Bits: Priority Pass relaunch, Cathay devalues, using pay.com to top up Amazon accounts

News in brief:

Priority Pass relaunch

Priority Pass, the membership scheme which gives you global airline lounge access, relaunched yesterday with a new website and a new logo.  The new logo was certainly overdue!

The new site seems to feature more, and larger, lounge photographs to give you a better idea of the space you will be visiting.  The search feature has changed from a drop down list to a box where you type in the name of the airport you are visiting.

Pricing remains unchanged.  For UK residents, it is either:

£69 plus a £15 fee per lounge visit (£15 per guest)

£159, to include your first 10 visits, and then £15 thereafter (£15 per guest)

£259 for unlimited visits (£15 per guest)

Interestingly, you still cannot buy the version of Priority Pass which is given away free with American Express Platinum.  This offers unlimited visits and one free guest per visit – and you get a second Priority Pass, which also admits a free second guest, for your main supplementary cardholder.  This gets a family of four into a lounge for free.

Priority Pass logo

Cathay Pacific unveils major changes to Marco Polo Club

Cathay Pacific has announced major changes to its Marco Polo Club loyalty scheme.  Many HFP readers will be a member of Marco Polo Club because American Express was, until early 2014, giving away free Gold status (which got you into British Airways lounges) with the Platinum card.

The changes are similar to those put in place by British Airways in April.  People who fly on flexible business and first class tickets will earn status more quickly and earn more miles.  Those who fly on discounted economy tickets will earn less – far less.

In some ways, the changes make BA look angelic.  You will earn 5 tier points for a discount economy flight of up to 3,700 miles.  To put this into context, you could fly the equivalent of London to New York a ludicrous 119 times one-way in economy and still not qualify for a Silver card at 600 points.

These changes will be in place from 15th April.  Full details are on the Cathay website here.

Cathay Pacific 350

How to use pay.com gift cards to top up your Amazon account

If you are buying pay.com cards at Tesco to generate free Clubcard points (and free Avios), one of the most popular ways of cashing them out is to buy Amazon gift cards.  I wrote more about pay.com here if you are not familiar with it.

You can email these to yourself and add the balance to your existing Amazon account.  It is used up automatically when you make a purchase.

This is a little fiddly, however.  There is now an easier way.  By using this link, you can now top up your Amazon account directly using a £25 pay.com card.   No need to fiddle about with redeeming a gift card.

Using the ‘top up’ link above generates a tiny commission for HFP which helps to support the site.  Thank you.

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Comments

  1. The amazon pay.com link is outstanding. Got a slew of cards to add and was putting it off because it is rather painstaking – delighted it is now improved. Thanks!

  2. gutted the amex loophole to use pay.com cards is dead :(
    i’ve got a wedge of cards still to use up – any suggestions where I can use? household / utility bills etc.

  3. Maybe they’ll finally update their terrible app.

  4. Re Morrisons petrol

    Just bought £900 of pay.coms to get 90p off a litre, filled up with more than 60 litres – so a £54 saving + 1800 Avios to the good.

    Unsurprisingly, the petrol girls wanted to check that using 90p off a litre was OK and the Duty Mgr in store said no so I stood my ground and got him called over.

    He was quite obstinate but I was obstinater :)

    I know the rules. Funny how people can’t understand English (this was a 40 YO Brit).

    Anyway he gave in after making me wait 20 mins. I suggest you take a copy of the FAQ that expressly permits multiple money-off coupons on fuel if you are going to do the same.

    • 5000 M&M points for my trouble :)

      Worth making a call.

      Tesco have also had instructions to be nice, say yes to everything etc in terms of complaints – the nice chap in CS at my local store had quite a long chat with me about it.

  5. Bad news.

    Tesco sent you a Direct Message.
    Hi Mark, unfortunately we no longer stock this gift card :( If there’s anything else we can help you with please just let us know! Thanks…

    • there are going to be a few available, my nearest Tesco restocked in the last few days

      so there is hope

      who actually replied to you? and where?

      if it was on twitter or Facebook, I’d ignore it

  6. Is it possible to transfer money out of Amazon once you used your pay.com card to buy Amazon credit?

    • no

    • You can sell your amazon account on gumtree/ebay, cash only, meet in person in a public place.

      • Massive risks involved…

        • …for negligible gain. You’re not a gangster laundering drug money (ie the money is inherently worthless without being legitimised.

          You’re a points collector looking for somewhere to park pay.coms. Nobody would buy your a/c except at a discount, making the exercise effectively pointless.

          The risks (to personal safety; being robbed of the lot; and getting a lifetime ban from Amazon) are also unsupportable.

  7. O/T Uber – I can’t understand why Boris is giving in on Uber http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/uber/11899018/Uber-faces-massive-crackdown-in-London.html

    Raffles – any comment?

  8. They’ve updated their app now too – looks much nicer and has a QR code digital membership card – could be handy!

    Also interestingly correctly shows the Amex plan with the free guest.

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