Bits: Iberia Express sale, an Avios booking fact you never knew, £5 off ALDI with Amex

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News in brief:

Iberia Express sale now on

Iberia Express flies from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester to Madrid.

They are currently running a series of promos offering 25%-30% off.  This would be handy if you were interested in connecting to a long-haul Iberia redemption booked on Avios, to save the high taxes charged on British Airways redemptions.  I wrote more about the good value offered by Iberia long-haul Avios redemptions here.

Details are on the Iberia Express home page here.

Did you know the cancellation policy?

One thing that keeps this job interesting is that you always learn something new about schemes you thought you understood backwards.

It is a fairly well known fact that you can cancel any BA flight booking made on, for cash or Avios, within 24 hours for a full refund.  No cancellation fees are charged, not even the standard £35 Avios cancellation charge.

However, as a reader found out last week, you do not get this protection for Avios bookings made on  The cancellation fee kicks in immediately, even if you try to cancel 10 minutes after booking.

This is unlikely to make a massive difference to your booking strategy, but if there is an outside chance that you may need to cancel an Avios redemption within 24 hours of booking then make sure you book via and not

(EDIT:  It seems, given the comments below, that there is some confusion on this point.  I know a reader was refused a cancellation last week for free when he tried within 24 hours.  Others are now being told it can be done if it is a BA flight.)

PS.  It is also worth a reminder of the other booking restriction at – you cannot make bookings online within 24 hours of departure.  This is not a problem over at  It does appear to be possible via phone.

£5 off at ALDI with Amex

If you missed our article last week, American Express is now accepted at ALDI.

A ‘£5 cashback when you spend £10’ offer appeared on many Amex cards yesterday – I have it on my Platinum.  This is valid for one transaction before 30th April.

You need to save the offer to your card in order to register.  If you have it, it will be under the ‘Offers’ tab on your statement page on the website or app.

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  1. Scottydoggiom says:

    With regards to Aldi , i just tried to order some wine online with them and there is no option to pay with Amex , maybe its to be added to the online side at a later date ?

  2. Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Marriot is making changes to some hotel categories.

    • rams1981 says:

      Just booked JW Marriott Orlando using rewards package for 330k points. Was cat 7 and about to move to cat 8 it seems so saved 30k Marriott points.

      110k SPG points for one week’s hotel at £1100-1200 plus 120k Avios was a decent return.

    • Phu Quoc moving out of cat 5 to 6, just managed to redeem a travel package against it while it was cat 5!

      Worked out at 90k SPG points for 162k avios and what would have been a cash rate of £2800 for the week. Very pleased with that.

    • Thanks for the heads up, have booked my hotels for US summer trip, San Francisco and LA. Both hotels were going up…

  3. OT: Applied for Hilton Diamond status match and they’ve come back saying if I do 8 stays my status will be extended to March 2019. I thought it would be valid till 2020 but they are only giving for a year. Is that right?

    • The promo has been running to March 2019 for a year. I thought they would extend it (it is 9 months since I got mine, it was March 2019 then) but clearly not.

      • Thanks Rob. Can anyone else confirm who are doing the challenge that they are only giving it till next March. I might give it a miss as don’t have much planned for the latter part of this year. If it’s till March 2020, then it’s worth doing.

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