercedes Benz Platinum Card from American Express50,000 Membership Rewards® points after spending $3,000 within three months
Terms and Conditions apply
Annual fee: $475
• No Foreign transaction fees
• Lounge access with Delta, Priority Pass Select, and others; access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts; a $200 annual airline fee credit, 20% Travel Bonus when using Membership Rewards® Pay with Points
The Platinum Card® from American Express40,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $3,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months
Terms and Conditions apply
Annual fee: $450
• No Foreign transaction fees
• Lounge access with Delta, Priority Pass Select, and others; access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts; a $200 annual airline fee credit, 20% Travel Bonus when using Membership Rewards® Pay with Points
The Enhanced Business Platinum® Card from American ExpressEarn up to 75,000 Membership Rewards® points! Earn 50,000 Membership Rewards points after you spend $10,000 and an extra 25,000 points after you spend an additional $10,000 all on qualifying purchases within your first 3 months of Card Membership.
Terms and Conditions apply
• Annual fee: $450
• No Foreign transaction fees
• Lounge access with Delta, Priority Pass Select, and others; access to American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts; a $200 annual airline fee credit
Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American ExpressEarn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $3,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Then, earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $2,000 in purchases within the first 6 months. Offer ends 4/5.• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
• Get a 25% bonus when transferring 20,000 points to an airline partner
Starwood Preferred Guest® Business Card from American ExpressLimited Time Offer: Earn up to 35,000 bonus Starpoints® - Offer ends 04/05/2017. Earn 25,000 bonus Starpoints® after you use your new Card to make $5,000 in purchases within the first 3 months. Earn an extra 10,000 bonus Starpoints® after you make an additional $3,000 in purchases within the first 6 months.• $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95
• Get a 25% bonus when transferring 20,000 points to an airline partner
British Airways Visa Signature® Card50,000 Avios after spending $3,000 within three months• $95
• No Foreign transaction fees
• 1.25x Avios per dollar spent
• Companion certificate valid for second passenger on British Airways award reservation after spending $30,000 on the card annually

To put this promotion in the context of recent promotions run by British Airways:

Bottom line

This is indeed the best promotion I’ve seen on the purchase of British Airways Avios, and you’ll have to act fast, since the promotion is only valid for a few days.

That being said, this still isn’t a rate at which I’d speculatively pick up Avios. With a specific use in mind it absolutely can be a worthwhile deal, but otherwise there are better ways to accrue Avios.

Do you plan on purchasing Avios through this promotion?

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Comments

  1. hey Ben

    Is it possible to purchase the Aviod on BA account, get the bonus miles and later on transfer all to IB?
    It would it be better to keep all in BA and even transfer from IB to BA?

    Thanks
    Daniel

  2. @ Daniel — Yes, if your accounts have been open for long enough and can be linked then you can transfer those Avios. Which program makes more sense depends on your redemption goals.

  3. Never mind. I figured out how to changed address properly.

    In fact, by changing address to euro zone, you would pay even less, only 661 euro, or $747 for 52500 avios. That’s 1.4 cents per avio.

    Purchased avios show up instantly. You can use a US credit card too.

  4. Al

    Can you tell me how did you do it . What countary address did you add and were you able to change back to US address. I have BA chase card, will i get avios by buying through the card . One thing is mentioned on website that, the avios will not be posted if you have outside US address

    Any imput

    Thanks

  5. I left the US city and state and zip the same and just changed country to UK. I was NOT able to change back to the US; posters on Flyertalk are saying that you can only change the address once every six months.

    @Al – You are right. Changing the address to Europe results in greater savings. That’s what i should have done

  6. You can not change the address. And if you have BA chase card you will not get your Avios posted in your account. If you dont have any BA chase card than i guess it doesnt matter !!!

    Be carefull while changing your address, I can be pain! …I am on phone for last 30 min

    CB

  7. @Pavel: Let me know if there is a solution to the problem, I get the same error message:

    “The Executive Club account you specified is not eligible to purchase Avios.”

  8. New members, be aware: I found out that buying Avios is only possible when you have at least 1 (one) Avio in your account. Otherwise, you are not eligible.

    Still trying to find the right word to describe my feelings about BA’s move here, in German it would be: hinterlistig! 😉

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