Bits: LAST CALL for Amazon / Amex Gold £15 discount, Lufthansa to buy Norwegian?, 50% bonus buying Radisson points

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£15 Amazon discount code for Amex Gold and Platinum cardholders ending soon

For the last 20+ months, Amazon has been offering an exclusive £15 discount code for Amex Gold, Green and Platinum charge card holders when they spend £25 or more. 

This offer expires on 30th June unless it gets extended again, which is absolutely not guaranteed.  If you haven’t taken advantage of it yet – probably because you didn’t have an Amex Gold or Platinum when it launched – this is your last chance.

You will save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or more as long as you part-pay with Membership Rewards points from your Amex Gold or Platinum card.  This is what to do:

If you have not already done so, link your Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account by visiting this page on the Amazon website

Buy £25 of items on amazon.co.uk (these MUST all be sold by Amazon and not third party merchants, and excludes digital content and gift cards)

You MUST select your Membership Rewards-earning Amex card as your payment card (you cannot use gift cards or any other payment source)

Part-pay for your order using Membership Rewards points.  The sneaky option is to redeem just 2 points for a 1p discount.  This saves you ‘wasting’ MR points on a low value redemption.  You will only get 0.45p per point and you shouldn’t waste more than 2 of your valuable points on such a poor deal!  (One comment below suggests that 10 points may be required, so 5p!).

Enter code AMEX16SWP at check out (the code must go in after you have selected part-payment with your Membership Rewards-registered card)

The Amazon link above (and here) pays HFP a small commission if you use it – thank you.  You pay the same regardless.

This offer is open to all UK American Express Gold, Green and Platinum cardholders.  There were comments under an older article suggesting that it does not work for American Express Rewards cardholders.  Your Amazon account must have been opened before 28th October 2017 – creating a brand new Amazon account just to take advantage of this offer will not work.

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Lufthansa to buy Norwegian?

Shares in Norwegian Air Shuttle surged yesterday after the CEO of Lufthansa announced that it was in talks with the company about a bid.

IAG, parent of British Airways, bought 4.6% of Norwegian earlier in the year and stated its interest in buying the whole company.  Initial discussions did not lead to any agreement, however, and in mid-May IAG’s CEO said that it was not ‘a must-have’.

On the face of it Norwegian is not as good a fit with Lufthansa as it would be with IAG, albeit that its low cost arm Eurowings has been beefed up considerably in recent years.  Lufthansa may be worried, however, about the threat that Norwegian would pose if it was bought by IAG and its focus changed to those countries where IAG is not currently strong – like Germany.

You can read more on Bloomberg here.

Up to 50% bonus when you buy Radisson Rewards points

Radisson Rewards, the loyalty scheme for Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn, is offering a bonus of up to 50% when you buy points.

The link is here.  It runs until 18th July 2018.  The bonus works like this:

  • 10% bonus on purchases of 3,000 to 10,000 points
  • 25% bonus on purchases of 11,000 to 30,000 points
  • 50% bonus on purchases of 31,000 to 40,000 points

I am not hugely keen on this deal, given that we saw a bonus of 75% earlier this year.

Remember that you can also transfer American Express Membership Rewards points at the 1:3 rate if you need a few extra points for a planned redemption.  To be honest, if you have the Amex points I would use those rather than buy points even with a 50% bonus.

Under the 50% deal you are buying points for no less than 0.46c, which means 1 Amex point gets you (3 x 0.46c) 1.38 cents of value.  This means you are getting a decent 1p per Membership Rewards point compared to buying the points directly.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

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Comments

  1. Crafty says:

    OT: Please could someone remind me of the bonus mileage transfer offer when buying a Marriott travel package – i.e. instead of receiving the standard 120,000 Avios, it’s possible to receive more? Does this require me to actually buy the package at a certain time of year?

  2. Dave Barron says:

    Clarification required please Re EU261 Compensation…..

    My mother in law who is a US Citizen was booked to travel on BA296 from Chicago to Heathrow today but yesterday she received an email advising her flight had been cancelled (no reason provided). Consequently she was offered and rebooked onto a flight tomorrow instead (BA294). Am I correct in thinking she will be entitled to compensation under EU261? Although she’s a US citizen it’s British Airways flying into an EU airport.

    If I’m correct then presumably a claim couldn’t be made until after she arrives into the UK (some 20 hours later than originally planned).

    Also how long does it normally take to receive? Any recent experience? Is money credited to original payment card or is it a cheque in post etc???

    Many thanks!

    • the real harry1 says:

      Citizenship irrelevant

      Reason for cancellation is important – ‘if it wasn’t the airline’s fault, don’t expect to receive anything. Delays caused by things like extreme weather, airport or air traffic control employee strikes or other ‘extraordinary circumstances’ are not eligible for compensation.’

      So you need to determine the reason. If there are no extraordinary circs, it’s slam dunk. Operational problems such as the Trent 1000 engine issue are not extraordinary circs.

      Once agreed, compo is paid promptly.

  3. DaveL says:

    Anyone know if amazon is limited to one per amazon account or one per CC? Many will have churned their gold/platinum since taking up this offer initially…

    • Per Amazon account

      • Think it might be per credit card. The terms and conditions for the promotion seem to say ‘per eligible card’. The IT doesn’t seem to allow a second card and gives an error message but the Amazon CS will manually add it for you.

  4. Stuart says:
    • Graham Walsh says:

      Still not received anything. Odd that they are doing all sorts of different offers. Keep it simple and consistent!!

    • Gin and Tonic Please says:

      Looks like they’ve segmented cardholders – the URL even says “seg-a” or “seg-bc” at the end…

  5. Memesweeper says:

    OT: on the MBNA Virgin Atlantic card. Customer service just told me the vouchers I’ve earned (upgrade, 2-4-1) will transfer to Virgin FC within 30 days of 7 July. This was provided I had hit the spend target before 7 July.

  6. AndyR says:

    Do the new Virgin cards work ok with Curve?

    • Geoff says:

      No.,mine got no points. Blocked

    • Andrew M says:

      I’d also be interested to know people’s experiances using the new Virgin cards with Curve. I can’t see why they wouldn’t work. Has anyone sucessfully topped up Revolut or Starling with the Virgin cards?

      • Genghis says:

        Starling specifically only take actual debit cards

      • AndyK says:

        Now that Tesco CC cannot be used to top up Revolut without fee I am not sure if there is any good options left

        • Scallder says:

          There was an article in the Sunday Times Money section about Tesco charging Curve users. The article had a fair bit on what would incur fees or not:

          “While some pre-paid currency cards may fall into this category, FairFX said it did not believe any credit card provider — including Tesco bank — charged customers for loading money onto its currency card. Some, such as Caxton, do not allow top-ups from credit cards anyway.

          Barclays confirmed its bPay customers are affected by Tesco’s fee. Confusingly, the bank said Barclaycard’s own 2.99% fee (with a £2.99 minimum) for “sterling cash transactions” would apply to some pre-paid wallets and cards, but not to bPay.”

          Followed by:

          Money asked five other providers whether they levied fees to load pre-paid cards in the same way as they do for cash withdrawals. Three said they did, although none charges as much as Tesco bank. Nationwide has a 2.5% fee and TSB charges 3% (£3 minimum).

          Santander levies a 3% fee on pre-paid cards and transactions such as the purchase of travellers’ cheques, foreign currency and lottery tickets.

          Lloyds and Halifax charge 3% (£3 minimum) for cash transactions, but said this did not include pre-paid cards.

          Daley said customers should bear in mind most cards also treat deposits into a gambling account as a “cash withdrawal”. The same goes for buying foreign currency on your card at the airport.

          So on that basis for those of us with Lloyds Avios cards – could perhaps load up with that card onto Revolut etc. Although don’t blame me if you do get a charge 🙂

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