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Amex / Foursquare 2013 … what I’ve discovered so far!

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So, how is the American Express / Foursquare 2013 promotion going for you so far?!

(See here for details of the current deals if you are new to this.)

On Wednesday I picked up 6 x £50 gift cards in Harrods, and on Thursday I got 3 x £50 in House of Fraser.

I learnt a few things:


I probably made a mistake in Harrods by buying 6 separate £50 cards with my 6 Amex’s.  A comment on Flyertalk said that the Harrods tills cannot process more than 4 gift cards when you redeem them, so I can’t use all 6 at once on that basis.  The only workaround would be to buy a £200 gift card using 4 x £50 gift cards and then redeem that!

I’ve already had Foursquare notifications for the BA Amex and Amex Platinum transactions.  I got nothing for the Lloyds TSB cards but that is par for the course.  I have always got cashback on the Lloyds cards before even without receiving notifications.

The T&C’s in the original email on this promotion said that only Harrods Knightsbridge was included.  This presumably means that purchases at Heathrow do not count, neither do online purchases.

Harrods gift cards cannot be used at Heathrow according to their website, but they can be used on the website and at all bars and restaurants in the Knightsbridge store.

You cannot double up on Harrods Rewards points.  Whilst they will swipe your Harrods Rewards card when buying a gift card, it does not earn points.  You will earn points when you spend it.  However, as you need 500 points (£500 of spend) to earn any rewards, it is not worth it if you don’t plan to visit the store again this year.

House of Fraser

For House of Fraser, I went to the Victoria store.  This is the store that time forgot – I can only assume they are tied into a lease they can’t escape.  It never has any customers (at least outside lunchtime during the week) and only about 1 in 10 tills is manned.  A large part of the basement has been sublet to Gap.

Looking at the receipts, the House of Fraser gift cards are valid for two years.  This gives me confidence to buy another 3 gift cards – there is no risk of not being able to spend £300 in 2 years, even if it all goes on cosmetics for my wife!

House of Fraser gift cards can be used on their website.  Yesterday, I used £53.99 of my new balance to buy a new smart cover for my ipad.  For some reason, House of Fraser is discounting their remaining ipad smart covers by 10%, so if you want one then take a look online.  Quidco cashback is also available.

You cannot buy gift cards online to trigger the bonus – the website confirms that they go through as ‘Voucher Express’ and are delivered by a third party.  It is not clear if other purchases will trigger the Foursquare bonus.

Comments elsewhere have focussed on the fact that the Oxford Street flagship store does not offer the ‘special’ on Foursquare.  However, people have successfully ‘checked in’ at Victoria Street and spent the £50 at Oxford Street and got Foursquare notifications.

The Victoria House of Fraser has a fantastic off-licence on the top floor!  There is a surprisingly decent selection of premium wine, spirits and a very wide range of champagne.  The champagne seemed a little pricey, but only because supermarkets are so aggressive these days.  Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 2008 was £21, which was only £1 above Laithwaites.

I did not check if you can earn Recognition points in their loyalty scheme for buying the gift cards – I have enough points balances to juggle as it is!

Other offers

The other current deals are (ending 28th February):

  • GAP – Spend £50, Get £25
  • Banana Republic – Spend £50, Get £25
  • Carphone Warehouse – Spend £25, Get £10

Plus the three older offers which are still running:

  • Starbucks – Spend £10, Get £5 (to 13 February)
  • Pizza Hut – Spend £30, Get £15 (to 6 March)
  • Shell – Spend £50, Get £15 (to 18 April)

I am deliberately giving these a miss, though!  I can’t do everything ….

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Comments (67)

  • inflationbusting says:

    How long do you find it takes to track? The Harvey Nicks ones were pretty fast – Harrods has been 7 days and counting….

    • Raffles says:

      Harrods is instant on an Amex issued Amex (in terms of Foursquare confirmation showing on FS) and possibly never on an MBNA or Lloyds Amex … but the cash still appears in my experience.

  • Gareth says:

    Is there no way of using the Harrods deal online?

    • Raffles says:

      Using a gift card bought in-store (and so already earned the £25) on the website – no problem

      Buying a gift card or other product at .com – seems not, according to the rules. The rules may be wrong, of course, but it requires someone to gamble a £50 purchase on the Harrods website first!

  • will says:

    No need to take the Harrods online gamble – I did it on Feb 1st and can confirm that it does NOT work online.

    • Alan says:

      Ah – OK – thanks for trying, Will. At least I can now avoid their stupid delivery charge!

  • Daniel (PZE) says:

    I seem to have hit a glitch with HoF having previously redeemed successfully at Shell – I checked in at HoF in the City last week, checked that the promotion was uploaded to my card then bought a £50 voucher. No FourSquare notification as yet. It’s perhaps a day or two before the credit would appear on my Amex account so too soon to say whether definitely a problem or now.

    I think it may have happen because I previously checked in and uploaded the offer at HoF Victoria, but then didn’t actually complete a purchase – I wonder if FourSquare experiences a problem where you upload the offer at one location of a chain and then spend at a different one. Will report back in a couple of days if I get the statement credit anyway.

  • Trevor says:

    Darn, been topping up slowly at Starbucks as my wife goes there, and was going to do final 2 topups today, but special already gone today 🙁 Got 2 more in yesterday, so was still live then, but didn’t have all my cards with me.

  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    Hi Raffles,

    Can you update us on the date in which the credits were posted to your card after your purchases on the Wednesday & Thursday. I have completed 4 transactions @ House of Fraser so it would be good to see when the credits are expected to appears.


    • Raffles says:

      On my Plat, I have HOF transactions dated 7th and 8th and credits dated 10th and 12th.

      It will be slower on MBNA and Lloyds cards.

  • where2travel says:

    The special for Gap doesn’t show up on my Foursquare app anymore. I logged in and unlocked the deal last week when it was showing. Does anyone know if I can I still make the purchase now?

  • magarathea says:

    HOF have a 14 day return period policy for most purchases. Does anyone know what would happen if you purchased an item using Foursquare/AMex, received a £25 Amex credit then returned the item to HOF for a credit card refund?

    • Raffles says:

      In theory the FS credit is taken away. Whether it is or not will depend on how the refund is processed, I think. I reckon it would actually stay.