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Bits: 240 Avios with £24 of rioja, Concorde Room, 4000 Flying Blue miles with Europcar

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News in brief:

240 Avios with six bottles of rioja

British Airways Wine Explorer, run by Laithwaites, is fairly well known.  The latest offer is The Christmas Collection, 12 mix and match bottles for £119 plus, for new customers, 1000 Avios.

Far fewer people know that Iberia has its own UK-delivery wine deal with vinoseleccion.

Here is their latest offer.  You receive a half-price case of six bottles of rioja for just £24 including free UK delivery.  You will also receive 240 Avios in Iberia Plus – which is a good way of ‘activating’ a new Iberia Plus account to allow transfers in and out via ‘Combine My Avios’.

In the Terminal 5 Concorde Room

The Concorde Room at London Heathrow Terminal 5 is the dedicated lounge for ticketed First Class passengers and British Airways Executive Club Gold Guest List members.

I am not a big fan of it, as I wrote when I last reviewed it three years ago.  The atmosphere doesn’t work for me, neither does the lack of self-serve food options.

If you are wondering what joys you are missing out on, if you have never made it past the hallowed door, take a look at the new furniture that has just been installed.  It appears that a local Wetherspoons or retirement home closed down and BA couldn’t resist a bargain.  Click to enlarge:

British Airways Concorde Room

Up to 4,000 Flying Blue miles with Europcar

Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France scheme, has launched a very generous ‘quadruple miles’ offer with Europcar.

For bookings before 8th December, for rentals completed by 15th December, you will receive:

  • 800 miles for a one-day rental
  • 1,200 miles for a two-day rental
  • 1,600 miles for a three-day rental
  • 2,000 miles for a four-day rental
  • 3,200 miles for a 5-7 day rental
  • 4,000 miles for a 8+ day rental

4,000 Flying Blue miles could amount to a generous rebate on your rental cost.

Full details are on the Europcar website here.  Note that the offer is not valid for rentals in the US or Canada.

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Flying Blue miles from UK credit cards (August 2022)

Air France and KLM do not have a UK Flying Blue credit card.  However, you can earn Flying Blue miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

These cards earn Membership Rewards points:

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Flying Blue miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Flying Blue mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (101)

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  • Genghis says:

    OT I’ve not received my 1k Marriott points yet from the Twitter promo. Are any others experiencing problems?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Working perfectly for me.

    • Cate says:

      Funny you should mention that I had to enter three times on Sunday before I got the confirmation.

    • Tracy says:

      Working fine for both me and OH, they post really quickly and we both receive notifications that we are getting them too

    • Stu_N says:

      DIdn’t work for me for the first time, sent a chaser around 1500 but no response yet.

    • Lev441 says:

      Got mine fine yesterday and the week before but still chasing up from before that… no clue as to why they haven’t posted

    • Alex W says:

      @genghis you might have to set your tweets to public. That fixed the problem for me.

      • Genghis says:

        Thanks Alex but already public and I’ve been getting the points the last few weeks. Still no response from Marriott.

        • Paulm says:

          Same happened to me this week, I sent them a direct message last night and they added overnight. Might be worth trying that…

    • Liz says:

      I got mine ok

    • Alan says:

      Came through fine for me, transaction dated 5th Nov.

  • Alex Sm says:

    “It appears that a local Wetherspoons or retirement home closed down and BA couldn’t resist a bargain.”

    Hahaha, or as they would say in Spain , jajaja 🙂

    This is the essence of BA recently, unfortunately – in all, from nearly-older-than-me B767s to pathetic food offerings of cheapest possible egg sandwiches on 4-hour flights

  • Stu_N says:

    OT – can’t get the Accor/ Air Berlin/ Iberia trick to work. I follow all the steps in the 6/8/14 article but at the end I am getting an email:

    subject “Your Rewards points have been recredited to your account.”

    body: “You have opted for your Rewards points to be automatically converted into air miles. Your points will be converted as soon as you reach the required points threshold.
    Your request is currently pending approval by our Partner Iberia.”

    Tried a couple of weeks ago and undid the auto-conversion option last week, just tried again and same response.

    Any ideas? I’ve previously moved points to Iberia so maybe it has remembered and this only works for new conversions. Alternatively any easy ways to earn 800 Accor points?

    • the real harry1 says:

      anybody who has it working is petrified of touching it – it will surely break

      I do remember having to fiddle with it for a while until it eventually got working (x2) – I guess they’ll take it away as an option in due course, anyway

    • Temp says:

      Same experience. It seems they’ve closed the loophole.

  • Alan says:

    OT Bits – 7 days now passed since VS to IHG transfer initiated, nothing showing up yet – fingers-crossed all still going to plan and counting towards Spire!

  • Sue says:

    OT – my partner has today a new replacement supplementary gold reward card from me ( he has a different postal address to me ) and he’s activating the card on line. If he registers the card to his existing BAPP online account – will it mean he won’t be eligible for new gold reward card bonus when he applies in his own name and at his own address? Is it better to create a new amex on line account for this particular card? Sorry – hope you can understand what I mean! Thanks!

  • Rich says:

    Concorde Room furniture – am in there now and expected to be aghast! I’m not, it’s an improvement in my opinion, especially out on the terrace. Furnishing choice is of course a matter of personal taste, but the photo in this article does not do the new style justice…. in my opinion.

  • Ian Cowan says:

    Anyone had their wine yet? Or a contact email/phone-call from Vinoseleccion as promised in their confirmation email? Their UK phone number (01908 code) brings up a foreign (presumably Spanish) ringtone then a recorded message, even during their advertised customer service hours. Hmm.

    • Marc says:

      Nothing here – ordered on 6th November and no contact after the intiial email, credit card has not been charged.

      I’ve sent an e-mail to them – will see if they get back…

      • the real harry1 says:

        nothing to worry about

        they’re getting more stock sent over to UK

        • Marc says:

          Yeah looks like it will get here fairly soon – got a reply from Vinoseleccion:

          Thank you for your message. I confirm that your order of Bene Placitum Reserva has been received correctly and it is being processed. Delivery date is approx. about 1 week as the wine is completely sold out in UK and had to be sent from Spain.

          I kindly inform you that until the order is not processed, Vinoseleccion will not make any charge.

          Our apologies for this inconvenience

  • John says:

    Received message this morning telling me delivery is today, ordered on Nov 8th! So I guess the new stock has arrived. This is the first contact I have had since I ordered.

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