So, how is the American Express / Foursquare 2013 promotion going for you so far?!
(See here for details of the current deals if you are new to this.)
On Wednesday I picked up 6 x £50 gift cards in Harrods, and on Thursday I got 3 x £50 in House of Fraser.
I learnt a few things:
I probably made a mistake in Harrods by buying 6 separate £50 cards with my 6 Amex’s. A comment on Flyertalk said that the Harrods tills cannot process more than 4 gift cards when you redeem them, so I can’t use all 6 at once on that basis. The only workaround would be to buy a £200 gift card using 4 x £50 gift cards and then redeem that!
I’ve already had Foursquare notifications for the BA Amex and Amex Platinum transactions. I got nothing for the Lloyds TSB cards but that is par for the course. I have always got cashback on the Lloyds cards before even without receiving notifications.
The T&C’s in the original email on this promotion said that only Harrods Knightsbridge was included. This presumably means that purchases at Heathrow do not count, neither do online purchases.
Harrods gift cards cannot be used at Heathrow according to their website, but they can be used on the harrods.com website and at all bars and restaurants in the Knightsbridge store.
You cannot double up on Harrods Rewards points. Whilst they will swipe your Harrods Rewards card when buying a gift card, it does not earn points. You will earn points when you spend it. However, as you need 500 points (£500 of spend) to earn any rewards, it is not worth it if you don’t plan to visit the store again this year.
House of Fraser
For House of Fraser, I went to the Victoria store. This is the store that time forgot – I can only assume they are tied into a lease they can’t escape. It never has any customers (at least outside lunchtime during the week) and only about 1 in 10 tills is manned. A large part of the basement has been sublet to Gap.
Looking at the receipts, the House of Fraser gift cards are valid for two years. This gives me confidence to buy another 3 gift cards – there is no risk of not being able to spend £300 in 2 years, even if it all goes on cosmetics for my wife!
House of Fraser gift cards can be used on their website. Yesterday, I used £53.99 of my new balance to buy a new smart cover for my ipad. For some reason, House of Fraser is discounting their remaining ipad smart covers by 10%, so if you want one then take a look online. Quidco cashback is also available.
You cannot buy gift cards online to trigger the bonus - the website confirms that they go through as ‘Voucher Express’ and are delivered by a third party. It is not clear if other houseoffraser.com purchases will trigger the Foursquare bonus.
Comments elsewhere have focussed on the fact that the Oxford Street flagship store does not offer the ‘special’ on Foursquare. However, people have successfully ‘checked in’ at Victoria Street and spent the £50 at Oxford Street and got Foursquare notifications.
The Victoria House of Fraser has a fantastic off-licence on the top floor! There is a surprisingly decent selection of premium wine, spirits and a very wide range of champagne. The champagne seemed a little pricey, but only because supermarkets are so aggressive these days. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 was £21, which was only £1 above Laithwaites.
I did not check if you can earn Recognition points in their loyalty scheme for buying the gift cards – I have enough points balances to juggle as it is!
The other current deals are (ending 28th February):
- GAP – Spend £50, Get £25
- Banana Republic – Spend £50, Get £25
- Carphone Warehouse – Spend £25, Get £10
Plus the three older offers which are still running:
- Starbucks – Spend £10, Get £5 (to 13 February)
- Pizza Hut – Spend £30, Get £15 (to 6 March)
- Shell – Spend £50, Get £15 (to 18 April)
I am deliberately giving these a miss, though! I can’t do everything ….
PS. I have added ‘Foursquare’ to the Categories list in the right-hand margin, so you can now easily find all the FS posts on the site with one click