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Free flights and upgrades definitely aren’t boring…

When people think of points, they assume you need millions to get anything done. That couldn’t be further from the truth. In most parts of the world – 4,500 points can get you from one short haul destination to another, and in the U.S. there are plenty of opportunities at the 7,500 point mark. If you’re into finance, and read The Economist, British Airways has a “no brainer” offer out right now, giving you at least enough miles for a free flight, and maybe a few, just for taking out a subscription…

british airways chauffeurThe Offer

British Airways and The Economist have partnered to create a best of both worlds offer. You get a digital, print, or digital + print subscription of The Economist, and when you sign up and pay for a 1,2, or 3 year package – you get a minimum of 10,000 Avios, and up to 25,000 for a three year subscription. 10,000 is more than enough for a short one way flight in the USA, or round trip in Europe. The bigger the bundle, the more points. With many flights requiring taxes of just $5.60, it’s as close to “free” as you’ll get. Amusingly, it’s actually cheaper to buy British Airways Avios via this Economist deal than it is to buy them from British Airways without a handy finance subscription.

The Details

This is a great, straight forward offer which gives you Avios Points at a rate of 1.35 – 1.5 cents per point. That’s not even half bad if you don’t value an Economist subscription, and if you do – you can consider the points a free added bonus. Once you’ve received your points, you can’t cancel for a refund.

a large building with many peopleFree Flights

Here’s everything you need to know about short haul flights using British Airways Avios. Even though they’re British Airways Avios Points, you can use them for flights on American Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Japan Airlines, Qantas, Finnair, Iberia, Qatar and quite a few other airlines around the world, and the points work on distance – not price. Basically, even if a last minute one way ticket from New York to Washington DC is $400, it’ll be 7,500 points. The price doesn’t matter, only availability.


You can subscribe to this offer from virtually any country in the world. The lowest Avios pricing works out in USD, so if you’re signing up for a digital only subscription, that could make some sense. It’s a lot easier for you to see the various rates for print, digital or both, and by how many years if you just click over and check it out. Simply play around HERE and see if it’s a good time to join or re up your Economist subscription. These special bonuses expire October 31st. You’ll get your points within 28 days of subscription, though in practice they come faster…

Gilbert Ott

Gilbert Ott is an ever curious traveler and one of the world's leading travel experts. His adventures take him all over the globe, often spanning over 200,000 miles a year and his travel exploits are regularly...

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  1. Good find, but I don’t think it applies for renewals. The Economist offer usually doesn’t give points for current subscribers and the term say for new customers.

  2. The Economist is a not a finance magazine, but a generalist newspaper with a finance section. It is authoritative, witty, optimistic and good-humored. I have been a subscriber for 20 years now and I recommend it to anybody who wants to stay on top of world matters.

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