Bits: 13200 Avios with The Economist (again), £10 Amex cashback with Heathrow Express, cashback cards squeezed

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13,200 Avios for an Economist subscription

Iberia Plus and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription.

As you can see at this linkyou can earn 13,200 Avios in Iberia Plus if you take out a 1-year digital and print subscription to The Economist. The cost is £179.  This works out at 1.35p per Avios.

Alternatively, you can earn 10,200 Avios with a £145 print-only or digital-only subscription.  This works out at 1.4p per point.

This offer is particularly attractive if you are self-employed or run a company.  Whilst I am not a tax expert and you should obviously take your own advice if necessary, it would be hard to argue that The Economist magazine is not an acceptable tax-deductible purchase for most business people.

The price charged seems to be in line with the price charged via other channels so you are not over-paying.

You will need an Iberia Plus account to take part. Once the Avios points arrive – and as long as your Iberia account is over 90 days old – you can convert them to British Airways or avios.com via the ‘Combine my Avios’ function online.

The Economist changed the rules of this promotion three years ago after a large number of people took out a subscription and then cancelled it for a partial refund a few weeks later.  Your subscription is now non-refundable.  However, £179 for 13,200 Avios plus a full year of The Economist in print and online is certainly not a bad deal.

If you have any friends in the United States who may enjoy The Economist in print (you could access the digital version yourself), there is still a deal to be had.  The cost is $190 (£137) for 13,200 Avios.

Note also that the DIGITAL ONLY version for US residents is $152 (£110) and you get 10,200 Avios for yourself.

The offer runs until 30th April 2018.

Iberia Economist Avios offer

Get £10 cashback on Heathrow Express tickets

American Express has launched a new cashback deal with Heathrow Express.

It is showing on my Platinum charge card and my British Airways Premium Plus card but not my Starwood Amex.

You get £10 back on a £35+ Heathrow Express purchase.  The deadline to use the deal is 19th May.  There is no guarantee that this works with cumulative purchases but it is worth a try if you are buying Heathrow Express tickets anyway.

A handful of people are reporting a less generous offer of 10% back, but £10 appears to be the most common version.

Remember that you can also earn 10 Avios per £1 spent on Heathrow Express tickets if you use the heathrowexpress.com/avios landing page.  This is more attractive than the standard rewards offer of 1 Heathrow Rewards point per £1 spent.

ASDA credit card

Cashback credit cards feeling the pinch

Whilst cashback credit cards are not directly relevant to the Head for Points travel focus, we keep an eye on the market because it is the sensible thing to do.  Miles and points from credit card spending are not free if you could be earning a cash rebate instead.

The axe is continuing to fall on cashback cards, in the same way as it is hitting miles and points cards.  ASDA announced this week that the cashback rate on non-ASDA spending on its credit card will drop to 0.2% from April.

0.2% seems to be the ‘new normal’.  M&S Money and Sainsbury’s pay the same return on their cards.

If you want a higher return, the best cashback (or pseudo cashback) deals are John Lewis / Waitrose and Amazon, both of which pay 0.5% in store credit on third party spending.

However, challenger back Tandem has jumped into the market with a hugely aggressive product offering 0.5% cashback and no FX fees.  We are going to take a closer look at that over the next couple of days.

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Comments

  1. OT but a heads up in case useful: possibly just my bad luck, or maybe something peculiar to Malaysia where I am now, but it appears that the new debit-rather-than-credit Curve cards (and also Revolut, so perhaps any of the “virtual debit” style cards) are not accepted by those card readers that are designed to be plugged into an iPad/iPhone/laptop/PC etc. They work fine with the usual standalone / self-dialling readers but not with the dumb-terminal ones used by a lot of smaller shops, market stalls, taxis etc…

    • Combat Johnny says:

      Thanks. I am going to malaysia in a few weeks and was planning on just taking my curve. Ill pack another card too incase

  2. bennett says:

    Hi, You mentioned cash back cards, what is your thought on the AMEX true-earnings cards. I am considering partnering it up with the AMEX Platinum Charge card.

    What do you think?

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