Archives for September 2013

Breaking news – a new UK MasterCard offering 1 Avios per £1 spent!

I will write a full post on this later, which will go up tomorrow. However, for now, here is a quick taster. HSBC has relaunched its HSBC Premier credit card this morning. From today, for every £1 spent on your HSBC Premier MasterCard, you will […]

100 free Clubcard points (240 Avios) for 30 seconds work

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? A couple of months ago, Tesco Clubcard was offering 100 […]

Amex introduces ‘fixed price’ Membership Rewards redemptions at Melia hotels

In a couple of weeks time I will be down in Madrid, taking advantage of the free night in a 5-star hotel which Melia has offered to all UK Amex Platinum cardholders. This seems to be part of a wider deal between Melia Hotels and […]

A new £20 coin for £20 available at Royal Mint – good for hitting card spend targets

EDIT: As per comments below, it seems you CAN now use Amex on the UK Royal Mint site even though the logo does not appear on the initial payment page The Royal Mint, at the end of October, will launch this rather snazzy £20 coin […]

Last chance to transfer Amex points to Virgin / BA / Carlson for a bonus (and what I did)

A quick heads up that tomorrow is the last day to initiate a transfer of American Express Membership Rewards points from American Express to British Airways, Virgin Flying Club or Club Carlson to benefit from the (targeted) 20% – 30% transfer bonuses. My original post is […]

‘One day only’ IHG Rewards Club ‘flash’ reward sale on MONDAY

IHG Rewards Club, the Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza / InterContinental hotels grouping, sent out a tweet on Friday night announcing a one-day ‘social media’ reward nights sale on Monday 30th.  I think they are calling it a ‘social media’ event because it will not […]

Accor devalues its Avios points conversion rate (again)

When the BA and Iberia loyalty schemes were brought together in November 2011, the biggest inconsistency was in the treatment of points transfers from LeClub Accorhotels.  This covers Novotel, Sofitel, Mercure, M Gallery etc. Historically, you could transfer 2 Accor points into FIVE Iberia Plus Avios points. With […]

Achica ‘£20 off’ code working again!

Not sure what else I can add to my original post! Except that, at the time of writing on Saturday evening, the £20 off code (ACHICA20AMEX) is working again.  For orders under £20, you don’t pay a penny. The Taittinger champagne, below, seems to have […]

How I got free membership of Eurostar Frequent Traveller, saving £250!

I have run an interesting series of articles this week, written by Nick Burch, on Eurostar and its various earning and redemption options. If you want to redeem American Express Membership Rewards points for free Eurostar trips, the most effective route is to transfer your […]

IHG changes the Avios earning rate at Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc

Rather sneakily, and with no notice that I have seen, IHG Rewards Club has changed the number of Avios that you earn if you stay in an InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo or one of their other brands.  This is especially bad […]

New Debenhams and Moss Bros spending discounts for Amex customers

American Express has rolled out two new cashback offers for holders of Amex-issued Amex cards, which includes MBNA and Lloyds Bank-issued Amex cards as well as the ‘official’ ones. The most useful is Debenhams. Once you have registered your card here, you will receive a […]

More £5 Tesco DVD’s with 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios)

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? Tesco Direct has refreshed its list of DVD pre-order deals, […]

Now you can earn Avios when buying Heathrow Express tickets

Heathrow Express has launched a new partnership with Avios, allowing you to earn Avios when buying HEX tickets. There are four earning levels: 100 Avios per adult standard single ticket purchased 200 Avios per adult standard return ticket purchased 200 Avios per adult business first […]

Amex MR transfers to Virgin Flying Club now instantaneous!

Well, this is a first for the UK! In the US, it is normal for American Express Membership Rewards points to transfer instantly to airline and hotel partners.  This is not the case in the UK, where it usually takes 4-5 days. (The best transfer partner is […]

More fantastic IHG bonus point codes, and how I am approaching ‘The Big Win’

As I posted the other day, I spent last Friday at the Holiday Inn Rotherham Sheffield. I booked this stay through my wifes account, as she has not done a paid IHG Rewards Club stay this year. I also put through all of the current […]