Bits: 3600 Avios with LEGO, non-stop to Jakarta with Garuda, Flying Blue 100% ‘buy miles’ bonus

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News in brief:

3,600 Avios with LEGO

As we covered on Shopper Points on Tuesday, 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

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.

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  1. I’ve flown Garuda Indonesia before and found the onboard service to be excellent, but my oh my, has anyone ever used their website!?!?! It’s DREADFUL and the customer support it APPALLING. And as for their frequent flyer programme’s website, even worse.
    Their website is easily it’s the worst I’ve ever used, it’s so much easier to use an OTA. The site is SO bad I actually reconsidered my booking because I thought, surely if they can’t get the website right how confident can I be that the flight will be any good as it all relies on ‘technology’.

    • Axel Heyst says:

      I use my Amex MR points on Garuda. You can book through KLM website and I’ve rarely had problem getting seat availability at short notice.

      Flying Blue invariably has much lower mile redemption in SE Asia than BAEC. I checked Hong Kong to Jakarta in J. Cathay/BAEC was about 35000 miles while Garuda was 25000 in Flying Blue.

      Should be more on Flying Blue on HFP to interest a European ans SE Asian audience

  2. OT – A new Eurostar offer has popped up on my Plat this morning:

    Eurostar – £20 cash back when spending £60
    Save to Card to get a £20 statement credit on a transaction of £60 or more online and at participating stations at Eurostar by 16 October 2017.

    Annoyingly I booked myself and the wife a round trip to Paris during February half term just a couple of weeks ago, but may be of use to anyone else planning a trip.

  3. OT: Flush sale from BA with one way flights to Europe starting at £30, if anyone is interested…

    • Flush ha ha 😀

      • Upon closer inspection it does look like a flush sale to me – many cities have very limited dates with ‘sales’ price.
        On a separate topic: I wish there was an Edit Comment button somewhere here…

  4. Wally1976 says:

    Anohter OT – sorry! We all know BA reward seats are released at midnight GMT T-355 days. Is there anything similar for Virgin Atlantic? (I appreciate they don’t guarantee reward seats on every flight like BA do.)


  5. OT Sorry if it has been mentioned but it looks like Avios ‘instore’ offer has been boosted to include new ‘stores’ like Byron burgers, Chef and Brewer, Fayre and Square……

  6. and no Pizza Express but Prezzo instead.

  7. 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.

    • 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 ….

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

  8. the real harry1 says:
  9. 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!!

    • No, sorry.

      • But Iberia might work…

        • 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

          • 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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