Bits: Amex backtracks on Gold referral bonus changes, £60 off Opodo, 17 hour Heathrow-Perth launches Sunday

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News in brief:

Amex backtracks on changes to Preferred Rewards Gold referral bonuses

Yesterday we wrote about apparent changes to the referral bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold and Gold Business charge cards.

Instead of receiving 22,000 Membership Rewards points on hitting the spend target, the rules had been changed to say that you had to wait five months to receive your bonus.

As soon as our story appeared, American Express changed their website.

The Preferred Rewards Gold referral rules (click here) now say, as they used to:

“Please note, bonus points will appear in two instalments of 2,000 and 20,000 and can take up to four weeks to be awarded to your Account.”

The Gold Business charge card has NOT changed back click here to see.  It still says:

“Please note, bonus points will appear in two instalments of 2,000 and 20,000. You will receive 2,000 points when you reach £1,000 spend – these points will appear on your fifth statement.”

It isn’t clear what is happening here.  Did someone at Amex make a mistake, or was a change rolled out early by mistake?  Only time will tell.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Up to £60 off flights and hotels with Opodo

Opodo is running a money off promotion until 2nd April.

Using the code PROMO (very original!) you will get:

  • £30 off flights when spending £550+
  • £60 off hotel + flight when spending £700+

The £30 discount is valid on round trips departing from the UK.

The £60 discount is valid on flight and hotel bookings departing from the UK.

You can find out more on the Opodo home page here.

Opodo discount

Qantas launching Heathrow to Perth this weekend

This weekend will see the launch of the second longest non-stop flight in the world – London Heathrow to Perth, operated by Qantas using a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner with 236 seats.

QF10 will depart Heathrow at 13.30, arriving into Perth at 13.15 the next day.  Amazingly, the plane still hasn’t finished for the day – it flies on to Melbourne.   It is the first non-stop service to link Europe and Australia, replacing the existing Melbourne – Dubai – London service.

Qatar’s Doha to Auckland flight remains the longest flight in world.  Heathrow to Perth, at 14,498 km, is 28km shorter.

In theory this flight is bookable with Avios although I don’t know if seats are available in practice.

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  1. It is saying ‘PROMO’ is not a valid code for an £830 flight.

    Any reason why this is?

    • No idea, as long as the flight starts in the UK. I assume full T&Cs are on Opodo, we didn’t get them.

  2. Can I self refer myself to Amex Gold Business if I have Amex Gold personal?

    • You can’t get a Business bonus if you have a personal card. You may get the bonus yourself for making the referral.

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