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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!)

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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.

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Comments (102)

  • stuart says:

    O/T on the BA AMEX

    I had the blue card, was approaching 10k spend so changed to the paid for PP card. Got to the 10k mark and triggered voucher. I was sent 2-4-1 voucher but it was for the blue card (ie one year expiry) saying thanks for the 20k spend.
    I assumed this was wrong and phoned up but got told it was triggered on the blue card and that i got the correct voucher. Am I in the wrong or are they?

    • Peter K says:

      Sounds wrong. It is only triggered after 20k spend on the blue card and they should be able to see you did not do that. I’d try ringing them again.

    • Vish says:

      what was the time and £ gap between triggering the voucher and moving to the paid card?

      • stuart says:

        @ vish It was very close. I think within a day or two as it seemed to happen when my card was in the process of being ‘upgraded’ to the fee paying card.

        @peter, thanks I think I will get back in touch with them.

        I think the main thing is my email says I have spent £20k to earn the voucher which is patently wrong.

        Thanks for your replies.

        • Crafty says:

          “Morally” you don’t have a leg to stand on, do you? You’ve done all your spending on a free card.

          • stuart says:

            All the advice I have read on here over the last few years indicates that you can upgrade your card and the spend would continue towards the target. Nowhere does it say that the voucher that comes with that relates to the blue card.

            If I have misunderstood all the stories on this site so be it but I can’t see any comments on any of the articles that say that this is the case, hence my questions looking for any advice or past history from the (usually helpful) posters on here.

            And as for morals – I have paid exactly the same fee that anybody who gets the card on day one has paid have i not? I hadn’t spent enough to earn the via the blue card, so with 2 months left I have decided to pay for the black one.

          • Leo says:

            Don’t understand the reference to “morals”. I’m no expert on credit matters and maybe someone else here can say if there is something specifically relevant but in general terms, both parties agreed to vary the terms of the contract – you can show both parties did this, you by paying the fee and Amex by issuing the voucher at 10K not 20K. So why are Amex not agreeing to be bound by the terms of the black card? I would contact them to discuss.

    • meta says:

      I had the same issue. Called both Amex and BA. They were a bit clueless, but said they’ll investigate and call back within a week if any problems and if I don’t see it changed to call again. I was away on holiday, so it was tricky to call, but checked regularly by logging in. In the end it took them 12 days to change. When calling, I just said I have BAPP and as per T&C, the voucher is valid for 2 years (quoted actual clause!). I also mentioned that I recently switched from free card, so it might be an IT issue. Do bear in mind that if you do any refunds after switching you might loose some Avios on spend as it will refund as 1.5 instead of 1 per £1. I also think that I lost some other Avios on spend during switch over as until the switch is fully processed any spend is caculated as 1 per £1.

      • stuart says:

        thanks for all the helpful replies.

        Called again today and got a very helpful agent who knew exactly what they were talking about and said it was an error and they have contacted BA to rectify.

        They didn’t mention my morals 😉

  • Vish says:

    O/T

    I have a 2-4-1 as does my wife in her own name (she is part of my household account).

    Does anyone know the best way to sear for availability using 2x 2-4-1 in different names? I had hoped that both vouchers would be visible on my BA Exec as the Head of the Household account but I see that’s not possible.

    I was hoping to search for all 4 reward seats online by using both vouchers – or is it as simple as searching for 4 reward tickets, then phoning BA to book them together by redeeming both vouchers?

    • Peter K says:

      Why not have two windows open in different browsers (eg internet explorer and also in chrome) with your account open on one and hers on the other. You only need to look for 4 seats being available on the flight you need and then look for the same on the other account and then book.

      You can ring the call centre but you will have to pay the fee they charge.

  • Nick says:

    OT:
    Raffles, I’ve been reading HfP since (almost) day 1 – but don’t recall any feature on the Amex Centurion Black Card?

    I know it may not be as desired as it was say 15 years ago – but a real in depth article would be fascinating and surely be a big traffic winner in years to come?

    ie. application criteria, fees, benefits, photos of accompanying material etc.

    • John says:

      I think you have to be invited by Amex? It would just be a general interest piece

    • Rob says:

      The problem is, given that it is invite only, the article has little real use.

      Here is the only trick I know. If you have a friend who has one, pay them £500 to issue a supplementary card on the account for you (£500 is what Amex charges). They can keep the card if they are worried you will spend anything! You can then claim all the benefits – Hilton Diamond etc.

      • Lumma says:

        Isn’t there not that much point in having it over platinum these days, other than for the status symbol of pulling out the metal card from your wallet.

        Which you may get with platinum anyway soon, if they do the same as they’ve done in America

        • Rob says:

          Agreed. Jumeirah Gold would be handy for my Dubai trips but that is about it. I did turn down an ICC Centurion 6-7 years ago as I couldn’t see the value.

    • RussellH says:

      Amex, but not the Centurion Black Card!

      I just got an invitation to take out the Amex Gold Credit card as a partner to my Amex Pref Gold card. IIRC this is not usually directly available on the Amex site.

      I would get 3 000 MR points for spending £500 in three months As there is no charge, it seems like a no-brainer, even if not very exciting!

      Anyone else had this, or nay thoughts as to whether applying might be good or bad for my relationship with Amex??

  • JamesB says:

    OT @Polly, your comment regarding intrepid and other companies allowing land tours only that you can combine with your independent flights and other arrangements. I believe most of the smaller high-end and niche tour operators do. I recall seeing info on such buried someplace in broshures if not obviously stipulated. If you find nothing it is always worth a quick call or email.

  • mark2 says:

    The email that I received a few days ago about these new statement credit offers included Esso but I have not seen it on any of our cards.
    Has anyone else been offered Esso?

  • Ben says:

    O/T but I just got an e-mail from Amex offering 3000 miles if I also add the credit card to my Gold account. May have to do that as a nice little add on.

    I am very keen on this 20k platinum upgrade though. I will call them to see if its an option!

    • JamesB says:

      Anybody know what happens to the gold credig card if we subsequently upgrade to platinum? Is there an option to add credit card with platinum and is it likely to be any more lucrative than adding the gold?

    • Sam says:

      Point to note, if you upgrade your PRG to Platinum on the phone you do NOT get the 20k upgrade bonus. The offer is only for online upgrade via the link that’s been circulating. Offers are different for online and phone but everything else is the same.

  • ThinkSquare says:

    So no red wine offer?

  • Phil says:

    Hi Rob, sorry for going OT.

    Is there an article somewhere on the best ways to redeem avios? My limited experience would suggest that a direct, long haul flight from LHR tends to be an awful way to redeem in most cases. In the case of S. America for example, Iberia seems to have some great deals
    from Madrid.