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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.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (December 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit card:

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here.

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta Air Lines and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with four free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here.

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get four more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

Comments (129)

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  • Lee says:

    Not on our cards.

    • JamesB says:

      Not on ours either. @Roger, have you ever spent on those cards in tesco before?

      What I did get when logging in today was a whole new account page (at least I have not seen it before) on destop view. It’s a mess, requires way too much scrolling and has moving parts.

  • Roger says:

    On both BAPP and BA blue card

  • Lochlann says:

    Aren’t the Aer Lingus business class seats on the 757 very dated (as in early 90s vintage), or was that just the planes they leased in from Titan etc. previously

    • Rob says:

      There are only 12 seats, lie flat. Not sure of the configuration.

      Anika is off to Boston in a fortnight so we’ll get a property review of the Airbus fleet.

  • Chris says:

    The Hong kong lounge is not the first international lounge for amex. Unless Argentina, Australia, India and Mexico have bene annexed.

    • Roger says:

      I dont think they are branded as centurion lounge.
      I visited DEL lounge this summer and I can say a room for max 12 people, is not something a centurion lounge would like to boast!

      However their dine on demand was really good.

  • Hank Wakai says:

    That looks like the old Virgin HKG lounge which closed, right down to keeping some of the decor and furnishings !

  • lou says:

    For once I got one of the Amex deals! I spotted the 500 point offer yesterday, and duly bought £10 of sweets which I was going to do anyway for an upcoming event. Lovely.

  • Andrew says:

    Tesco offer not on my cards either. I do however have a second £5 off £50 Esso offer loaded. It’s identical to the first so I’m hoping it’ll stack (the Caffè Nero ones did a few months back). The offers appeared about 5 days apart if anyone else wants to check their cards.

  • JamesB says:

    OT: One for Anika on SP and others collecting nectar points. I just receivec an email explaining that these can now be exchanged for a wide range of giftcards so they have becone more flexible than in the past. I have no idea what value you get from such redemotions yet but less might mean more if used in cobjunction with Debenhams sale for exampke.

    • Scallder says:

      It’s the usual 0.5p value per £, so nothing different to using it in Sainsbury’s when no offers are on.

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