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

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News in brief:

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.


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.

Comments (53)

  • Paul says:

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

    • harry says:

      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

  • harry says:

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

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

  • 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.

    • Brian says:

      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.

      • Grimz says:


        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.