Three quick things for Wednesday (SPG Amex, BA Amex, Tesco / Blinkbox)

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Three quick things which don’t justify their own post!

Firstthe 20,000 Starwood points (= 25,000 Avios) bonus on the Starwood American Express card is still showing on the website. This implies that the offer has been extended to 14th February for everyone, and not just the select few who were emailed about an extension. The offer has gone from the homepage of the Starwood website, though.

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SecondI now have an end date for the current, very generous, BA Amex promotions. This is 3rd March. If you don’t have a BA Amex and are thinking about it, I would act before then.

The free card currently offers either 9,000 Avios.  The Premium Plus card offers 25,000 Avios.

Thirdly …. if you signed up for the Tesco / Blinkbox promotion, remember that you must register your Clubcard number on your Blinkbox account by 8th February to receive your 1,000 Clubcard points. These are due to be credited by 22nd February.

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  1. Good morning Raffles,

    I cancelled my BA Amex on 29/8 and I have an email from Amex confirming this. Therefore the 6 months would be up by 1/3.
    Do you think I will get the 25,000 avios if I apply on the 2/3 for a new BAPP card or is it too close to the end of 6 months?

    • I think its too soon, to be honest. The bonus will drop below 25,000 for a bit, but I am sure at some point in the next few months we will see 25k or possibly even 30k again.

      • Thanks. So I will wait a bit longer before I get a BA Amex.

        I have the Preferred Gold card, can I apply for the Platinum and get the 50,000points?


    • Could you call them up and ask?

  2. Or even more than that. I believe that some strange extra bonuses have been appearing recently.

  3. pazza2000 says:

    Is 20k Sign up Bonus the best we have seen on the SPG?

  4. Eshaq Choudhury says:

    This is the updated blinkbox promo t&c.

    This promotion has now finished. Due to high demand the redemption limit of 10,000 customers was increased to 15,000 however this limit has now been reached.

    We will be emailing qualifying customers over the next few weeks to let them know when they can expect to receive their 1,000 extra Clubcard points.

    Get 1,000 extra Clubcard points when you rent 2 movies promotion

    1. These are the Terms and Conditions for the ‘Get 1,000 extra Clubcard points when you rent 2 movies’ promotion for new blinkbox customers.

    2. The Promotion starts at 9.00am on 14th January 2013 and ends at midnight on 28th January 2013. The Promoter may extend the Promotion at its sole discretion, always acting reasonably.

    3. The Promotion is only open to customers who are residents of the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and only to customers that are accessing the blinkbox service at from within these areas. The Promotion is not available for existing blinkbox customers.

    4. New blinkbox customers only.

    5. To take part in the Promotion, users must first register as a customer of the Service via, add their Clubcard number to their blinkbox account and rent 2 movies (at least 1 must be full price £3.49) by midnight 08/02/2013 (original date was 28/01/2013). You will not qualify for the promotion if you register using any other link.

    6. Qualifying rentals cannot be purchased using credit.

    7. Qualifying rentals can be viewed across all devices with access to blinkbox, however cannot be purchased via the Apple iPad or Microsoft Xbox 360 apps.

    8. 1,000 Clubcard points will be added to qualifying customers Clubcard accounts by 22/02/2013.

    9. Customers must add their Clubcard number to their blinkbox account to qualify.

    10. First 15,000 qualifying customers only (increased from original stated volume of 10,000 to meet the high demand of this promotion).

    11. Cannot be used in conjuncture with other promotions.

    12. Customers may only have one blinkbox account per clubcard and / or home address and may redeem the offer only once. Multiple accounts being created for the same customer or other attempt to circumvent these Terms and Conditions may result in the customer’s account being terminated at the sole discretion of the Promoter.

    13. Customers must be registered and validated members of blinkbox to participate in this Promotion.

    14. blinkbox reserves the right to cancel or amend the Promotion at any time at its sole discretion.

    15. Queries for assistance with this offer should be made at: The Promoter’s decision is final in all matters and correspondence will only be entered into at the Promoter’s discretion.

    16. Standard blinkbox terms and conditions apply. See:

    17. The Promoter is blinkbox Entertainment Ltd., 20/24 Kirby Street, London, EC1N 8TS.

  5. Neilypokie says:

    Can I have an SPG and BA premium plus? ( ie is this as simple as £35 for 25k avois?

    • Yes, that’s fine – subject to Amex being happy to give you more credit, of course. Reduce the limit on your current card (you can do this online) if it is crazily high.

  6. Neilypokie says:

    Thanks raffles. Credit limit is 20k+, so reducing sounds like a great idea.
    Is this card better than me taking a platinum one for the 50k bonus?
    (I’ve messages you same question on PtS too, so please ignore it there.
    Thanks for advice.

    • can you not do both? plat seems like it will stay at 50k for a while though

      what credit limits is amex likely to give in relation to one’s household income and existing credit, does it matter if someone in the household already has amexes?

      • Plat 50k ends 3rd March, now on the Amex website

        Not sure how much credit Amex likes to give vs household income but if you have more than a £10k limit on any single card then it is perhaps too much. You will have a gut feeling of whether (given the sum total of all credit limits on all cards) you have too much credit for your income.

    • I’ve just sent you a PM via paidtoshop, so read that! Platinum is the better card if you are looking for a large pile of Avios, especially as it seems the 50,000 point deal will be ending on 3rd March.

  7. Akhil Gupta says:

    Quick question:
    I have an SPG amex and so does my partner. We both got our 20k SPG points which are sitting in our accounts. Want to keep them there as we can change them to many different frequent flyer programmes (our main FF account is with BA). At present they have a 20k SPG points to 25k miles promo. Does this have an end date? Trying to think whether to keep them with SPG for the time being or transfer to BAEC?

    • No, the 20k to 25,000 miles deal is permanent.

      Infact, if you wait then BA will almost certainly repeat their ‘25% bonus on hotel transfers” at some point, which will get you 31,250 Avios.

  8. “Automatic enrolment into the Starwood Preferred Guest programme”. How does this work, will I receive some kind of registration confirmation through the post?

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