Bits: Lloyds Avios card bonus gone, City Airport winners, Iberia / Groupon 1p Avios deal back

News in brief:

Lloyds Avios Rewards refer a friend bonus dropped

Avios has dropped the 4,500 Avios ‘refer a friend’ bonus that it has offered on the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card for the last couple of years.

The referral site stopped working last week and Avios has confirmed via social media that it will not be returning.

This was, in theory, a good promo.  It was ruined by unbelievably shoddy implementation which went beyond a joke.  You really couldn’t make it up:

The referral form said that anyone who had previously had a Lloyds Avios credit card could not reapply and get a referral bonus.  In reality, anyone who had EVER had any involvement with Lloyds, Halifax or Bank of Scotland seemed to be blocked.  The longest confirmed gap was someone who was told they would not be getting a bonus because they had had a Lloyds Bank product TEN years ago.

If the person who was referred already had an Avios account – and that account was set to ‘don’t send me marketing emails’ – Avios couldn’t send the referral.  This wouldn’t have been a problem if Avios told people that they needed to change their marketing settings online when requesting a referral, but they didn’t.  People would request referrals for friends multiples times and they would never appear, with no explanation.

Even when you met both of the criteria above, Lloyds / Avios were in no hurry to send the referral emails out.  If you refer a friend to Marriott Rewards, they receive the email in a few hours.  Lloyds / Avios averaged five days.  At times, it would run to THREE WEEKS.  I kid you not.

It is possible that the end of the referral scheme is linked to the scrapping of the Lloyds Avios Rewards card in its current form.  We know the card will disappear at the end of the current contract, because American Express has stopped Lloyds (and all other banks) from continuing to issue Amex cards under licence.

Perhaps Avios does not see the point in incentivising you to get a card that is soon to disappear.  Or, more likely, they were fed up with the incompetent way the referral scheme was administered.

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London City competition winners

Last weekend we ran a competition in association with London City Airport giving away tickets for the First Class and Business Lounges in the Private Jet Terminal.

We can now announce the winners.

Dave will get to visit the First Class Lounge

and Leighton can use the Business Lounge

Congratulations and I hope you will enjoy the lounge experience.  If you want to find out more about the lounges and how to book, our review of the First Class Lounge is here and our review of the Business Class Lounge is here.

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Iberia / Groupon deal returns

Iberia has brought back its occasional Groupon offer which allows you to buy Avios points at a discount to the official price, usually around 1.1p each.

I have written about the pros and cons of these offers in the past.  Our last full article on this deal is here.

The pricing is the same as it was in February, but it seems that new customers to Groupon Spain can get a 15% discount using code VIVEGRPN.

There is a new rule this time which limits you to one purchase of each package per Iberia account.

The cheap loss-leading 2,000 Avios package at €19 is still available at the time of writing but usually sells out quickly.  The other packages work out at over 1.00p per Avios and are therefore not a bargain, but potentially worth it as a top up.

The Groupon site – in Spanish – is here if you want to take a look but it makes more sense to go via Iberia’s shopping portal here to earn an extra 13 Avios per €1 spent.  If it tracks – and you can’t control that – and if you can get the 15% discount code to work, then the deal starts to look attractive.

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Comments

  1. Andrew_A says:

    I had been planning to apply for this card so I could use the voucher along with a 2 for 1 for a trip for 3 of us in summer 2019. If it’s likely to be withdrawn this year then that’s an opportunity missed by me.

    • Why not apply now though? If you start spending but hold off on pushing across the £7k mark until near the end of your card year then you can hopefully maximise the voucher validity to get it up to summer 2019. You’re probably safer to have the card and be working towards voucher than find you wake up one day and it has shut without warning to new applications. Worst case you end up with the voucher having to be triggered early if they decide to close the card at short notice, it’s still a great card for £24, esp if you can mainly push through Amex foreign spend as decent earnings rate with no forex fees.

      • One good thing about the Lloyds upgrade voucher is that you only have to book within a year of issue – not having to fly within a year as you do with the Amex 241 (or two years for BAPP holders). I had a voucher that was expiring in May and booked a flight for September with it with no issues.

    • Even if withdrawn to new applicants it may well live on for a while for existing cardholders, like the Barclays IHG card did.

  2. The Original Nick says:

    Sorry, O:T. Can someone remind me of how the American Express referral link works please? I’ve got the Platinum card but want to refer my friend for the PRG card.

  3. Off-topic: I was trying to comment on the ABZ Northern Lights review article, but it looks like comments are closed there. The airport have put up a nifty little “Street View” experience for the lounge: https://goo.gl/maps/ZkQEgEyLsZC2

    I haven’t been in it yet, but it does look very nice, especially in comparison to the old Servisair lounge!

  4. Thanks for Iberia/Avios heads up – purchased 8 000 avios – after Iberia and Groupon.es promo discounts I will end up with over 9 027 avios for 79 eur…pretty good deal

    • the real harry1 says:

      = 0.8p, assuming no 3% charges

      I got 20,000 of those @ 0.8p last week for sitting on my nether end 🙂

    • What discount did you use to get €20 off? The one listed in the article mentions 15% off.

      Thank you.

      • the real harry1 says:

        google.es and search Código Promocional Groupon Agosto 2017

        could only see 15%

  5. the real harry1 says:
  6. Groupon discount for new members is 25% but to a maximum of EUR20, for the first transaction only (max 34,000 avios). Today it was not happy wtih my foreign credit card, so I gave up. Last time points took almost 4 weeks to post, and only after emails to IB+.

  7. Anyone know when Lloyds’ deal with Amex ends? Don’t want to go for the spend threshold if it’s in the next 12 months!

    • Nope, it’s not public knowledge otherwise you’d see it mentioned here! Personally I’d just keep spending and hope they give sufficient warning/offer a decent deal if it gets pulled swiftly (as Barclaycard did for many, albeit not all, customers with the IHG card).