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British Airways Bonus: Buy Avios For As Low As 1.3 Cents!

Last updated: October 11,2022
Originally Published: October 11,2022
by Jestan Mendame

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British Airways members can now earn up to 18,000 Avios when they subscribe to The Economist. While it may not sound so appealing but it’s a cheaper way to buy Avios as compared to buying Avios on British Airways.

Let’s find out below!

Get up to 18,000 Avios when you subscribe to the Economist.
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Subscription Options

The Economist is offering two types of subscriptions:

  • Annual Digital Subscription: Pay US$199 per year and earn 15,000 bonus Avios
  • Annual Digital+Print subscription: Pay US$249 per year and earn 18,000 bonus Avios

If we do the math, $199 for 15,000 Avios is equivalent to 1.32 cents per point and $225 for 18,000 Avios is equivalent to 1.38 cents per point. The offer ends on October 31, 2022.

Typically, Avios costs around 1.84 cents per point when purchased through British Airways. Now, comparing it to 1.38 cents per point, you’re getting about a 30% discount.

We know, 18,000 points don’t really move the needle that much. However, it’s a great way to simply add more points to your account if your points are almost expiring or if you’re saving up for a much bigger award flight in the future. It’s also great for short-haul redemptions on one-way award flights that cost around 4000 – 7000 Avios each way.

  • Earn 60,000 Bonus Points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.
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  • 3x points on dining, online grocery purchases, and select streaming services
  • 2x points on other travel purchases


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