News in brief:
30% bonus when you buy Avios points
ba.com is currently offering a 10% – 30% bonus when you buy Avios points.
This is certainly not unmissable. You need to buy at least 31,000 Avios to get the full 30%. Even when purchasing the maximum of 35,000 points, you are paying £575 for 45,500 points. 1.26p per point is NOT a great deal.
The deadline is 28th October. The ‘buy Avios’ page is here.
50% off Emirates Skywards redemptions in Economy
Emirates is currently offering a 50% discount on all economy class redemptions made using Skywards miles.
The deal runs until October 19th. About 20 destinations are excluded – check the Skywards website for details.
The reason I am not more excited about this is that Emirates taxes and charges are very high – even higher than British Airways. In general, you will still be getting a very poor return on your miles by redeeming them in this way. There are, of course, certain routes and certain dates which are expensive for cash tickets and where you may find it works, but it won’t be easy.
The travel window is also tight – 1st to 30th November.
Special Visa deal with Radisson Edwardian
Radisson Edwardian – which operates primarily in the London market – has launched a special offer with Visa which runs until the end of the year.
Book via this link and you will receive free breakfast for two people and a free room upgrade, subject to availability, at check-in. There does not seem to be any requirement to pay with a Visa, just to have one.
How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (December 2023)
Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.
These cards earn Membership Rewards points:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 60,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with four free airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 30,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for life.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.
Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Premium status for as long as they hold the card. It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.
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