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Bits: last call for £15 Amazon / Amex discount, no SPG points from Uber, Madrid BA lounge

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News in brief:

£15 Amazon discount code ending soon

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 (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.


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.

Starwood Uber

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.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (October 2021)

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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 and Eurostar lounges. The card has a sign-up bonus of 60,000 points which is a special offer running to 2nd November 2021.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two 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 two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

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

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and a special 30,000 points sign-up bonus until 9th November 2021.  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 (119)

  • Genghis says:

    No Virgin credit card article today?

    • Mr Dee says:

      News on the virgin card?

      • Genghis says:

        In yesterday’s comments (now deleted) Rob said “See HfP tomorrow” to a query on the MBNA Virgin card and the move to Virgin Money. I couldn’t find anything else myself online.

    • New Card says:

      On V-Flyer yesterday Raffles said he’d pushed the article back and that it looked as though MBNA/VS would continue until the new year. (Explains the disappearing comment, thought I was going mad!)

      • lev441 says:

        Also thought I was going mad… curious as to know what’s in store…!!

    • roberto says:

      Was in the Gatwick Virgin Lounge on wednesday and chatted with the mbna “sign up” lady who was not signing people up as the deal has been pulled from the lounge. It used to be 31k miles but now its gone completly.

      Its not all lost ( for me anyways ) as I managed to sqeeze in what will probably be my last churn on the Virgin Black about 10 days before my trip, exactly 5 months and 2 weeks since I last cancelled.

      Posting from Barbados – thanks for your tips Rob et al..

  • TripRep says:

    There’s also the pay point offer, sure TRH posted a good comment the other day describing them, might make use of this one myself

    • Lady London says:

      Thank you Harry.

      • the real harry1 says:

        nae problemo

        with my Tesco MOC discounts used on Amazon cards, combined with these above, I am running on about 20% discount for Amazon stuff

        I am lucky to also have the £15 off £50 Esso deal on Amex, was in Sutton, London on Tuesday where I came across an Esso + Tesco Express – checked it out & no dice, just the rubbish cards so will stick to my stamps & diesel, gives me half price diesel

  • TripRep says:

    Also from my experience the Amazon deal is one per Amazon account, not one per Amex card held. Has anyone found this to be different?

    • Jonathan says:

      Agree – that’s what I found too. Not sure if they’re smart enough to also do 1 per MR account as well so 3 months ago you couldnt have duplicate Amazon accounts with 1 MR account (using the offer on each), but nevertheless Rob indicates new Amazon accounts aren’t elegible so not worth trying now.

    • JamesB says:

      Used the same amex for 3 Amazon accounts in the same store without any problem with the £5 bonus posting.

  • Gavin says:

    Can confirm it worked with the rewards credit card on mine and my wife amazon accounts last year

  • Darren says:

    Re SPG but O/T

    Is free breakfast a perk with any SPG status? A trip to Singapore would be a little easier if I could get this at Westin? Also I know Rob is a fan of Conrad, have you been to the Singapore property?


    • Rob says:

      No, we did Capella last time in Singapore.

    • Genghis says:

      With SPG Platinum, yes. We stayed on Conrad in Apr. I thought v average compared say to HKG. Happy to share my TA review if you’re interested. We preferred the IC on Middle Rd (ie not the new one)

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Agree, rather underwhelmed by Conrad Singapore – just okay, rather than the good/great standard I was used to (I’ve stayed at about half a dozen properties in the chain). Property is a bit tired and in need of a refurb, dull pool area and had a few service issues (including room not ready at 3pm).
        Apparently the new JW Marriott a few blocks away is excellent.

        • Alan says:

          Interesting, I’ve always had really good stays there (3 or 4 now), with decent upgrades (sometimes to corner suites!), good Exec Lounge and superb breakfast spread. I do tend to email them in advance though, I did so for my parents too and even though they didn’t have status they still looked after them! Might help I tend to only have 1-3 night stays I guess?

      • Darren says:

        We stayed at IC a long time ago, actually it was our first far east stay and was very good. I have also heard good things about the lounge.
        Recently we have drifted towards Chinatown/Business district hence the question about The Westin. Thanks for the replies.

      • Prins Polo says:

        I like the IC too. A beaiutiful hotel – I loved the vibe and the breakfast (both variety and the restaurant itself).

      • Alan says:

        Have booked a stay at Middle Road IC with IHG MC free night certificate, so look forward to trying it out. Obviously no breakfast, but morning flight so will just head out to the Private Room to enjoy 😛 (in Conrad for outbound stay as love their breakfast buffet).

        • Genghis says:

          Ice cream for breakfast? Naughty boy!

          • Alan says:

            Haha maybe that’s why I like the Conrad so much 😛 I make the (weak) excuse that I’m normally on UK/Oz/NZ time…

  • Josh says:

    Apologies for o/t but can anyone advise on getting compensation from BA for a delayed flight? My wife and I recently flew to a Verona for a wedding anniversary weekend but due to a Technical fault with the aircraft and maintenance on the Verona runway the flight was diverted to Venice and then we had to get a coach transfer. We were due to arrive at 21.25 on Friday night but actually got there around 02.15am on Saturday after the horrendous 2 hour bakingly hot and uncomfortable coach ride (to a dead airport where we then had to wait 45 mins for a cab!) I was told at the time (on the phone, whilst waiting for a taxi) by a BA ops person and ground staff at Gatwick that we would be able to claim compensation, keep all receipts etc, but all BA have offered is 15,000 avios each (we were in Club Europe on a BA holiday) which doesn’t seem adequate to me. They are saying they are not obliged to financially compensate because the plane was under 3 hours late to arrrive. Does this mean they are classing Venice as the arrival point and not Verona? Seems a bit cheeky if that’s the case.
    Has anyone used the flight compensation lawyers (no win no fee people) as might they have better luck than me arguing the toss?

    Again, apologies for O/T but any advice appreciated.


    • TripRep says:

      Josh, unsurprisingly it sounds like you’re being misled to me.

      I suggest you have a look at the BA compensation thread on FlyerTalk, post your query there, the user C-W-S is a really helpful source of info.

        • the real harry1 says:

          @Josh – I agree with TripRep – sounds like a very black & white EC261 claim to me

          easy enough to do it yourself, first making a formal claim for compensation (use BA’s online claim form), then if BA don’t at first accept your claim, escalate to deadlock (which basically means you say you are not satisfied, you repeat your claim & BA comes back saying it is their final position), then file a MCOL claim (costs you £25 which gets refunded if you win)

          there are numerous cases of BA first refusing valid claims with all sorts of lies and excuses – this is presumably when 90% of people go away

          put yourself in the 10% who are persistent, ie continue to press the claim and very often (pretty much always unless there are genuine extraordinary circumstances) BA will concede either at part 2 (repeat the claim) or part 3 (MCOL)

          or if you don’t have the time, Bott & Co come highly regarded, no win no fee but will take some 35% of the settlement

    • TripRep says:

      HFP Article..

      I wouldn’t recommend CEDR helpful but soul crushingly slow. Letter before legal action likely to get better results.

    • Stu N says:

      I’d have a look at the EC261 thread on the British Airways forum on Flyertalk – BA will do their best to fob you off but if you have a case it is worth a go. From what you say it sounds like you do, though the diversion due to runway issues will complicate it as BA will probably argue that is extraordinary, though if their aircraft hadn’t gone tech then it wouldn’t be an issue to start with.

      I think it’s worth a go and if it stands you would be entitled to €250 each (>3 hours at final destination, short haul flight).

      As for using a no-win-no-fee firm, you’ll probably lose half the payout to them. If you aren’t happy to argue the toss yourself but can use the Avios then you’re probably going to be better off accepting the Avios.

      • Josh says:

        Thanks for all the above responses – much appreciated. Will check out the FT thread and go from there.


        • the real harry1 says:

          @Josh – you could jump straight to this template

          whilst it’s intended for 2-4-1 downgrade compo claim, you can simply copy the legal tone & adapt it to your EC261 claim – it makes it sound like you know your legal position so BA are more likely to concede early

          that’s what I did to claim our 30x food & beverage compos & BA capitulated in a couple of days

  • Paul says:

    Good news about the Madrid lounge, I will be there on Sunday. I guess they can’t have made it bigger so it will still have times of day when it feels like a zoo

    • Gavin says:

      No mention of Madrid lounge in article?

      • Paul says:

        This article has changed…. it was originally had uber and Madrid lounge stories but now Has Marriott and hyatt

        • john says:

          It still says “Starwood and Uber partnership to end” in the title of the page which confused me a bit 🙂

  • Rob says:


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