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News in brief:

American Express launches new cashback deals

A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week.

Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement.

Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex Connect site where you can register MBNA, Lloyds or Barclays-issued American Express cards.

The new travel offers available across my cards are:

Transport for London – 10 bonus Avios or Membership Rewards points for every £2 charged to your card before 6th November. In theory this only applies to contactless transactions.  We need to see if it works for season tickets. 

Mandarin Oriental – £100 back on £550 spend in London, Paris, Barcelona or Geneva, expires 6th December

Eurostar (Connect) – £20 back on £60 spend, expires 16th October (you could book a return ticket as 2 x one-ways if you had two cards which qualify for the offer)

Heathrow Express (Connect) – £10 back on £50 spend, expires 11th December, valid for unlimited number of transactions

These older offers are still running:

Hilton – £50 back on £250 spend at participating hotels only, expires 30th November

Rocco Forte Hotels – £100 back on £400 spend in London or Brussels, expires 30th October

Hyatt – £100 back on £500 spend at participating European hotels, expires 30th September

Emirates – £100 back on £800 spend, expires 6th November

Trailfinders – £200 back on £1,000 spend, expires 30th September

Sofitel / MGallery / Pullman – £30 back on £250 spend at participating hotels, expires 21st October, would double up with the current generous Accor promotion

Holiday Extras (Connect) – 15% cashback, expires 2nd October

Virgin Atlantic takes action to stop Clubhouse overcrowding

We wrote last month about Delta’s decision to move all of its Heathrow Terminal 4 flights into Heathrow Terminal 3 from yesterday.

This is great news for Delta flyers who will now have access to the acclaimed Virgin Clubhouse lounge (and it is pretty good as I reviewed here).

It was bad news for Virgin Atlantic travellers, who risked seeing their beloved lounge overrun with passengers from an additional 11 flights per day.

Delta has now taken action to reduce the impact of this.

Diamond and Platinum Medallion cardholders will no longer be allowed Clubhouse access.  They will sent to the No 1 Lounge in Terminal 3 instead.  I reviewed the No 1 Lounge in Terminal 3 here.

This is bad news for Priority Pass passengers who use the No Lounge because the influx of Delta passengers will mean far fewer spaces available for ‘walk up’ Priority Pass guests.

Like it or not, if you want to guarantee No 1 Lounge access in Terminal 3 with your Priority Pass, you may need to stump up £5 to reserve a space in advance.

Diamond and Platinum Medallion Delta cardholders will continue to get access to the Virgin Atlantic arrivals lounge.

United 350

50% bonus when you convert IHG Rewards Club points to United MileagePlus

United Airlines is offering a 50% bonus when you convert IHG Rewards Club points into your United MileagePlus account.

The offer runs until 10th October.  You need to register before making the transfer on the United website here.

Airline miles are not the best use of IHG points due to the 5:1 conversion rate.  I tend to value IHG points at 0.4p each which means that, at the normal conversion rate, you are giving up 2p of free hotel room to receive 1 airline mile.  This is not good value.

Under this offer, you are giving up 1.33p of hotel room for every mile you receive.  This is closer to fair value but still expensive in my book.

You need to take a broader view, however.  If you collect United MileagePlus miles and live in the UK, your options are limited.  There is a United credit card – with NO sign-up bonus – but that is about it.  The conversion rate from Starwood Preferred Guest is weaker than other airline schemes and they are not an American Express partner.  

On that basis, if you have a large pile of IHG points you may find this an easy option to top up your United balance.

IHG One Rewards update – August 2022:

Get bonus points: IHG One Rewards is offering bonus base points on all cash stays between 18th May and 31st August.  You earn double points on your 2nd to 5th nights, triple points on your 6th to 14th nights and quadruple base points from your 15th night. Our full article is here. Click here to register.

New to IHG One Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG One Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG One Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG One Rewards points, you can buy them here.

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

Comments (104)

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  • Ivar says:

    What happened to the Eurostar deal? I can’t find it anymore

  • HeathrowFlyer says:

    So as a Sky Team Elite Plus Member (Alitalia) will I be granted access to the No. 1 Lounge in T3 if flying Delta Economy? (Delta’s website only makes reference to ‘Diamond and Platinum Medallion Members’.

  • ADS says:

    anybody know if the Amex TfL bonus points are posting ok ?

    on my BA amex card i’ve had a single entry of 40 Bonus Avios description “Amex Offers” after three TfL purchases. it could just be slow to post, but i don’t want to keep spending on this card if the bonus Avios aren’t going to post !

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