Shop to fly with Nectar
You know the feeling. You’re mooching round the supermarket, picking up veg and a pint of milk, but you’re dreaming of a holiday once all this is over – a couples’ retreat in Mauritius; a trip of a lifetime to South Africa; a family jaunt to the Canaries. Anywhere works, to be honest, if they’ll just do your laundry, cook your meals and generally pamper you
Now, though, that supermarket visit can put you on the road – or, rather, on the flight path – to your dream trip. British Airways has partnered with Nectar: one of the UK’s biggest loyalty schemes. Those who sign up to Nectar can accrue Nectar points with more than 350 brands, including Argos, eBay and Sainsbury’s – and from there, you can convert them into Avios, allowing you to pay for flights, upgrades, hotels and car hire for your dream post-Covid trip.
The way it works …
It’s simple: join the British Airways Executive Club for free, and you’ll begin to accrue Avios every time you fly with British Airways, book a package with British Airways Holidays, or rent a car with a British Airways car hire provider – you get the picture.
The new alliance, meanwhile, allows you to link your Nectar and Executive Club accounts together, so that you can convert Nectar points into additional Avios – and let that supermarket run start paying for your holiday.
Let’s talk conversions
400 Nectar points can be converted into 250 Avios, and you can either transfer the points manually, or set up a weekly automatic conversion. What’s more, you can link your British Airways Executive Club account belonging to your family or friends – so you can treat it as your holiday piggy bank. Although you can only link to one account at a time, you can change this up to four times a year. And if you have a household Executive Club account, each member can link to a different Nectar account to rack up those Avios even faster.
Time to shop: Argos
Inspired to start spending? Get in the mood at Argos, where you can stock up on suitcases from just £15, Trunkis for the kids from £35 and digital luggage scales for £10 to avoid overpacking. Argos stocks Tu clothing, so feel free to fill those cases with the latest swimming gear, sunglasses and summer attire for a night on the town. If you’re planning a staycation this summer, this is also the place to prepare, with sturdy travel mugs, cool bags and even tents if you fancy a camping trip.
Time to shop: eBay
Over on everyone’s favourite shopping site, you can plan your holiday outfits down to a T, picking up designer gear for a fraction of its off-the-rail price, and adding essentials such as pet carriers for the car and – all importantly – sand-repelling beach mats (you can thank us later).
Time to shop: Sainsbury’s
And then there’s Sainsbury’s, of course, where your grocery shop can set you on the road to the airport. That pineapple purchase could be the first step towards a trip of a lifetime to Brazil. That bag of pasta? It won’t be long till you’ve earned a mini-break in Italy. And know that, even if the rain spoils your summer BBQs, every burger and every bun is taking you closer to the sun-lounger of your dreams.
Win up to 100,000 Avios with Nectar
When everyday spends with Nectar can convert to Avios shortly after shopping, linking up your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts is a no brainer. But in case you need another reason to start collecting smarter, there are some great Avios prize draws on the cards for those who convert their shopping sprees into Avios.
For a limited time only, every Executive Club Member who converts a minimum of 400 Nectar points manually or automatically into the equivalent 250 Avios will be entered into a prize draw to win Avios prize bundles. The prizes start at 5,000 Avios giveaways going up to 50,000 Avios, with 100,000 Avios prize up for grabs. Each accumulation of 400 Nectar points converted will count as an additional entry. For full terms and conditions, click here. The winners will be selected at random. Prize draw closes 23:59 GMT on 28 July 2021.
All these trips can begin with one small purchase. So even if you’re not planning to travel right now, with the Executive Club and Nectar, you can start banking your rewards for when you feel ready to take to the skies. To sign up today, click here. Full Ts&Cs here.