British Airways Selling Avios With 50% Bonus

British Airways Selling Avios With 50% Bonus

No current offers.
Deal History
50% bonus on purchased Avios August 19, 2021 August 30, 2021
50% bonus on purchased Avios June 21, 2021 July 4, 2021
50% bonus on purchased Avios March 29, 2021 April 11, 2021
30% bonus on purchased Avios December 18, 2020 February 2, 2021
2
In the interest of full disclosure, OMAAT earns a referral bonus for anyone that’s approved through some of the below links. These are the best publicly available offers (terms apply) that we have found for each product or service. Opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of the bank, credit card issuer, airline, hotel chain, or product manufacturer/service provider, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities. Please check out our advertiser policy for further details about our partners, and thanks for your support!

Often buying points can represent a great deal, especially for first and business class award redemptions, where there’s the most value to be had. British Airways has just launched its latest promotion on purchased Avios, which is among the best offers we’ve seen from the program.

Executive Club selling Avios with 50% bonus

Through Monday, August 30, 2021, British Airways Executive Club is offering a bonus on purchased Avios. With this promotion, you can receive a 50% bonus, no matter how many Avios you purchase. In the past this promotion typically required purchasing a high number of Avios to unlock the bigger bonus, while here you get it even for a small purchase.

Ordinarily you can purchase at most 100,000 Avios (pre-bonus) per calendar year, though during this promotion British Airways has increased the cap to 200,000 Avios pre-bonus.

One of the things that makes buying Avios unique is that the cost per purchased point varies depending on what country your account is registered in, and therefore based on what currency you pay in.

The price to purchase Avios will be different depending on whether you’re paying in EUR, GBP, or USD:

  • For US registered accounts you can expect to pay $5,523 for 300,000 Avios with the 50% bonus, which is a cost of 1.84 cents per Avios
  • For UK registered accounts you can expect to pay £3,215 (~$4,463) for 300,000 Avios with the 50% bonus, which is a cost of 1.49 cents per Avios (in USD)
  • For EU registered accounts you can expect to pay 3,601EUR (~$4,284) for 300,000 Avios with the 50% bonus, which is a cost of 1.43 cents per Avios (in USD)

Personally I value British Airways Avios at 1.3 cents each, though there are ways to get outsized value thanks to the distance-based award chart. For some inspiration on the best ways to redeem Avios, see this post. I wouldn’t ever buy Avios with a long-term use in mind, though, given the program’s tendency to devalue without any sort of advance notice.

There are lots of great partner redemptions with Avios

Buying Iberia Avios is sometimes a better deal

Note that Iberia Plus sometimes (though unfortunately not right now) offers a 50% bonus on purchased Avios, and that can represent a much better deal for US-registered accounts.

In theory the pricing between the programs is the same, but there’s one major advantage to buying Iberia Avios — with Iberia even if your account is based in the US, you can buy Avios at the much lower cost in EUR, which brings down the cost considerably.

With British Airways you can only buy Avios in the currency for the country your account is registered in, while with Iberia it’s based on what country’s website you’re on. In other words, if you’re based in the US you could buy Iberia Avios at the lower EU cost.

You can transfer Avios between British Airways and Iberia, assuming you’ve had both accounts open for at least 90 days, and the accounts have some activity.

Buying Iberia Avios often represents a better value

Which credit card should you buy Avios with?

British Airways Avios purchases are processed by points.com, meaning they don’t count as an airfare purchase for the purposes of credit card spending.

Therefore I’d recommend using a card on which you’re trying to reach a minimum spending requirement, or otherwise, a credit card that maximizes your return on everyday spending. See this post for the best credit cards for buying points.

Other ways to earn Avios

While I think there’s a lot of value to be had with Avios, do keep in mind that there are quite a few ways to earn Avios with US credit cards. British Airways Executive Club is transfer partners with Amex Membership Rewards and Chase Ultimate Rewards.

On top of that, there are three credit cards issued in the US that earn Avios:

You can find a detailed comparison of the three cards here.

There are lots of great ways to earn British Airways Avios

Bottom line

British Airways is offering a 50% bonus on purchased Avios. This is among the best offers we see from British Airways Executive Club on purchased Avios, and it’s a particularly solid value for those with accounts registered in Europe. What’s great about this promotion is that there’s no minimum number of Avios you have to purchase to get the bonus, so even purchasing 1,000 Avios will unlock the 50% bonus.

Personally my preferred way to acquire Avios continues to be to earn them through Amex Membership Rewards, Chase Ultimate Rewards, etc. However, if you don’t have access to US credit cards, some might consider this to be worthwhile.

Do you plan on purchasing Avios with this promotion?

Conversations (2)
Newest comments are displayed first.

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

Type your response here.

If you'd like to participate in the discussion, please adhere to our commenting guidelines. Anyone can comment, and your email address will not be published. Register to save your unique username and earn special OMAAT reputation perks!

  1. David

    I think it should be mentioned that BA devalued their Avios multiple times during the pandemic with no notice (even after the fact) at all. I think that should factor into everyone's decision as to whether they should buy any Avios.

  2. Tor

    i have eu account and every time ive bought avois before ive gotten the offer in EUR, but this time i get an error message and then it just sends me to the US version and wants payment in USD

Featured Comments Load all 2 comments Most helpful comments ( as chosen by the OMAAT community ).

The comments on this page have not been provided, reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any advertiser, and it is not an advertiser's responsibility to ensure posts and/or questions are answered.

David

I think it should be mentioned that BA devalued their Avios multiple times during the pandemic with no notice (even after the fact) at all. I think that should factor into everyone's decision as to whether they should buy any Avios.

Tor

i have eu account and every time ive bought avois before ive gotten the offer in EUR, but this time i get an error message and then it just sends me to the US version and wants payment in USD

Meet Ben Schlappig, OMAAT Founder
4,523,713 Miles Traveled

25,807,500 Words Written

28,675 Posts Published

Keep Exploring OMAAT