News in brief:
Amex launches new travel statement credit deals
A new batch of statement credit deals has appeared from American Express. Some, all or none of these offers will appear on the statement page of your online accounts.
Remember that the offers differ for each card you hold. You need to ‘save’ the offer in order to take advantage.
Amex does a bad job of explaining which deals allow cumulative spend and which do not. For safety you should assume that you need to do the spend in one transaction, but in reality some will pay out if you cumulatively hit the spend target over the promotional period.
Here are the new offers I saw:
Monarch – £20 back on £200 spend, expires 14th May
Addison Lee – £10 back on £30 spend, expires 4th June (app link is here)
Hyatt – £50 back on £250 spend, expires 31st August
LOVEtheatre.com – 5% back on all spend, expires 21st June (LOVEtheatre is an Avios earning partner)
Avis – £15 back on £100 spend, expires 6th May
If you ‘saved’ the recent Hilton offer (£50 back on £250 spend, which IS proving to be cumulative) remember that you need to hit the target spend by 8th May.
And a wine deal ….
There is also a Laithwaites wine deal available exclusively for American Express cardholders until 30th April. Via this page, you can order 12 bottles of New Zealand sauvignon blanc for £66.60, which is just £5.55 per bottle – half the usual price. Delivery is FREE. (Oddly, whilst the deal is for Amex cardholders, you can pay with any card.)
Up to 35% bonus when you buy Avios
Iberia Plus has launched a new ‘buy Avios’ promotion which runs until 30th April.
The offer is:
10% bonus when you buy 2,000 to 15,000 Avios
20% bonus when you buy 20,000 to 24,000 Avios
30% bonus when you buy 30,000 to 80,000 Avios
35% bonus when you buy 85,000 to 100,000 Avios
At the top end, you will be paying €1,800 for 135,000 Avios. Given the weak £, this works out at 1.12p per Avios based on £1,523. You would need to add a 3% foreign exchange fee to this price if your credit card has one.
I would not usually be a buyer at this price unless I had a very specific redemption in mind which I knew would be worth more than I am paying.
The exact rules for who can buy Iberia Plus Avios are always confusing. You MUST have been an Iberia Plus member for 90 days before you can transfer Avios from Iberia to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’. I think you also need to have earned at least one Avios point in your Iberia account before you can buy points although that may have changed.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)