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Bits: new American Express cashback deals, easyJet launches routes from Southampton

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News in brief:

New American Express cashback deals launched

American Express has launched a new wave of travel-related cashback deals.  Some, all or none of the offers below will be found on the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement page, or in the Amex app.  You need to ‘save’ the offer before it is activated.

Airbnb – 2% cashback

This is an older deal but it has been extended to 25th August.  You can also get £30 off your first stay via our refer-a-friend link here.

Guoman Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £195 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Includes The Tower and The Cumberland in London.

Thistle Hotels (click for website) – £35 back on £100 spend

Valid until 29th September.  Remember that the Thistle at Heathrow allows you (for a £5 fee) to take the driverless pods from the car park behind the hotel directly to Terminal 5 – more here.

Red Carnation Hotels (click for website) – £50 back on £250 spend

This may not be a well known brand, but they own the impressive Ashford Castle in Ireland as well as a few upmarket London properties.  I wrote this article about them because they are also a Virgin Flying Club partner, so you’ll earn 2,000 miles per night as well as getting £50 back!  Ends 13th September.

onefinestay – 10% back

This is a more upmarket airbnb.  Ends 30th September.

The existing Heathrow Express deal (£10 back on £50 spend) is still running until 23rd July.

Ashford Castle Red Carnation

easyJet launches flights from Southampton

easyJet is trialling flights from Southampton, albeit in a small way.  A thrice-weekly service to Geneva will begin on 14th December.

If you live in London and have never flown from Southampton, you may not appreciate how convenient it is. The train trip from Waterloo to Southampton Airport Parkway is a touch over 1 hour.  The station is directly at the airport and you will be in the terminal within 5 minutes.

When visiting the south coast, I have even rented cars from the airport in the past and travelled down by train from London.  It is quicker and less stressful than hiring a car in Central London and driving all the way down.

The airport even has an Executive Lounge – Breeze Priority – which we reviewed here.

It is worth noting that Flybe also has a huge number of routes from Southampton (list here) which you can book using Avios points.   Many of these are routes which are not served by British Airways, such as Brest, La Rochelle, Biarritz etc.

Comments (42)

  • Andy McIntyre says:

    Regarding EasyJet flights out of STN, interesting move given that they already fly the same route out of BOH 30 miles down the M27/A31.

    • Genghis says:

      SOU?

    • C77 says:

      Unless you live west of BOH or in the immediate vicinity, it’s somewhat difficult to get there. Rob is spot on with the excellent train connections to SOU. I’m Surrey based and 20mins drive from T5 and 30mins drive to LGW but still consider SOU a handy alternative from this part of the world. The short term parking there is also reasonable and just as close to the terminal as the railway station is. The M3 is the only downside for me getting to SOU these days. Until the smart project is completed, I would only consider getting to SOU by train at the moment from the London/Surrey area.

      • pauldb says:

        The M3 is now reopened but on the other hand I find SOU s-t parking extortionate!

    • Phatbear says:

      STN is stansted

  • meta says:

    I also have 10% off on Monarch flights until 03/09.

    • Michael Jennings says:

      I have the 10% on Monarch, too. At least, I do in theory. I booked a one way AGP-LGW on it, and the 10% rebate hasn’t appeared. Could this be because it is a foreign currency transaction in euros? (I would have used my Post Office or Halifax Clarity cards to pay for it if it weren’t for that offer..)

      • Rob says:

        Could be, this is a common exclusion – but if it isn’t in the rules, I would send Amex a Secure Message and ask for the money.

  • fiona says:

    The Thistle hotels offer is only for a limited amount of hotels.

    • Brian says:

      I think that’s probably because there is only a limited number of Thistle hotels! I don’t think there are many more than are on the list.

    • Mac says:

      And the Impressive Ashford Castle featured in the article is one of two expressly excluded in the Red Carnation T&Cs

  • Martin says:

    Possibly of interest to some here is that UK Amex cards (directly issued by Amex, not other banks) can now be used with Android Pay.

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      Finally! Thanks for the news

    • Alan says:

      FINALLY!!! Brilliant, thanks for the update, Martin – out of interest how did you find out? They’ve even properly loaded on all the card images too, which is better than many banks.

  • the real harry1 says:

    Don’t you think kids riding on Trunkis should be forced to wear crash helmets?

    Fall off, crash into the concrete, goner.

    • pauldb says:

      They’re not exactly made for speed: a child can probably do themselves more harm running and tripping.”Goner” is highly unlikely.

  • Relaxo says:

    What are the alternatives to get to T5 thistle without using the Pods? Also, can the pod fee be part of the room bill, thereby contributing towards the £100 spend?

    • Chris says:

      Still get the pod, but instead walk out the car park (where cars would drive out) and follow the Perimeter Road Eastward until you reach the Thistle. About 3 extra minutes of walking.

      • Genghis says:

        You sure? I remember a couple of years ago trying and had to walk the long way round west along the Bath Road from the Thistle and then onto the Western Perimeter Road.

    • Brian says:

      Take a free local bus.

  • Clive says:

    Sorry for the OT but does anyone know the approx value of a Malaysian Enrich mile?

    • Rob says:

      The programme is switching to a fundamentally revenue based spending model so the value is now more fixed, and at a low level. Sure some of the Asian focussed sites have covered this in depth, with head in hands,

  • pauldb says:

    Thanks for that, hadn’t noticed. I actually though it they were more than 1cm width over the limit – in which case it was an understandable policy as the Dash8 overheads are very slim, but at 21cm I assume they’ll just about go up there.

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