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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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  • Gulz says:

    Has anyone noticed that Amex have changed their website. When I login to my amex, I see a completely new style page… looks like its a mobile version website. When my wife logs in, she’s still seeing the good old amex site.

  • Linda says:

    The offer’s not appearing on my Premium Plus account either. I use my AMEX PP card regularly at Tesco. Perhaps they’re targeting customers under a certain store spend?

    • Sarah says:

      I haven’t got it on either of my cards and very rarely shop in Tesco

    • Tom says:

      I didn’t get it and I do spend quite a bit in Tesco so I assumed it was a directed offer. My other half did get it on her free BA card though. I managed to copy and past the link and it is now showing on my account and I redeemed the offer last night.

  • Sharon says:

    Called Amex to get it added to our cards. Their systems are down. Lady said to call back after 2pm!

  • rams1981 says:

    Finding with the new website format can’t force offers on…

  • Liz says:

    UPdate on using the Tesco app to pay for fuel: for my £43.78 fuel spend the other day I have now received the Payqwiq bonus of 10 pts but still only received 1 CC for £2 using the app with my Tesco debit card saved on the app instead of 43CC pts. Will wait another day to see if the extra 22 pts are added before calling again. If they are not going to,post automatically then you should not use the app for buying fuel if paying with the Tesco debit card.

    • Alex W says:

      At Tesco PFS I think it yields the most points if you insert Tesco debit card as a clubcard, and pay with a decent Amex.

      • Liz says:

        Just been half an hr on to the manager at Pay+ – he is phoning me back but they are not getting it. Using the app for fuel with a Tesco Bank credit card or debit card is not working and they don’t seem to understand what I am explaining. For fuel you should get 1CC for £1 using the Clubcard and 1CC for using the Tesco debit or credit card. Using the app you should also get the bonus of 1CC for £4. The app doesn’t recognise the card behind it so only awards 1CC for £2.

        • RichS says:

          Liz – In the Pay+ app, what clubcard have you got linked to it? It doesn’t matter what card you pay with, it will always give the base clubcard points to whichever clubcard you have linked to the app. If you link the clubcard number given on small print on the back of your debit card, you should receive 1 point per £ on fuel, and then also receive 1 point per £ from debit card spend. It works on mine (getting total of 2 points per £ on fuel).

      • Liz says:

        If you have the Tesco debit card or credit card it is better to use that than Amex as you get 2CC for £1 spend. Using the app you should get 9CC pts (21 Avios) for £4 but it is only giving 7CC pts (16 Avios).

        • Liz says:

          RichS – yes it’s linked to our main Clubcard account. We used the debit card the week before without the app and it gave us 1CC + 1CC for fuel. But when you link the card to the app the CC bit on the till receipt only gives you 1CC for £2 and 1CC for £1 on the debit card spend. So missing out half the points on the Clubcard point. Is no one else having this problem.

        • Liz says:

          RichS – I think you might have cracked it ! I have the app linked to our original Clubcard number but the numbers on the back of the debit card are different but link in to the main account. I need to change the app Clubcard number to the debit card Clubcard number. I didn’t think of that! Thanks !

        • Alex W says:

          Fair do’s. For me a decent Amex works out better than 1 (additional) Clubcard point per £ if you factor in the sign up bonus and/or spend bonus.

  • Artem says:

    Does the travel insurance bundled with Amex Plat cover End Supplier Failure? Like, if I had bought Monarch tickets on my Plat – would they pay for the replacement ticket on another airline?

    • Simon says:

      They haven’t with me…… Am waiting the refund, but extra cost of my new tickets is my own problem…..

  • Richard G says:

    I got that Avios offer. First of the ones I’ve seen on the site that I’ve actually managed to get in mine too. lol

  • Tom says:

    We’ve triggered the 2 for 1 flight on the BAPP card. Couple of (probably silly) questions;

    1. Does the voucher just appear in your Executive Club? Is it highlighted anywhere and is it clear how to use it (we’re newbies to this)?
    2. We will probably be flying to Abu Dhabi or Dubai next year. However we start in Leeds when it comes to our BA flights and route through T5. I presume the voucher only covers say the LON – DUBAI flight not the LEE – LON – DUBAI flights even though it we generally do this on one booking?

    • lev441 says:

      1) yes appears in your account. When logging on to BAEC it should come up as an e-voucher with the voucher number, expiry date etc.
      2) It covers the whole trip, there would just be extra taxes to pay.

      • TripRep says:

        2) “Taxes” = Mainly a hefty BA surcharge.. :p

        ps Lev441 – hope the UC trip was cool 😀

        • Lev441 says:

          It was great, enjoyed the clubhouse and on board product. Definitely happy I diversified from just collecting avios and using BA!

        • TripRep says:

          Find VS UC much more relaxed and less formal than BA CW or F.

      • Tom says:

        Brilliant, thank you, should make the trip easier!

    • Kathy H says:

      Hello Tom
      1. The 2-4-1 voucher automatically appears on the primary Amex card holders BAEC account and you will get and email confirming this.

      2. The 2-4-1 voucher covers any domestic connection to Heathrow – in this case LBA-LHR only taxes, fees and charges are payable for the whole journey for both passengers, no extra Avios needed. If used for Club World or First tickets the domestic connection would be booked in CE, again no extra Avios needed.

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