News in brief:
Off for half term? Travelex / Avios reminder
If you are heading off for half-term next week – or the week after, depending on your school – remember that Travelex has relaunched as an Avios partner. You can now earn points but only when you buy in advance via this special link on your foreign currency orders.
Travelex lets you pre-order over 40 currencies and collection is available with as little as four hours notice.
This is what you need to know:
Collect 1 Avios for every £1 when exchanging over £300
Collect 1 Avios for every £2 when exchanging below £300
You must pre-order via the Travelex website here, for airport collection, for Travelex store collection or delivery
You can credit your Avios to BA, Iberia Plus or avios.com
Avios will be added within 14 days of collection or delivery
Compare the Travelex pricing with and without Avios as it can vary.
If you want some advice on the best credit card to use abroad to maximise miles and points whilst minimising fees, take a look at my article here.
20% Etihad Guest bonus on points transfers
Etihad Guest has launched a 20% transfer bonus when you move across your points from other loyalty schemes.
American Express Membership Rewards is NOT included. However, you can convert from:
- HSBC Premier
- Heathrow Rewards
- Le Club AccorHotels
- Marriott Rewards
- Hilton Honors
- IHG Rewards Club
- World of Hyatt
- Club Carlson
- Shangri-La Golden Circle
…. as well as some other local Middle East partners.
Except that ….. Etihad Guest has announced a devaluation on a date yet to be confirmed. You would need to be a little crazy to transfer over your points to Etihad unless you intend to redeem them immediately. Don’t do it without any firm plan to spend them – why bother, when you have no idea how many miles or how much in taxes will be required when the time comes?
Full details of the transfer bonus are on the Etihad Guest website here. You need to convert by 31st October.
Pay £4 to use a fast-track passport lane at Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport has brought in a new money-generating wheeze.
The airport has had security fast track passes for some time, priced from £5. You can now pay £4 to use a fast track passport control lane on your return.
Details are on the Manchester Airport here. The reader who contacted me about this had paid her £4 and was hugely positive about it. She arrived to find around 150 people in the queue ahead of her, but the Fast Track lane was empty and she walked straight through.
You need to pre-book this service, however – you cannot just turn up and decide on the spot to pay £4 if it is busy. I’m not sure if there is a pricier ‘walk up’ rate.