I wanted to quickly flag two things – only vaguely connected – about retail gift cards.
Firstly, before Christmas American Express ran a promotion which offered a 20% discount on HMV gift cards. Reader Tim got in touch to say that he had bought some of these and had not yet redeemed them. He called Amex, and Amex has agreed to refund the money under their voluntary chargeback scheme.
Note that you need to file a claim with Amex within 120 days of the retailer going into administration.
The second is just a reminder that Tesco is STILL giving 150 bonus Tesco Clubcard points when you spend £50 of gift cards instore (Tesco gift cards excluded). Full details are in this post. Saturday 26th January is, I think, the last day to collect Clubcard points if you want to receive the points in the February mailing.
If you collect Virgin Flying Club miles and want to take advantage of the 50% bonus on transfers of Clubcard points to Virgin, this is especially interesting. 150 Clubcard points = 375 Virgin miles, so 562 Virgin Flying Club miles with the bonus. The Clubcard points go onto your account immediately, so you would definitely get them in February.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)