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Bits: Manchester lounge deal, Lloyds drops Choice Rewards, Louis Vuitton hits Terminal 3

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News in brief:

Good Groupon deal on Manchester’s impressive 1903 Lounge

In May I went up to Manchester to take a look at the new premium adults-only “1903 Lounge” that opened in Terminal 3.

My review of the 1903 Lounge is here and a photo is below.  I was very impressed by the food, the drinks selection, the staff, the design …. pretty much everything actually.  Which is as it should be, given that standard entry is £35 per person when pre-booked (£40 on the door).

Groupon is currently selling passes for Manchester’s 1903 Lounge for £28 per person – see here.  You save a further 15% if you are creating a new Groupon account by using code NEW15, taking the price down to £23.80. According to the comments below, code FLASH gives a similar discount on existing accounts.

If you are travelling through Terminal 3 this Summer and want to treat yourself, it is a good experience.  Note that the maximum group size allowed is four people and children are not allowed.

The official lounge website is here although you need to visit Groupon here to get the lower price.

Review 1903 lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

Another licensed American Express card bites the dust

American Express has withdrawn its licences to issue Amex branded credit cards from TSB, Barclays, MBNA and Lloyds.  As existing deals expire, the cards are being scrapped.

They are dropping like flies now.  It was only four weeks that the American Airlines credit card, issued by MBNA, dropped its American Express half and became a pure Visa product.

And now another travel Amex has gone.  Lloyds has removed its Choice Rewards card, which was a double pack of American Express and MasterCard, from the market.

Lloyds Choice Rewards was an Avios credit card – this was our review – albeit one few people used.  The downside was that the Avios earning rate was worse than the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards.  The upside was that there were plenty of other redemption options available, so if you decided not to use your points for Avios you had some decent alternatives.

I think, in the end, the card suffered from being neither a decent airline card or a decent shopping rewards card.  There was certainly very little interest from our community.

The only remaining American Express credit card issued by Lloyds is Lloyds Avios Rewards.  But for how long now?

Louis Vuitton image

Louis Vuitton store opens in Heathrow Terminal 3

Finally, Louis Vuitton opened a store in Heathrow Terminal 3 yesterday.  This follows the, presumably, success of the Heathrow Terminal 5 shop which was its first airport store outside Asia.

Note that the Terminal 5 shop was excluded from earning Heathrow Rewards points and I assume Terminal 3 is the same.

As the website says:

“The store’s concept is inspired by 1950’s Italian design. A beautiful see-through façade akin to a moucharabieh with latticework utilises the brand’s signature LV monogram of flowers and diamonds. Leather belts are used to fuse each module of the store and support each display shelf, blending the modern explorer’s journey with the one of the brand.

The new 110sqm store features the Maison’s signature items including fragrances, leather goods and accessories for both men and women.”

Comments (91)

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  • Charlie says:

    O/T Data Point
    I rung Amex yesterday and enquired about upgrading my Gold chard card to Platinum. I’m one month from the end of the 1st year (and the fee) so rung up on the off chance as I’ve still got £7k to spend on it to get the bonus MR points for cumulative spend.

    I rang in the early afternoon and the lady went away for a moment, and then came back to offer me an upgrade to platinum and 15,000MR points if I spend £1,000 in 90 days. A good offer I thought especially as we have a driving holiday in California coming up (car hire insurance) and flights to take.

    Might help someone?

    • AVM says:

      Isn’t it worth waiting for the 1st anniversary, grab 10 000 MR bonus and then upgrade to platinum? My 1st anniversary with Amex gold is coming so genuinely interested…

      • Charlie says:

        No, because I need to spend £7,000 in three weeks to get it. I’m surprised I spent so much on it anyway with the number of cards I’ve gone through in the last few months. Of course YMMV.

      • Genghis says:

        And for others, potentially upgrading asap so as to benefit from the fee free year (if you’re lucky)…

        • Nick M says:

          Is this still a regular occurrence? I’d like to keep my MR account open for another few months but don’t want to incur any fees… if I can get some bonus points, lounge passes and another tag for our daughter’s trunki I’ll be happy to upgrade for a couple of months!

          • Genghis says:

            My colleague’s girlfriend upgraded in May and was not charged the fee.

          • Rob says:

            Just get one of these instead:


            No fee and it keeps your points alive.

          • Alex W says:

            Mrs W has just been charged the £450 fee after upgrading from gold. Seems to have been charged around the gold anniversary date and was charged either the day before or the same day a statement was generated.

          • Rob says:

            Sounds about right, was generally believed to be on the Gold anniversary date even though that essentially gives 11 months of free Platinum if timed properly ….

      • Rob says:

        Yes, if you’ve spent £15k. Don’t waste the 10k.

  • Concerto says:

    Oh yes, Norwegian will be the next element of competition, the next rival, to snapped up and eliminated by BA, reading the above article. The Daily Mail article further up, about pax not being compensated, makes me frankly angry and reinforces my boycott of BA. Shouldn’t BA be brought before the European Court of Justice for all of this, or is that the wrong place for this situation. How come BA hasn’t ever been able to snap that last cherry of competition, Virgin Atlantic? That surprises me somewhat.

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Latest version of the Curve app shows limits in place and how much you have eaten into them.

  • DM says:

    OT – if anyone has a US Amex, there is currently an offer to convert to BA/Iberia Avios at an increased rate of 1:1.4

    • Canuck says:

      Thought I’d check to see if Canadian AMEX had a similar offer… but no. Been waiting for over a year for a transfer bonus.

    • Simon Schus says:

      Thank you 🙂

  • vlcnc says:

    OT: Update on anyone still wanting info on the Marriot Rewards Offer, I emailed them and someone got back to me in a week – they said they had a problem with the offer without elaborating and it was suspended but gave me 10,000 Reward points as a goodwill gesture. I guess that will convert to 2,000 Avios so more than the original offer for not doing anything really. Not sure if its worth it waiting for BA bonus transfer offer as they did in February.

    • Genghis says:

      Nice. I messaged Marriott for Mrs G but waiting to hear back.

      Leave it as Marriott points. 10k Marriott = 3,333k SPGs = c.£50, 2k avios = c.£20

    • vlcnc says:

      (Should add – I generally don’t stay at chain hotels so not much use to me as Marriot Rewards.)

    • Kathy says:

      Thanks, I may have to email them too. I am actually currently staying in a Marriott, which was booked just after signing up for Marriott Rewards…

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