Double Flying Club miles at American Express Currency Exchange

Virgin Flying Club is currently offering double miles (2 miles per £1) when you exchange your foreign currency at Amex Currency Exchange at Heathrow, Edinburgh or Birmingham.  You can also get double miles at Gatwick at Moneycorp.

You can read full details of the offer here.  It ends on May 31st.

This offer is particular interesting when you remember that Amex Currency Exchange charges Amex-issued credit and charge cards as a purchase.

Amex at Heathrow T5

This means that – if you use a Platinum, Gold, Green, BA, Nectar, SPG, Costco etc Amex card to pre-order your currency – you will earn miles or points on your American Express card.  It will also count as spending towards any sign-up bonus you are working towards.

(Unfortunately, this does NOT work with MBNA or Lloyds-issued American Express cards.)

If you are flying through Heathrow, you can actually triple dip:

Earn 1 Avios per £1 or 2 Flying Club miles per £1 when you pre-order via Amex Currency Exchange

Earn 1 BAA WorldPoint for every £10 you exchange (show your card at collection, but they never post so keep your receipt and email or post it to WorldPoints)

Earn miles or points on the Amex card you use to pay

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Comments

  1. Maybe I’m being stupid, but how does one order via this deal from American Express Currency Exchange online? The only link from the VS page about this offer seems to be to MoneyCorp, and I didn’t think that was the same thing.

    Raffles, awesome site by the way.

    • Good point! http://www.travelmoneynow.com works and you won’t pay a fee when paying with an Amex-issued Amex. I assume the double VS miles track automatically.

      • Thanks. Presumably you just show your VS flying club card when you collect then, since there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to enter this through the website?

      • I’ve just ordered about a £1000 worth of Australian dollars via the Travelmoneynow site and had to choose home delivery as the airport I am flying from doesn’t have an Amex Currency presence. No way to enter an Avios or Flying Club number in the transaction and the Amex guy I spoke to said he was not aware of any such promotion

        Have I lost out on Avios or Flying club by not going via Moneycorp OR not having an Amex Currency echange on the airport?

  2. Sadly there’s a £350 minimum for the VS offer.

  3. Are you sure about currency exchange at Amex when paying with amex is counted as SPEND instead of purchase? Because I have ordered foreign currencies with amex on two separate occasions and when I talked to the staff on the phone and the staff at the counter, they both said it’ll be counted as cash advance? It could be that they are being stupid but clearly it’s better to ask someone who’s got experience on this because I really do travel a lot and this is potentially thousands of avios on my BA platinum avios credit card!!!

    • Click on ‘American Express Currency Exchange’ under ‘Archives by Category’ and read the old posts. I have done this myself twice, as have others. It has NEVER gone through as a cash advance, except for the odd person who tries to use a Lloyds or MBNA Amex despite me saying that ONLY Amex-issued Amex cards work!

      If you’re still not convinced, do a small pre-order (£50) a week before travel. It will hit your Amex statement within 3 days so you will see that it is a Purchase. You can then follow up with a far bigger order and collect both at the same time.

      You should never trust the advice of an airline, hotel or similar employee over the advice of HFP readers!

      • That’s exactly why I came here to ask – well those staff have never tried it themselves and I choose to believe in *experience*.

        • Just made a purchase of slightly over £500 on my new SPG card and it went through ok, the transaction shows as finance on my pending transactions so looking good for it not being treated as a cash advance :)

  4. Richard says:

    Had a quick look at the T&C’s on the Virgin link, and it reads to me that for double miles eligibilty, £350 is the minimum exchange amount if you turn up at the counter, without pre-ordering. However, if you do pre-order online, the minimum amount is £550. I would probably be exchanging the higher amount anyway, but thought it worth highlighting.

  5. Johnny5a says:

    I’ve noticed that rates here >https://www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways/uk/
    are worse than here > https://www.travelmoneynow.com/

    ok it’s not a big difference but more for info.

    If I order off the non-BA link, can I still collect Avios?

    • I think people have done it, you need to give your number when you collect. If it failed, I reckon a retroclaim would work anyway.

  6. Johnny5a says:

    hmm strange – i’ve just tried my BA Premium and Platinum cards neither accepted. Phoned CS and they confirmed this …..

    • Johnny5a says:

      even more weird stuff, i phone the platinum line and said you can use any AMEX card to buy, but the strangest thing the guy said how about you call the bureau, i said find and all he had was numbers for LHR T1,3 and 4 , he said there is no bureau in T5

      • Johnny5a says:

        I’ve given up …. first attempt at buying currency this way and failed … :-(

  7. It says that for every Amex card. The staff at the call centre will tell you that if you ring and ask them. The truth is that it will be treated as a purchase, as per the old posts I link in this article.

  8. Posted this and it appeared higher up so in case not picked up here it is again!

    I’ve just ordered about a £1000 worth of Australian dollars via the Travelmoneynow site and had to choose home delivery as the airport I am flying from doesn’t have an Amex Currency presence. No way to enter an Avios or Flying Club number in the transaction and the Amex guy I spoke to said he was not aware of any such promotion

    Have I lost out on Avios or Flying club by not going via Moneycorp OR not having an Amex Currency echange on the airport?

    • You can get Avios for home delivery but you need to go via https://www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways/uk/ which is the link on ba.com. However, you get a poorer exchange rate if you do this which makes the Avios a weak deal.

      If you order via the normal website for airport collection you get a better rate and can give your Avios details at the counter, they still seem to go on.

      You could try retroclaiming via the Executive Club, you may well get them added on anyway which would have given you the best of both worlds.