A few days ago I posted about an amazing way to rack up on some British Airways Avios points. While I was able to get in on some of the promotions, they both have now been pulled – bummer! Here is the current situation of the two promotions:
Deal #1: Make a $50 or more Nordstrom.com purchase via the British Airways e-store and you will receive 36 points per dollar spent!
The British Airways eStore has updated their site and all Nordstrom purchases will now only receive 4 points per dollar spent (instead of the previous 12x points). Additionally, the triple point promotion (on top of the regular 12x points) is no longer listed. You are still able to enter the code and a confirmation is given for the triple points, so that is positive, I am just not sure if I 100% trust it. The previous promotion that was giving 36 points per dollar spent was supposed to last until February 14th. It was blogged about heavily and really was an amazing deal! I was able to do some retail therapy and get my mom her birthday present, while earning a free flight (or two)! My assumption is that it was a mistake in the system and it actually was supposed to be 4x points + triple points = 12x points per dollar and instead on the site the full 12x points per dollar was listed and then giving you an additional triple points.
Now, the good news (well hopefully) is that for all of those who made a purchase prior to today, the full 36x points are showing as pending. You should all be able to see these pending points in your account as they post pretty quickly (within a day or two). Since the points are still pending they technically could be pulled, however, I have a good feeling that we will receive them – or maybe that is wishful thinking?!
Like every other “it is too good to be true deal,” it is always worthwhile to jump on the deal early (if not immediately) as they can get pulled quickly and typically do not last until the promotion expiration date. If you are still interested on getting in on the 12 points per dollar spent, I would take a screen shot of the promotional code being accepted in the case you need to fight for it (which will be challenging). If the promotion is 12 points per dollar, that is still good, but is not a reason to go on a shopping binge. If you were going to make purchases anyways, then great, if not, then no reason to buy just to buy (and earn awesome points)!
Thanks to Jon reader for pointing this out!
Deal #2: Get 3,000 British Airways Avios points for FREE with a 7-day free trial from Realtytrac
This one has been fully pulled and free trial memberships are no longer eligible. Unfortunately, those that got on the deal prior to it being pulled will not be receiving the 3,000 points either. On your account you should see both a credit and debit for the 3,000 points. I was hesitant that I would receive the points anyways, so I am not surprised at all. Giving out 3,000 points for a free trial membership is a lot of points (although their goal is for people to forget to cancel and charge them the $49.95 monthly fee)! While I would have been psyched to see an additional 3,000 points hit my British Airways account, it is what it is. It took about 1 minute of my time, so no waste at all. Although the terms and conditions clearly stated that free trials are eligible, both parties involved are blaming someone else and not taking responsibility. I am interested to see if any curtsey points come out of it, but I am not holding my breath.
Either way, make sure you cancel your account prior to the free trial expiring. Your account might have already been closed automatically anyways, but make sure to 100% verify.
Thanks to The Points Guy for the update!
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