MSE News: Nectar cardholders can now convert points to Avios - here's how

edited 1 March 2021 at 3:38PM in Food Shopping & Groceries
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edited 1 March 2021 at 3:38PM in Food Shopping & Groceries
Nectar cardholders can now exchange loyalty points for Avios points, and vice versa. It comes after a similar partnership between the frequent flyer points programme and Tesco's Clubcard scheme ended earlier this month. However, this is largely a worse deal for Avios collectors...

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  • sararsarar Forumite
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    I have around 60,000 Avios points, can I now link my accounts and convert all the Avios to Nectar? 
  • terry3terry3 Forumite
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    Yes, I've linked mine
  • sararsarar Forumite
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    terry3 said:
    Yes, I've linked mine
    My mum likes to use Nectar for the Grocery shopping in Sainsburys and I can't see me every getting enough Avios points for a decent flight for myself and a carer.
  • c1995c1995 Forumite
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    ending today is an avios intro offer - convert 1600 nectar points into 1000 avios points and you will receive 500 bonus avios points in the coming months. When posted I will convert the 1500 avios back to nectar making myself an easy £4 
  • c1995c1995 Forumite
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    forgot to add... double points for shopping at Sainsbury's if you transfer the above 1600 points until 19th april
  • ML1550ML1550 Forumite
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    Converting Avios to Nectar points on the BA website wasn't possible on 16/02/2021 and still isn't today.  I can't post active links in this forum (newbie) but the relevant hard-to-find BA website page's URL looks remarkably like:
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    If you try, a message will pop up: "Avios to Nectar conversion unavailable.  We are sorry, Avios to Nectar conversion isn’t currently available online.  If you want to convert your Avios to Nectar points please call us on 0344 49 333 03 between 9 am - 5 pm (Monday to Friday)."

    So, I called the phone number (12 minute wait for answer) and swapped 250 Avios to 400 Nectar. Was told that it may take 10 days (but probably less) to show up in my Nectar account.  When I asked when the Avios to Nectar swap would be available on their website I was told "in a month or less".

    Seems to me they are trying to make  Avios to Nectar swaps hard to do.
  • edited 19 February 2021 at 12:26AM
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    edited 19 February 2021 at 12:26AM
    ML1550 said:
    Converting Avios to Nectar points on the BA website wasn't possible on 16/02/2021 and still isn't today.

    So, I called the phone number (12 minute wait for answer) and swapped 250 Avios to 400 Nectar. Was told that it may take 10 days (but probably less) to show up in my Nectar account.  When I asked when the Avios to Nectar swap would be available on their website I was told "in a month or less".

    Seems to me they are trying to make  Avios to Nectar swaps hard to do.
    Yes I got that impression on being told to phone.....Can you only swap 250 at a time....or is that all you chose to swap...

    Addendum......Phoned at 9am....got straight through, went through a few security questions and all done in 10 minutes, managed to convert my remaining 6250 Avios(the leftovers after having 3 wonderful full board fortnights in Madeira) which(under the present climate) I was prepared just to let expire.....Thanks to Martins Newsletter I spotted the Nectar swap...

    Couponing....."every little hurts"

    Half of the people can be part right all of the time, Some of the people can be all right part of the time.
    But all the people can't be all right all the time. .........I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
    "I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours, "I said that............................ Bob Dylan 1963
  • deppodeppo Forumite
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    still getting message when trying to convert avios to nectar.  maybe too many avios flying out to Sainsbury for IAG/BAs liking?

    Avios to Nectar conversion unavailable

    We are sorry, Avios to Nectar conversion isn’t currently available online. If you want to convert your Avios to Nectar points please call us on 0344 49 333 03 between 9 am - 5 pm (Monday to Friday) You can still convert your Nectar points into Avios online as normal.
  • deppodeppo Forumite
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    or maybe they are trying to close a potential fraud loophole - see https://www.headforpoints.com/2021/02/06/avios-nectar-transfer-security/
  • leadheadleadhead Forumite
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    deppo said:
    still getting message when trying to convert avios to nectar.  maybe too many avios flying out to Sainsbury for IAG/BAs liking?

    Avios to Nectar conversion unavailable

    We are sorry, Avios to Nectar conversion isn’t currently available online. If you want to convert your Avios to Nectar points please call us on 0344 49 333 03 between 9 am - 5 pm (Monday to Friday) You can still convert your Nectar points into Avios online as normal.
    Yes...if you read ML1550's post above, he mentions this....All you have to do is phone them on the number they supply on that same page, and you will get your conversion done in minutes(I think it took me 10 mins in total...they obviously have to carry out security checks)....I think the person who answered the phone told ML1550 that the online part of this swap(Avios to Nectar) would be set up within a month.
    Couponing....."every little hurts"

    Half of the people can be part right all of the time, Some of the people can be all right part of the time.
    But all the people can't be all right all the time. .........I think Abraham Lincoln said that.
    "I'll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours, "I said that............................ Bob Dylan 1963
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