Bits: 10% Qatar discount code, Waitrose / Virgin saga rolls on, Amex hotel deals

News in brief:

10% off Qatar Airways business class

Qatar Airways has released a 10% discount code to selected partners, including HFP.

Code UKPREMIUM will get you 10% off the base fare of a business class ticket.  You need to book by 30th August for travel by 14th June 2018.

Full details are on this page of the UK Qatar Airways site.


Waitrose / Virgin Flying Club saga continues ….

The saga of the Virgin Flying Club / Waitrose ‘in-store earning’ promotion continues.  It seems that the two sides can’t go more than a fortnight without changing the rules of the offer.

Yesterday morning, the Virgin / Waitrose page online was changed to say:

Rewards only given when you spend over £85

This would be a pain if it was applied, given that our average spend in Waitrose is usually sub £50.  As we carry it all home by hand, this could be the end of our in-store earning.

Yet, by yesterday evening, the line had disappeared.  There is now no minimum spend requirement showing.

Virgin also continues to offer different rewards to different people.  I am currently getting 3 Virgin miles per £1 whilst my wife is only offered 1 mile per £1.  All very odd ….

PS.  Looking at my Virgin in-store transactions last night, it seems that I earned 54 miles at Habitat recently.  Except that I didn’t …. presumably my wife bought something using one of the credit cards which I have registered.  This shows how odd these schemes are …. Habitat is paying money to Virgin for my miles, even though the miles literally had no impact on the purchasing decision.

ME London strand

New American Express hotel cashback deals launched

A couple of new hotel cashback deals have appeared for American Express cardholders.  You can find some, all or none of these under the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page.  You get different offers for each card you hold.

My new ones are:

Small Luxury Hotels of the World – £25 back on £150 spend

Offer runs until 26th January.

Melia Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £200 spend

Valid until 26th October.  Note that only a small number of hotels are participating, mainly in Spain, although ME London, photo above, is on the list.  Remember that if you have an American Express Platinum card you can now get automatic Gold status in Melia Rewards.

The following offers are still running:

Airbnb – 2% cashback

This is an older deal but it has been extended to 25th August.  You can also get £30 off your first stay via our refer-a-friend link here.

Guoman Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £195 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Includes The Tower and The Cumberland in London.

Thistle Hotels (click for website) – £35 back on £100 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Remember that the Thistle at Heathrow allows you (for a £5 fee) to take the driverless pods from the car park behind the hotel directly to Terminal 5 – more here.

Red Carnation Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £250 spend

This may not be a well known brand, but they own the impressive Ashford Castle in Ireland as well as a few upmarket London properties.  I wrote this article about them because they are also a Virgin Flying Club partner, so you’ll earn 2,000 miles per nightas well as getting £50 back!  Ends 13th September.

onefinestay – 10% back

This is a more upmarket airbnb!  Ends 30th September.

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Good 'airport parking and hotel' deals via little-known IHG link
British Airways and Loganair finally agree a codeshare deal for 1st September
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  1. OT – some may remember that Hilton Hampton couldn’t provide all of us with breakfast over the weekend. The sticky point was the comment that they didn’t have to provide breakfasts because they were complimentary. Well today we got a grovelling apology (i.e. the stock apology letter) saying our account was going to be receiving a nice chunk of base points over the incident.

    However the question whether breakfast was complimentary or not was not mentioned at all. So the jury is still out on that one then…,

  2. David2910 says:

    Saw this comment from Leff on VFTW re air Berlin: ‘anyone who spent more for a refundable ticket as a hedge against the financial problems at the airline not only is holding a ticket in a time of instabiltiy but paid more for the privilege of doing so’ in relation to their statement that refundable tickets are no longer refundable.

    Anyone in any universe who thought that a refund promise from an insolvent company is some kind of hedge needs their head examined. I only hope no hfpers thought a credit impaired/ phoney option had value.

    • the real harry1 says:

      with respect, I don’t think you understood Leff’s point

    • Presumably your credit card company would pay you out on AB’s refusal, making it a sensible strategy.

  3. My current employer offer is 4p cashback for every £1 spent at Waitrose with no minimum spend.

    I’ve JLP card linked to the offer, and near enough constantly have £8 off £40 spends.

    So for every £40 I spend, I pay £32, earn 32 points from JLP and £1.28 cashback via my employer.

    All good!

  4. New offer on mine at Waitrose, spend £100 and get a 1000 bonus points.

    +1 “Roger I. Nothing on either mine or partners.

    • That is home delivery, new customers only.

      • How would they know I’m not a new customer if they don’t ask for my Waitrose green card or number? I can have the groceries delivered to neighbor.

    • This has now appeared on mine too, but looks to me like an online order rather than a shop purchase. Does anyone know different?

  5. Anyone thinking of buying wine from a Waitrose, hold off until next week. 25% off three bottles or more starts then!

  6. Completely OT – I’m trying to convert LeClubAccor points that I’ve earned from a recent stay and the earlier promotions which HFP so usefully made me aware of to IberiaPlus avios. However everytime I click through to use them it just presents me with a Login/Join page despite the fact that I’m already in. Has anyone else had this problem? Contacted them but no response yet.

  7. Just combined the QR 10% off code with the Amex £80 off £800 spend deal. Very reasonable flight price!

  8. OT – don’t know if it’s been mentioned already, but just saved a “3000 MR points for £250 spend at Hilton” offer on my Amex card