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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 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.

Travelex Avios

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.

Comments (115)

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  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T a few Amex points here & more to the point a free £6 credit when you buy Amazon giftcard for £30

    Worked 3x on our family a/cs so worth a try – (we’ve bought plenty of Amazon gcs on these a/cs in the last year)

    • the real harry1 says:

      it’s the same as 18,000 free Avios, folks 🙂

      combined with my 30,000 free Avios equivalent earlier (Esso)

      worth a try, surely?

      • Genghis says:

        Tell us more… where are these numbers coming from?

        • the real harry1 says:

 on your Amazon a/cs then … do you even use your car much, Genghis? (Esso x2)

        • Genghis says:

          I’m a Londoner (kind of now I guess), car not needed. I’ll give the Amazon thing a look tomorrow. Cheers

        • the real harry1 says:

          I learned something today on Amazon as well – remember the £15 off £25 Amex promotion back in December 2016 would not work with new Amazon A/cs? Well they opened it up to a/cs opened as late as June 2017. So you could have guessed that and opened a new Amz a/c for a family member etc

          Expires Oct 30th so no chance now. As it happens I opened up 1 new a/c in that period as we are 5 & only had 4 a/cs, I’m not into the xc* script stuff lol so only 5 – that a/c is valid for the the Amex promo (tells me at checkout) but can’t make it work, I think Chat will sort it out

          I reckon Amz & Amex will get together again with something similar so bear it in mind

        • the real harry1 says:

          yeah guessed that these days Londoners can do better without cars – or Esso

        • the real harry1 says:

          looks like I was out by a factor of 10

        • Genghis says:

          🙂 is it the same with your 2m avios stash?

  • Paulm says:

    OT- on the amex gold, got the card last week but how does lounge club access work, do you get sent a separate membership card or do you have to request?

  • Alan says:

    OT – noticed this on my VS account – “VAA Credit Card Companion Flight Qualification” not sure why this is showing but not the upgrade certificate? I thought both might not post until end of the card year but don’t quite understand why one has posted but not the other. Any VS Black cardholders have any prior experience of how the vouchers post? (was more interested in the upgrade than companion cert!)

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