Bits: Avios TRP closing date extended, DON’T use Membership Rewards Auto-Redeem!

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News in brief:

Avios TRP closing date extended

If your Avios Travel Rewards Programme account has not yet been closed and moved across to British Airways Executive Club, don’t worry.  (Mine hasn’t, and neither has my wife’s account.)

The deadline of 28th August has apparently been extended to 17th September which gives them another three weeks to close all of the existing accounts.

If you still want to access, for example because you want to book Aer Lingus flights online or you want to easily move Avios from BA to Iberia or vice versa, I outline the work-arounds in this article.

Membership Rewards Auto Redeem

Don’t use Membership Rewards Auto-Redeem!

American Express Membership Rewards has a new feature – Auto-Redeem. 

Don’t use it!

It is just a gimmick, and a poor value gimmick at that.

This is how it works.  You click on the ‘Use Points for Purchases’ link on the statement page of your Gold or Platinum account.  You will then see a further link for Auto-Redeem.  You can then select from three potential recurring payments that you may have – Netflix, Naked Wines and Spotify.  No other companies are included.

If you turn on Auto-Redeem, American Express will automatically look for charges from these three merchants on your statement.  When it sees one, it redeems enough Membership Rewards points to pay the bill and adds a statement credit to your account.  It is meant to happen within three days of the original charge appearing.  This effectively nullifies your subscription payment.

Here’s the snag.  You only receive £4.50 of statement credit for every 1,000 Membership Rewards points.

You should be looking to get around 1p per Membership Rewards point on a good day.  1 point = 1 Avios, for instance, and you should be able to get 1p per Avios when you redeem.

This is my article explaining the best value Membership Rewards redemptions.  You can see from this how poor 0.45p per point is.

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  1. Anyone know when the new points from the SPG Amex will start to post. I’ve 56K points on my statement on the close date of the 19th Aug. It summarises at the bottom, points earned since 13th July as 56K points but nothing has posted to my SPG account or linked Marriott account. On the chat they explain they will be posted at the next statement date – is this correct?

    • I’m waiting for my points from 13th Aug statement. I want to cancel spg too but not risking it until points have gone in

      • Any luck with an explanation on the chat?

      • On the phone with Amex was explicitly told I was fine to cancel and the points will still definitely come across. They even specifically told me BA is “the exception” and this is the only card where orphaned points are sacrificed on cancellation.

        • Genghis says:

          A handful of points transferred across on normal monthly date after I last cancelled SPG Amex.

  2. I’m off to Miami in June next year. Looking to use up to 120k SPG points for our first two nights. Currently looking at South Beach W or St Regis. Can anyone advise from experience please?

    • Same dilemma. W seems to be more in the action with more possibilities for eating out (breakfast included – we don’t have plat status) but the St Regis seems to be more of a 5* experience. Still torn between the two.

    • I imagine atmosphere will be quite different.

      Sometimes being at a W is a bit like staying at 16 year old’s birthday party. This is fine as long as you like loud music with your swim. I haven’t stayed at that one though and I find the restaurants at W hotels to be pretty good.

  3. OT: has anyone parked at the Stansted Hampton recently….are there many parking spaces available?

  4. OT BA is showing some unusually high reward availability to SFO in July/August next year. Some flights showing as 7 or 9 seats available in J (notably on Tuesdays and Wednesdays). For example 31/7 LHR-SFO there are 7 and 9+ seats available in J. Returning on 14/8 both flights seem to be showing 9+.

    I can’t take part as already booked our holibobs for 2019, but thought this might be of interest to some as finding reward seats can be tricky at times.

  5. FGS Now you’re confusing things all the more!
    In a previous article, you said that Avios is NOT closing, now you talk about Avios accounts being closed.
    Is there any wonder people are confused?

    • Peter K says: the website is not closing. accounts are closing. the website will instead be used by Vueling and Aer Lingus account holders.

    • guesswho2000 says:

      However Avios TRP, which is what Rob referred to, is indeed closing. This is the part of that had nothing to do with Vueling or Aer Lingus (but is exactly the same) – if you’re a member of Vueling or EI, and the accounts are linked to your account, it stays.

  6. Phatbear says:

    With the impending closure of avios accts i have some concerns about my upcoming lloyds avio upgrade voucher.

    My anniversary year started on 19th August and as of today i have spent just over £7000 in 9 days so was wondering if anyone has any insight into any problems with lloyds issuing an upgrade voucher seeing as such things dont really exsist with BAEC.

    I already have one in the bank, which ive had assurances will stay on my accts but i will have to phone baec to use it.

    I phoned lloyds today and they were as good as useless and i had to explain it wasnt a question about points and that my year doesnt start on 1st jan.

    So any input on this issue?

    • phatbear says:

      oh also has anyone got any idea of time scale for them posting the vouchers on to your account?

  7. There’s currently a BA points offer in the AMEX BA Offers. Receive 12,500 bonus Avios when you purchase 25,000 Avios for £415 online by 10 Sept 2018. Offer available for the first 100,000 to Save to Card. That equates to 1.1p per point if anyone’s interested.

  8. Flip the world view around; if you are relatively travel points rich (i have a couple of million avios and similar store of IHG points) and find myself with about 250k MR points. As I’m unlikely to use them for travel and i’m wondering what are the better redemption uses of MR points?

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