Bits: Lloyds Choice Rewards card dropped, £50 off ANY Virgin flight, Gatwick Parking discount

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News in brief:

Lloyds Choice Rewards credit card being closed to existing cardholders

Lloyds Bank announced last week that its existing ‘two pack’ Lloyds Duo Avios and Lloyds Avios Rewards cards are being closed.  You can read about that here and here.

Lloyds is also closing the Lloyds Choice Rewards credit card.

This was an interesting hybrid card.  It was a half-hearted attempt to create a card along the lines of American Express Membership Rewards.  You earn points on your spending which could be transferred to Avios BUT could also be used for High Street shopping vouchers and a range of other rewards.

The earning rate if you transferred to Avios was poor, however, which is why very few Head for Points readers took one out.

It is no surprise that the card is closing because it was another ‘two pack’ product which included an American Express element.  What IS a surprise is that Lloyds Choice Rewards cardholders are being moved to the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card.

This seems odd to me.  If Lloyds Choice Rewards cardholders were serious about earning Avios, they would have taken out a Lloyds Avios Rewards card in the first place!  If I were Lloyds I would have moved them to a generic card with no rewards, or at least given them the option.  What will happen now is that a lot of people who have no interest in Avios will start earning them, with many of the points presumably doomed to expire unused.

If you have a Choice Rewards card, you have four months from the day you receive your letter from Lloyds to spend your points balance.  Any unused points will be foreited in return for a cash payment.

You can find out more on the Lloyds website here.

£50 off ANY Virgin Atlantic flight

Yesterday I wrote about my exciting night out with Dani Dyer from Love Island at the Virgin / Delta “The Joint Venture” pub launch at 33 New Oxford Street.

It turns out that, in my excitement, I missed out on the following key bit of information.  Business Traveller, who clearly drank less trappist ale than me, found or were given a discount voucher for £50 off any Delta or Virgin Atlantic flight booked on the Virgin website here.

You need to use promo code jvpub when booking.  I have no idea what the rules are or when the closing date is, but as the pub is open until 19th August you should be OK until then.  It does seem to work ok on Economy flights as well as pricier ones.

You can find out more about the pub here.

PS. Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Virgin Atlantic £50 discount code

Save 15% on Official Gatwick Parking

Finally, I thought I’d give this deal from Official Gatwick Parking another mention as it has proved hugely popular with readers.

Via this link (click) you save 15% on the official long-stay car park for entry dates up to 1st September.

Via this link (click) you save 10% on long-stay, short-stay and Premium parking, valid for any dates to 31st March 2019

Official Gatwick Parking discount code

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Comments

  1. Lady London says:

    Hey Rob not sure why the link to Virgin site you provide above seems to come via a RAK route? not sure if it’s possible or advisable to adjust…?

  2. OT – Can I use Clubcard vouchers for Uber Credit and use it overseas? Not used Uber before and just wondering if it is worth signing up before a holiday next week.

    • No, UK only.

    • DANIEL MACDONALD says:

      Can’t use UK credit outside UK.

      The app works worldwide wherever Uber is based….make sure the credit card is a 0% FX card linked to Uber if you are gonna use.

      If going to the USA also consider using LYFT having googled a sign up bonus code…

  3. Good news – self-referral Amex MR points seem to have posted today on my Plat (I say ‘seem’ as I’ve also suggested it to a couple of friends but don’t know if they took up the referral or not! – not the easiest thing to track…)

    • I did a self referral on hubby’s Plat card for SPG 2 days ago – no decision yet!

      • I had no decision then rejection on mine – called and successfully transferred chunk of credit limit from existing card 🙂

  4. Off topic but was in LGW clubhouse last week and got 30k sign up bonus (no min spend) on the black card.

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