Bits: Four Seasons walks away from the Wharf, latest Amex offers, Tesco NOW TV offer
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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:
3 month pass for Sky Entertainment
The NOW TV offer runs until 17th January.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review
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 10,500 Avios.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
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.
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.