3 days only - 50% bonus on purchased Avios

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Old Feb 23, 15, 5:26 am
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3 days only - 50% bonus on purchased Avios

Here are two links referring to a new offer by BA.

Buy 2,000 - 35,000 miles in the next three days, get a 50% bonus.


http://euflyer.boardingarea.com/2015...s-3-days-only/

http://www.headforpoints.com/2015/02...ios-good-deal/

I am US based, when I plugged in 35,000 miles into the engine it priced out at $988. That's 1.88 cents per mile for the 35,000 + 17,500 = 52,500 miles.

Interestingly, the blogs linked above say that the price for 35,000 + 17,500 Avios is 575 pounds. Under current exchange rates, that's $884.83 - so it comes out to 1.68 cents per mile if you pay in pounds?

I just changed my country of residence in my Executive Club profile from USA to UK and changed my website settings from USA-English to UK-English. The site now prompts me to buy the 35,000 + 17,500 points for 575 pounds, which should come out to 1.68 cents per mile.

I don't know if the purchase goes through points.com or if it is a direct purchase from BA giving an additional miles bonus if you put the purchase on your BA visa card or Chase Sapphire card or any other card giving bonus miles for airline spend.

Obviously anyone who buys Avios now should consider the pending devaluation of Avios on April 28.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 5:56 am
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As an update, after changing my country of residence to United Kingdom, I made the purchase in pounds, the cost of the pending charge on my Chase Sapphire card is $887.54.

The charge says "Avios by points," I guess that means it's a points.com purchase. I guess I'll get 52,500 + 887 MR points which are convertible to Avios for $887.54. 1.66 cents per point/mile, and a $100 savings by changing the profile address from US to UK.

However, I then attempted to change my address back to USA and got this message:

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According to the new information you have attempted to give us, your preferred address is no longer within the country to which you are currently registered. As this requires us to transfer your membership to another region, you will need to contact your current Service Centre in order to make this change.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 6:36 am
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I know pretty much everyone is b1tch1ing about the devaluation, but this slug of bonus miles does create some exceptional pockets of opportunity in my book.

We're flying a mix of J and F between PEK and HKG this summer. It's 20k Avios and 12 in J, or 500 for the cash ticket. 30k in F again plus 12, vs 700 for cash. Seems difficult to get discounts on these routes especially one way. And there's award availability all over the place.

Oh, and for those with the Lloyds Avios upgrade vouchers, again a great opportunity.

Long term I'm not happy but this does create opportunities!
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Old Feb 23, 15, 6:50 am
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Does anyone know if buying Avios is classified as "BA spend" with the BA Premium Amex and qualifies for the 3 Avios per spend bonus?

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Old Feb 23, 15, 7:01 am
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The purchase goes through on your card as 'points.com' so it doesn't count as BA spend and you don't earn additional Avois on your Amex
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Old Feb 23, 15, 8:07 am
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Originally Posted by jphripjah View Post
However, I then attempted to change my address back to USA and got this message:

Sorry

According to the new information you have attempted to give us, your preferred address is no longer within the country to which you are currently registered. As this requires us to transfer your membership to another region, you will need to contact your current Service Centre in order to make this change.


You are only allowed to change your residence on your BAEC account once every 6 months. It is to prevent BAEC members constantly changing residences to take advantage of different offers as you have done here.

You have to stay as a UK resident for the next six months. Not sure if there are other implication if you are collecting Avios through a US credit card like Sapphire Chase.

Always best to check on this forum first below diving straight in on something like thi.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 8:22 am
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Anyone know what the Euro price is - presumably that now looks more attractive vs /$?
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Old Feb 23, 15, 8:29 am
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Anyone know what the Euro price is - presumably that now looks more attractive vs /$?
35000 avios + 17.500 bonus = 661 eur
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Old Feb 23, 15, 8:33 am
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Anyone know what the Euro price is - presumably that now looks more attractive vs /$?
661 euros
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Old Feb 23, 15, 8:35 am
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35000 avios + 17.500 bonus = 661 eur
That's 489 GBP
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Old Feb 23, 15, 9:02 am
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is these price for avios is cheap?
what was average cheap price for last 2 years?
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Old Feb 23, 15, 9:08 am
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To Buy or not to Buy

Can I ask if the general consensus is that it's well worth buying Avios at this rate... we're not overly flush in avios (about 350K in the HH account) but have 3 2 for 1s to burn. is this a cost-effective way of increasing the total?

Thanks for any thoughts..
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Old Feb 23, 15, 9:13 am
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That's 489 GBP
Damn! Yes, I thought of that right after I bought. Should have changed my address to France! I guess the 35,000 + 17500 points costs $988 if you have a US address, $887 with a UK address, and $753 if you have a European address. That's 1.43 cents per mile.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 9:29 am
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This made me think--if one was to book a J ticket today and then cancel it after the April changes, do we receive only the points back that we spent on the ticket or do we get the new cost to book in J?

i.e. spend 150k RT J, cancel after the changes take place, receive 200k Avios back.
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Old Feb 23, 15, 9:31 am
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You get back what you paid!
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