Bits: Tesco 20% bonus emails arrive, bonus on Flying Blue miles purchases, Marriott / Hertz bonus

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Emails arrive for the Tesco / BA 20% conversion bonus

The mythical emails regarding the new 20% conversion bonus of Tesco Clubcard points to British Airways Executive Club finally arrived yesterday.  Details of this promo can be found in my original article here.

Unfortunately, they left more questions unanswered.

Not everyone has received the email, which came from BA and would therefore be based on your privacy setting with the Executive Club.  I got it but no-one else in my family did.  Are they blocked from the bonus?  Or, as Tesco has been telling people, is anyone who is a member OK?

The £100 cap on conversions is also not clear.  The wording implies that you could make unlimited transfers as long as none of them exceeded £100.  Is this really true?  After all, auto-convert transfers are capped at £100.

If you got the email and plan to convert under £100, you are good to go.  For everyone else, questions remain.

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Up to 50% bonus when purchasing Flying Blue miles

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running a bonus promotion for anyone who is looking to top up their account.  It is slightly worse than the previous offer in July as the threshold for getting the maximum bonus is raised from 20,000 to 30,000 miles.

Until 13th November, the following bonus is available when you buy miles:

  • Up to 2,000 Award Miles = 10% Bonus
  • 4,000 – 8,000 Award Miles = 20% Bonus
  • 10,000 – 28,000 Award Miles = 30% Bonus
  • 30,000 Award Miles = 50% Bonus

Members can buy up to 75,000 miles per year, excluding bonuses. Elite members have no cap.

At the top end, buying 75,000 miles with an extra 37,500 will cost €2,062.  That works out at 1.3p per mile which is not a massive bargain.

At the end of the day, though, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this. It is also worth remembering that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner – why pay for a pile of FB miles when you can take out an Amex Gold and get 20,000 miles free (22,000 if I refer you)?

If you are interested, the link to buy miles is here.

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Marriott and Hertz bonus

Finally, Marriott Rewards has launched a new promotion with Hertz.  Hertz is not an Avios partner – although you can collect Virgin Flying Club miles – so this could be an interesting option if you have a Hertz booking coming up.

Until 31st March 2016, you will receive:

  • 2,000 Marriott Rewards points on 2-4 day rentals
  • 5,000 Marriott Rewards points on 5+ day rentals
  • Valid at participating locations in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Australia and New Zealand

You need to quote PC 169680 when you book.  In theory, you should also use code CDP 154080 to bring up the negotiated Marriott rates with Hertz.

You will often find that PC codes give you the bonus irrespective of which CDP code you use, so if you have access to a cheaper Hertz deal then I recommend you use that.  If you still receive the Marriott Rewards points then that is great.  If you don’t, you have the comfort of having saved hard cash instead.  Full details can be found here.

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Comments

  1. Has anyone tried more than £100? I’ve been holding on for a promo and want to transfer as much as possible.

    • Sure but not in 1 transaction. Ie max £100 per transaction. As nobody has got the bonus yet, we won’t know if it works until that evidence gets posted.

      But some of us already got another kind of ‘bonus bonus’ lol, fat finger possibly to blame but fairly widespread so I doubt that, more likely a programming glitch.

  2. O/T 20% off giftcards @ Tesco https://www.giftcards.tesco.com/catalogue/Special-Offers

    iTunes, Pizza Express, New Look , Accessorize, Monsoon & Mitchells & Butlers

    +150 Tesco points when you buy £50 = 360 Avios

    • It has to be the £25 cards. Maths:
      3x £25 – 20% = £60 + 360 Avios (£3.60) = £56.40 —> 25% discount
      5x £25 – 20% = £100 + 720 Avios (£7.20) = £92.80 —> 26% discount
      10x £25 – 20% = £200 + 1800 Avios (18.00) = £182.00 —> 27% discount

      I think that’s right 🙂

      Depends if you like beer & pizza, I guess – or have an Xmas pressie to buy etc

      • Don’t know if it makes a difference to your calculations, but it’s worth remembering that you get 150 CC points for every separate lot of at least 50 pounds. In other words, it can’t just be a total of 100. So I don’t think the 5 x £25 calculation would get you 300 CC points…

        • 2x £25 wouldn’t work for the 150 points (as £50 – 20% = £40). Which is where I got my multiples from (3, 5, 10) to maximise discount. I’m pretty sure the till just looks at the giftcard total after giftcard discounts.

          And 5x £25 = £100 was just me applying the 20% discount.

          • Not in my experience. I once got caught out by that. It’s 150 bonus points per 50 pounds, so it has to be a separate £50+ to get another 150 points. It’s not usually a problem with even amounts – it’s when there is a discount going that you can have problems.

          • Easy enough to put it to the test. If what you suggest turns out to be the case, 3 x £25 wouldn’t give you 150 bonus clubcard points as there are no £50s in there.

            Elsewhere they’re saying you get the points provided the discounted total is over £50 – and you can of course buy in quantity to get 150 points per £50 in multiples (on the same receipt) after discount.

            None of the cards really appeal to me, so somebody else will have to try it.

          • latest only these cards get 20% off, to get the 150 points you need to go over £50 after discount

            £25 Cards New Look, ITunes or Monsoon = £20

            £20 Cards Pizza Express or Dining out Mitchell’s & Butler = £16

            £10 Card Accessorize = £8

          • It doesn’t have to be exactly 50 pounds, but it has to be at least fifty pounds for each lot of bonus 150 CC points. So if you buy five £25 New Look gift cards, you’re paying £100, but because each one is costing £20, it’s one lot of £60 and one lot of £40 for the purposes of the bonus points. In other words, you only get 150 bonus points and not 300.

    • Hello, can you share this travellodge tip, need to book a local room for the in laws for Christmas Day?
      Thanks,
      Paul

      • Somebody else said it expires at midnight tonight?

        £15 voucher off any Travelodge hotel in the UK & Ireland.

        You can find stays for only £5 per night.

        Use promo code CW59437G

    • You’re welcome, Ynot. It WAS a bit generous! 🙂

      Paul – unfortunately the £15 off any booking code has expired.

  3. Well, that’s useful..all five of my household accts received the email so I shall transfer £100 to each…two done. and both show in my BA account and now for the other three.Hopefully the bonus will eventually appears.

  4. ah Tesco…
    i finally received that email today too…. even though last week i received an email saying my avios were “ready”… and of course my clubcard points for last quarters have disappeared, but my avios are nowhere to be seen… so they don’t seem that ready, do they!? and my last tesco order from november 1st still hasn’t had its clubcard points credited…
    quite a struggle for a point collector to deal with them really…

  5. pointsarb says:

    @ James

    Thanks for that. Just found out that the Alaska a/c needs to be open for 14 days before you can buy miles. So best to prepare in advance!

    Cheers

  6. shajacksha says:

    In spite of the email arriving I still did not get my 20% bonus. So, I called BA and talk to the call center in India. It took some time explaining but I was asked to forward email to them. But as expected no reply yet. Do they have a twitter to vent out frustration”

    • Rob Brown says:

      Just had a call from Tesco confirming that I would receive the bonus (Even though I transferred before the 1st November) and that it would hit my account some point after the 30th November.

    • BA Exex don’t have there own but you can tweet the main British Airways twitter a/c.

      I also received the email but not received the bonus Avios as of yet. Standard amount twook two days to arrive.

      No idea why this is so complicated. When I converted clubcard points to Virgin miles the bonus was allocated immediately.

      • EMAIL FROM TESCO

        Thank you for your recent email.
        With regards to your query the bonus points for Avios are all added at the same time for every customer, they will leave our system at the end of November and can take up to 28 days to show on your Avios account.
        Again thank you for taking the time to email me today, and if there is any more I can do please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be more than happy to help.

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