Bits: new Virgin / Heathrow Rewards offer, new BA Amex spend bonus, 6000 Avios with Tesco insurance

News in brief:

Heathrow Rewards launches new Virgin Flying Club offer

Heathrow Rewards is launching a promotion for Virgin Flying Club members today – but it isn’t bonus miles.

Anyone who transfers their Heathrow Rewards points to Virgin  Atlantic – at the standard 1:1 rate, in chunks of 250 – will be entered into a competition.

The prizes are:

First prize – 20,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Second prize – 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Third prize – 5 people will win 5,000 Virgin Flying Club miles

Anyone who makes a transfer to Virgin during September will be entered.  You will only be entered once, irrespective of the number or size of transfers you make.

If Virgin Flying Club miles don’t appeal, remember that the 50% conversion bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Avios is still running until 30th September.

Heathrow Rewards

New BA Amex spend bonus

Some British Airways American Express cardholders will be contacted today about a new spending promotion.

Eligible British Airways American Express cardholders will be offered 2,500 bonus Avios for spending £5,000 between 1st September and 30th November

Eligible British Airways American Express Premium Plus cardholders will be offered 5,000 bonus Avios for spending £10,000 between 1st September and 30th November

Whilst these offers are worth having if you are targetted, you should think carefully before pursuing them.

If you have already hit your spending target for the year to trigger your 2-4-1 voucher, it might be better to get a new card and hit a new spend target:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card (£2,000 spend required to trigger 20,000 bonus Amex points, worth 20,000 Avios) or

Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card (£1,000 spend required to trigger 10,000 bonus SPG points, worth 10,000 Avios) Representative APR 36.2% variable including £75 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit or

Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card (you receive a BA Avios upgrade voucher for spending £7,000) Representative APR 23.7% variable including £24 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit or

IHG Rewards Club Premium MasterCard (20,000 IHG points for signing up and a free night voucher – potentially worth £250 at a top hotel – for spending £10,000)  Representative APR 41.5% variable including £99 fee based on a notional £1200 credit limit

Any of these would be more valuable than putting an extra £5,000 – £10,000 through your BA Amex.

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6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin miles with Building & Contents Insurance

Tesco Bank is currently offering 2,500 bonus Clubcard points (converts into 6,000 Avios or 6,250 Virgin Flying Club miles) when you take out its Building & Contents Insurance for the first time.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article.

You should compare the Tesco price with the current Alan Boswell Group insurance deal.  Boswell is an Avios partner and they are giving out 5,000 – 10,000 Avios with policies taken out this month.  Details are here.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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Comments

  1. Hi,
    Slightly off topic here.
    I have the BA Amex Premium Plus card, and have recently redeemed the companion voucher for travel next year. Question is would it be possible to now cancel the card? Would this invalidate the voucher if it has been redeemed?

    My partner also have the same card, and have hit the target and been given the companion voucher, but have not redeemed. In this circumstance, does it mean only the only option is to downgrade to the free card? Would this then change the validity of the vouchers to only 12 months rather than 24 months?

    Thank you!

    • Optimus Prime says:

      You can cancel the card even before redeeming the voucher.

      The only requirement is to use any Amex to pay the taxes when using the voucher.

  2. OT: Have any of our Edinburgh readers found someplace to do the amazon paypoint topup? The
    co-op shops on both Shandwick Place and Frederick Street refused to scan the bar code on either phone or paper today.

  3. New Card says:

    OT – Just tried to buy £150 John Lewis GC at WHS T5 and cashier was clearly alarmed. She Telephoned someone and was told max top up was £50. Very strange.

    • the real harry1 says:

      you get these morons in life – nothing you can do about it

      I don’t blame the till girl; I do blame the supervisor

      had all sorts of nutso responses on the 3Vs as well, most were OK but a few wanted to see theft where there was no theft

      • New Card says:

        All v strange and very over the top!

        Anyway, am on first class redemption and about to take off. Thanks to Rob and commenters – wouldn’t have been possible without this site!

      • I was once told by a Tesco cashier (plus supervisor who was called over) that 3V gift cards could only be bought for cash, “due to fraud”…

        Mind you, this was in Manchester 🙂

    • I did precisely the same in T3. There was no issue whatsoever.

      Put it down to incompetence (of their staff, not you!)

      Hope you’re currently enjoying BA F

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep it’s a stupid rule but it’s just £50 per card. I just ended up doing £50 of JL and £50 of M&S. Then a bit of duty free I was going to do anyway.

  4. the real harry1 says:

    looks like the 30K limit @ Tesco is not always applied 🙂

  5. Has anyone received Heathrow reward points for buying GF? I bought John Lewis GC and stamps at WHS T5 a week ago but no points posted. Wonder if spending on stamps and GF qualify for points. Points on Duty Free shop (the same day) posted 4 days ago so though.

    • World Duty Free always post quickly as they seem to be directly plugged in to the system, probably a throwback to when BAA owned the airport and the main duty free shop.

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