Deals in brief:
What happens to the Waitrose / Virgin Atlantic deal tomorrow?
For the last few weeks, the ability to earn 4 Virgin Flying Club miles for every £1 spent in-store at Waitrose has been a good earner for many Head for Points readers. Details of the deal are here.
According to the Virgin website, the Waitrose deal will change tomorrow. It isn’t clear how. It could go away entirely or the rate could drop from 4 miles per £1 – which I personally see as over-generous, given that margins are paper-thin in grocery retailing – to something more sustainable.
(The ‘ends 24th May’ deadline is not showing on the Waitrose page of the Virgin website. It is only shown on a rotating banner on their shopping home page.)
If you are nervous, you might want to pop into Waitrose today and buy a gift card for a few hundred pounds to cover your shopping for the next few weeks. The gift card would also be valid in John Lewis. I’ll let you know what happens to the offer after the 24th.
Cashing out Amex Membership Rewards points via the Emirates / Heathrow Rewards promotion
I wrote yesterday about the new Heathrow Rewards offer, which is offering a 100% bonus this week when you cash out your points for Heathrow shopping vouchers. You will get 2p per Heathrow Rewards point via a paper gift voucher valid at Heathrow for shopping, food or drink for 12 months.
I mentioned yesterday that, because you can convert Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards (3:1 ratio, chunks of 6000 miles) this is a good way of emptying out any orphaned Emirates miles.
This could also be a way of using up any Amex Membership Rewards points you have. Be clear that you can get better value than this elsewhere, but it is more valuable than redeeming Amex points for other gift cards.
This is how it works:
Transfer Amex Membership Rewards points to Emirates Skywards in chunks of 6,000 points (1:1, transfer is INSTANT)
Transfer Emirates Skywards miles to Heathrow Rewards in chunks of 6,000 miles (3:1, transfer is INSTANT)
Redeem Heathrow Rewards points before Monday for paper shopping voucher in chunks of 250 points
6,000 Amex points would get you 6,000 Emirates Skywards miles which would get you 2,000 Heathrow Rewards points which gets you a £40 Heathrow Airport shopping and restaurant voucher.
That is 0.66p per Amex Membership Rewards point. You can do better than this in terms of ‘notional’ value (you should get double that if transferred to Avios and spent smartly) but if you just wanted to ‘dump’ your Amex points then this isn’t a bad route. Because the transfers are both instant there is no risk of missing out.