Bits: Selfridges / Amex cashback, new British Airways Bordeaux lounge, 20% Etihad Guest transfer bonus now on

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News in brief:

New Selfridges cashback deal launched by American Express

American Express has launched a new cashback deal in association with Selfridges.

You are likely, but not guaranteed, to find this under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page on your American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum card.  I haven’t seen it on a British Airways card yet but it may be out there (EDIT: readers report it is).

You receive a £30 statement credit when you spend £100 at Selfridges before 17th November.  All UK stores and the website are included.

The rules do not say if cumulative spend counts.  It usually does but you can never be 100% certain.  Similarly, it says that purchases of gift cards do not count – this is often not the case but of course you do so at your own risk.  The offer is limited to the first 12,000 people to register.

There is also a new multi-partner offer available for a lot of people, but not me.  This is quite interesting.  My wife was offered 7,000 Membership Rewards points on her Amex Gold for spending £250 in October at a combination of:

  • Boots
  • Expedia
  • Currys PC World
  • Debenhams
  • Nespresso
  • Spotify
  • Wiggle

Other versions offer 2000 points for £50 spend and 4000 points for £100 spend.

At the moment I don’t see a way of doing this – as a parent, you breath a sigh of relief when your child gets to about 5 as you realise you never need to visit Boots again, having visited three times a week for the last five years – but you never know.  One option would be buying a pile of gift cards in Boots for other brands (assuming it isn’t online only, as I haven’t got the rules).

20% bonus on transfers to Etihad Guest

Etihad Guest has launched another of its occasional transfer bonuses.

This is not a bad time to take advantage.  The recent ‘devaluation’ of Etihad Guest actually made business class flights between London and Abu Dhabi cheaper (read more here) – albeit taxes went up – and it is unlikely that we will see further changes for a couple of years.

Details of the transfer bonus are here.

For UK residents, the key transfer partners which will trigger a 20% bonus are:

Le Club AccorHotels

IHG Rewards Club

World of Hyatt

Radisson Rewards

Marriott Rewards

Hilton Honors

Shangri-La Golden Circle

HSBC Premier

It is important to note who is NOT on the list – American Express Membership Rewards.  You will not get a bonus if you transfer from here.  Note that Etihad Guest is no longer a Heathrow Rewards partner.

Transfers must be made by 30th October.  The bonus will be added in a separate transaction within 15 days of the end of the promotion.

You can find out more here. In addition, if you are not already an Etihad Guest member, you can sign up here and receive 500 bonus miles.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles 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 Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

New British Airways lounge in Bordeaux

British Airways replaces the dire Bordeaux lounge

Credit where credit is due.  British Airways has been making a serious effort over the last year to add extra lounges to its European network.

In Spring they added:

  • Innsbruck
  • Seville
  • Ibiza
  • Porto
  • Reykjavik

What I didn’t realise until this weekend – when a reader sent me the photograph below – is that British Airways is now allowing passengers to use the new airport-run lounge in Bordeaux.

The old lounge in Bordeaux was a joke. So bad, in fact, that at times BA would hand out airport refreshment vouchers rather than subject passengers to using it.  To call it a cupboard would be offensive to large, expensive cupboards.  Those days are over.

(The photo above is of the fairly new InterContinental BordeauxHere is Anika’s review.  And here is Anika’s guide to what to do in Bordeaux!)

New British Airways lounge Bordeaux

Our campaign continues though!  These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for but you can use a Priority Pass instead:

  • Lanzarote ACE
  • Catania/Fontanarossa CTA
  • Madeira FNC
  • Heraklion International Nikos Kazantzakis HER
  • Humberside HUY
  • Mykonos JMK
  • Olbia/Costa Smeralda OLB
  • Palermo/Punta Raisi PMO (landside)
  • Paphos International PFO
  • Thessaloniki Macedonia International SKG (as of 1st July 2017)
  • Split SPU
  • Rhodes – Diagoras International RHU
  • Tallinn TLL

These airports have a lounge which BA won’t pay for and which only accept cash, not Priority Pass / Lounge Club:

  • Brindisi/Casale BDS
  • Bari/Palese International BRI
  • Cagliari CAG
  • Dalaman International DLM
  • London City Airport LCY (in the Private Jet Terminal)

There are also a lot of European airports which simply do not have a Business Lounge, but you can’t blame BA for that ….

PS.  This is a crowd-sourced list originally developed by Flyertalk readers, E&OE

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  1. Edward C-B says:

    Lloyds offering 12% cb too on Conrad /Waldorf Astoria

  2. Minor correction: I used my Priority Pass to access the (admittedly dire) Bari lounge when flying EasyJet 2 weeks ago.

  3. OT: Under the Marriott/SPG new scheme point system, any idea what the conversion rate to air miles would be please? Would the bonus for converting lump sums still be in place?

    • New Card says:

      Depends which airmile scheme, but generally (e.g. Avios) divide by 3. So 30,000 new Marriott points = 10,000 Avios.
      25% bonus applies on transfers of 60,000 new Marriott points. So if you transfer 60,000 Marriott points, you get 25,000 Avios instead of 20,000 Avios.

  4. Victoria Davis says:

    The lounge at Bordeaux is a lot better although the breakfast selection was poor and they ran out of cups for the coffee. However, what was even more disappointing was the vegetarian meal on the flight back to Gatwick. Vegetarian food was 3 pots of fruit!

  5. Michael says:

    I spent £280 on a LOT flight at and it seems like LOT charged my Amex, the Expedia charge was just a £3 booking fee. Doesn’t mention this anywhere in the T&C’s, just says to spend it at I would be quite annoyed not to get my 7,000 bonus points based on this as it seems quite disingenuous.

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