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Travellers grounded by Covid can now spend air miles on everything from gadgets to loo rolls


FAMILIES unable to fly because of Covid rules can now spend their air miles on food, loo rolls, fuel and even gadgets.

British Airways’ reward programme Avios has now teamed up with the Nectar loyalty card scheme.

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It means those with Avios points can convert them to Nectar points to spend at Sainsbury’s, Argos, eBay, Caffe Nero, Esso — or any of the other 300 partners.

Experts say the new deal is a boon to families with air miles but cash-poor in the pandemic.

Rob Burgess, editor of frequent flyer website Head for the Points, said: “This is an extremely positive change for Avios collectors.

“Given the lack of opportunity to fly right now, those sitting on large pots of Avios now find they have an abundance of uses for their points.”

Previously, Avios was linked to Tesco’s Clubcard — but its points could not be converted to spend in the supermarket.

Under the new tie-up, customers can convert 250 Avios points into 400 Nectar points. But it also works the other way — those still hoping to fly this year can build up Avios points at places in the Nectar scheme.

Customers will also get a one-off bonus 500 Avios when they convert 1,600 Nectar points.

And, experts say, that will mean they will be able to get the points they need for their sunshine break more quickly.

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