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    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 27th Feb 12, 1:42 PM
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    Avios Points Boosting guide discussion
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    • 27th Feb 12, 1:42 PM
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    Avios Points Boosting guide discussion 27th Feb 12 at 1:42 PM



    Hi all, we've written a new Avios Points Boosting guide to help you earn flights (plus taxes) worldwide and max points' value when redeeming.

    How did you find the info? Do you have any other ways to boost your points? What are your top ways to spend Avios points?

    Thanks
    for your help!


    MSE Jenny

    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 27-02-2012 at 1:48 PM.
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  • Hitesh27
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    • 29th Feb 12, 10:17 AM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 10:17 AM
    Hi Jenny

    The APB (Avios Points Boosting) guide is brilliant and insightful, especially how the different credit card options are available to collect points. I started collecting Airmiles just over 2 year ago with the Lloyds DUO cards. Throwing all my purchases on to the Amex or Master Card. Then for some unknown reason Lloyds decided to close all my bank accounts, give me back my savings back and withdraw the DUO cards. Since then I've been using a Tesco Credit card and relying on e-Rewards to get points.

    Recently I learnt of combining my Avios accounts and was able to transfer my BA Executive club Avios points to my Avios account and having just discovered that it is beneficial to use the BA credit card to get Avios points I assume I can transfer them across to Avios for Eurostar tickets and hotels as and when required without issues.

    Do you know if the option to combine will always be present or is it something that could be taken away later?

    Hitesh27
  • dgb17
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:28 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:28 PM
    just tried to buy Avios miles via BA website. cost has already increased to 31 + 250 bonus
  • boobies
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:31 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:31 PM
    just tried to buy Avios miles via BA website. cost has already increased to 31 + 250 bonus
    Originally posted by dgb17
    They are still 20 through the Avios site (but no bonus), AFAIK they have been 31 through BA for some time now.

    How many do you need? There is probably a far more efficient way of getting the miles.
  • cassis
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:37 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:37 PM
    Fantastic guide on boosting Avios, well done to everyone involved. But does anyone know if the "Shell 6000 bonus Avios" tip applies to the BA Exec. Club Avios scheme, or just to the standard Avios scheme?

    I've been a member of the BA version for a couple of months now. I was pleased the Tesco Clubcard bonus 400pts applied to it as well as the standard Avios scheme.

    But because I've recently converted Clubcard points to Avios, I don't think I will be able to earn the bonus 6000 Avios. (unless I open a parallel "regular" Avios account and use it?)

    It's confusing having similar but different schemes...!

    I know I can transfer points between regular and BA Avios accounts - but be warned, only if they're individual acconuts. Once you merge into a family account, its not possible (think you can un-merge, transfer, then re-merge however)
    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 29th Feb 12, 12:40 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:40 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:40 PM
    just tried to buy Avios miles via BA website. cost has already increased to 31 + 250 bonus
    Originally posted by dgb17
    The main Avios scheme’s points prices are rising to match BA Exec Club’s higher prices.

    If you buy Avios points today via the main Avios site, you can still move them over to your BA Exec account. See full details on Avios site.

    But yes, the points aren't cheap, even at 20. So only do this if you need to travel soon and don't have time to earn miles. 1,000 airmiles are typically only worth 8-10 (more if you spend them on business-class or are taking a free companion).
    Last edited by MSE Jenny; 29-02-2012 at 12:49 PM.
  • cassis
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:55 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 12:55 PM
    They are still 20 through the Avios site (but no bonus), AFAIK they have been 31 through BA for some time now.

    How many do you need? There is probably a far more efficient way of getting the miles.
    Originally posted by boobies
    Yes, they've been that price on BA Exec. Club Avios for some time. The MSE guide explains that the "regular" Avios scheme is the route to go to buy Avios today, because the regular Avios prices jump up to match the BA pricing structure tomorrow.

    HOWEVER that's not the whole story. Today is the last day of the BA Exec. Club scheme's 25% bonus points offer until midnight tonight.

    The BA pricing structure is tiered (the more you buy, the cheaper the unit price), unlike the current regular price list (1.5p / Avios for all tiers execpt the bottom, where its 2p/Avios).

    If buying today, up to 6000 Avios its cheapest to use the "regular" scheme. If above 6000 (base points), the unit cost dips under 1.5p/Avios on the BA Exec Club scheme where it becomes cheaper.

    Confusing or what?!
  • boobies
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    • 29th Feb 12, 1:10 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 1:10 PM
    Yes, they've been that price on BA Exec. Club Avios for some time. The MSE guide explains that the "regular" Avios scheme is the route to go to buy Avios today, because the regular Avios prices jump up to match the BA pricing structure tomorrow.

    HOWEVER that's not the whole story. Today is the last day of the BA Exec. Club scheme's 25% bonus points offer until midnight tonight.

    The BA pricing structure is tiered (the more you buy, the cheaper the unit price), unlike the current regular price list (1.5p / Avios for all tiers execpt the bottom, where its 2p/Avios).

    If buying today, up to 6000 Avios its cheapest to use the "regular" scheme. If above 6000 (base points), the unit cost dips under 1.5p/Avios on the BA Exec Club scheme where it becomes cheaper.

    Confusing or what?!
    Originally posted by cassis
    The BA pricing structure is not tiered per se, the miles are the same price but the admin charge is fixed, so the more you buy the less of an impact that charge has.

    I really would not recommend buying miles unless they are needed urgently. There are plenty of other ways to get them for little or no cost.
    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 29th Feb 12, 1:38 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 1:38 PM
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    • 29th Feb 12, 1:38 PM
    Yes, they've been that price on BA Exec. Club Avios for some time. The MSE guide explains that the "regular" Avios scheme is the route to go to buy Avios today, because the regular Avios prices jump up to match the BA pricing structure tomorrow.

    HOWEVER that's not the whole story. Today is the last day of the BA Exec. Club scheme's 25% bonus points offer until midnight tonight.

    Confusing or what?!
    Originally posted by cassis
    Thanks, I've added the 25% offer to the guide.
    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 29th Feb 12, 1:46 PM
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    MSE Jenny
    But does anyone know if the "Shell 6000 bonus Avios" tip applies to the BA Exec. Club Avios scheme, or just to the standard Avios scheme?

    I've been a member of the BA version for a couple of months now. I was pleased the Tesco Clubcard bonus 400pts applied to it as well as the standard Avios scheme.

    But because I've recently converted Clubcard points to Avios, I don't think I will be able to earn the bonus 6000 Avios. (unless I open a parallel "regular" Avios account and use it?)
    Originally posted by cassis
    Hi cassis

    Thanks for the feedback The 2,000 bonus points are only available via the main Avios scheme.

    Just asked the press office and it said if you’ve already exchanged a Tesco Clubcard voucher for BA Exec Avios, but not for the main Avios scheme, you can still get the first-time collector bonus. Have added to the guide.

    You would need to set up a new main Avios scheme account. Just be sure to collect at least one Avios point though it before you exchange the Tesco voucher or you won’t be eligible to get the 2,000 bonus points. The quickest way is probably just to buy something you were buying anyway via the e-shop.
  • cuddykid
    This avios stuff is a real polava! But, thanks for the guide

    Just a quick question -

    I've transferred some of my BA "avios" points into my new main avios account (just opened) - does that mean that I have just earnt points so I'm eligible for the 2000 bonus points?

    I guess it's not that easy :P If not, surely it will take a while for the points to enter my account after I use the e-shop (like quidco takes forever!) - so, by the time my points arrive in my avios account, the 400 bonus (for every 2.50 club card exchanged) will no longer be on.

    Could someone shed some light on this?

    Thanks
    • mrweeble
    • By mrweeble 29th Feb 12, 3:17 PM
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    mrweeble
    Wondering what the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to earn one point is. I have a load of unspent Tesco ClubCard vouchers I want to convert into Avios points for a Eurostar trip. To maximise my rate, I want to do it before the 31st March in order to get the bonus points (#03), however I also want to pick up the bonus points for being a first timer (#04).

    As I am a brand new Avios customer, I need to have earned at least one point before doing this. Was thinking of buying two MP3s via iTunes (1.18) which would get me 2 points to be eligible, however it and all the other e-shops say it takes 35 days to credit my account, by which time I will have missed the Tesco points increase. Does it really take that long or is it just a worse case scenario?

    Any ideas?
  • boobies
    Wondering what the easiest, cheapest and quickest way to earn one point is. I have a load of unspent Tesco ClubCard vouchers I want to convert into Avios points for a Eurostar trip. To maximise my rate, I want to do it before the 31st March in order to get the bonus points (#03), however I also want to pick up the bonus points for being a first timer (#04).

    As I am a brand new Avios customer, I need to have earned at least one point before doing this. Was thinking of buying two MP3s via iTunes (1.18) which would get me 2 points to be eligible, however it and all the other e-shops say it takes 35 days to credit my account, by which time I will have missed the Tesco points increase. Does it really take that long or is it just a worse case scenario?

    Any ideas?
    Originally posted by mrweeble
    The time taken for points to be credited varies - my last twenty transactions have averaged two weeks to be credited, but I have had some that have taken several months.
    • mrweeble
    • By mrweeble 29th Feb 12, 3:42 PM
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    Thanks Boobies, I guess I shall try it out and see if I get lucky
  • trevorh
    Great guide, thanks very much.

    Just for info the BA upgrades referred to (Point 17) appear to be able to be booked on BA's website (I've not actually booked but I did get to payment page)

    From my limited checking, upgrading from WT+ to Club seems to give the best value per Avios by miles (excuse the pun) if you can live with the limited availability of Club seats.

    Happy flying!
    • dougz
    • By dougz 29th Feb 12, 9:44 PM
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    dougz
    The time taken for points to be credited varies - my last twenty transactions have averaged two weeks to be credited, but I have had some that have taken several months.
    Originally posted by boobies
    Anyone got any clues to which retailers tend to be quickest?

    If worst comes to worst and the deadline looms before the earned points are credited, is it possible to just buy some points instead, or don't they count?
  • cassis
    I wonder if MSE Jenny can confirm if only a max of 6000 (perhaps theoretically 8000) Avios - not the 12000 mentioned in the guide - is possible with the Tesco Clubcard and Shell quarterly bonus incentives?

    The Ts&Cs say;

    You can collect in more than one way but can only receive one Bonus offer per way per quarter. Avios award times vary depending on where you're collecting. Avios must be added to your account by the end of each quarter to qualify. Shell awards are as follows: Fill up in Jan/Feb/Mar, Avios on account in June. Fill up in Apr/May/Jun, Avios on account in September. Fill up in Jul/Aug/Sep, Avios on account in December. Fill up in Oct/Nov/Dec, Avios on account in March. Bonus Avios will be awarded within 28 days of the end of each quarter. Shell Bonus Avios will be awarded within 28 days of the Shell award appearing in your account and will be backdated to include the month in which you collected the Shell Drivers' Club points and not the date they appeared in your Avios account."
    It seems that only one partner can award a quarterly bonus per quarter, not both Tesco Clubcard and Shell, as the guide says.

    Can their press office clarify?
    • budgetflyer
    • By budgetflyer 1st Mar 12, 7:28 AM
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    If you are near a Tesco Recycling Centre then you get I club Card point for every 2 Aluminium cans.
    At the standard rate of 2.50 vouchers = 600 Avios then 1 aluminium can = 1.2 Avios.

    Boost points by getting friends and family to save for you too
    Last edited by budgetflyer; 01-03-2012 at 8:17 AM.
    • MSE Jenny
    • By MSE Jenny 1st Mar 12, 10:20 AM
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    I wonder if MSE Jenny can confirm if only a max of 6000 (perhaps theoretically 8000) Avios - not the 12000 mentioned in the guide - is possible with the Tesco Clubcard and Shell quarterly bonus incentives?
    Originally posted by cassis
    Hi cassis,

    The T&Cs agree with what we say in the guide. They say "You can collect in more than one way but can only receive one Bonus offer per way per quarter."

    So Tesco is a 'way' and Shell is a 'way', and you can only collect one bonus per way per quarter, ie, one for Tesco, one for Shell.

    Avios says: "There is no limit on how many new participating (in the multi-collect offer) partners you can begin collecting with per quarter and for each partner it goes up by 2,000 Avios."

    Could this be the world's most complicated offer?!
  • boobies
    Anyone got any clues to which retailers tend to be quickest?

    If worst comes to worst and the deadline looms before the earned points are credited, is it possible to just buy some points instead, or don't they count?
    Originally posted by dougz
    The best for me are John Lewis, and House of Fraser most of the time. ebay tend to take a long time, if they post at all.
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