Bits: 2400 Avios with LEGO, ALDI taking Amex, Plaza Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi re-opened

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News in brief:

2400 Avios or 2500 Virgin miles with LEGO City

The second LEGO / Tesco Clubcard deal of the year has arrived. Until 4th February, you will receive:

  • 500 extra Clubcard points when you spend £30+ on LEGO City
  • 1,000 extra Clubcard points when you spend £60+ on LEGO City

1 Clubcard point is worth 2.4 Avios or 2.5 Virgin Flying Club miles.

Full details are on Shopper Points here. You can also see the sets available on the Tesco site here.

Aldi Amex payment

Does ALDI now take Amex?

It looks like ALDI is starting to target American Express cardholders.  There have been rumours about the discount supermarket starting to accept Amex but as we couldn’t find anything online, I got on the tube.

As the picture above shows ALDI is promoting contactless payment with Amex but the Amex icon has been covered with black ink for now …..

The cashier told me that Amex should be accepted from February, but she couldn’t confirm a date.  (I had to use my Mastercard to pay for the German bratwurst).  Others have been told that 1st February is the launch.

Thanks to the two readers who tipped us off.

Plaza Premium lounge Abu Dhabi

Plaza Premium lounge in Abu Dhabi re-opened

The newly refurbished Plaza Premium lounge at Abu Dhabi International Airport Teminal 1 has re-opened and here are a few pictures.

Here is the official website, where you can also book a slot.

See above and:

Plaza Premium lounge Abu Dhabi airport


Plaza Premium lounge Abu Dhabi airport

With a 47% increase in seating capacity the Plaza Premium lounge can now host 300 people.  As well as sitting areas the lounge features a family room, an all-day dining room, business amenities and massage facilities.

Entrance on the door costs AED200 per person for two hours or AED350 per person for five hours. You can pre-book access here.

You can also get in with Priority Pass or Lounge Club or by showing an American Express Platinum card at the door.

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  1. charlesrhona says:

    Amex website advises that Aldi now accept Amex Cards.

  2. Aldi takes AmEx in Germany for more than a year now. AmEx promoted this new customer with 5 x 500 MR if you spent more than 20 EUR with them in Germany. Hope for all of you in the UK, that they have similar offers in the UK

  3. Jason Hindle says:

    I hope the Aldi news is true, but Googling for it reveals nothing, and the Amex UK web site isn’t terribly usable. Aldi is one of the few remaining places I go that don’t take Amex.

  4. Great news about Aldi and Amex. I can now earn Virgin miles on all my shopping.

  5. I hope Lidl follow suit – we have 2 Lidl stores nearby, but the nearest Aldi is much further. It’s also relatively new (about 1 year) and there are no others for miles.

  6. Mathieu McGuire says:

    Check your Amex accounts – I just got an offer for £5 off £10 spend, and you have until April to use it.

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