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News in brief:

New Opodo discount code launched

Until the 29th (Friday), Opodo is offering a £15 saving when you book a flight for £200 or more.  You need to be careful about any fees they add which may reduce the value of the bonus but you should still come out ahead.

The code is 6AQHD3AQ and you can book here.

KLM launching flights from Southampton and Inverness

I get the odd email from HfP readers who would like to see more coverage of Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme.  I see their point, because outside London there is a hard core of flyers who prefer to fly long-haul via Amsterdam than transfer in Heathrow to a British Airways flight.

From mid May, those numbers will be increasing further as two new routes are added to the KLM route map.

Flights from Southampton launch on 16th May.  There will be two flights per day midweek and one per day at weekends.

A day later, flights also start from Inverness.  There will be one daily flight to Amsterdam.

More details and flights times can be found on the KLM website here.


Radisson and Park Inn Nordic sale

Radisson and Park Inn are running a UK-focussed sale focussing on hotels in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  These are notoriously expensive places to stay so any ability to get a discount is welcome.  Radisson also has excellent coverage in Scandinavia due to its earlier ownership by the airline SAS – my review of Stockholm Airport’s SkyCity hotel is here.

You can book for dates in June, July and August.  The Radisson Blu offer is here, the Park Inn offer is here.  Book by 8th May.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (June 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 180,000 Radisson Rewards points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! 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.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (36)

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  • rams1981 says:

    My curve has not arrived yet and nor I have received an email to say it’s on its way. I have emailed them to say I want to downgrade to the £35 card But now wondering if I should just cancel the whole thing.

  • Simmo says:

    Can’t spot anything that is too ripe for an easy resale.

    • harry says:

      I make it less than 0.3p if you don’t mind the hassle

      • harry says:

        …which means I can fly 4 of us out to our place in the sun for £148 off peak

  • Pol says:

    My curve card arrived today. First transaction in sainsburys declined but charge showing on linked Amex. Not a great start.

    • Leo says:

      I got mine on Saturday – flash packaging I didn’t quite see the point of. I’ve not tried to use it yet. I only got it to make hitting spending targets on any new Amex I might apply for a bit easier – can still get £600 at ATM towards the Amex Gold for example.

      • harry says:

        You can (theoretically) get more than £600 @ Atm but you’ll pay through the nose after the first £200

        • Andrew* says:

          Worked in Tesco, worked at cash machine… So far so good…

        • Leo says:

          As in £200 pcm from ATM over 3 months period to hit Gold Amex target. No point paying the extra.

  • Simon Spanswick says:

    Thanks for the tip on the Radisson/Park Inn sale, Rob. I’d booked the Hilton at CPH airport as part of an ex-EU summer trip to the West Coast with my son in July, but this deal has reduced the stay by about £60 in exchange for two stops on the Metro. Breakfast is included as well – although the hotel may not be quite as swish as the Hilton at CPH, for one night before our long haul flight it’ll be fine. And we’ve got £60 to spend on something else… Add that to the £30 I persuaded the AA to reduce my car insurance renewal by this morning and it’s turning into not a bad day.

  • Alex says:

    I got my Curve card on Saturday. Used it a few times ok. Tried to book Virgin East Coast train tickets online for £18 and it was declined. Amex card charged twice. Used it on Sunday and was declined for £11 in supermarket but charged my Amex three times!! Phoned the helpline that is on the card in the presentation pack but this is only for blocking lost cards. Emailed the support team but all I got back was that they are very busy issuing cards.

    • Andrew* says:

      Email just out earlier about issues with card not present transactions

  • harry says:

    Important Curve update: transaction declines
    This weekend we identified a bug with one of our partner systems that is causing declines on CNP (Card Not Present) transactions – when you try and use Curve online or over the phone. This is also leading to declines on spend that totals more than £200 in a day across all types of transactions.

    Our partner is working really hard to resolve the issue, but in the meantime, please do not use Curve for online or over the phone payments, and be aware that you may have issues with higher spend amounts.

    We’ve been assured a fix will be in place by Wednesday 27th April but will keep you updated. Please be reassured that any declines that have not been immediately refunded will be queried with the merchant directly. The refund will then be automatically processed – please note this can take the merchant up to two weeks to complete.

    We’re really sorry for any inconvenience caused – thank you for your patience as we work to resolve this.

    Team Curve

    • harry says:

      I suggest you give the Curve people a couple months to sort out the teething problems, ie put the card in the drawer & use real Amex instead. This is a beta (except they forgot to tell you) so it looks very amateurish, painful – and no wonder Amex are running scared of being associated with these clueless start-ups.

      Might be worth using in 10 weeks’ time or so – especially for your Lidl shopping; and abroad if you don’t have Clarity.

      • David says:

        Harry the Lego Man

        It is not in beta (secondary testing) as Curve are charging for the card/product. Its arguably in gold or full production mode.

        Its a financial product and as you suggest will take a lot of time to establish itself within the security checks the financial world makes with plenty of likely false alarms.

        I’ve been using Curve Card for 10 weeks with varying success. But with over £3k of ATM withdrawls i’m willing to be patient and expect changes to the terms of use created by a fairly naive new company.

        You clearly have a dislike to Curve, maybe you could concentrate on commenting on those really useful lego purchases.

        • harry says:

          heh heh, I’ll shut up as posted too much today

          but your £3K of ATM withdrawals – nobody getting Curve from now on can do that, all you got was a quick 3000/ 6000 MR points & queered it for the later adopters (well done, that man! no particular problem with being selfish, egocentric & greedy – you’re our own Wolfman of the Waffles threads lol)

          So your positives are –
          – you screwed them for £3K @ ATM
          – they are naïve & might get better
          – varying success means sometimes it works but generally it doesn’t
          – you are patient

          I’ll go back to me Lego

    • Genghis says:

      I think the whole launch has been a bit of a shambles. I’ve decided to cancel my card now. I’ve lost confidence in the product as what is now offered is a completely different product to the one I signed up to (for use at ATM withdrawals abroad and to earn points).

      • harry says:

        You might as well wait a few days, they might make getting a refund of your card fee a lot easier – or even resolve a few issues.

        But I can’t see that it would NOW be that easy to justify £75 per annum – that implies switching £7500 of spend onto a 1 point/£ Amex card, where you couldn’t otherwise use Amex. Or saving 3% in overseas fees, I guess.

  • Johnnycl says:

    OT – IHG hve just released the latest points break list (less than inspiring for Europe unfortunately).

  • Andy says:

    Good point about KLM, my father lives up by Loch Lomond and uses KLM from Glasgow the majority of the time as the transfer at AMS is much easier than LHR. KLM now serve an impressive number of regional airports in the UK, for more than BA. This is one of the arguments for a 3rd runway at LHR.

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