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News in brief:

Amazon Prime Day – big discounts today only

Amazon Prime Day has returned for the third time.

What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday two years ago, is now an established annual event where Amazon makes certain items available at big discounts to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member (or who is happy to sign up for a free 30 day trial).

Like last year we were given advance notice of some of the deals yesterday.  Full details, including how to join Amazon Prime for a free trial, and some sample offers can be found here at Shopper Points.

Amazon’s major electronic products are hugely discounted:

If you had been thinking about getting an Amazon Echo speaker, today is the day!  It is reduced from £149 to just £79 – a huge £70 saving.  That deal is here.

Amazon has also sharply reduced its Fire 7 tablet.  This is down from £49.99 to just £29.99 as you can see here.

If you’ve been after an Amazon Echo Dot, it is reduced from £49.99 to £34.99, saving £15.  See here for details.

Whilst not strictly travel related, the following deals looked pretty good and will be available all day today:

There are also lots of Lightning Deals available throughout the day.  I am not allowed to give out pricing details on these so you’ll have to look at the Amazon Prime Day site to find out.  As an example, from 23:34 (odd time, I know) Eve mattresses in various sizes are available for a very good price.

If you can’t find anything to buy today, you can buy a £50 gift card via this link and you will get a promo code for a £5 bonus.

If you do decide to buy anything, and you visit Amazon via this link, HFP gets a small commission and you can consider your annual HFP subscription paid …..

Our Shopper Points article is here if you want to know more.

Amazon Prime Day

75% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points

Club Carlson, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a 75% bonus when you buy points, however few or many points you buy.

The link to buy points is here.  The offer runs until Friday 14th July.

This deal does potentially offer value if you redeem in the right places on expensive nights, although the fall in the value of the £ makes buying points in $ to use in the UK far less attractive than it was.

The maximum number of points you can purchase is 70,000 (40,000 + 30,000 bonus) for $280.  That is £217.

The key London hotels such as Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – a new London property with a pool and next to the London Eye, London Dungeon, London Aquarium etc – are 70,000 points per night, so £217.  Rob reviewed the hotel here.

The May Fair (which Rob reviewed here, and didn’t like much) is also 70,000 points.  The new Park Plaza Waterloo, which we covered the other day, is 50,000 points which is $203 (£157).

At the more prosaic end of the scale, there are various Park Inn budget hotels around the UK for 9,000 points per night.  Under this promo, 9,000 points would cost you just £22 based on the pro-rata price of 70,000.

Remember that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate if you need a few extra points for a planned redemption.  To be honest, if I had the Amex points I would use those rather than buy points even with a 75% bonus.  You are getting almost 1p per Membership Rewards point compared to buying the points directly.

You can buy points via this page of the Club Carlson site.


How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (91)

  • Boi says:

    Am I missing something? People seem to be excited about the echo and I didn’t even know what it was until I checked out prime posts yesterday

    • Alan says:

      I love the Dot, have got one in the bedroom, but think it’s much better value than the Echo.

    • James says:

      It’s the future !!

      https://youtu.be/hShY6xZWVGE

      (Star Trek reference).

    • John says:

      you’re not missing anything. why people want an always on listening device in their home, beats me.

      • Rob says:

        My daughter wants one because she has realised that it will do her maths homework for her if she reads it the questions! (As will Siri on her phone, of course, but she hasn’t realised that yet)

  • Mike says:

    Oh dear. I’m buying lots of stuff I don’t need and didn’t know I wanted. Genius promotion!

  • tony says:

    Not quite sure why the article suggests a Trunki Ride-on suitcase isn’t travel related!

  • Alan says:

    Sorry but this is way OT. I am going on a short haul BA flight for business with 9 colleagues. All flights have been booked under one reference number and one “group name” by someone else. Will I be able to claim my avios and tier points for this?

    Cheers

    • Scallder says:

      Yes you can – have done similar things as the leader. Just ask the Booker to add your BAEC number to the booking or worst case do it at check in

  • mark2 says:

    Can anyone confirm please that one of the Kindle Fire 7 tablets would run the apps from BA, Hilton etc. ?

    • Mike says:

      It should do. It’s also possible to root and run stock android.

    • mark2 says:

      I can answer my own question: they are available in Amazon’s own Appstore.

  • @mkcol says:

    Top tip (from a friend) go to https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/ to check the history of the price of the item on Amazon – just to ensure you’re getting the bargain you think you are!

    • Nate1309 says:

      I was going to post this. I have checked loads of items this morning and most of them have been cheaper at some point in the year. CCC is a fantastic website. I have had loads of bargains by setting up the email notification option.

    • Fenny says:

      Just checked. I genuinely saved £80 on the new phone and 2 bottles of vodka that cost me £150 🙂

  • Wally1976 says:

    Starting to feel like I’m the only one who isn’t remotely interested in signing up for Amazon Prime! Have looked at their Black Friday deals and similar beforehand and almost never seen anything to entice me.

    • Rob says:

      I was holding out, partly because I’d just get Anika to order anything I wanted via her account if I needed it next day.

      They get you in the end though …. they have started arranging exclusive concerts for Prime members. My wife saw that Katie Melua was playing Cadogan Hall – about 10 minutes walk from us – in late July in an exclusive Amazon gig and wanted to go. You need to be a Prime member to book, and not just a ‘free trial’ member either. Since I was not prepared to explain to my wife why I am too tight to cough up for Prime I was forced to sign up ….!

      Annoyingly there was also an exclusive Blondie gig at the Roundhouse I would have actually wanted to go to (as opposed to Katie Melua, which is on a par with the Celine Dion concert I had to attend two weeks ago!) but it had sold out.

    • Mr Dee says:

      Worth it for the Amazon Video service alone

  • Nick says:

    Seems the £15 AMEX discount works on Prime Day offers too…

    • Nick M says:

      Is it easy to set up? – I have the offer but can’t see how to activate it?

    • JamesB says:

      Did not work on my dads account, he just registered it after gettingnPRG.

      • the real harry1 says:

        it’s dead easy to set up & use – just register your Amex Gold/Plat card on your Amazon a/c and choose it to pay, use the minimum MR point to pay 1p & input the code, Bob’s your uncle

        but certainly back a few months it was not for new a/cs @ Amazon but just previously existing a/cs (previous to when the promo started)

        however 1 card works on multiple (pre-existing) a/cs, ie 4 of us had Amazon a/cs so I used the same card 4x for 4x £15 discount on £25

        • JamesB says:

          Thanks, I’m away from home so didn’t chat much about it. Usually I just order parents stuff on my account but told dad to have a go on his own now he has MR account again. Probably failed on new account issue.

        • Crafty says:

          Might be “dead easy” but also buggy as hell. Didn’t work on any of our cards or accounts. Neither Amazon nor Amex could resolve. In the end Amex just gave me £15!

      • Rob says:

        I think the Amazon a/c had to exist last December.