Bits: 15% off hotel bookings using Avios (targeted, worth it?), big Avios / Economist bonus back

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News in brief:

15% discount on hotel and car hire bookings with Avios – worth it?

British Airways Executive Club has emailed some, not all, members with a special deal.  Until 30th September, you can book a hotel or car with your Avios and save 15% on the usual price.

Stays must be completed by 31st December.

Because it is a targeted offer, you won’t see anything online to prove that it is actually working.  Trust me, it is if you got the email.  If the results of your search look poor, it is because this deal IS poor!

Under this promotion, you will be getting 0.66p per Avios redeemed.  This is poor in my book, although better than the standard rate which works out at around 0.57p per Avios.

Here is a typical screenshot to prove it (click to enlarge):

Discount on hotels booked with Avios

As the cost is 29,850 Avios or 1,000 Avios + £190, you are saving £190 by using a net 28,850 Avios.  This is (19000/28850) 0.66p per Avios.

Even worse,  the stays will be non-qualifying so you won’t receive any hotel loyalty points or status benefits either.

Economist Avios offer

New Avios / The Economist subscription offer

Aer Lingus AerClub has launched a new offer for subscription to The Economist.  For the first time, a 3-year deal is included.

Full details are here.  The pricing for UK residents is:

1 year:

  • Print or Digital – £145 and 10,200 Avios
  • Print and Digital – £179 and 13,200 Avios

2 years:

  • Print or Digital – £259 and 16,200 Avios
  • Print and Digital – £315 and 19,200 Avios

3 years:

  • Print or Digital – £349 and 22,200 Avios
  • Print and Digital – £425 and 25,200 Avios

If you only want a Digital subscription, it is worth looking at the deals for US or Canadian residents which work out at just over 1p per Avios.

You will need an Aer Lingus AerClub account which can be opened here.  When the Avios arrive you can move them over to British Airways Executive Club using ‘Combine My Avios’.  The offer runs until 31st October.

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  1. OT: Has AMEX ever had cashabck offer on Apple products? I see one going on for Microsoft at the moment (£100 back on £400 spend according to Hukd)

  2. I have a spend 600 get 200 back offer on Amex for american express travel, but the conditions say bookings to be made from Available online at Except that isnt the url for amex travel is it? Presumably it works on the proper url too lol?

    • guesswho2000 says:

      It is, and if you click it, it goes to You’ll get the statement credit.

    • Perfect timing! Just when we’re about to book some hotels for a 7 night say in Miami.

      It’s there on Mrs S supplementary platinum too.

  3. guesswho2000 says:

    OT, offers for £200 back on £600 spend on my Amex Platinum charge card at Amex Travel, £50 back on £200 spend on my Amex Rewards credit card. Perfect timing.

  4. OT: Lloyd’s Voucher, any recent success in booking LCY-JFK?
    Only have one voucher so would probably look to book one way upgrade for two people as we have a Virgin upgrade voucher we could use for the return

    • If there’s availability showing, you should be able to book it over the phone for 2 x one way.

  5. Great ba ex eu sale to capetowm and bit more to joburg out there today ex ams around 1100 euros . Up to next April

  6. Froggitt says:
    • Straight to the comments section on that. I am perpetually astounded by people who want to travel but dismiss saving points as a means to the desired end. Only last weekend my brother and sister in law were bemoaning their Hawaii trip had gone belly up because they couldn’t get the money together. Yet they did that silly grin when I was explaining how we mange Dubai in F on BA, coming back on Emirates in business and staying at a 5* hotel with butler and free transfers. Unbelievable.

      • Shoestring says:

        Even more fun when your wife does that, especially when she gets another card

      • I don’t know, it’s quite reassuring that so many people don’t want to compete with us for reward flights. I can’t understand how so many people complain about lack of redemption flights; where are they actually looking? My redemption opportunities are only limited by the amount of annual leave I have!

        • Agree Anna. Am having to repeat stuff a lot so literally cant help people anymore. Ask same questions..i write it out again and again..send links..then hear they never l give uo now. As you say leaves more seats for us. It does take focus as we all know..but how many times have we to explain…and l really want them to benefit.

        • Shoestring says:

          My bro kept on getting his wallet out every year & showing me the free Airport Angels cards that came with his Barclays account (a few years ago). Free lounge x6 at the time.

          But he never used them.

      • Optimus Prime says:

        Out of curiosity – what’s the hotel name? 🙂

  7. Stevie G says:

    Sorry if mentioned. Avios app says it will close on the 19th Sept.

  8. Ok Thanks for the info though

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