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Here’s a way to buy British Airways Avios at under 9/10ths of a cent apiece. 4500 Avios is enough for a flight under 650 miles outside of North America. 7500 Avios is enough for a US domestic flight under 1150 miles. And I’ve found them great for upgrading cheap business class sale fares to first class.
British Airways First Class
Chase Sapphire Preferred‘s points transfer 1:1 into British Airways — and the card’s signup bonus lets you earn 50,000 — or you can buy magazines!
The UK’s Sunday Times Travel magazine will give you 4500 British Airways Avios for a 1 year subscription which you can either take yourself or gift to someone else.
To get the offer to show, enter promo code STTM0916 in the promo code box and hit submit.
Note that if you list your country as being in the UK you’ll get a price of £30. If you list your country as the US your price is £49 because of course shipping.
30 pounds is about $39, which means you’re buying Avios for less than 9/10ths of a cent each.
I’d note a few things:
- In theory you could gift subscriptions to people in the UK and you don’t even have to know them to do it if you just want the points.
- There’s nothing in the terms and conditions that limit you to one bonus or even 50 bonuses.
- The offer is set to expire September 30 but is “subject to availability.” In an ideal world I’d order a couple of subscriptions now, wait for the points for both to post, before scaling the offer — just to make sure they are posting multiples of the Avios bonus before buying lots of subscriptions. However I don’t necessary expect the offer to last through the end date because they may hit their marketing budget for Avios before then.
- Although if they didn’t post all the bonuses I ordered I’d at least be able to initiate a charge back if paying a couple of pounds more to use a credit card rather than direct debit. That drives up the cost to about a penny per point but could be worthwhile insurance.
- If paying by credit card be sure to use one that does not add foreign transaction fees.
Terms and conditions:
Subscription offer ends September 30, 2016, and is subject to availability. Minimum subscription is 12 months; however, you may cancel, by post or phone, within seven working days after the date on which the application was received, and will receive a full refund. No refunds after this period. Avios will be awarded within 28 (twenty eight) days. Avios are issued and redeemed according to Avios Terms and Conditions and for any queries regarding missing Avios please contact +44 1795 414827. Subscriptions can take up to 30 days to arrive and begin with the first available issue on processing of payment. Standard UK subscription is £32. Overseas subscriptions: Europe, 12 issues for £43; rest of world, 12 issues for £49; call +44 1795 414827. Up to 35% saving is based on 12 issues at the newsstand price. Calls in the UK cost up to 5p/min from a BT landline; calls from mobiles/other providers may vary.
(HT: Head for Points)