News in brief:
£15 Amazon discount code ending soon
(EDIT: at the last minute, Amazon has extended this offer to 31st March 2018!)
For the last 10 months or so, Amazon has been offering an exclusive £15 discount code for Amex Gold, Green and Platinum cardholders when they spend £25 or more. Holders of the Amex Rewards Credit Card should also be able to take part.
This offer expires on 31st October. If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet – probably because you didn’t have an Amex Gold or Amex Platinum when it launched last Christmas – this is your last chance.
You will save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or more as long as you part-pay with Membership Rewards points from your Amex Gold or Platinum card. This is what to do:
If you have not already done so, link your Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account by visiting this page on the Amazon website
Buy £25 of items on amazon.co.uk (these MUST all be sold by Amazon and not third party merchants, and excludes digital content and gift cards)
Enter code AMEX16SWP at check out
You MUST select your Membership Rewards-earning Amex card as your payment card (you cannot use gift cards or any other payment source)
Part-pay for your order using Membership Rewards points. The sneaky option is to redeem just 2 points for a 1p discount. This saves you ‘wasting’ MR points on a low value redemption. You will only get 0.45p per point and you shouldn’t waste more than 2 of your valuable points on such a poor deal!
The Amazon link above (and here) pays HFP a small commission if you use it – thank you.
This offer is open to all UK American Express Gold, Green, Platinum and presumably American Express Rewards cardholders. It will NOT work on brand new Amazon accounts, however. It isn’t clear when the cut off was, but if you don’t already have an existing Amazon account don’t bother opening one just for this deal.
From April 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code UBERHEADFORPOINTS via this link, or download the app and add the code via the promo code box on the ‘Payment’ tab. This gets you £3 off your first ride.
No more Starwood Preferred Guest points from Uber
Starwood Preferred Guest has announced that it is ending its Uber partnership on 17th December.
This is a shame, as it was a very easy way to rack up SPG points. You would earn 1 SPG point for every $2 equivalent spent with Uber, up to a maximum of 10,000 Starwood points per year. Given that I value a Starwood point at 1.5p, this was a rebate worth having. You even earned points on rides taken with Uber credit from Tesco Clubcard.
If you never registered for this promotion, you can still sign up and earn a few points during the final seven weeks. This Head for Points article explains how to link your Uber and Starwood accounts and the registration page is here.
Fully refurbished lounge in Madrid Terminal 4S now open
The Sala VIP Velázquez lounge in Terminal 4S at Madrid Airport is now open again after a major refurbishment.
The reason for mentioning this is that, if you are flying British Airways, you are likely to find yourself in the 4S satellite terminal and in this lounge. Some Iberia flights also use it as I found recently.
There are a couple of pictures on Flyertalk here – it looks very impressive.
Refurbishment work will now start on the Dali lounge in the main terminal, which you are more likely to use if flying on Iberia to the UK.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!
There are two official British Airways American Express cards:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)