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Bits: 500 Amex points or Avios for £10 Tesco spend, Aer Lingus launching Philadelphia, new Amex Hong Kong lounge

News in brief:

500 Amex points or Avios when you spend £10 at Tesco

A few readers have been in touch about a very generous offer which has appeared on their American Express online statements.

Once you have registered, you will get 500 Amex points, or 500 Avios, when spending £10 or more at Tesco by 3rd December.

Neither one of us has this offer (unfortunately), but it’s worth checking your Amex account for it, across all of your cards.  The offer is valid once for the first 50,000 members who save it to their card so it can’t be that rare!

Aer Lingus launches Philadelphia

Aer Lingus to launch Philadelphia this week

There are strong rumours that Aer Lingus will launch a new route to Philadelphia this week.  It will run four days a week from March 2018, using a Boeing 757.

This would be another excellent low-cost Avios redemption from Dublin to the US.  As a reminder – although we will run through all this again when the route is officially confirmed – business class redemptions for Avios on Aer Lingus tend to have under £100 of taxes and charges.

Centurion lounge hong kong

First American Express lounge opened in Hong Kong

American Express has opened its first ‘Centurion’ lounge outside the US.

A few years ago Amex launched its own proprietary lounge network after they lost their deals with several major airlines who used to let Platinum card holders use their lounges.

Until now these Centurion lounges were only at selected US airports, but with the opening of the Centurion lounge at Hong Kong International Airport Amex has started its global extension.

Platinum (and Centurion) cardholders can use the lounge for free and bring up to two guests.

The American Express Centurion Lounge Hong Kong website is here.  There is no word so far of any Centurion lounges opening in Europe.

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  1. Thanks all

  2. Rob Brown says:

    If Amex were to create a large enough chain of these lounges do you think there is a danger they may stop the deal with Prority Pass?

    • Potentially in 20 years but until then ….

      PS. I am currently sitting in a pop up Centurion lounge with free Ruinart champagne at Frieze 🙂

  3. Sebastian says:

    They have a centurion lounge in Stockholm since May 2017, so there are ones in Europe as well.

  4. Does anyone know how long it takes for the 500 Amex points to register on the account after spending the £10 in Tesco?

    • Automatically adds to your running Amex total when the purchase credits and so goes across with your normal BA Amex points at month end.

      Note that if you ‘forced’ the deal onto a Gold or Plat card then it won’t work.