Buying Avios Points - Costs & Details

Details on buying Avios for British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling. Covers the cost of buying Avios and how to buy them.
Updated 2020-12-17 By Robert Flowers III

Avios can be purchased for British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, Aer Lingus AerClub, and Vueling Club. Each program operates on its own, so make sure you're buying Avios for the correct rewards program.

Buying British Airways Avios

British Airways Avios can be purchased through the British Airways Buy Avios page which is powered by Points.com.

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British Airways Avios are quite expensive.

Avios purchased through this portal will be deposited into your British Airways Executive Club account. It will not be reflected in your balance for Aer Lingus AerClub, Iberia Plus, or Vueling Club.

With British Airways you can buy as little as 1,000 Avios for $53 and as many as 200,000 Avios for $5,523 in a single transaction. You can buy up to 200,000 Avios per calendar year (includes gifting Avios as well).

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You can buy up to 200,000 Avios per calendar year.

The cost in Avios-per-cent gets better as you buy more. Buying 1,000 Avios will cost you 5.3 cents per Avios while buying 200,000 Avios will cost you 2.7 cents per Avios. If you're short a few British Airways Avios of your next redemption, topping off your account can be expensive. If you're not in a rush to top off your account, do note that British Airways Avios are on sale several times per year which could save you a nice amount of money.

Alternative Options

British Airways Avios are expensive. If you're looking for another way to quickly add to your account, I recommend that you check out the list of Avios Transfer Partners to see if you can top off your account using rewards earned in another program. Going this route will typically cost you $0 and points are added to your British Airways Executive account just as fast as buying them.

If you find yourself needing British Airways Avios more times than not, you may want to consider picking up an Avios credit card that earns Avios with the British Airways Executive Club program.

How To Buy BA Avios

British Airways Avios are easy to buy and you can do so with only a few steps. Do note that Discover is not a payment option for buying BA Avios. Here's the steps on how to buy BA Avios:

  1. Head over to British Airways Buy Avios page.
  2. Log into your British Airways Executive account.
  3. Select how many British Airways Avios you would like to buy.
  4. Enter your payment info.
  5. Review the order and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Click 'Pay now'

Avios should post to your British Airways Executive account within a few minutes upon successful receipt of purchase. You'll receive a confirmation email once they do post to your account, so keep an eye out for that.

Buying Iberia Avios

Iberia Plus Avios can be purchased through the Iberia Buy Avios page which is powered by Points.com.

Avios purchased through Iberia will be deposited into your Iberia Plus account. It will not be reflected in your balance for British Airways Executive Club, Aer Lingus AerClub, or Vueling Club.

When buying Avios with Iberia, you can buy as little 2,000 Avios for 54€ (~$59 USD) and as many as 200,000 for 3,601€ (~3,947 USD). You can buy up to 200,000 Avios with Iberia per calendar year.

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You can buy Iberia Avios in various increments.

The more Iberia Avios you buy, the better the deal when it comes to what you're paying per Avios. Buying 2,000 Avios will cost you 54€ which equals 2.7 cents per Avios whereas buying 200,000 Avios for 3,601€ will cost you 1.8 cents per Avios. In U.S. dollars, this is equal to 2.95 cents per Avios when buying 2,000 and 1.9 cents per Avios when buying 200,000 Avios.

The prices for buying Avios with Iberia is a lot more reasonable than British Airways. On top of that, you can typically get 2-3 cents per Avios when it comes to redeeming Avios with Iberia which means buying them can make sense in some instances.

When buying Iberia Avios, buy them in Euros. Converting them to U.S. dollars (or other currencies) will up the price quite significantly and you'll end up paying a lot more per Avios. Also, make sure you're using a credit card that has no foreign transaction fee.

Alternative Options

While buying Iberia Avios aren't terribly expensive, the best price for them is still $0 which you can obtain that by transferring points to your Avios account using Avios Transfer Partners. Transferring rewards to your account is the first option you should consider before buying rewards with any program, unless you feel like you'll be devaluing the points you're transferring.

Another thing to note is that Iberia Avios goes on sale several times per year. This allows you to save money when buying Avios and get them for as low as 1.3 cents each with some promotions!

How To Buy Iberia Avios

Buying Iberia Avios doesn't require much. Here are the steps:

  1. Head over to Iberia.com and log into your Iberia Plus account.
  2. In the menu under Iberia Plus, click on Buying or Transferring Avios.
  3. Click on 'Purchase'.
  4. Select how many Iberia Avios you would like to buy.
  5. Enter your payment info.
  6. Review the order and agree to the terms and conditions.
  7. Click 'Pay now'

Purchased Avios should post to your account immediately. You'll receive confirmation once they have posted to your account via email.

Buying Aer Lingus Avios

Aer Lingus Avios can be purchased through the Avios.com Buy Avios page. This is the same portal that you use to buy Vueling Avios.

Avios purchased through the Avios.com Buy Points portal when signed into your AerClub account will credit your Aer Lingus AerClub Avios balance. The Avios you buy when signed into your AerClub account will not be reflected in the balance for British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, or Vueling Club.

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You can buy up to 200,000 Avios per calendar year.

When buying Avios for AerClub, you can buy as little as 1,000 Avios for $53 and as many as 200,000 Avios for $5,523. You can buy up to 200,000 Avios with Aer Lingus per calendar year.

Buying Avios with Aer Lingus costs the same as buying Avios with British Airways. Buying 1,000 Avios will cost you 5.3 cents per Avios and buying 200,000 Avios will cost you 2.7 cents per Avios.

Alternative Options

If you're trying to earn Avios with Aer Lingus, I recommend reading up on Avios Transfer Partners. Several programs allow you to transfer rewards directly to your AerClub account which can get you Avios fast and save you money.

If you enjoy earning Avios with Aer Lingus AerClub, you can pick up an Avios credit card or credit cards offered by transfer partners.

How To Buy Aer Lingus Avios

If you need to add Avios to your AerClub account, you can do so in a few easy steps:

  1. Head to the Avios.com Buy Points page and log in using your Aer Lingus account information.
  2. Click on 'Buy Points Now'.
  3. Select how many Avios you would like to buy.
  4. Enter your payment information.
  5. Review the order and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Hit 'Pay Now'.

Purchased Avios will post to your account shortly after purchase. You'll receive a confirmation email as soon as they post to your account.

Buying Vueling Avios

Vueling Avios can be purchased through the Avios.com Buy Avios page. This is the same portal that you use to buy Aer Lingus Avios.

Avios purchased through the Avios.com Buy Points portal when signed into your Vueling Club account will credit your Vueling Club Avios balance. The Avios you buy when signed into your Vueling Club account will not be reflected in the balance for British Airways Executive Club, Iberia Plus, and Aer Lingus AerClub.

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You can buy as little as 1,000 Avios if you need to top off your account.

When buying Avios for Vueling Club, you can buy as little as 1,000 Avios for £31 (~$39 USD) and as many as 200,000 Avios for £3,215 (~$4,000 USD). You can buy up to 200,000 Avios with Vueling Club per calendar year.

Buying Avios with Vueling is in Great Britain Pounds by default. Buying 1,000 Avios is equal to 3.1 cents (£) per Avios while buying 200,000 is equal to 1.6 cents (£) per Avios. In U.S. dollars, that would be equal to 3.9 cents per Avios when buying 1,000 Avios and 2 cents per Avios when buying 200,000 Avios. The more Avios you buy, the better the value you'll get per Avios. Make sure you're using a card that does not charge a foreign transaction fee when buying Vueling Avios.

Alternative Options

You don't really have any alternative options when it comes to earning Avios with Vueling. There's no major rewards programs that transfer directly to Vueling and they do not offer any co-branded airline credit cards. If you need Vueling Avios now, you're going to have to purchase them.

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You can buy up to 200,000 Vueling Avios.

How To Buy Vueling Avios

You can add Avios to your Vueling Club account at the click of mouse using the following steps:

  1. Head to the Avios.com Buy Points page and log in using your Vueling Club account information.
  2. Click on 'Buy Points Now'.
  3. Select how many Avios you would like to buy.
  4. Enter your payment information.
  5. Review the order and agree to the terms and conditions.
  6. Hit 'Pay Now'.

After successful payment, the Avios should post to your Vueling Club account within a few minutes. You'll receive an email once they have post to your account.

Summary

If you're in need of Avios, you have the ability to buy Avios in all four Avios-earning rewards programs. This allows you to easily top off your account and get the Avios you need. As previously mentioned, you'll want to read up on transferring Avios to your account using partners. This saves you money and is generally the step you should consider before buying points.

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