Bits: Amex / Naked Wines offer, 600 Avios with a Chromecast, United ‘buy miles bonus’

Three bits of news in brief:

£100 off a £150 Naked Wines order with Amex

If you take a look at the ‘My Offers’ section of your BA / SPG / Gold / Platinum American Express account online, you may see an interesting deal from Naked Wines.

Naked Wines, recently acquired by Majestic, is a cut above your usual wine business.  Part of the company involves a Kickstarter-type model called ‘Angels’ which lets you invest in independent winemakers who are looking to develop their business, in return for some wine later on.

Additional wine is made available for general sale. When you spend £150 or more before 23rd December, you will receive a £100 discount when you use the special Amex code.

You can put together your own mixed case so you won’t be forced to buy 6 or 12 bottles of the same wine.

It is only available to new customers, but I’m sure you can find a suitable household member if required.  To save postage, you can pick up your order at your nearest Majestic Wine warehouse.

The code is valid for the first 1,000 orders.

Chromecast

250 Clubcard points (600 Avios) with Google Chromecast

The new version of Google Chromecast is now available for the same £30 price as the previous version.

This is rarely discounted, so the opportunity to pick up 600 Avios or 625 Virgin Flying Club miles is a welcome bonus.

You can buy via this Tesco Direct page here.  It is dropping in and out of stock but keep checking back if you are keen.  The offer runs until 9th November so I’m sure you will be able to catch it.

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United Airlines ‘buy miles’ bonus

Finally, United Airlines is offering a ‘mystery’ buy miles bonus until 14th December.  You need to log in here to see what you are offered.

The maximum bonus appears to be 80% – most people seem to get this.  United has offered better than this (100% is not uncommon) but if you need to top off your account in the short term then this is OK.

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Comments

  1. Not there on either our BA Premium Plus or BA Blue; that would’ve helped stocking the cellar for Christmas :(

  2. They add a delivery charge if your cash outlay is less than £80, but you can avoid that by collecting from your local majestic wines store.

  3. It’s on my cards, but is it that great an offer?

    I had a play about with the website the other day and concluded not.

    Firstly if you are not a wine Angel, lots of the wine on the website is not available to you.

    There is no space to join the Angels program.

    The mixed cases look way over priced – but then value in wine terms I suppose is in the eye of the beholder.

    In the end I went with buying 18 bottles from the Waitrose website.

    • Yes, it’s a great offer. Very pleased with my Mystery Whites @ £4/ bottle, they are 3 bottles x each of 4 very good wines. Add on a 6 bottle case to get over the £150 minimum order when you use the £100 voucher.

      Waitrose don’t deliver here but if you want cheap wine go for a new customer Sainsbury’s delivery, £15 off £75 voucher AFFGNFCTTXZ, also 25% off 6 bottles, plus some groceries. If you would buy the groceries anyway, you can get 6 bottles for about £1 a bottle.

  4. Cheshire Pete says:

    Appeared on my Plat yesterday, but not BA plus. I pick my 13 bottles up today from local majestic store which saved me £5 in postage. £51 / 13 = £3.92 a bottle.

    To be honest I couldn’t imagine using them again. Average price for 12 bottles seems to be about £140-£160 , we also use BA wine club and often you can knock 50% of those prices. Last time we got 24 bottles for far less than naked standard prices. Also Naked don’t seem to have a great variety only 2 Rioja’s for instance, and not much case selection by grape type at all per case. Their Angel membership has a waiting list of thousands of people to join and allot of single bottles blocked out unless you are a member.

    So, good with £100 off otherwise not really for me!

    Cheers, his!

  5. Frankie McPolin says:

    How disappointing they’ve been acquired by Majestic. I’ve been a wine angel for a long time paying £20 a month to help fund these independent wine makers. I guess they had to take the offer when offered.

    • It was more complex. Majestic was struggling. They wanted the Naked Wines founder to run it. To get him, they bought Naked Wines.

  6. I use them currently. I am no wime experrt by any means but have not had a bad bottle off them yet. They are certainly better quality than the usual sub-£10 supermarket wines.

    Getting on the Angels list takes less than a month, the waiting list drops very quickly- I suspect it is a marketing ploy. But you do get access to cheaper wine. We have a direct debit so look on it as a wine club, once we have a £100 or so in the pot we order a case. The product delivered is good so we will stick with them. Wine buffs may find the choices restricting perhaps?

  7. IMHO, I find their wine adequate but not spectacular.

    There is better to be had elsewhere and, as as Geoggy notes, terrible value if you are not an Angel. Even when a member, the price / value story is adequate.

    I joined a year ago because I appreciated the proposition model (finding & supporting local winemakers) but I am finding it restricting and “entry level” in approach. Back to The Wine Society, Majestics & local wine stores soon enough, I suspect.

  8. Trevor G says:

    Not on either of my BA or Costco cards. Laithwaites is though. Mind you, I’m still working through the last cheap case I got. :-)

  9. Be very cautious as this offer is not as good as it looks. Shame on Amex for allowing this one onto its offer list. Firstly the prices are inflated if you are not an ‘angel’, which none of us will be as it is a new sign up offer. All the good stuff seems to be reserved for Angels and the rest you can buy online and get delivered for close to the Naked wines prices AFTER the £100 discount. There may be a couple of good options on the website, but after 30 mins searching I found nothing worthy of going for…

    • Mystery Whites are very drinkable, I got them yesterday, they’re not returned bottles with scuffed labels at all but 4 x 3 each of good wines worth more than £4/ bottle. Not sure why you would complain @ this price for wines far better than supermarket alternatives. I listed what you get here http://www.headforpoints.com/2015/11/04/british-airways-global-bonus-promotion/ (scroll down near to the bottom).

    • I agree, and my hunting for something i wanted at a less-than-inflated price was unsuccessful.

      Clearly, £100 off £150 spend was never going to be sustainable. Just add it to the bin which includes all those dubious supermarket offers.

      Is it really so difficult to find decent credible prices for wine?

  10. owain thomas says:

    I gave up on it too. Horrible, scammy feeling website. The “angels only” thing is a really nasty gimmick and does nothing for the perceived value of the wines.

    When I finally found a selection to have a £150 punt on it got me all the way to selecting my delivery option before losing all my choices!

    Thanks for the tip, HFP but I’m giving this one a swerve. As said the Waitrose offer is a much better proposition with wine I know will be good.

    • I managed to get an order in and so did my wife – mainly Chablis Premier Cru Vaillons at effectively £10/bottle. I have not yet received them, so time will tell. Yes the offer is NOT all it seems, but I doubt if I will complain at that price.

  11. Asks for a password when I try and use the code!

    Not v helpful

  12. Tesco Grocery code just popped up – XXMMGL when you buy 6 bottles of wine in your next grocery order.

    This is great as you can do click & collect for nothing.

    Easy 1200 Avios :)

    • “Sorry, this eCoupon cannot be accepted. Please check that you have not mistyped the code and/or that you are the eligible recipient”

      • Might be (slightly) targeted but has the feel of a generic code. You were ordering from Groceries, right?

  13. Has anyone else been selected for a “Join the Dots” survey on behalf of Avios??

    • (Email subject is “Help Shape the Future of Avios Travel Rewards Programme”)

      We’ve contacted you because as a member, the team at Avios Travel Rewards Programme would like to invite you to take part in a special project.

      Your feedback will help Avios Travel Rewards Programme improve the experience it offers to its members just like you.

      You’re part of a select group of people, so we’re really keen to hear from you. For taking part you would receive £10 Amazon voucher or via PayPal.

  14. I don’t believe there is ever an offer on that is actually ludicrously good with wine sales. Certianly not when it’s being aimed at the mass market.

    I actually work for Majestic. The best value to be had i think is always to shop in store. That way you get multi-buy discount and the staff will generally always point you to the best value wines that are actually worth drinking (apologies this looks like advertising). Plus the use of many 10% discount cards you can get.

    I have tried cases from Tesco & Laithwaites that were pre-order mixed cases and i personally thought they were shocking. The ‘good value’ element is never there.

  15. I picked the white case and 6 bottles of wines I thought id like

    then i checked the Vivino app to see how much they were locally and all of them were 50% cheaper locally and a lot of the top rated ones were given a 2 rating on the app.

    I could save 22p a bottle if i didnt use this offer

    • So where did you see the 4 wines I identified in the Mystery Whites @ £4 a bottle? Or £3.78 / bottle as you’re claiming?

  16. Originally I felt Naked Wines was a bit ‘scammy’ – but i’ve had nothing but excellent wines and great customer service. I simply use it to take out £20 a month and buy a case every 4 months ish. They always have offers throwing in a bottle of bubbly / top wine. It’s hard to get a feel for the genuine pricing for the wine as most of it’s exclusive to them, but I probably end up paying around £7 a bottle – if this is your price point the wines are fantastic. And that’s speaking as an ex-Oddbins manager!

    • I would have to agree with this. I have been an ‘Angel’ for a 3 odd years now. At first I was a bit dubious and was trying to work out what the catch is. However, over the recent years we have enjoyed some great wines and the customer service has always been excellent. Sticking £20 a month into my angels account is an amount I barely notice and then every few months I order a case of wine. I know I could put the money into a savings account and go elsewhere but this just feels a bit different. I do still buy wine from the supermarket, my independent wine merchant and Majestic so it is just another source for me that adds a bit of difference.

  17. OT – Virgin Red App… they are currently offering a 12 month subscription to “Pure Water” for £1 – instant hot/cold filtered water

  18. Wuaki seem to give a Chromecast away with the purchase of a film or TV series almost every other week.

  19. The best value I find in terms of wine on the web is to order either higher end stuff from bidforwine.co.uk they are an auction site but tons of stuff seems to go through them when they have a job lot of sales to do.

    Otherwise, for bargain basement stuff Vinissimus is good if you don’t mind ordering from the continent – Spain. They have cheap fizz but you need to wait for a special offer on delivery, or make a more expensive order so that it has less of an impact.

    Other than that, the Sainsbury’s offer of using a voucher and then 25pc off six and combined with a three for 12 pounds offer is quite good.

  20. Another reason why Naked is a waste of time.

    We bought something with delivery guaranteed for yesterday. Nothing came. But what’s this? An e-mail in late afternoon saying:
    ‘I’m really sorry, but your wines won’t be with you today as expected.
    You don’t need to do a thing – we’re on the case and will make sure you get your wines as soon as possible.’

    No reason, no estimate of delivery. Harrumph! Not good enough, especially as they charged for delivery.

    Feeling a bit smug that I also bought wine I actually wanted with 25% off for min 6 bottles and free delivery. :)