Bits: new Virgin / Heathrow Rewards offer, new BA Amex spend bonus, 6000 Avios with Tesco insurance

News in brief:

Heathrow Rewards launches new Virgin Flying Club offer

Heathrow Rewards is launching a promotion for Virgin Flying Club members today – but it isn’t bonus miles.

Anyone who transfers their Heathrow Rewards points to Virgin  Atlantic – at the standard 1:1 rate, in chunks of 250 – will be entered into a competition.

The prizes are:

First prize – 20,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Second prize – 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Third prize – 5 people will win 5,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Anyone who makes a transfer to Virgin during September will be entered.  You will only be entered once, irrespective of the number or size of transfers you make.

If Virgin Flying Club miles don’t appeal, remember that the 50% conversion bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Avios is still running until 30th September.

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New BA Amex spend bonus

Some British Airways American Express cardholders will be contacted today about a new spending promotion.

Eligible British Airways American Express cardholders will be offered 2,500 bonus Avios for spending £5,000 between 1st September and 30th November

Eligible British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardholders will be offered 5,000 bonus Avios for spending £10,000 between 1st September and 30th November

Whilst these offers are worth having if you are targetted, you should think carefully before pursuing them.

If you have already hit your spending target for the year to trigger your 2-4-1 voucher, it might be better to get a new card and hit a new spend target:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card (£2,000 spend required to trigger 20,000 bonus Amex points, worth 20,000 Avios) or

Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card (£1,000 spend required to trigger 10,000 bonus SPG points, worth 10,000 Avios) Representative APR 36.2% variable including £75 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit or

Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card (you receive a BA Avios upgrade voucher for spending £7,000) Representative APR 23.7% variable including £24 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit or

IHG Rewards Club Premium MasterCard (20,000 IHG points for signing up and a free night voucher – potentially worth £250 at a top hotel – for spending £10,000)  Representative APR 41.5% variable including £99 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit

Any of these would be more valuable than putting an extra £5,000 – £10,000 through your BA Amex.

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6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin miles with Building & Contents Insurance

Tesco Bank is currently offering 2,500 bonus Clubcard points (converts into 6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin Flying Club miles) when you take out its Building & Contents Insurance for the first time.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

You should compare the Tesco price with the current Alan Boswell Group insurance deal.  Boswell is an Avios partner and they are giving out 5,000 – 10,000 Avios with policies taken out this month.  Details are here.

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  1. OT: Deliveroo 500 avios came through today, nice surprise as completely forgot….

  2. OT – Once i have the Lloyds Avios voucher how do I use this with a BA 2 for 1 to allow three of us to travel? I assume the LLoyds voucher would need to be on a separate booking but both the voucher and the 2 for 1 would be in my name. I usually travel with my wife on the 2 for 1 and we have a Household account.
    Thanks in advance

    • You’ve got a problem there as the BA 241 is to be used on and the Upgrade voucher on!

      The holder of the 241 voucher has to be one of the people booked using it.

      Think the person on upgrade voucher has to be named on the plane ticket as well.

      • Thanks.
        I wasn’t sure if that was the case. I thought I had read on here that someone had used a Lloyds upgrade voucher for a relative and not themselves.
        My other option is to get my wife to put enough spend through her BA card to get another 2 for 1 but she would need to upgrade it as its a free blue one.

        • I’ve just tried a dummy booking and it asks for the passenger name and runs on through to the final payment page – so despite the rules I doubt you’ll have a problem making the booking for your wife … unless you have to do it offline (e.g. open-jaw) where it might get picked up.

  3. OT – when using the Lloyds upgrade voucher, does the flight have to start in the UK? I can’t see it in T & Cs but may have missed it!

  4. O/T is there a limit to the number of additional (paying) guests that can get into a lounge on a Priority Pass (subject to how busy lounge already is, mood of person on desk etc.). Hoping to get 11 of us into MCO on two cards !! Many thanks in advance.

    • Some of the lounges are cutting down on groups….fearful of hens and stags…you will be lucky if you succeed!

      • Thanks Polly, though the group includes two pensioners and five between 6 and 16 – would be arguably the worst stag night ever ! Will give it a go anyway. Was just wondering if I had missed something in the T & C’s about any blanket restriction on numbers.

        • Very funny Matt, gave me a Giggle…its just they keep putting signs outside now saying, at full capacity. But still let paying guests in! I think you can take as many paying guests in as you like. Have not seen a limit mentioned anywhere…

  5. Graham Walsh says:

    Not sure if I’ve seen this mentioned before, just trying to send a message to Amex via my account and it says this “Email servicing is no longer available. You can still access your email inbox and sent messages here”.

    So much easier sometimes. Chat is offline too, what’s the point in having it!!!

    • And chat is not getting good feedback …..

    • Its called cost-cutting. Lots of staff have been ‘let go’ from Brighton. The chat staff are located in India but utilise westernised ‘names’ so as to give the impression they’re Brighton based.

    • LOL there’s been lots of chat on it in the comments on here – generally a major downgrade but Amex have dismissed any formal complaints about it (I think quite a few of us logged complaints)

      • the real harry1 says:

        won’t be many Mumbai agents answering the phone: ‘I’m free!’ 🙂

      • I’ve just filled in an online pop-up survey on amex website and asked for emails to be brought back instead of chat. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

  6. Hi,
    Slightly off topic here.
    I have the BA Amex Premium Plus card, and have recently redeemed the companion voucher for travel next year. Question is would it be possible to now cancel the card? Would this invalidate the voucher if it has been redeemed?

    My partner also have the same card, and have hit the target and been given the companion voucher, but have not redeemed. In this circumstance, does it mean only the only option is to downgrade to the free card? Would this then change the validity of the vouchers to only 12 months rather than 24 months?

    Thank you!

    • Optimus Prime says:

      You can cancel the card even before redeeming the voucher.

      The only requirement is to use any Amex to pay the taxes when using the voucher.

  7. OT: Have any of our Edinburgh readers found someplace to do the amazon paypoint topup? The
    co-op shops on both Shandwick Place and Frederick Street refused to scan the bar code on either phone or paper today.

  8. OT – Just tried to buy £150 John Lewis GC at WHS T5 and cashier was clearly alarmed. She Telephoned someone and was told max top up was £50. Very strange.

    • the real harry1 says:

      you get these morons in life – nothing you can do about it

      I don’t blame the till girl; I do blame the supervisor

      had all sorts of nutso responses on the 3Vs as well, most were OK but a few wanted to see theft where there was no theft

      • All v strange and very over the top!

        Anyway, am on first class redemption and about to take off. Thanks to Rob and commenters – wouldn’t have been possible without this site!

      • I was once told by a Tesco cashier (plus supervisor who was called over) that 3V gift cards could only be bought for cash, “due to fraud”…

        Mind you, this was in Manchester 🙂

    • I did precisely the same in T3. There was no issue whatsoever.

      Put it down to incompetence (of their staff, not you!)

      Hope you’re currently enjoying BA F

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep it’s a stupid rule but it’s just £50 per card. I just ended up doing £50 of JL and £50 of M&S. Then a bit of duty free I was going to do anyway.

  9. the real harry1 says:

    looks like the 30K limit @ Tesco is not always applied 🙂

  10. Has anyone received Heathrow reward points for buying GF? I bought John Lewis GC and stamps at WHS T5 a week ago but no points posted. Wonder if spending on stamps and GF qualify for points. Points on Duty Free shop (the same day) posted 4 days ago so though.

    • World Duty Free always post quickly as they seem to be directly plugged in to the system, probably a throwback to when BAA owned the airport and the main duty free shop.