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News in brief:

1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles for trying Tesco PayQwiq

From yesterday, you can now use Tesco’s mobile payment app PayQwiq in EVERY Tesco store.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you can earn 120 Avios (50 Clubcard points) for each of your first 10 transactions of any size before 7th May.


Emirates launches Athens to New York

Emirates has run a ‘fifth freedom’ flight from Milan to New York JFK for a number of years.  It has just announced the imminent launch of an Athens to New York Newark service from 12th March.

This will be operated by a Boeing 777-300ER and is a continuation of the existing Dubai to Athens service.  It will be the only year-round service between the two cities.

Great Destinations radio show

Finally, here is a piece I did recently for the syndicated Great Destinations radio show which is run by 60 stations across the UK.  It is meant to be a general introduction to Avios.

If you can’t see the link below or don’t want to play the speech version, a summary of the interview is here.

Comments (89)

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  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    O/T – Holidays extras 15% statement credit on Amex
    The T&C’s state that they can only be used on various products. Overseas transfers are excluded. Anyone have any experience of booking something that was excluded but still got the credit?

    • the real harry1 says:

      you can safely ignore that – provided you pre-register the card then go through the HE link, you’ll get the 15% from Amex

  • lee says:

    cant add a card on Payqwiq app anyone else had same issue after just signing up ?

    • Kinkell says:

      Not for me…all went smoothly in the sign up process. Just need to shop to check it works!

    • Yisroel says:

      I had issues when I wasn’t connected to wifi, once connected all was fine… not sure why…

  • Kathy says:

    OT: I’m having a booking dilemma. Not sure whether to book an outbound Club to SYD tonight or not.

    I was going to book LHR-SYD-LHR with a Lloyd’s upgrade voucher but the availability is just not staying around long enough. Have thought about paying full whack for a redemption at t-355 then ringing the call centre to adjust the booking to apply the voucher but I don’t have the Avios to do that twice (I’d need 190k total, I have about 165k after the next Tesco CC statement) and it’s unlikely that I’d earn enough in the next few weeks if I book tomorrow (I’m working towards an Amex Gold sign up bonus but that still leaves me a few thousand short, and I would have to manufacture spend to hit target).

    Plan is to spend 4-5 nights in Sydney then on to a tour of NZ (cash flight). So I could fly out of AKL to HKG on Cathay, then on to BA (assuming they let me book HKG to LHR as a return leg of my upgrade voucher) HKG to LHR.

    That would cost more Avios total, but I’d have enough to book SYD-LHR now and HKG to LHR in a few weeks, with the aim of earning enough Avios over the next few months to book the AKL to HKG leg. It would be a risk, though, as I’d need availability on that exact date to still be there when I have enough Avios to book the flight. Cathay availability does seem much better than BA though, and to stay around for longer.
    I would have enough Avios to book into Cathay PE (assuming I manufacture that spend for my Amex Gold sign up bonus).

    The other option is just to wait until I have all Avios I need in hand and then book.

    Or am I overthinking this – should I just buy a few thousand Avios and have done with it?

    • Rob says:

      Pay £1500 business class return LON-SYD via the current Malaysia Airlines deal – amazing price and you get a huge pile of Avios and tier points back as well.

      • Kathy says:

        I can’t afford to spend £1500 on a flight when I could spend half that, and anyway, I want to go in 2018 and that deal is only good until end of Nov 2017.

        • the real harry1 says:

          yet again proves how useful it is to buy – for cash – an easy 150K or 300K of Avios when they are 1p

          it frees you up to use them for great opps that save you loads

          • Brian says:

            If you buy 300K of Avios at 1p each, you’re paying £3000 for them. If Kathy can’t afford to pay £1500 for business class flights to Sydney (much less in real terms when you factor in Avios/tier points earned), then I expect that 1p per Avios would make the flights too expensive, too. A peak economy return is 100,000 Avios – plus taxes, so if you’ve paid 1p per point, you’re almost up to £1500 just like that!

      • Alex W says:

        Try turning up your screen brightness to max.

    • Alex W says:

      Kathy as Rob said. I would try and get a sale cash fare to Oz. You’ll earn loads of Avios back. You can spend your Avios easily on intra Oz/NZ flights.

    • Matthew says:

      Have you got an SPG card? As 25,000 SPG points would convert to 30,000 Alaska miles which is enough for one-way business class with Cathay (A350) AKL-HKG rather than burning 90,000 avios. You could then use 20,000 avios to fly LAN business B787 from SYD-AKL.

  • Alex W says:

    I am interested in Center parcs too so thank you for the question even if it is OT!

  • Alan says:

    OT – update on Uber £20 off in Google Maps – my maps just updated to a new version via Play Store and I’m now seeing the £20 discount 🙂

  • StevieM says:

    Great interview Rob…..I think you hit the nail on the head given the 7 minutes you had to put HFP in the spotlight 🙂

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