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.
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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (October 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
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