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Bits: BA Holidays Avios bonus being cut, Flying Blue promo awards, 30% bonus buying Carlson points

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News in brief:

BA Holidays Avios bonus being halved

British Airways has – very quietly – announced a cut to the Avios earned when booking via BA Holidays.

Currently the earning rate is 2 Avios per £1 spent. This is on top of the Avios you earn from the flight and from the credit card used for booking.

For new bookings from 2nd October the rate will be cut to 1 Avios per £1.  The upside is that, going forward, you will also be able to earn 1 Avios per £1 spent on hotels, car hire and sightseeing excursions through BA Holidays when no flight is involved.  You can see the details at the bottom of this page of The Club magazine.

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Flying Blue promo awards

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty scheme, has launched a new batch of discounted redemption routes.

These routes are being released on the first day of every month and can be booked as early as three months in advance.

The Flying Blue promo awards website is here.  The new batch of deals must be booked by the end of September for travel in November or December.

Some of the interesting long-haul premium economy and business class deals include:

Paris to Cayenne (business) – 50% off at 75,000 miles return

Europe to Vancouver (world business class) – 25% off at 93,750 return

Europe to Johannesburg (economy) – 50% off at 30,000 miles return

Europe to Shanghai (premium economy) – 25% off at 120,000 miles return

Europe to Hong Kong (premium economy) – 25% off at 120,000 miles return

Europe to Bangkok (premium economy) – 25% off at 120,000 miles return

Europe to Seoul (business) – 25% off at 150,000 miles return

Remember that Flying Blue is an American Express Membership Rewards partner if you need to top-up your account.

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30% bonus buying Club Carlson points

Club Carlson has launched a promotion for a 30% bonus when you purchase points which runs until 5th October.

This is rubbish, frankly, given that there have been promotions as high as 75% lately. I only recommend it if you need to top up your account for an immediate redemption.

On the other hand there is still time to sign up for another Club Carlson promotion which is way better: Free Fridays.

For every two stays you make before 1st July and 30th September, you will receive a free Friday night at ANY Club Carlson hotel worldwide.  We covered this offer here.


How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (October 2021)

Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

  • American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 90,000 Radisson Rewards points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a special offer which runs to 9th November 2021.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (49)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. Reasonably interesting article on loyalty schemes in general in this week’s Economist
    https://www.economist.com/news/business/21728679-if-you-want-loyalty-get-big-data-mobile-technology-revamping-loyalty-schemes

  • Alan says:

    OT (Bits): recently messaged MBNA to close my VS White card (still keeping the Black one) – they’ve offered me an extra 5,000 points for £1,000 spend in 90 days (+1k on the spend itself of course). Combined to the 12,000 sign-up points and £5 in spend so far (signed up in LHR Clubhouse therefor no minimum spend) it’s a pretty nice deal! At 0.75p VS mile valuation it works out 13.4% return on £1,005 spend 🙂

    • Genghis says:

      Mrs G’s 5k haven’t posted yet. I’m assuming MBNA are enforcing 90 days

      • Alan says:

        Ah, interesting. Will be chasing them once I hit the target. Ideally would like to churn it so bit of a pain if having to wait 90 days for them.

    • steven laity says:

      Hi Alan, did you message through online system or phone up? If online which message subject heading did you use. I was just considering canceling my Virgin white and was curious if they would offer anything to stay but none of the online message system headings seem suitable to send the message
      Thanks Steve

      • Alan says:

        Hi Steve – online messaging, I picked ‘change of terms’ as topic, what I’ve always used over the years with cancelling MBNA cards (of which I’ve had many!).

        • steven laity says:

          Thanks, I will send that way then, hopefully I get a simillar offer

          • Alan says:

            No probs – or could always try calling as Lev441 one did, specifically asking for offers. I wasn’t expecting anything given the singly low-cost transaction on the account but was very welcome when offered!

      • Lev441 says:

        I rang up and said I was thinking of cancelling.. were there any offers on the card to tempt me to keep it – and they said yes we have the 5k bonus for £1k spend.. I took them up on the offer!

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T sometimes pays to use the ’email the CEO’ site – some will know Mr Cruz came up trumps for me on F&booze in the summer – more likely his office just sorted it & told CS to get a move on

    anyway, I had a small issue vs Europcar dating from July – nothing in it apart from them not giving me a small refund for service recovery – they agreed it 8 weeks ago but then stalled/ did nothing to pay it

    a 1-liner to the CEO got it sorted in about 30 mins

    as it happens, looks like instead of refunding me, they have wrongly charged me the refund due – not bothered about this as I smell inconvenience 🙂

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Slight OT. What’s the best way to book BA flights for cash? Now I’ve got my BAPP I’ll get more points using that. Any other tricks like anything on Avios eshops Etc?

    • the real harry1 says:

      – don’t pay the booking fee
      – use the Amex Travel deals (Amex statement credit) – they come up regularly eg £50 off £200
      – I posted a £10 off £100 code for BA European fares the other day – just need to find the box to put it in

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