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News in brief:

Travelex offering £10 cashback to spend at Manchester Airport

Travelex is offering travellers flying from Manchester Airport an interesting deal over the Summer.

If you pre-order £500 of currency from Travelex to collect at the airport, they will reimburse you any purchase you make at the airport up to £10.

The claim process is a bit fiddly.  After your trip, you need to scan your Travelex receipt and your Manchester Airport shopping receipt, email it along with your bank details and £10 will be dropped into your account.

The deal is also open to anyone passing through the Eurotunnel terminal at Folkestone.  Oddly, the small print also says that it is valid at Glasgow but this is not in the ‘big print’ – Glasgow may have been dropped at the last minute.

Full details are on the Travelex website here.  The offer runs until 30th September and you have until the end of the year to submit your receipts.

Travelex Manchester Airport offer

Double PartnerPlusBenefit points flying transatlantic this month

I explained Partner Plus Benefit, the Star Alliance small business loyalty scheme, in this article.

Until the end of July 2016, PPB is offering double BenefitPoints when you fly from the UK or Ireland to the US and Canada on Air Canada, Austrian, Brussels, SWISS and United.

You need to opt in for this offer via the PPB website.  Remember that PPB points are a lot more flexible than British Airways On Business points and can be redeemed many things, even cash.  If you are self employed or run your own SME, it is worth joining up details in my earlier piece.


A HfP reader does ‘Dinner In The Sky’ in Athens

Finally, I thought you might be interested in a couple of photographs from a recent SPG Moments event.

SPG Moments allows members of the Starwood loyalty scheme (covering Sheraton, Westin, W, Le Meridien, St Regis, aloft etc) to redeem points for once in a lifetime experiences.


Reader Andrew found himself having dinner on a clear perspex platform, help up by crane, dangling high about the streets of Athens!  The package also came with accommodation at the Grande Bretagne hotel in Athens.  Luckily he survived to send me the pictures.


There are similar experiences available on SPG Moments.  I know another reader recently bought a package which allows his kids to train with FC Zurich for a day, together with a stay in a suite at the Sheraton Zurich, at a bargain (points) price.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points and status from UK credit cards (May 2023)

There are various ways of earning Marriott Bonvoy points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

The official Marriott Bonvoy American Express card comes with 20,000 points for signing up, 2 points for every £1 you spend and 15 elite night credits per year.

You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card is doubled to 40,000 Bonvoy points – and you get a free night voucher too! Apply here.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

40,000 bonus points and a free night voucher – only until 30th May! Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points by converting American Express Membership Rewards points at the rate of 2:3.

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE Marriott Bonvoy Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Radisson Rewards Premium and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points) – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! Read our full review

You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:

and for small business owners:

The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which can be used to earn Marriott Bonvoy points

(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 (16)

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  • Mr Dee says:

    Hope they didn’t drop a fork!

  • the pitch says:

    o/t I am thinking about taking out the Hilton Barclaycard and planning on staying at the Conrad Singapore. Does there need to be points availability for me to book? I can’t find points availablity on any days using the Hilton Honours website.

    • John says:

      Yes, there needs to be a standard room reward available (i.e. 60000 points). If you see an odd number like 78364 points then it is not available.

      You must be doing the search wrong, because there is availability for most days in the next 3 months.

      • Wally1976 says:

        You may need to search without being logged in. If you’re logged in and don’t have enough points it won’t show the availability.

        • World Traveller says:

          That’s odd. In the past it’s shown availability and displayed the number of points that you’re short along with a link to buy them.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Strangely, when searching normally (so on the Hilton site) I’m having the same issue – no availability shown, other than premium room rewards (which won’t be available with the voucher).

      However, when clicking on the Conrad and going to pick a room, plenty of Classic rooms (King, Twin) are showing for 60k points, which is the normal rate and would be available with the voucher (date I picked was 20 Oct).

      Can highly recommend this hotel, I spent two nights there in December, upgraded to the top floor, exec lounge access (Diamond anyway, so that didn’t matter), and the staff were great – we were on a booking 1x night using a Barclaycard voucher, the other points+cash.

  • Terry Silver says:


    I have a reward flight to take in next year. Probably London to Las Vegas. I will likely have only enough avios to do one leg in CW and one in F.

    Which leg would you choose for each?

    • Scallder says:

      I’d suggest doing the overnight (which I presume is the return from Vegas overnight) in Club, as better to make use of the daytime on the F flight and also using the (presumably much) better lounge at Heathrow as can use the Concorde Room

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Agree with this. The Oneworld lounge (which isn’t, it’s a partner lounge) at LAS is pretty poor. Last time I was there I used the Amex Centurion lounge instead.

      • Terry Silver says:

        Thought as much – thanks!

    • Adrian says:

      Terry, we are doing exactly the same thing in Feb. We are CW out and F back from LAS.
      A couple of things to consider. The LAS flights go from LHR T3 so you would not have access to the Concorde Room, just the galleries First lounge. I’m not a lover of the CW seat for sleeping, so we chose CW for the day flight and F for the return for the better wider seat to sleep. I’m not sure when guesswho was last there, but a few weeks ago when we came back from Vegas, the lounge was “the club at las” T3, this was right opposite gate 2 where our flight departed from and we were quite pleased with the lounge, it was new, had snacks and sandwiches, soups etc. for a USA lounge it was perfectly acceptable.

  • Terry Silver says:

    Thanks Adrian

    Worth paying for the extra avios to fly first both legs?

  • James67 says:

    OT: 25% off avios redemptions in BA across all classes (dependent on destination) to the Middle East for bookings made by 7 August.

  • harry says:

    Am I really reduced to the Swissport lounge T3? All I’ve got is my Gold card freebie. Lounge Club.

    No other choices in T3?

    I know No1 Traveller will not be seeing my cheery face this time.

    How much is it to bring in one of my kids?

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