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Bits: last day for Amex ‘Shop Small’, London-Perth (non-stop) with Qantas

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News in brief:

Last day for American Express ‘Shop Small’

Don’t forget that today (Sunday) is the last day for the Amex ‘Shop Small’ offer.  You will receive £5 cashback on EVERY transaction you make for £10 or more at a participating ‘Shop Small’ business.

There are very few rules apart from the fact that you can only get one £5 cashback per shop per card.  You can, of course, register multiple American Express cards if you have more than one.

Any Amex-issued Amex card can be registered by going to the American Express website, logging in and looking under ‘My Offers’ on the statement page.

You can register supplementary cards (an additional card held by your partner on the same account) as long as it has a different card number to your main card.

The main Shop Small site is which contains a link to an interactive map where you can find participating shops in your area.  This map is pretty useless though, including shops which do not take Amex or are closed.  There are also lots of participating shops not featured – the ‘Cards Galore’ near us triggered a £5 credit when I bought £10 of stamps.

The easiest thing to do is to pay with an Amex whenever you can today and see what turns up your statement next week.

American Express Amex Shop Small

17 hour flight to Australasia announced by Qantas

Qantas has announced plans to fly DIRECT from London to Perth from 2018.

This will be a whopping 17 hour flight, covering 9,000 miles.  It is only possible due to the new Boeing 787 aircraft that Qantas will begin to receive next year.

There are a few other flights of a similar length (I think Santiago, when it launches in January, will be the longest British Airways flight at 14 hours) but none from London.  Air India, oddly, holds the record at 9,400 miles for Delhi to San Francisco.

I am not sure what 17 hours in a 787 economy seat will be like – you have to assume that Qantas will not use one of the very dense seating configurations used by other airlines – but as a Business Class flight it would be manageable.

Of course, as Perth will not be the final destination for most passengers, a connecting flight will still be required.  On that basis I think a stopover elsewhere – which would allow you to fly both legs on long-haul aircraft – may be preferable.

One group of people it might work for is Avios collectors.  I assume that getting short haul connections on Qantas with Avios is relatively simple, so as long as you can get the long haul you are sorted.  You won’t have the problem of trying to match up availability for two long haul flights.  That said, I have generally seen Australasia as a poor use of Avios given that cash tickets are usually available for under £2,000 if you are not too picky about your airline.

You can find out more in this Bloomberg article here.

Comments (51)

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  • mark2 says:

    It may seem a bit soon, but you need to start thinking about next year.
    Remember that you can earn on each card not each account, so make sure that you have supplementary cards when you will still have the account next December (except MBNA where supplementaries have the same number as the main card).
    Through the year apply for a few Amex/Visa combinations from MBNA; they seem happy to issue you with several cards with low (or not so low limits). You don’t have to spend to get the points if you are unlikely to use them. Remember that Amex will only let you have two charge and two credit cards , but remember the one MR card rule. A couple can have a card each of a type and give each other supplementaries. This is how to get a lot of cards. Don’t forget Lloyds Avios cards which have Lloyds own cash back if you have your current account there.
    If there is a shop you would like to use and they take Amex but were not in Shop Small this year, set yourself a reminder for next November to go and show them how to enrol using the Shop Small site.

    • Andrew says:

      Most banks will issue extra cards.

      If you have any trouble, the simplest way to get one is to tell them that you don’t always present as your birth gender and need a separate card to reflect that side of your life.

  • Chris says:

    261 transactions in total. But I also visited 37 places that refused Amex but were on the map – a large loss of time for those ones.

    I also had some horrendous charges for using my cards. One place near Cannon Street charged me £3 per transaction!

    • the real harry says:

      I hope you claimed the £5 from Amex for those 37 places?

      Could have been a lucrative phone call & Amex pay up every time 🙂

    • Mr Dee says:

      I gave up after phoning local restaurants on the map and they all said that they didn’t accept Amex or some excuse

  • mark2 says:

    Someone asked how to claim for non-payment of statement credit on cards not issued by Amex.
    I have emailed Lloyds Bank and they tell me that you have to claim from Amex.
    You should use
    It seems to cover all of the other issuers.

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