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Bits: those £50 Amazon vouchers, 1.1p Groupon Avios back again, Accor buys 3 top London hotels

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News in brief:

Your £50 Amazon Business voucher

Last week we covered a very generous offer for anyone with their own SME.  Amazon offered HFP readers a 50% discount on their next order (maximum discount £50) when they created a free Amazon Business account.  See here if you missed it.

There were some delays getting the 50% discount codes out, but most who signed up on the first day should have had their codes yesterday.  If you didn’t, please wait another couple of days – I will do a tidy up next week.  Look in your spam folder though as a large percentage seem to have ended up there.

If you didn’t sign up last week, you can register your company by following the instructions in this article.  You ONLY qualify for the code if you use our sign-up link.

PS.  Using ‘pay by invoice’ means you cannot use the 50% discount code, as per the terms and conditions.  You need to add a credit card and then wait 48 hours.  The code should then work against any qualifying order which is charged to the card.

PPS.  One reader said yesterday that to get the code to work he had to do the following (no idea why!):

“1) Go to “Business Settings”
2) Click “Shared Settings”
3) Change from “Individual…” to “Do not allow…” and update
4) Go back to “Shared Settings” and change it back to the first option”

Amazon Business free £50

1.1p Avios via Groupon Spain back again

The Groupon ‘cheap Avios’ promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus, is back again.  Click here for details.

The cheapest – and best value – 2,000 Avios package is sold out but the rest are still available.

Here are the prices:

  • 4,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €54 (1.2p)
  • 8,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €99 (1.1p)
  • 15,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €189 (1.1p)
  • 20,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €249 (1.1p)
  • 35,000 Iberia Plus Avios for €439 (1.1p)

Whilst these deals were administratively messy when they first appeared, I haven’t heard any reader complaints for a while.  The IT seems to be working now.  Of course, all of the information is in Spanish but Chrome can translate the page for you.

You can buy a LOT of points.  The limit is 5 coupons per Iberia account for the 4,000, 20,000 and 35,000 Avios packages and 10 per account for the 8,000 and 15,000 Avios packages.  These Avios can be transferred across to British Airways via ‘Combine My Avios’ without any problems once the Iberia account is 90 days old.

The Groupon Spain page you need is here.

Groupon Spain Avios deal

Accor buys three top London hotels

Accor, owner of Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure etc, has been on a massive spending spree in the last couple of years.

Some of the investments made sense, eg Raffles, Swissotel and Fairmont hotels.  Others in more tangential spaces such as home rentals were more questionable, to put it mildly, and the company has already started writing some of them down in its accounts.

The latest investment seems sounder.  On Tuesday, Accor confirmed that it has completed the acquisition of 50% of SBE Entertainment for $319m.  Full details are here.

You might not know the SBE name, but it includes brands such as SLS, Delano and Morgan.  This means that, in London, Accor is gaining:

  • The Sanderson
  • The Saint Martins Lane Hotel
  • Mondrian London (in the old Sea Containers building on the South Bank)

Hopefully it won’t be too long before these are folded into Le Club AccorHotels.  It is only a shame that Accor’s revenue based redemption model means that there won’t be any bargains at SBE’s notable South Beach hotels in Miami.

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Comments

  1. rams1981 says:

    OT Lloyd’s Amex. Not received a letter yet about cancellation of my card. I only took it out around Feb/March before they were withdraw .

    Noticed I’m still getting double Avios so my current card of choice. Any idea when that’s supposed to run out? I had thought first 3 months only but guess I was wrong.

    • rams1981 says:

      Edit – just read hfp article on it – 6 months. So not long for me to stop spending

  2. OT – I’ve just had a flight cancelled and annoyingly the next available flight I have been offered is on a Sunday. please can someone remind me the website to check the reason for the cancellation? Thanks

    • Shoestring says:

      Are you thinking of Expertflyer? Some of the detail is paid-for/ subscription. If it’s a BA flight you can ask on the EC261 compo thread on Flyertalk, they’re pretty helpful.

      How far ahead is the cancelled flight?

  3. Does buying through Amazon Business rather than consumer mean losing out on Distance Selling protection? Or are Amazon still offering a reasonably generous policy? Can’t see the answer on their site.

  4. Gregory Hardie-Eades says:

    Hi there, firstly, I want to start by saying I love your website and visit it every day. Your tips and advice are so really good and bring great benefits to your readers.

    Secondly, regarding the avios offer on Groupon, I bought two tranches of 8000 avios on Groupon Spain on 2nd October. I transferred them to Iberiaplus immediately and while they’re showing up.as redeemed on Groupon, they haven’t reached my Iberiaplus account yet. Last time I bought avios on this offer, they were transferred in a couple of days. Have you heard anything about changes to the timescale? Would be grateful for any information. Many thanks. Gregory

  5. Honestly, regarding timescale and such, this offer is always a bit random. Mine have also not yet arrived. I’d say just wait a while. I don’t know how they manage to always make it so bad but… it is what it is.

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