News in brief:
Four Seasons walks away from Canary Wharf
Four Seasons announced yesterday that it is dropping management of its hotel at Canary Wharf in London. This is presumably linked to the opening of its new Tower of London project in a couple of years.
Canary Wharf was certainly a second tier Four Seasons property, nowhere near the standards of Park Lane, but it was pleasant enough. It will be interesting to see which operator takes it over – it may well be a redemption opportunity at that point. Hyatt, for one, would love to get a presence in the area I’m sure. Starwood is also under-represented.
The last day under Four Seasons management will be 30th April.
New American Express cashback offers launched
Amex officially launched three new cashback deals yesterday, albeit they have been showing online for Amex-issued Amex cards for a while.
The deals are:
Monsoon & Accessorize: spend £50 get £10 back
Holiday Extras: Get 15% back
Gordon Ramsay Restaurants: Spend £100 or more and get £20 back
You can register an Amex-issued Amex card under the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement or via cardmemberoffers.co.uk. Closing dates and restrictions vary.
MBNA, Lloyds, TSB and Barclays Amex cardholders can register via Amex Network.
480 Avios and £10 off with a £15 NOW TV box
Finally, I wanted to mention this Tesco Direct offer again. I ran it last week but you still have three days to buy one. If you don’t have a ‘smart TV’ it is a very good deal indeed for a modest £15 outlay. The 480 Avios you receive on top are an extra bonus.
Sky’s NOW TV box turns your TV into a smart TV. It lets you watch Sky channels without a contract and also streams catch up TV straight to your TV. The only downside is that it won’t let you watch Netflix (get a Google Chromecast) or Amazon Prime (get an Amazon Fire Stick).
Tesco Direct is offering three special packs at £10 off. More importantly, you will receive 100 Clubcard points with your order. Even better, at present the Tesco website is ‘glitchy’ and is adding 200 Clubcard points (480 Avios) per box.
There are three packs to choose from depending on whether you prefer sports, entertainment or movies. These passes offer excellent value for money even if you ignore the value of the NOW TV box – £15 is not a bad price to pay to get access to Sky Movies for two months, for example.
Click the link below to be taken to the appropriate Tesco Direct page:
The NOW TV offer runs until 17th January.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)