Bits: join Virgin’s pub quiz [or not], up to 6000 Emirates miles with a Sixt car rental, £30 Radisson cashback via Amex

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News in brief:

Win free flights in Virgin’s pub quiz tonight! [or not]

[EDIT 8am: apparently the quiz tonight is for pre-invited groups so you should not turn up purely for that]

On Friday we covered the opening of Virgin Atlantic’s pop-up pub, “The Joint Venture”, at 33 New Oxford Street.  I said that there would be quizzes during the week but I didn’t have the details.

Yesterday reader Jonathan sent me this:

“Thank you for your posts about “The Joint Venture”.  I went to the quiz last night and my team took home 3rd prize (which was a gift bag with bottles of beer and pint glasses).  It was good fun and being an American expat was a big advantage.

First prize was exactly as advertised — free economy tickets for each member of the four person team.  The team that won appeared to be pub quiz pros.  They finished with about 10% more points than the runner up.

If any of your readers are planning to go to the second competition on Wednesday, you may want to give them a heads up on a few things.  There isn’t much space upstairs so only 10 teams are allowed to compete.  Arrive early — yesterday the slots were filled before 7 for the 8 pm start.  The sign up sheet is with the flight attendants.”

Good luck to anyone who pops down there tonight.  Here are the rules.

You can learn more about the pub, which is open until Sunday, on the Virgin Atlantic site here.

The Joint Venture pub Virgin Delta

Get 4,000 to 6,000 Emirates Skywards miles with a Sixt car rental

Car rental group Sixt is running an exceptionally generous deal with Emirates Skywards.

Via this link – and only if you book via this link – you will receive:

4,000 Emirates Skywards miles with a 3+ day rental of a standard car

6,000 Emirates Skywards miles with a 3+ day rental of a Premium car

Each other also comes with a free additional driver in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States

You need to book by 30th September for rentals until 30th November.

Whilst you might not be an existing Skywards collector, it is worth remembering that you can convert them into Heathrow Airport shopping vouchers (6,000 miles = £20) or use them for a discount on a hotel stay.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Emirates no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards miles.

Radisson Blu Hamburg Airport

New Radisson cashback deal launched with American Express

Radisson Blu and Radisson Blu Edwardian have launched what I think is their first ever cashback deal with American Express.

This offer will be showing on the offers tab on the online statement page of many, one or none of your American Express cards.

You will receive a £30 statement credit with a spend of just £100.

The offer is valid until 14th October and is valid at participating hotels in the UK, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  Check the detailed hotel list on the Amex website in the offer terms before you book.

Of hotels we’ve reviewed, it includes:

Radisson Blu Hamburg Airport, pictured above and reviewed here

The May Fair Hotel in London, reviewed here  

Radisson Blu SkyCity, Stockholm Airport, reviewed here 

Whilst not reviewed for the site, I also stayed at the Radisson Blu Edwardian Manchester last year and was impressed.

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. O/T – Tried to use Tesco Pay + today for my shopping and got told they are withdrawing it as people have been committing fraud. Oddly no mention of this in articles or on Tesco website. My Avios earnings now drop from 5.4 per £1 to 4.8 🙁

    • Ah that might explain why I’m locked out and it won’t let me in even though i reset the password

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I don’t understand how you can commit fraud any easier than any other payment method.

      Surely the answer isn’t to withdraw it but to make the system more secure.

      • For the last couple of weeks we have had to have management authorisation when using the Pay+ app. The guy at our local store said some people had gained access to photographs of staff pay+ codes and were using them to get staff discounts – hence the security check at the tills.

        • You would think Tesco had a lot more to worry about than a few people getting unentitled discounts 🙂

        • Ahh I wondered what was going on – had that issue yesterday and was asked if I was a staff member! Also had to have code rescanned a few times. When I contacted their Twitter team they said it was a known issue if you had a Tesco Bank Clubcard attached and to switch to a regular Clubcard instead (they confirmed usual bonus points would still be applied).

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