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News in brief:

Get 3,600 Avios with LEGO

There is a VERY generous LEGO deal running again this week on Tesco Direct.

As you can see on this page, you will receive 1500 bonus Clubcard points when you spend £75 on LEGO Friends before Sunday.  That is worth 3600 Avios or 3750 Virgin Flying Club miles.

Even better, code TDX-YGHR gets you £10 off a £75 Tesco Direct spend.  The snag, though, is that you need to spend £75 after the discount to get the 1500 Clubcard points.

The LEGO offer runs until the 19th but the money-off code expires on the 17th.

Garuda 777

Fly non-stop to Jakarta with Garuda

From 31st October Garuda Indonesia’s London – Jakarta flight, which currently routes via Singapore on the return, will become a non-stop service in both directions.

The service will remain a three-class service operated by a B777-300ER flying this route three times a week. Rob reviewed the Business Class seat here, back in the days when the London flight continued to Amsterdam and you could book that leg separately!

Flying Blue 100% ‘buy miles’ bonus

Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM loyalty programme, is running their most generous bonus promotion yet for anyone who is looking to top up their account.

Until 25th September you will get a 100% bonus when purchasing more than 4,000 miles.

Non-elite members can buy up to 75,000 miles per year, Elite members can purchase up to 100,000 per transaction, with no annual cap.

At the top end, buying 100,000 miles with an extra 100,000 will cost €2,750.  Even with the 100% bonus this still works out at 1.38 Eurocents per mile which at the current conversion rate (1.24p) is not a massive bargain unless you have a very definite plan for them.  If you only want to top up your account, of course, this is a good opportunity to do so.

If you are interested, the link to buy miles is here.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (December 2023)

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

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 (49)

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  • JamesB says:

    OT @Rob: are you still holding the amex nexpctar card and is their a referral bonus on that? I would like to apply for both that and SPG by end of the year but ?y thinking at the moment is to delay tne nectar card in hope nectar up it to 40k again this year.

    • Rob says:

      No, don’t have one. Whether we will ever see a big bonus on this again now that Amex is being forced to toe the line on 0.3% interchange fees is a different matter ….

      • JamesB says:

        Ok thanks, I guess your right so I’ll just get DOG one first and hopefully the 20k nectar offer in December.

  • Shauna says:

    Hi Rob, I just wondered if a family member can transfer their Amex mr points to my ba account without it being a household account? I’m a novice as I’m sure you can tell!!

    • Rob says:

      No, sorry.

      • Genghis says:

        But Iberia might work…

        • Shauna says:

          Oh great thank you, i’ll look into it. My sister has 24k mr points from her gold card that she’s happy to give away as she’s closing her Acc. If I can transfer them to an Iberia Acc I can then use with the others??

          • the real harry1 says:

            get her to open a British Airways Executive Club a/c free and transfer the points to that

            then she can join your household account @ BAEC

            or @ if she/ you set up that instead

          • Genghis says:

            The Iberia route comes from me accidentally entering my IB+ no when transferring MRs instead for my wife’s and the points came to me. This was a few years ago, we had same surname and address so no guarantee it’d work.

            I’d use the BAEC HHA route as TRH1 suggests. My MIL is in my HHA (different surname, different real address though my address on her BAEC) so I can use her avios.

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