More news in brief:
Competition for converting Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club
Tesco Clubcard is NOT offering a conversion bonus to Virgin Flying Club this quarter, unfortunately.
Instead, there is a competition. If you make a conversion to Virgin before September 15th you will be entered into a draw to win 12,000 Flying Club miles. There will be 10 winners.
More details can be found on the Tesco / Virgin website here.
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2,000 free Virgin miles
You can also earn 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles by setting your account to auto-convert future points earned in Clubcard. The easiest way to do this is to use a dormant Clubcard account and set that, in the profile, to auto-convert to your Virgin account.
Based on my past experience, you will receive the bonus even though there are no points converting. The deadline for setting this up is also September 15th and more details can be found here.
25% bonus for Shangri-La to Krisflyer conversions
Shangri-La Hotels is offering a 25% bonus when you convert your Golden Circle points to the Singapore Airlines Krisflyer scheme.
This is interesting because the minimum transfer has been reduced to 1,000 points. If you still have 1,000 Shangri-La points unused from their 2013 promotion, this is a last chance of using them before they expire. (The minimum transfer to all other airlines remains at 2,500 points.)
If you do not already have a Krisflyer account, you get 500 miles for signing up if you use code KFGC. The code and the transfer bonus expire on August 31st. Thanks to Matthew.
Amba Hotels promotion with Amex
Amba Hotels is a new brand which is being carved out of Thistle. The first property, which used to be the Charing Cross Thistle, is now open. The Thistle at Marble Arch will be converted by November.
If you book via this special American Express link by September 7th, you will receive a 20% discount, a guaranteed upgrade AND free access to the club lounge. This is valid for stays until February 1st.