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News in brief:

New Qatar Airways and Hilton offers from Amex

American Express appears to have launched two decent new offers with Qatar Airways and Hilton.  I say ‘appears’ because they don’t appear on any of my cards or those of my wife.  They definitely do exist though, judging by reader emails.

This is what you may – or may not – have showing on the ‘Offers’ tab of your American Express statement page:

£80 cashback on £800+ spend with Qatar Airways by 30th September (3,000 registrations only, must be a £ booking made on their UK site)

3,000 Avios or Membership Rewards points on a £250 Hilton spend by 3rd November (25,000 registrations only, selected hotels in UK / Europe only, does not apply to prepaid bookings)

Details of other current Amex cashback deals with Melia, Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Red Carnation, Thistle and Guoman can be found here.

Thanks to Derek and Simon.


Tesco Clubcard / Virgin Atlantic 20% transfer bonus now official

I have now found some official confirmation that the Tesco Clubcard / Virgin Atlantic transfer bonus is ‘official’ – see this page of the Virgin site.  Many readers had been receiving a 20% bonus on their transfers but it wasn’t clear why or how.

The 20% bonus will be added to all Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club made before 13th September.

This means that you will receive 300 Virgin miles per £1 of Clubcard vouchers transferred, instead of the usual 250.

You will also receive 1,000 bonus miles if you amend your Tesco Clubcard account to automatically send your points to Virgin each quarter.  I don’t recommend this, because it means missing out on offers with other partners, but you could turn it on as long as you remembered to turn it off again!

Details of the Virgin / Tesco relationship are here on the Virgin Atlantic site.

You can make transfer via this page of the Tesco Clubcard site.  Neither of these pages mentions the bonus but you will definitely receive it.

Virgin Atlantic

How to add an icon to your HFP comments

You probably noticed, when reading the comments to a HFP articles, that replies from Anika and myself have the blue HFP logo next to them.  Some other posters also have their own avatars which appear by their comments.

If you want to have your own logo next to your comments, it is easy to set up.

What you need to do is go to and create an account using your email address.  You can then upload your avatar to Gravatar, by going to ‘Add an Image’ under ‘My Account’.

There is nothing else you need to do.  As long as you give the same email address in your comments that you use with Gravatar, your image will automatically appear next to your comments in the future.  It may also appear on any other WordPress-driven site you visit, depending on what comment software is used.

Feel free to post a test comment under this post if you want to try it out!  Your avatar is active immediately once you have registered.

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Comments (89)

  • Alex W says:

    OT – I’ve searched old comments but couldn’t find it. What was the deal with people getting a bonus when calling up to cancel Virgin credit cards?

    I don’t really want to cancel just yet… until I’ve received my vouchers anyway – is there any chance they could call my bluff, cancel the card and I’ll lose the vouchers?

    • Johnny_c-l says:

      Why not call them up and tell them you’re considering cancelling…then there isn’t a specific request to cancel so no bluff to call.

      • Neil says:

        I told the lady on the phone last week that I had been offered a better deal from Amex! She countered with 5,000 points for £1k spend! You’ve got nothing to lose

        • Alex W says:

          Thanks. I’ll give it a try. 5k would be a nice bonus as we’re in between cards at the mo.

    • Tracy says:

      I was offered the 5k miles for a 1k spend about 2 weeks ago. Still need to spend a bit yet. Anyone received the miles yet?

  • Frenske says:

    If opting for automatic conversion, will all your Tesco vouchers be converted to Virgin or Avios, including existing vouchers or just the vouchers you earn in future.

  • Stevie in Glasgow says:

    Got my 10,000 virgin airlmiles and the 2,000 bonus miles, didnt get the 1000 bonus for automatically converting the airmiles but wasnt really expecting those anyway just chancing my arm 🙂 So swithing that option back to vouchers.
    Like Rob says its better to leave tesco voucher options open for where you want to use them and also there hopefully will be another 20% bonus for virgin armiles after the next tesco vouchers are processed.

  • Stevie in Glasgow says:

    Many thanks Genghis will give that a try.

  • Andy S says:

    Hmm. I transferred 20 quid of clubcard vouchers to virgin and only got 5000 miles, but I did get the 1000 bonus for setting it to auto-post to virgin. Unless of course that 1000 is the 20% bonus on the conversion and the other doesn’t take effect until the next quarter (to stop someone turning it on and then off again straight away!)

  • zsalya says:

    Testing gravatar