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News in brief:

Get 500 Avios or MR points via a new Amex / Amazon promotion

The good news is that a very generous offer is available to some British Airways American Express cardholders. It is also seems to be on some Gold and Platinum cards.

The bad news is that only a small number of people appear to be targetted, so the odds are you will miss out.  Do check, though.

You need to look on the ‘Offers’ tab of your Amex online statement page.  You are looking for an offer from Amazon, offering you 500 Avios or Membership Rewards points if you spend £25 at amazon.co.uk, valid until 31st December.

If you see the offer, click ‘Save To Card’ now to ensure you get in before it hits the registration cap.

There are various rules about what you can and cannot buy to trigger the bonus.  The easiest thing to do is buy a £25 amazon.co.uk giftcard via this link and add it to your account via this link.

If you are making a purchase at Amazon, we are always grateful if you use our HFP Amazon link which is here (click).  We earn a small commission on your purchase which helps keep us ticking over.  Thank you.

25% off Good To Go Parking at Heathrow

Good To Go Parking has launched a new discount code offering 25% off all bookings over the next couple of months.

Remember that Good To Go Parking is the ‘leisure’ version of Official Heathrow Parking.  Whilst they don’t like to openly advertise it, your car ends up in the standard airport-run car parks, usually for a lower price than if you had booked with Official Heathrow Parking.  You do need to include a Saturday night in your stay, however.

Code 25OFF gets you 25% off your booking.  You must book by 12th November for car parking until 17th December.  It is not clear if you need to start your booking by 17th December or also exit by then.

The booking page is here.

Comments (158)

  • Hugh says:

    The Amazon offer isn’t on my BA amex, but it’s on my Platinum card

  • Nick says:

    The Amex “Shop Small” offer is also back:

    “Save to Card to get a £5 statement credit when you spend £10+ in-store at participating small businesses between 2 December and 17 December 2017”

    I’m sure that Rob will cover this too as usual.

    • Genghis says:

      Thanks Nick. Saved to all six of our BAPPs. Now to plan my buys.

      • Ben says:

        So can I register any AMEX card? For example my Virgin Black Amex card and my Lloyds Avios Amex card?

  • Cheshire Pete says:

    Appeared for me a few days ago. Gift cards excluded, so are items ordered as Prime purchases, seems an odd exclusion.

    • Genghis says:

      Triggered through account top up for us. Wasn’t it de facto purchases of Prime rather than items delivered using Prime (different merchant name and all that)

      • Cheshire Pete says:

        I read it as both:

        “Offer not valid on purchases made with Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime”

        • Cheshire Pete says:

          Also you only get further exclusions by pressing Full Terms:

          “transactions where you buy a gift card, store credit or a voucher”

        • Genghis says:

          Fair enough. But as I’ve posted many times before, what happens in the rules and what happens in reality aren’t always the same. Only invoke the rules when they’re to your advantage.

        • Rob says:

          History shows it only means Prime subs and in reality I doubt that is trackable.

        • Genghis says:

          @Rob Prime Subs post under a different merchant name so perhaps. If anyone is renewing Prime anyway, please report back.

      • Anna says:

        I’ve also done an account top up and got the confirmation email, so hopefully the avios will appear! Has anyone used the offer successfully with Prime delivery? I’ve had to hunt for cheap DVDs and books I wanted with low p & p (used items can be fantastic bargains on Amazon) to trigger the 2nd set of avios. (We have 2 x free BA Amex).

    • Jason says:

      Gift card purchase triggered the 500MR email redemption for me.

    • the_real_a says:

      Its not prime purchases, its the prime fees – they have a different merchant account that processes the prime membership fees.

  • Mr Cinnamon says:

    On my BAPP but not on my Platinum. I frequently use the latter on Amazon so may account for why former targeted.

  • mark2 says:

    OT
    Marriott have brought out a new scheme called Marriott Rewards MORE (they sent an email to my wife).
    It is the usual points per £ spent, but with several differences:
    a) you can get 4 points per £1 on Amazon plus usual suspects at varying rates;
    b) the points are added to your Marriott account almost instantly;
    c) there is a 1,000 point bonus on first purchase of £25 or more.
    Also you can use Marriott points to pay (at a poor rate).

    You can probably sign up here
    http://email-marriott.com/T/v40000015f73802bb1cdddfe6e96638900/0772a503a64443600000021ef3a0bcc9/0772a503-a644-4360-9f11-8bf93ec8d6ab

    You have to log into Marriott MORE to prime the bowser extension that you need to accept.

    • JamesB says:

      If anybody tries this soon then please report back on whether you get points on total cost of transactions which use all or part of amazon gift card balances. I susoect we might just get points on actual credit or debit card payment amount.

      • Martin says:

        You won’t, you get it from amex not amazon so it’s for whatever debits to you card.

      • Asp says:

        Hi JamesB, I did just a test purchase from Amazon (£20 gift card) and I received the 70 (60+15 for being Gold) immediately. Two things to note the app states 4 points per £1 (not 3) and right until I ordered it said I would earn 1,075 points. Perhaps the 1,000 bonus post later? Will leave it a few days then email CS.

        • Asp says:

          @Genghis it states “$25 equivalent”, maybe I should have just done £25 to be on the safe side :/ The app definitely said it 1,075 points before it went through though. Anyone else had better luck?

        • JamesB says:

          Thanks, useful 🙂

        • Alan says:

          OK added in Chrome instead (quite confusing checkout process where you have to click on button on Amazon page to then continue in the browser!). Showed 75 pts OK but no mention of the 1000 for first purchase >$25?

    • Doogie says:

      Thanks very much just transacted with that for 89.99 which gave me 1269 points – 1000 for first use and 3x spend. 25% bonus fit marriot credit card holders apparently.

      Didn’t have the chance to test with gift voucher credit.

      • Richard says:

        Do you know if this extended the validity of your Marriott Rewards points? As that would be useful if so! Mine are due to expire soon, so was going to buy points to extend the validity.

        • Doogie says:

          Currently, both the first purchase bonus and the points show with an asterisk, which then says below that * means Qualifying Activity – my #MRPoints ones don’t have the asterisk. However, contra to that, it says my last qualifying activity was when I opened the account a few months ago. I’ll keep an eye on it over the next few days to see if it either drops the asterisk, or changes the date.

        • Richard says:

          Thanks

        • Richard says:

          Just reporting back on this – a Marriott MORE purchase has extended the expiration date on my Marriott points – a £28 amazon purchase using the Marriott MORE toolbar yielded me the 1,000 bonus points and 112 base points. The points have tracked as qualifying spend and today (day after the points first hit my account) the expiration date of my points has been extended 2 years.

          • Alan says:

            Interesting, the 75 points from my £20 transaction failed to reactivate my Marriott account, it still said everything had expired due to inactivity. Weirdly it still lets me collect the NFL Twitter miles fine and transfer them to SPG!

            Also no 1000 point bonus, their Twitter team said it was because my transaction was below £25, yet the offer is for $25 transaction value, which I surpassed with £20 transaction. Now need to chase with their email team…

          • Alan says:

            @Richard – further to my last post, have now rechecked and although points posted yesterday with it still showing as expired, overnight my Marriott account has reactivated with 2y expiry – so seems to just be a bit of delay sometimes. Great to have a way to resetting expiry, thanks for highlighting.

        • Richard says:

          @Alan same happened to me, it took a day for the expiry date to update. Agree it’s very useful and mine were due to expire early 2018.

      • mark2 says:

        No, you can’t use your Amazon gift card balance, although I think you can use it to buy an emailed gift card but not to top up balance.

        • JamesB says:

          Thanks Mark, even if options are limited in some way it is sgill good to have a useful earning option on amazon.

    • Alan says:

      Hmm – added it to Firefox but when I browse to Amazon it’s then showing a big error message – “Not Found
      The requested URL /1.35.6/builds/production/2DugoUKwe2XQojdizhTY/frame/firefox/ggtp [etc]”

  • Martin says:

    Not on my BAPP but was on my Platinum card 2 days ago

  • Flying Misfit says:

    Is there any way of getting the URL link for the Amazon offer to add to Amex cards. Appreciate this may not be as easy to get given the changed interface on Amex website, and also if posting the link in this section poses concerns. Thanks in advance

    • Rob says:

      Can’t be done now

      • Flying Misfit says:

        Cheers Rob

        • Doug says:

          if you click around in different tabs, you will be taken back to old ui and if you are a programmer you can also see all POST requests so you can eventually format an url to do a GET that will add the offer, I know it is some hacking, but useless if you don’t know the offerid.

      • Alex says:

        Not quite true, it’s just quite a bit more difficult…

        • Genghis says:

          Care to elaborate?

        • Alex says:

          As Doug mentioned, the new system uses a GET request followed by a PUT request (each to the same URL). If you have the new-style id of a an offer you want to add you can modify the URL used by the GET and PUT requests to add the offer.

        • Alex says:

          Followed by the offer ID

        • JamesB says:

          Cheers 🙂 Any reports if anybody ever getting into trouble with amex over this?

        • the real harry1 says:

          but how would you find the offerID?

        • Tom says:

          inspect element and search for <div id="offer- and its the numbers following that.

        • Genghis says:

          Has any non-IT expert got this to work?

        • Alex says:

          It is definitely the public facing offer ID. However I think it is a dead end as it is encrypted using the account_token so can only be used on the same account as it was generated for. When I use a token from another account I get the following:
          {
          “code”: 400,
          “message”: “Error while decrypting offer id”
          }
          if I try to use an ID from the same account I get:
          {
          “code”: 200,
          “message”: “Success”
          }

        • Genghis says:

          So it’s dead?

        • Alex says:

          Probably, it might be possible to add an offer to other cards on the same account, but I think it’s unlikely and far to difficult for most people.

  • Tilly says:

    I don’t have the Amazon offer on any of my cards. Only the shop small and even that is only on my gold, not my BAPP.

    • Tilly says:

      Beginning to think Amex don’t like me.

    • the real harry1 says:

      Shop Small is/ will be available to all Amex cards, possible exception Lloyds (?) – so keep checking

      • mark2 says:

        It has not yet appeared on the Amex Connect web site, but that has changed since last year.
        We are probably too quick off the mark.

      • Tilly says:

        Thanks. The Amazon offer would be useful. Don’t shop on there much but would be nice to have.