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Amazing Deal Alert: 36 British Airways Avios Per Dollar Spent at Nordstrom!

by on February 3, 2012 · 139 comments

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Online shopping bonuses have been all the rage lately. Many retailers are gearing up for a busy Valentines Day shopping season and it looks like the British Airways e-store and Nordstrom have a whopper of a promotion: 12 Avios per dollar spent normal ratio plus “Triple Avios will be awarded on your 1st qualifying purchase at British Airways eStore of more than $50 in a single transaction at Nordstrom via eStore between 26 January and 14 February 2012.” That means 36 Avios per dollar spent! Even if you value Avios at 1 cent each, that means a 36% rebate (in the form of miles) for every dollar you spend.

This sounds too good to be true, right? Well TPG reader Michael tipped me off to this deal and even sent me a screen shot showing the pending bonus miles.

To access the British Airways E-store go to britishairways.com and log-in to your Executive Club account (you can sign-up here if you need one) in the top right -> Executive Club -> Collecting Avios -> Scroll to the bottom, Everyday spending -> Shopping -> Shop with BA E-store now -> Go shopping

Nordstrom should be listed under the “Double Avios” column at 12 avios per dollar spent. When you click on it, you’ll see the details with the Triple Points promo listed at the top
Important- YOU MUST ENTER THE NORDX3 promotion into the Promo Code box and make sure it accepts before clicking through to Nordstrom.com. Also note that this won’t work with Gift Cards.

My promo showing as accepted- keep all screen shots!

The great thing is that Nordstrom has free shipping until February 6 and free returns, so I see little risk with this promotion. Worst case scenario you can send everything back without incurring any costs- except the time it will take you to shop and package up returns (or stop into a store).

Think about it- one-way short haul flights on American are only 4,500 Avios- that means you get a free one way flight for every $125 you spend!
It’s only 12,500 Avios for a one-way coach award from Los Angeles to Honolulu- that’s only $347.22 in purchases!

You get where I’m going with this. I highly recommend taking all screen shots of promotions in case we need to fight for it, but it’s worth a shot in my eyes. I just did all of my birthday, anniversary, personal and holiday shopping for 2012- all while completing the spend requirement on my new Ink Bold card! Cha-ching.

Happy spending!

Major hat tip again to TPG reader Michael

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  • Ben Law

    Do you know if giftcards apply to this promotion?

  • Anonymous

    No

  • Kurt

    Good deal, but too bad the BA search engine is impossible to use. No matter how many times I try, and with various cities, I can’t manage to find a flight in the US. Do I need to call in to get details?

  • Nyyanks9191

    I have no idea….but, is it possible to “double dip”…i.e., enter the shopping site via a portal (ebates, etc.) and still get the miles?

  • Anonymous

    All of these shopping portals are just like ebates- they just give you miles instead of cash. I highly doubt you can double dip- I wouldn’t try it because I’d fear ebates would be the affiliate link that goes through instead of BA estore

  • Asdfasdf

    I bet they will only give 15 avios/dollar (3 + 12) and only on a single first purchase transaction.

    They could even go so far as to disqualify purchases of more than one item.

    But that’s just how I’m reading it.

    I think this will be like a Cartera mess.

    “Triple Avios will be awarded on your 1st qualifying purchase at British Airways eStore of more than $50 in a single transaction at Nordstrom via eStore between 26 January and 14 February 2012.”

  • Asdfasdf

    or even worse… the promo code deletes the 12 pts/$ and you only get 3 pts/$

  • Anonymous

    If that’s how you interpret the promotion then you shouldn’t participate

  • Len Williams

    Thanks for the heads-up! If I use my AMEX that I’m trying to meet the high minimum spend on, will the spending count towards the minimum spend requirement if I return the merchandise?

  • Anonymous

    No- unless the store allows you to return it on a different card or form of payment

  • Asdfasdf

    I probably will participate because you make a good point that it’s Nordstrom’s and they have an ironclad return policy.

  • Abr

    Can we get some more details? Is it for the only on one item or one single transaction? What items are excluded etc. Can this promotion only be used once per account?

  • Len Williams

    Shoot! I was trying to kill two birds with one stone here. Oh well, it all works out I guess I’ll have to settle for only160,000 Avios for the effort.

  • Dan

    What if you are USING a gift card to make the purchase? Thanks.

  • Todd

    Access to this deal only seems to be available if your country preference is set to USA. Mine was set to Canada and as much as I tried, I could not find any link beyond “Shopping”. Once I changed the country from Canada to USA, voila, there it was.

  • miles4nothing.com

    LAX-HNL is 12.5K miles if available… Plus you get designer jean and a shirt.
    Sorry $347 doesnt get you much at nordstrom.

  • Milkcc

    Bought fiancee’s crazy wedding shoes there! Thanks and hope it all works out!

  • Michael

    great deal, Brian! Bought $180 worth of junk, er, nice clothes I will wear and now can book that free trip on AA for short-haul…

  • Euge

    This would be a great deal, but points are reversed when the items are returned.

    “Returned — A reward that has been reversed due to a purchase returned or cancelled” as displayed in the legend when you click on “My Shopping History”

  • Anonymous

    I’ve booked plenty of flights on BA.com. Works best if starting from a hub. The less it has to think, the better. Worst case just call BA and ask/beg them to waive phone booking fee

  • jcmitchell21

    I would guess the method of purchase is irrelevant. Ex: I bought e-gift cards through BigCrumbs at 4% rebate. Using gift cards to make purchase through BA eStore.

  • Anonymous

    Does it only say a single item? No- it says first purchase. I interpret that to mean first order and that’s how TPG reader Michael’s order processes. He got multiple things and got 36 avios per dollar spent. Can’t hurt to try in my opinion

  • Huff Daland

    I have been needing some new loafers – and a couple of gifts. The purchase went fine – but took a screen grab just in case.

    Man I love those 4500 mile AA redemptions from my humble home in Louisiana (Monroe, Delta’s birthplace) to Dallas, plus using Avios to upgrade from PE to Biz on a Paris trip in May. Thanks for the tip Brian!

  • paul

    just bought a pair of casual watches & some shoes. Expect 65K in miles or so if it works correctly

    Was considering going for more, but the store is expensive & not much more I wanted.

  • Abr

    I am interested to see what happens. Does anyone have experience with exchanging the purchase for gift cards? Ex. I buy $500 worth of merchandise then return in store for $500 worth of gift cards? I wonder if this transaction would nullify the points.

  • Nathan

    phooey. Right now, the BA e-store shopping link isn’t working. Guess I’ll have to try again in the wee hours of the night!

  • leftpinky

    Yeah, this sounds like 15 points per dollar spent. It says 12x per dollar plus triple points (per dollar) spent. I dont know where you got the multiplier from?

  • Anonymous

    It says triple points on your first purchase. Not 12 plus 3. As already mentioned a TPG reader has gotten 36 points per dollar spent. The current ratio is 12 points per dollar spent. When you use this special code you get 3x. 12 times 3 = 36.

  • Anonymous

    Just tried it and it loads fine with me and still shows the 3x bonus available on the current 2x nordstrom offer of 12 points per dollar

  • Huff Daland

    Payment Policy:
    Nordstrom accepts the Nordstrom Credit Card, Nordstrom Visa®, Visa, MasterCard, JCB, American Express and Discover/NOVUS. If you would like to pay with a check or gift certificate please call us at 1-888-282-6060.
    For more information, please visit the store’s site.

  • miles4nothing.com

    international flights from hubs works out better. I used it to get multiple business class tickets from west coast to Asia.

  • Dusten

    Say I purchase some expensive jewelry and then when I get it I decide it is not what I thought it was going to be. Can it be returned to the store and I still keep the points?

  • Magister

    How long should it take for the AVIOS to post to your account?

  • mattolo

    Just go rob a bank instead. Still stealing and you’ll get more money

  • Caroline

    It takes a while, I shop at Nordstrom quite regularly and it takes between three weeks and a month to post.

  • Kevin F

    This could be a great way to get miles if there is anything to resell for cost or close to it.

  • Rocksurf

    What happens if I purchase gifts and receive points and some of the gift recipients return their gifts for something else at Nordstrom? Do I get to keep the points? Especially if there is no way I will know if they returned their gifts?

  • Jon Andrew B

    Is there anything worth reselling or is everything too overpriced for that?

  • Andy

    I didn’t see the 3x offer on my page. Is everything seeing the offer? I was however able to successfully enter the code.

  • leftpinky

    How long does it take before the points post? I just bought some stuff, so if this work, that’d be great. thanks TPG!

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  • leftpinky

    How long does it take for the points to post?

  • jcmitchell21

    You can pay the way I described. Already done.

  • Aiden

    Thanks for the tip. I hope I have the same luck as your reader Michael and my 44k Avois will go through smoothly.

  • MR H

    But sometimes difficult to use multiple gift cards and have to call or talk to online help desk through instant messaging.

  • leftpinky

    Actually, since the promo started on 1/26, the tipster’s miles went pending in less than week. Not bad!@

  • leftpinky

    Looks like about a week from your post!

  • SG

    “Please be advised that for orders shipped internationally, Nordstrom Fashion Rewards® customers will not receive free shipping benefits or multiple bonus points.”
    “International orders are not eligible for free returns.” :-(

  • Max M

    Did exactly the same thing.

  • Max M

    Hope this offer is valid to everyone… not just people that got this offer via email from the BA Shopping Mall.

  • Max M

    Cartera also operates the Ultimate Rewards Shopping portal, and that site has been posting bonuses correctly, for me at least, and it appears others on various blogs out there. Can’t say the same about the AAdvantage Eshopping site run by Cartera though….

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  • JenileeMundy

    Question about Avios from a Canadian in YEG.

    Can you redeem Avios on an American Airlines code share with a non One World Alliance partner, specifically Westjet? AA code shares YEG to LAX and YEG to PHX.

    These shorter flights would be great for the new Avio chart.

  • cure

    You do not know? or No, they do not apply?

  • Mandrake

    I just bought some stuff from Nordstrom using the link and promo code. However, my purchase was for less than $50.
    Nowhere on my BAeshopping page for Nordstrom did it mention anything about the $50 minimum spend, either before or after I entered the promo code(Took screenshots of course).
    All I got was the standard message: “Thank you, your promotional code has been accepted!
    Earn Triple Avios when you shop with Nordstrom..
    Click the blue “Shop now” button below to go to the retailer’s site. ”
    Do you think I’ll still get the multiplier points from the purchase?
    I guess it’s relatively painless since I’ll still be able to return it, but still…

  • Anonymous

    what is Nordstorm’s return policy? It doesn’t state how long before you can return something.

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  • jcmitchell21

    We all “rob” banks regularly with credit card signups.

  • Deals We Like

    Nordstroms doesn’t have a return policy basically. They will take anything back with a receipt, doesn’t matter the time frame. You can return something from a few years ago (currently). They have one of the best return policies out there.

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  • Kathy K

    guess what? they have a full selection of Tumi for you!

  • Anonymous

    I know- i bought a new one to replace my current battered one that everyone makes fun of!

  • Anonymous

    It stills shows prominently “Triple Avios will be awarded on your 1st qualifying purchase at British Airways eStore of more than $50 in a single transaction at Nordstrom via eStore between 26 January and 14 February 2012.

    You must enter the following unique promotional code: NORDX3 on the Nordstrom page at British Airways eStore to be eligible for the triple Avios.”

  • Anonymous

    Usually pending within a couple days and they post within a week or two

  • Anonymous

    Nope- you can only redeem Avios on oneworld partners (not codeshares) or BA non-oneworld partners like Alaska Airlines

  • Anonymous

    The promo states “Triple Avios will be awarded on your 1st qualifying purchase at British Airways eStore of more than $50 in a single transaction at Nordstrom via eStore between 26 January and 14 February 2012.

    You must enter the following unique promotional code: NORDX3 on the Nordstrom page at British Airways eStore to be eligible for the triple Avios.”

  • Caroline

    In my experience, they take between three and four weeks and I buy there quite often.

  • Kathy K

    I have a British Airways Visa (thanks to you, of course). Is there any additional advantage to using that card for the transaction?

  • Caroline

    Yes, that’s “pending”, but it takes longer for the points to actually post.

  • Kathy K

    I’m tempted to buy make-up (e.g. chanel, nars) often when stores such as this have promo specials – of the genre where you get a certain percentage off – many of the special brands are not included in the special. here I see no such exclusion.

    also, do you take the $50 minimum to mean that you can be buying two items at $25 each?

    THANKS as always.

  • Anonymous

    First purchase = order = you can have multiple items. At least thats what TPG reader Michael did and he got the pending 36 points per dollar. Its anyones guess whether they will actually post, but its worth a shot.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=719531696 Sam Wolfe

    Thanks Brian! (some very expensive eye cream and Diesel gear purchased!)

  • http://profiles.google.com/kwugirl Katherine Wu

    What happens if you’ve already redeemed the points and then you return the items? They wouldn’t come after you to pay for those points, would they?

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  • Math Teacher

    I think you’re misinterpreting the meaning of the word “triple.” Triple means THREE TIMES (Multiplication, not addition) whatever avios amount is being initially awarded (in this instance, it’s 12). Triple the original number, 12, and that is how we arrive at our total of 36 (12 times 3=36…..)

  • jlsmps

    Just spent over 4000…..really hoping this works!!! Anyone have any idea how long they will take to post into your BA account???

  • jlsmps

    Also (sorry for the all the questions but I’m new to all of this)…..where will I see them pending. I still see 0 Avios in my account.

  • Anonymous

    When you are in the British Airways estore site (before clicking through to Nordstrom) you’ll see a “My Shopping History” button link on the top right. The purchase will register there and the points should show pending after 3 or 4 days.

  • Meyers Miles

    For those of you that partook, how long did it take for you to get a confirmation email from BA shopping? I made my purchase a few hours ago and I’ve gotten confirmation from Nordstrom but no word from BA yet… And am I correct that BA points are transferrable among other accounts so long as they are in the same household? If my first purchase works out I was thinking I would have a roomate create an account and take part in this deal a second time and just transfer the points to myself.

  • leftpinky

    TPG–how long does it take for the purchase to register there? I see it says that I clicked through, but nothing registering just yet. Does this also take 3-4 days?

  • leftpinky

    You can make an account in anyone’s name and buy again. You can’t transfer the miles over per say, but you can use them, just need to link the accounts together.

  • FormalHall

    I know international orders don’t qualify for bonus points, but if I use a mail forwarding service with an US address and pay with an overseas credit card, do you think I’ll still get points?

  • Jennifer

    Just checking…. you DO NOT need to use your BA Chase card for these purchases to qualify, correct?

  • Anonymous

    No

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  • oldmanpeabody

    Yup, I’ve found US flights on ba.com plenty too, though it is finicky to be sure. Try switching up your browser – I recall there being a significant difference for me between Safari and Chrome and other browsers may cause similar issues.

  • http://twitter.com/artofmiles The Art of Miles

    FYI- Promo code is now expired. You will only get 12 Avios per $

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  • Erikboiler

    My “pending” Avios miles just posted on the BA shopping site. It appears to be 12 points per dollar spent (as if I never entered the promo code). I have a screen shot of the promo code having been accepted, but it looks like there’s going to need to be a fight. Anyone else get this?

  • Erik Mosley

    My “pending” Avios miles just posted on the BA shopping site. It appears to be 12 points per dollar spent (as if I never entered the promo code). I have a screen shot of the promo code having been accepted, but it looks like there’s going to need to be a fight. Anyone else get this?

  • Anonymous

    Same here but it’s barly been a couple days so I wouldn’t panic. What posted is the base 12 avios per dollar earning- they’ll likely do a separate promo sweep and post the bonus miles as a separate line item- that’s how it showed on TPG reader Michaels account- BA posted a $0 charge with the triple bonus miles

    Let’s wait and see

  • Jennifer

    Just ask for cash when you return. You’ll still keep your “minimum spend” and there’s still a good chance you’ll get to keep your miles. Nordie’s had a 24 mile per dollar deal about a year and a half ago and I asked for cash when returning the item (it was a $1800 purse). Surprisingly none of my miles were taken away and I earned about 43000 miles in the process. YMMV.

  • Lisa

    There is not too much for me at Nordstrom for me… but they have Hanky Panky underwear on sale! Yay! A supply of underwear and miles!

  • CP

    promo code was advertised to end on 2-14. I wonder if they just stopped advertising for it, but it will still work. I managed to get in and score 240k miles.

  • Josh_brooks

    Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, now I am getting all kinds of Nordstrom emails about how they are “unable to fulfilling my order as they are out of stock.”

  • CP

    i can confirm that this is what happens. you will get three sets of points. one for the actual purchase. one for the bonus. and another for another part of the bonus.

  • WanderLuster

    Thanks for posting this. I needed to order a bridesmaid’s dress from Nortstrom and I went ahead and picked up some birthday/Christmas gifts where the pricing made sense. This is one of those great promotions where everyone can get in using a $ amount that makes sense for them. And no risk since I can return at the Nordstrom near me if it all falls apart!

  • Lisa

    It is still on the site.

  • Anonymous

    Correct- I was just able to successfully add NORDx3. Also my 36 Avios per dollar spent on my Friday purchase are currently pending :)

  • Wtmarlowe

    Does anyone know if you get the bonus if you use gift cards to make the purchase? Thanks

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  • Wtmarlowe

    Can you earn the bonus if you use a gift card to make the purchase?

  • Ethiopianbuffman

    They won’t give you cash if you bought with Amex because of some agreement they have with them.

  • Chubbuni13

    Expecting 340,000 avios points from this… girlfriend is getting a handbag, I’m getting a new watch, we’ll both be flying to Europe first class courtesy of BA! :)

  • Blase73

    They absolutely will… and I have used several different cards in the past and received cash if I asked for it upon returning. Nordstrom’s has the best customer service of any store anywhere. You just need to show them your ID and they will give you cash.

  • Nomad

    Would a “Rack” purchase qualify ?

  • Lisa

    AA and BA are too far from my town…

  • PJ

    do you need to have Chase BA CC to qualify the promotion?

  • Asdfasdf

    don’t get the granny hanky pankys pls

  • Kim

    Say your purchas eis $3000 that would be alot of cash to give back. Would they still give cash? Or could they write you a check?

  • Igarza451

    How do you take a screen shot of the promo? Is there a special program?

  • Anonymous

    Print screen button on Windows. Or Command +Shift +3 on Mac and then paste into Paint

  • Al

    Is anyone else unable to sign up for an Executive Club account? I’ve tried 3 different browsers and I keep getting : “Sorry, there’s a problem with our systems. Please try again, and if it still doesn’t work, you might want to try again later.”

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately you have to be _super_ careful when doing so because while they will waive the “phone booking fee” ($25) they will not waive the “channel fee” whatever the hell that is of $40+. That’s super frustrating.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I believe household accounts can transfer freely between themselves, however you cannot use pooled miles in the household account to book an award ticket for anyone who is NOT a member of the household account, and there’s a limited number of people you can add/remove to/from the household account per year. Check the terms before you do anything.

  • Anonymous

    Yes I believe household accounts can transfer freely between themselves, however you cannot use pooled miles in the household account to book an award ticket for anyone who is NOT a member of the household account, and there’s a limited number of people you can add/remove to/from the household account per year. Check the terms before you do anything.

  • HsInAz

    No email confirmation for orders I just placed. Only history shows up on BA Estore. Dead??

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  • Sherylz

    Yep, I had the same problem last night, and again this morning. It’s very frusterating!

  • Andrey

    Purchased converse shoes for 89.90. Got 1078+1078 avios… sent an email to ask for the missing 1078 avios and now waiting for a reply

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  • Tracy

    I am still having trouble getting signed up.

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  • bruce

    I am having the same problem and I have been trying for 2 days.. I think ba.com has stopped new people from signing up the the executive club — quite disappointing if you ask me.

  • Kim

    Just was able to signup finally. Maybe they fixed it now.

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  • Supon

    I was be able to put promotion code on BA site and it said “Thank you, your promotional code has been accepted!
    Earn Triple Avios when you shop with Nordstrom”..but when entered the promotion code on Nordstrom page before checking out–it told me that “I have entered an expired promotion code.” Should I go ahead and purchase my item? Or the promotional code is really expired?

  • Anonymous

    You only need to enter it once on the BA site and then it transfers over to your order automatically

  • HikerT

    DEAD! 36x RIP. :(

  • http://www.pointhacks.com.au/ Keith Mason

    Yep, gone. Bummer, was just about to place an order.

  • Lisa

    I waited too long!

  • Portia S

    The triple miles code is still working but the base mileage is only 4points/$. Boo00

  • http://twitter.com/mchoi9 Mike C

    Where did you see this deal was good until 2/14? it’s 2/12 and the BA site show 4 points/ $

  • http://twitter.com/mchoi9 Mike C

    It seems they lowered it from 12 points to 4 points without any indication. But you still get the triple bonus

  • Guest

    I am interested in whether or not B.A. would come after you to pay for an award redemption if you need to return the purchase at the retailer. For example, if I use Avios to book a hotel 9 months out, give part of my purchase as a gift, and find out it has been returned. If I ended up with a negative balance I wonder if BA would come after you for what they charge for the mileage and/or award redemption

  • rahu1001

    my avios are showing as declined. anyone in the same boat? what is the next step?

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    You can also get good savings by searching the web for
    Nordstrom and coupon codes. You should get plenty of results that will work for
    you. bluepromocode.com

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