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On Friday I wrote about an insanely lucrative online shopping deal with Nordstrom: 36 Avios points per dollar spent. The details were a little bit murky, but basically the current earn ratio is 12 Avios per dollar and it said triple points on your first order of $50 or more when you enter promo code NORDx3.
Well, Nordstrom has an amazing, iron-clad return policy and free shipping, so I figured I’d go crazy in hopes that it all worked out. I bought some Tumi luggage and a bunch of presents for my niece and nephew and some dress clothes and shoes (Nordstrom is very friendly when it comes to tall sizes!).
Maybe I went a little overboard, but my final bill came to $3,197 before tax. At 36 points per dollar, that would net me roughly 115,092 British Airways miles. Considering I can fly from JFK to Buenos Aires in business class on American airlines roundtrip for 100,000 Avios and roughly $50 in taxes- I think thats a nice little bonus for $3,197 in spend since that ticket would cost over $5,000 to purchase! Avios are also amazing for short-haul flights, since they start at 4,500 Avios one-way, for example New York to Toronto (a flight thats often over $200 one way). My 115,092 bonus can get me nearly 26 one-way short haul tickets.
Anyway, the points are currently “pending,” but I have screen shots of all steps of the process so I’m feeling good about this promotion so far. The NORDX3 promo is supposed to be good until February 14, 2012 though it can be pulled at any time. Nordstrom has free shipping until February 6, 2012. You can read about the promo in detail here.
If you want to get in on this deal, do it sooner than later!
Update: Just a quick update since several readers have asked. To check whether the bonus has gone through properly and that your Avios are pending, log into the British Airways e-store, and you’ll see a button link on the right-hand side that says, “My Shopping History.” Click on it, and you should see your pending purchase along with the bonus miles in about 3-4 days.