36 Avios Per Dollar at Nordstrom

Via Lucky, the British Airways shopping portal is offering 12 points per dollar at Nordstrom and there’s a promotion which will triple your first purchase of $50 or more, yielding 36 points per dollar.

I’m no longer a fan of the Avios program to be sure, as a general matter. But there are some really good targeted uses, such as the uber-cheap short haul non-stop flights on American (which also won’t incur fuel surcharges since paid fares don’t) and also the non-stop US flights from the US to London where availability is really good in business class and first class on BA and for a pretty good product despite the fuel surcharges that will apply. Avios doesn’t thrill me, but if Chase were to bring back a mega credit card signup promotion I’d certainly find myself recommending getting the card — big miles are big miles, even if those miles aren’t as value as they used to be.

So 36 Avios per dollar spent at Nordstrom remains an exceptional deal, if you want to buy anything at Nordstrom, surely as a minimum this constitutes a 1/3rd rebate on whatever you buy in that single purchase.

The shopping portal is under “Collecting Avios” and then “Shopping” when logging into your BA account and then “Shop with BA eStore Now.”

As Lucky underscores,

The key is that once you select Nordstrom as the partner you want to shop with, you’ll have to enter promotion code NORDX3

Gift cards are, sadly, excluded from the offer. Shopping purchases can be a bit probabalistic in their posting. And I’ve seen comments that some people think BA will argue that the triple points will be on the base 6 points per dollar and not the current 12 points per dollar on offer with Nordstrom, still a good offer but less generous (though I don’t really see how that’ll be a tenable position). You may find this posts easily and without work, but I’d make screen shots just in case.

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  1. Nordstrom’s has a great return policy, so you can buy something online and turn it into a gift card in store. An extra step, but a great deal for regular Nordstrom customers.

  2. I would be interested to know if changing for a gift card represents a return or an exchange and if you keep the miles. Anyone tried this?

  3. From the Nordstrom credit card return policy on their site: “If you have requested an exchange, your account will be credited for the return and charged for the new item.”

  4. You could still return once the miles post; it’s highly unlikely they will pull them from your account if you return the items in store.

    Nordstrom has one of those “any time, any reason” style return policies (a la LL Bean or Costco). If you’ve got the capital to pay off while you’re waiting for the miles to post, or you have a 0% APR into card, you could easily earn 100,000k+ Avios…

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