Sunday, January 16

British Airways glitch sparks anger as customers unable to convert Avios frequent flyer miles into Nectar points

If the issue is fixed by the end of this week you may still be able to convert your points before Christmas

A spokesperson for British Airways said that the service should be back up and running as usual by the end of this week, however, they couldn’t provide an exact date for this.

If this is the case, and you are able to resume making any conversions from Friday, then that would complete on Monday 20 December as the process takes 10 calendar days (not 10 working days).

Those who wish to convert their Nectar points to Avios can continue to do so and this process takes place instantly and remains unaffected by the problems outlined above.

You can convert Avios into Nectar points at a rate of 250 Avios to 400 Nectar points

The conversion scheme, which was set up to allow BA customers to readily convert their air miles to loyalty points and vice versa, was introduced in January this year after an Avios and Tesco Clubcard partnership ended.

You can convert a minimum 250 Avios to 400 Nectar points, with swaps in higher amounts calculated at the same rate. You can also set up an automatic conversion for a minimum 250 Avios to Nectar a week.

The scheme could be useful for many with new Covid restrictions curtailing travel plans for some, as you may prefer to have Nectar points instead, which can now be more readily spent.

Read our Loyalty Points Boosting guide for more on how Nectar and Clubcard work, and see our 31 tricks to boost and max Avios (which is the underlying points currency for the British Airways and other frequent flyer schemes).