American Express Shop Small is returning in December

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American Express Shop Small is returning in December.

‘Shop Small’ is an annual American Express promotion which can prove very lucrative.  You receive £5 cashback for every purchase of £10 or more you make in a ‘small shop’ which is generally any independent retailer – including quite a few pubs!

Whilst limited to one credit per shop, you can register every American Express you earn to multiply your returns.

It has not been officially confirmed that Shop Small will return in 2018.  The website (here) is not saying anything.

However, my understanding is that it WILL happen.  It is pencilled in for 1st to 16th December 2018.

We will cover this again nearer the time.

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  1. OT: when using the BA Amex companion voucher – does anyone know what would happen if both passengers fly the outbound but only one flies the return?

    Eg. my partner and I use the voucher for a return flight to the US – we fly the outward bound together but the one of us decides to stay in the US longer so books a later flight home using money or points. Is the return part of the voucher trip automatically cancelled if only one of us turns up at the gate? Or do we just lose the benefit of the ‘free’ companion ticket?

    I’ve read the helpful advice on using the vouchers on here but I can’t see anything on this issue.

    Thanks for any HFP wisdom as always!

    • Shoestring says:

      Won’t affect the ticket validity for the one who checks in & flies, doesn’t matter which of you is no show

      • Isn’t there a rule that both pax are supposed to fly together and the person on the “free” ticket can’t fly without the paying person.

    • I think you’re fine – 100% fine if voucher holder flies.

    • Bonglim says:

      Would it not be cheaper if you booked a one way ticket out for 2, using the voucher.
      Then a single one way ticket back for the one person flying back. I suspect it will be less taxes overall.

      I guess you might need the flexibility of having that flight available. Or if already booked there is no guarantee those tickets will be available if you cancel and try to rebook.

  2. Wally1976 says:

    OT – planning on getting a new Amex SPG card soon – are points transferring OK for new customers? Wasn’t sure if the issues reported are for new customers, old or both.

  3. Received email last night from American Express regarding Shop Small.

    ‘To take advantage of Shop Small, simply save the offer to your Card from 1 November 2018, and start shopping from 1 – 16 December 2018.’

  4. Chris H says:

    Has there been a comparison between the LHR T% Galleries First and the Concord Lounges?

    • I dislike the CCR but not seen it since the new furnishings came in. Decent premium booze, table service food is weak.

      • Chris H says:

        Thanks for answering, but if you have the choice between the Galleries First or Concord at T5 which would you go for? And why?

        • The Concorde room, better choice of food and drink and service should be more attentive because it’s usually quieter. The First lounge is really for BA Golds and Oneworld Emeralds.

  5. Whizz68 says:

    OT: I would be grateful if anyone could recommend any good hotels in LA and San Diego. I am a Hilton diamond member and looking to stay in a hotel with good benefits/upgrades. Thanks

    • The Hilton is next door to the San Diego conference centre and looks over the North / South Bay and across to Coronado.

      It’s bit of a walk into the Gaslamp district so would recommend cab / uber.

      I stayed in the Andaz right in the heart of the Gaslamp which is great for restaurants, bars and the music scene. It has a more boutique feel to it and the staff were great. Made a nice change from the reception robots.

    • I wouldn’t recommend the Del Coronado (Curio) as a diamond – no lounge, a limited buffet breakfast or credit, we were upgraded to a junior suite which was nice but very junior! It’s a conference hotel and was swamped.

      • Would swerve the Hilton Checkers in LA. Nothing wrong with the hotel per se, but parking is an issue ($48 per night, or $24 to park a few blocks away in a secure garage), and breakfast is a la carte. As a diamond you get a $20 credit ever day.

    • Whizz68 says:

      Thank you for your suggestions and advice.

  6. OT: I have an on business redemption coming up this week which booked into booking class V and R. Manage my booking shows 0 tier points to be earned. Wondering, if there is any outside chance of earning TPs (like it used to when some avios redemptions where booked in booking class G)? Or, perhaps switch this booking to Alaska?

  7. Big Ernie McCracken says:

    O/T – my Virgin Rewards+ statement has come through and I have had 12k bonus miles added. Checking back last month I got 6k bonus miles (never really noticed then as was booking some Virgin flights with miles so there was a lot of churn at the time ). Can anyone tell me why i am getting these bonuses and will they continue? Nice problem to have but would be happier if I knew why!! I typically put £2k through the card per month. Thanks

    • If you were an ex MBNA cardholder you have been signed up for the recent bonus promo which was offered to those who had not switched.

      • Big Ernie McCracken says:

        Thanks Rob. Must have missed article on this. Search did not produce any relevant article
        When you get a chance at the start of week could you direct me to a link? Have a good weekend.

        • We never wrote about it, because it was targeted. If you weren’t targeted you weren’t getting it, so what was the point?

          My wife was offered 60,000 miles for Reward+.

      • I never took up the bonus offer from Virgin to take out their new card but I received a flyer in the post this week extending the offer to 14/12.

        • This is good news. May bite this time

        • Yes, timings didn’t work for us either – if extended until Dec then hopefully we can!

          Hopefully we’ll get the leaflets confirming too

  8. OT: Rob I did the Amazon Business account and received the email confirming that it is all set up. But i have not received a 50% off code.

  9. OT: Is there still time to opt in for Flying Club miles before the Tesco cut off to get the 1k bonus? When do I opt out then?

    • Shoestring says:

      You’re highly unlikely to get it in the window – ie opt in today, opt out 18th Oct

      if you’re feeling lucky…

      • Thanks. What the best time to put it on and off in a quarter. After a new statement and opt out when?

        • Shoestring says:

          Sooner the better after a Q ends. The window is between a) when the vouchers/ points get paid & 2) the quarter ends

          You don’t actually want to auto convert (unless there is a reason to do so – usually not)

          You get the Q dates online in your Clubcard a/c

  10. CountryKerry says:

    Today is an interesting day.

    18 months after I purchased 2,000 Avios from Groupon they have finally posted to my Iberia account. That’s right. 18 months! I’d already enacted a disputed charge a year ago so I wonder what will happen!

    Now for a separate refund from Iberia… three months and counting!

    • Oh wow …

    • In July 2015, yes 3 years ago, I emailed iberia plus with my new passport number and my new e-mail.

      It is only this year in july 2018, yes 3 years after it seems, iberia plus has acknowledged my e-mail. Because I receive now mkt e-mails twice a month since july 2018. I guess the 90000 avios event may be why things have been processed.

      I still cannot access my account online… despite my july 2015 e-mail.

      I had “applied” to iberia plus in 2000, on paper at that time.

      IB sent me my card and account number two year later.

      I have never credited any flight and just had 150 avios, which disappeared this august 2018, and there were from a HFP/Rob acknowledgement of a IB game 3 years ago I think.

      At least my account is still apparently alive since 2000 but with zero avios now.

  11. OT – when Hilton have a sale, does the amount of points for a premium room award also go down ? I appreciate that they standard room reward doesn’t tend to but the premium ones seem a bit more flexible.

    • No, because the points are driven off Best Available Rate I think and the sale rates are always in addition to, not instead of, Best Available Rate.

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