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Triple Avios from Amex Currency Exchange and Moneycorp

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British Airways is running a special promotion in conjunction with its two foreign exchange partners, American Express Currency Exchange and Moneycorp (Terminal 5 only).

From today until 6th January, you will receive 3 Avios per £1 exchanged.  You must exchange a minimum of £400 to qualify.

Amex at Heathrow T5

P-l-e-a-s-e, though, do not take up this offer with Moneycorp.  Due to the terms of BA’s agreement with Amex Currency Exchange, Moneycorp will only award Avios points for ‘walk-up’ purchases.  The ‘walk-up’ rate at Moneycorp – and indeed Travelex – at Heathrow is absolutely shocking.

If you pre-order for collection at Moneycorp in Terminal 5, you will not receive any Avios points.  You will, though, save a fortune, so I recommend you take that route.

American Express Currency Exchange (website here) will deliver to your home, and delivery is free if you spend over £500.  You can also order for collection at Edinburgh and Birmingham airports.  They are closing all of their Heathrow outlets – Terminal 5 has already gone and T1, 3 and 4 are following soon if they are not already closed.

Remember that pre-order and home delivery purchases at American Express Currency Exchange on an Amex-issued American Express card are treated as a purchase.   This means that you will also earn SPG points / Avios / Membership Rewards points on the transaction, and spending counts towards any sign-up bonus.

(Whenever I write this, someone rings Amex to check that I am right.  The Amex call centre tells the caller that I am wrong.  I am not.  Trust me.)

For clarity – ONLY Amex-issued Amex cards are treated as a ‘purchase’.  If you use an MBNA Amex card (eg BMI, AA, United) or Lloyds Amex card, you will be charged the 3% cash advance fee and you will not earn any miles from your credit card.  Be warned!

American Express Currency Exchange will also sell you Sterling Travellers Cheques for a 1.5% fee.  Most banks will allow you to pay these into your account directly.  It is not clear if these count for ‘triple Avios’ or not – in theory, £ travellers cheque purchases do not give Avios.  The transaction does count as a purchase on your Amex-issued Amex credit or charge card, though.

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Comments (42)

  • jc says:

    BAPP Amex Card failing with the same personal details could not be verified error as Paul reports above. Called the helpline and there’s apparently nothing they can do about it.
    Fail.

  • Phil says:

    Had £500 worth delivered from AMEX currency exchange, ordered on a new preferred rewards gold card
    The transaction shows on account but no MR rewards points and the sign up bonus has not deducted the £500 from required spend.
    There does not appear to be a cash advance fee still.
    Just sharing my experiance but they may have sharpened up.

    • Rob says:

      MR points always appear 1-2 days later than the statement item.

      It is impossible for it to be treated as a purchase and not earn MR.

    • What's the Point says:

      I purchased £505 worth of $US.
      Amex Gold MR posted fine, just waiting for the Avios to come through now.
      Any ideas how long the Avios normally take to post?

  • Thunderbirds says:

    I purchased Euro 1000 on my AMEX Gold and this came through as a purchase.
    Tried my BAPP before this but would not go through. I’ve now found out what my limits are for each card which can only be done by phoning as it is not reported anywhere online.
    Posted on my AMEX account as 869 MR points plus a 2500 MR point bonus giving a total of 3369 MR points for a £869 spend.

  • Chris says:

    Anyone know if pre orders at MoneyCorp also count as an Amex purchase or just at American Express currency exchanges?