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.
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 (August 2022)
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.
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 Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status. We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
You can also earn Marriott Bonvoy points indirectly:
- American Express Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Rewards Credit Card (5,000 bonus Amex points)
and for small business owners:
- American Express Business Gold (20,000 bonus Amex points)
- American Express Business Platinum (40,000 bonus Amex points)
The conversion rate from American Express to Marriott Bonvoy points is 2:3.
(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.)