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News in brief:

Last day for new Tesco Direct LEGO deal

This is quick reminder that – until midnight tonight (Monday) – Tesco Direct is giving you 1,000 bonus Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club miles) when you spend £60 of LEGO Friends.

You may remember this memorable article by a HfP reader who set up a small business reselling LEGO bought in a similar promotion last year.  If you know what you’re doing it is possible to buy Avios very cheaply this way.

The easier option, of course, is to buy the LEGO as presents for any young children in your life.

The list of boxes available is here.  You can find our more in this Shopper Points article here.

Two Etihad Guest bonuses with

Hotel booking site – which offers you large chunks of airline miles with every booking you make through them – has launched a new offer with Etihad Guest.

For bookings made by 30th April, for stays until 31st December, you will receive a 50% miles bonus.

This offer is valid for both new and existing customers.  However, if you have never booked with before, you will earn an extra 1,000 Etihad Guest miles on your first booking.

It isn’t clear if this bonus stacks with, or is instead of, the 20% bonus miles you get if you credit to Etihad Guest and pay with the UK MBNA Etihad Guest credit card.

You need to book via this special landing page here.  You can learn more about Etihad and on the Etihad website here.

Remember that bookings via are treated as third party stays and will not earn you points, stay credit or status benefits in any hotel loyalty programme.

Etihad A380

Up to 50% bonus when buying Flying Blue miles

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running a bonus promotion for anyone who is looking to top up their account:

This offer is the best we have seen for a while for anyone who wants to buy a large number of Flying Blue miles – 50% is very good by their standards.

The bonus is staggered:

  • 30% bonus when you buy 4,000 to 8,000 miles
  • 40% bonus when you buy 10,000 to 28,000 miles
  • 50% bonus when you buy 30,000 to 50,000 miles

The annual cap depends on your status level – 75,000 miles for Ivory member or unlimited for elite members – but this promotion caps everyone at 50,000 miles.

Is that a good deal? Well, Flying Blue is not exactly well regarded amongst European frequent flyer programmes. However it does have regular ’50% discount’ sales on some routes.

At the end of the day, I don’t imagine anyone except an existing Flying Blue member topping up an account getting excited by this.  It is also worth remembering that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner if you need a few thousand extra miles.

The Flying Blue ‘buy miles’ page is here.  The offer runs until 12th March.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (August 2022)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards points:

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.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (15)

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  • luke says:

    It is not worth buying flying blue miles even with the bonus….however last week I spent a few hours digging deeply into fblue flight redemptions and it is impressive – for me much better value than avios – for example Hawaii to anywhere in USA in economy for 15000 fb points and 4 USD in fees. Also availability for most routes was miles better than BA…and obviously KLM/AF especially in economy class is luxury experience compared to BA cattle flights.

    • Sergeant Major says:

      +1 for flying blue redemptions, also great value for flights in South East Asia

  • Sergeant Major says:

    OT: Is it too late to do 35% bonus for avios to BA through Marriott travel package ? It says between 6th of Feb and 8th of March. Not sure how long Marriott takes to do this transaction?

    • Rob says:

      Small print says you only need to order the transfer by the deadline, not get the miles in your BA account.

  • Kevin L says:

    Sorry, OT, but since this is the ‘bits’ thread.
    Just received a letter from Barclaycard telling me that they are closing the IHG credit card on the 20th April. Bit of a downer for me as I now have to redo my strategy for a Canada holiday. They are moving to the Freedom Rewards scheme.

    • Alan says:

      Yes, just saw this on FT – looks like the Barclaycard contract has run out, so only Creation option now.

    • Pid says:

      My letter states card will move to the platinum card which has no rewards. Not really worry platinum elite stays but I liked the way you were awarded the night as soon as earned.

  • Leo says:

    OT: Rob just a quick thank you – currently sat in my private pool villa in the Alila Ubud which I was upgraded to specifically for being a platinum GHA member. I booked through but quoted my platinum GHA number in correspondence – which I got through the BusinessTraveller deal which in turn I only knew about because of HfP. £32 has literally paid dividends of £100s. Ta v much.

  • Richard says:

    Completely OT ,sorry!
    Does anyone know whether buying Avios counts towards your SuperBoost balance?

  • Pid says:

    OT – Currently planning trip that will include a week in Honk Kong and a week in Tokoyo. Any recommendations for hotels? I will be a Spire Ambassador with sufficient points for at least 7 nights, Hilton gold, and hold the other hotel stays that come with Amex Plat. Could also get sufficient SPG/Marriott points for a 7 night travel package. Any suggestions or places to avoid?

    • Will says:

      My favourite hotel in the world is HK intercontinental. If your there over a weekend I’d recommend using an ambassador cert and booking a deluxe harbour room, I’ve been upgraded to a 3rd floor suite 2/2 times as spire ambassador on this basis which is £1k per night for cash – floor to ceiling window view of HK harbour.

      Do not stay here on points, next to zero chance of unpaid upgrade to harbour view.

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