Bits: 0.84p Avios on Groupon, new £50 Hilton cashback deal from Amex, Park Plaza £139 London deal

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News in brief:

2,000 Avios for under £17 via Groupon Spain

The Groupon ‘cheap Avios’ promotion in Spain, with Iberia Plus, relaunched last week.  Click here for details.

The cheapest – and best value – 2,000 Avios package is now back in stock.  You are only paying €19 for 2,000 points, which is 0.84p each.

Here are the other prices, which are less of a steal – especially as BA is selling Avios directly with a 50% bonus this weekend:

  • 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.

The Groupon Spain page you need is here.

Groupon Avios

New Hilton ‘£50 back on £250 spend’ cashback deal with American Express

A new Hilton cashback offer has appeared on a lot of American Express accounts.  To see if you are targetted, visit the Amex website and take a look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement page for each of your cards.

You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £250 or more at selected UK and European Hilton, DoubleTree, Waldorf Astoria, Hampton, Curio and Conrad hotels before 31st December.  (Hilton Paris Opera is pictured below and reviewed here.  The Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol which I reviewed earlier this week is also on.)

Not all hotels are participating.  Make sure that you check the list of hotels on the Amex website before booking – it is only UK and European hotels, and not all of them.  In theory you also need to book ‘pay at checkout’ rates to get this deal.  In reality, pre-paid rates will probably also trigger it.

In the past, these offers have been triggered by cumulative spend.  There is no mention of this – so you are not guaranteed to receive it if the £250 is not hit in one transaction – but I suspect you will.

Remember that you still have 11 days to benefit from Hilton’s excellent ‘2500 Miles & More miles on every stay’ promo (click) as well as the current global ‘double or triple points’ offer which runs until 3rd January.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Hilton Honors points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Park Plaza Waterloo £139 deal

The Park Plaza hotel group has launched a special promotion for its new London Waterloo hotel.  We covered the opening here – it is very close to the Imperial War Museum, is basically opposite Lambeth North tube station and is a short walk from the South Bank / Waterloo.

Until Sunday night, you can book a Superior Room for £139 for Friday-Sunday nights and £159 midweek.  This includes breakfast.  Your stay can be at any point between 18th October and 31st January.

Park Plaza is part of Radisson Rewards so you will earn points in that scheme, which can be topped up by a transfer (at 1:3) of American Express Membership Rewards points.  American Express Platinum cardholders will have Radisson Rewards Gold status.

The Park Plaza home page is here.

Earning Radisson Rewards points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 90,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points (= 15,000 Radisson Rewards points) sign-up bonus

It is worth noting that holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Shangri-La Golden Circle Jade and Melia Rewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Amex point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. OT: Any updates on Amex and Curve?

  2. Off topic:
    Do you know if you can upgrade using Avios to PE from economy having used Avios to part pay for your economy ticket ??

    Second part…..
    If there is no PE on a service, only economy then biz, how many Avios are needed to upgrade ? Is it the same as going from Econ to pe, pe to biz or something else ?

  3. Andrew MS says:

    I am feeling a bit jammy because My flight with Qatar from DOH to BKK has changed from a a340 to a380 and seat 30J is now overwing emergency exit row on upper deck .All the other seats on upper deck and emergency exit rows are blocked off . I am wondering if Qatar are likely to move me and allocate this seat to someone else . I am 6 ft 6 and need the legroom ! Cathay and Emirates wanted about £120 per sector for emergency exit row ,Qatar dont charge so i passed my business their way ! Do Qatar still offer airport upgrades for cash at reasonable cost, Y to J ?

  4. So I currently have an AMEX Gold Charge card. Just referred my partner for a BA Platinum.

    When she has that, can she refer me for the AMEX Gold credit card? I know I won’t get the points, but would she get the referral bonus?

  5. Olly Loosemore says:

    This is the first time my redemption hasn’t posted the points to my Iberia account with 48 hours. Feeling a little nervous about it

    • I wonder if it might be a more manual process this time – I was directed to a Google form to submit the details of the Groupon this time.

      • Olly Loosemore says:

        It’s been like that the last few times. Points arrived in my IB account today, 6 working days after submitting

    • I wouldn’t panic just yet, it does say within 10 working days.

      • Does anyone know if you are notified by Groupon once the avios hits Iberia? Or do you have to keep checking Iberia each day….?

        • it has now been 11 working days and no notification or credit to my Iberia account, anyone else facing this problem ?

        • Hi David – have you tried speaking to Groupon? They have a live chat service….I have now been waiting 7 biz days and i dont feel confident that before 10 days itll be credited. the issue is when i speak to groupon they say wait 10 days… but that seems to be delaying the inevitable…. be interested to see what they say to you now its been over 10 biz days….?

  6. Can I add the Groupon code directly into my BAEC account or is there an advantage to setting up an IB account too?

  7. Just a word of warning – this groupon deal is now proving very difficult – its been over 10 days now and avios still isnt credited. And very little help from Groupon… proving a lot more hassle than its worth for the saving

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