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News in brief:

Rolling Luggage Avios earning change

Last week Rolling Luggage and Avios launched their new partnership with a generous Avios earning rate.

The earning rate was:

  • 5 Avios per £1 spent
  • 1,000 Avios bonus with your first purchase
  • 750 Avios bonus with your second purchase within 12 months

Rolling Luggage has now changed the Avios bonus by adding a minimum spend to the terms.  This has nothing to do with a rush of orders for £8 luggage tags from their site ….

You will now receive a bonus of 1,000 Avios with your first purchase over £100.  A second purchase of £50+ within 12 months will trigger a further 750 bonus Avios.

At present you can only collect Avios online via their website here. In the next couple of weeks Rolling Luggage will launch their in-store Avios collection.

Free Luxury Travel Fair tickets

The Luxury Travel Fair is back at Olympia in London from 2nd-5th November.

To be honest, this is not a hugely exciting event.  It is essentially just a lot of high-end hotels and travel agents in booths.  You don’t, for example, get airlines bringing along their latest business class seats to try out.

The fact that they actually charge for tickets is a bit cheeky.  However, until 15th September you can order free tickets via their website using code LTFTWO in return for a £2.50 handling fee.  If you live nearby then it is worth popping in.  We don’t recommend it at the standard price of £14.50 in advance or £15.50 on the door.

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Triple Accor miles for Flying Blue members

Accor Hotels (Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery, Ibis, Pullman etc) has launched a promotion exclusively for Air France / KLM Flying Blue members.

Le Club AccorHotels members who have chosen automatic conversion to Flying Blue miles can earn triple miles on stays between 1st October and 31st December.

Flying Blue members usually earn the usual 1 mile per 2 Accor points earned, with non-status members receiving up to 2.5 points per €1 depending on brand.

Assuming you are staying at one of their premium hotel brands which earn 2.5 Accor points per €1, this promotion will get you 7.5 Accor points per €1 – equivalent to 3.75 Flying Blue miles per €1.  You will get even more miles if you have Accor status.

Every member can use this offer three times during the promotion period.  There is no minimum length of stay.

The offer page is here.

This offer is valid on advance bookings only, which must be made before 30th September 2017.

One warning – if you switch your Accor earning preferences from points to Flying Blue miles in order to take advantage of this offer, all of your existing Accor points will also be converted into Flying Blue.  If you don’t want this to happen, don’t sign up for this deal.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (October 2022)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards 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.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (87)

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  • hearingdouble says:

    OT: Planning to cancel some churned Amex cards. Given that I won’t know the exact value of the pro rata fee refund until I call, what’s the best approach? Should I call them up when the balance exceeds the expected refund (i.e. So they can take a final payment on the call when I cancel) or when the balance is less than the expected refund (i.e. So that Amex has to refund me the fee reimbursement)? If the latter, do I get a cheque or a speedy bank transfer?

    • Genghis says:

      You cancel the Amex and then the refund posts the following day. If you are left with a positive balance, you can then pay off the card down to zero. If you then have a negative balance, the cash then be transferred back to your DD set up bank account, to another Amex card or as a cheque (I think though never done). In an ideal world I like to be left with a positive balance and then I pay off the card as it can take up to a week to get the refund.

      • Genghis says:

        I should add that to get the negative balance transferred, you’ll have to call them up again.

        • Sussex Bantam says:

          You can transfer the credit balance using the chat facility as well. Although that is so bloody slow you may as well call up

      • hearingdouble says:

        Thanks for the insight! Just to check, the date of cancellation of the card (for future churning purposes…) is the date I call up Amex to cancel the card, even if I only settle the final balance on the following day?

        • mark2 says:

          I have always received a letter confirming the exact date.

        • Genghis says:

          The date is the day you cancel

          • Careful now says:

            ….not always

            can be C+1 or +2 (especially if you cancel later in the day)

            Just await letter for formal confirmation

          • Genghis says:

            Interesting. I note the cancellation date on my spreadsheet when I cancel and then check the date on the letter against this when received. I’ve never had to make any adjustments.

      • Scallder says:

        Yes can get a cheque sent out, although having done so quite a hassle and obviously takes quite a while from point of cancellation to have it back in your bank account…

  • Michael Jennings says:

    OT. I have the HHonors Barlcaycard. One of the things I get with this is 2500 bonus points for up to four Hilton stays in the first 12 months if I charge them to the card.

    How is this triggered? If I book a non-refundable room in advance using the Hilton website and pay with the card, will this be enough, or do I need to use the card at checkout?

    Presumably just popping into the bar in the Hampton in Waterloo Road and having a beer that I pay for on the card is not going to be enough?

    • mark2 says:

      In my experience ( a couple of years ago) I paid with points but charged a small item to the room to trigger a folio (bill to us) to be sure of getting the points. UK almost immediate; Canada I had to chase.

      • Alan says:

        Points almost never posted for me, always ended up having to chase (have churned a few times!)

        • JamesB says:

          That’s probably because Barclays did not activate the offer or so some more competent agent at Hilton eventually told me after speaking to several at both Hilton and Barclays. I was totally fed up after chasing up my first three stays which Barclays then appeared to add manually. The Hilton agen then activated the offer amd the 2500 points per stay posted automatically therafter so I ended up with 7 x 2500 points 🙂

    • HV says:

      I booked two hotels in Japan – Conrad in Tokyo and Hilton in Okinawa – using the above card. Both are non-refundable and the money was debited within weeks of the booking. I got the additional bonus points on the Okinawa hotel but not the Conrad. I am not talking about 2500 points but getting 3x points rather than 2x points. I made a few calls to Barclaycard complaining why the extra bonus on one booking but not the other. They said the 2500 will post after I stay but couldn’t understand why the base points were different. They wanted me to speak with Hilton and raise forms, so I just said forget it since it amounted to 300 points. So they gave me £50 as a good will gesture. A good result!!!

  • Alan says:

    OT – looks like Monzo fee-free withdrawals abroad likely on the way out, hopefully they’ll opt for the limited amount free option…

    • Genghis says:

      It’s refreshing seeing financial companies being so open with their thought process.

      • Alan says:

        Indeed, the blog was an interesting read (and I’m voting for a certain amount to be free!)

  • Ammar says:

    OT – But Hilton Barclaycard related – I got my wife the card and triggered 10k spend end of July 17, paid it off around same time as well. When does she get Gold status in her Hilton account? Points from 10k spend have come accross

  • Cate says:

    I don’t know if it’s important or already noted but I’m getting this message on each page:

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  • Cate says:

    I’m getting a lot of warnings from the header down the pages. Tried to upload but it just gets kicked to another page of warnings. Anyone else?

  • bill says:

    OT – does anyone have any experience of the american express platinum transaction dispute process? i realise it is dependant uppon the retailer response to some degree but is it any quicker than the “up to 8 weeks” in practice? amex have placed the debit on hold and i supplied all the inforamtion they asked at the time of opening the case but not heard anything from amex since. the retailer is using various excuses to delay when i contact them. the retailer doesnt yet know i’ve disputed the transaction. any indight into the process and timescales to expect would be welcome

    • n says:

      i think you’re supposed to try and thrash it out with the retailer before involving amex?

      • bill says:

        excuse, after excuse, after excuse….for days and days

        i belive i have done the thrashing out

        • johnny_c-l says:

          Once you’ve raised a dispute I’d recommend keeping an eye on the status when you’re logged in as I’ve found that they correspond by post which is slow.

          I received a letter once dated a week previous asking for further info to be submitted by the COP the day I got the letter or else the case would be closed.

          If it’s a foreign transaction be prepared for little help from Amex; I must say I was disappointed with the service I received when disputing a transaction recently.

  • Cate says:

    OT – just signed into Iberia and for a brief moment a message flashed up – something to do with a celebratory partnership with Amex and 40% – then it disappeared. Any one else seen it?

    • EwanG says:

      There is an Iberia Plus / Amex Plat promotion offering 40,000 Avios (
      Is that perhaps what you saw Cate?

      • Roberto says:

        There is an ongoing Amex Promo in Spain delivering 1.25MR for every euro spent and a (stackable) 25% bonus when converting MR to Iberia. Its a 25th birthday of Amex Spain or something similar. Runs until the end of September and only available on Spanish Amex.

      • Cate says:

        Nope it wasn’t EwanG but the 40,000 (or 40%??) was definitely there; in English and on a colorful (fireworks/siesta scene??) red back ground. I’m sorry, only got a quick glance. I waited for the offers to refresh but it had gone.

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