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Bits: targeted £25 Amazon / Amex discount, 3000 Virgin miles with new wine offer, new HFP hosting

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News in brief:

Targeted American Express ‘£25 off £40’ at Amazon promo

For a couple of years, Amazon has been offering a £15 discount on a £25 spend for anyone who links their Amex Gold or Amex Platinum card to their amazon.co.uk account and part-pays with Membership Rewards points.

It is still working – I did it on Saturday for my wife.  This is what to do:

Link your Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account by visiting this page on the Amazon website (ignore the ‘£25 off £40’ offer described on that page)

Buy £25 of items on amazon.co.uk (these MUST all be sold by Amazon and not third party merchants, and excludes digital content and gift cards)

IMPORTANT:  Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address

You MUST select your Membership Rewards-earning Amex card as your payment card (you cannot use gift cards or any other payment source)

Part-pay for your order using Membership Rewards points.  The sneaky option is to redeem just 10 points for a 5p discount.  This saves you ‘wasting’ MR points on a low value redemption.  You will only get 0.45p per point and you shouldn’t waste more than 10 of your valuable points on such a poor deal!

Do NOT add the code at this point.  Click ‘Use This Payment Method’ and continue to the final payment screen.

Enter code AMEX16SWP at check out (the code must go in after you have selected part-payment with your Membership Rewards-registered card) – do NOT use AMEX25SWP which is the targeted £25 offer

As can see from the landing page above, there is also a TARGETED version of this offer doing the rounds.  8,400 people can save £25 on a qualifying purchase of £40.

Only one HFP reader has told me that they received an invitation.  If you are spending £40, try out the £25 code to see if it works – it is AMEX25SWP – but if it fails then AMEX16SWP should work if you’ve never used it before.

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3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles with a new wine offer

Virgin Wines has launched a special Christmas offer for new customers, which also includes a free bottle of champagne and 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles!

As you can see here, £65.88 gets you:

  • a 12-bottle mixed case
  • a free bottle of champagne
  • 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles
  • free delivery

The only snag is that you get enrolled into Virgin Wines ‘Wine Bank’ scheme, and you will need to unsubscribe yourself if you don’t want to automatically receive more wine from them.  More details are here on the Virgin Wines website.

3000 Virgin Flying Club miles with Virgin Wines

Head for Points hosting switch

We moved HFP to a new server on Friday.  Everything seems to have gone to plan, I’m pleased to say.  The new set up is certainly not cheap but, for the first time ever, we are often showing home page load times of under 1 second on Pingdom.  Our ‘50% less expensive’ existing hosting was generally around 1.7 seconds and the super-cheap hosting we had before that was around 2.5 seconds.

(I won’t knock super-cheap hosting though.  When HFP hit 1m page views per month it was still running happily on a £7 per month GoDaddy contract!  Our biggest issue with them was downtime, which was costing us more money in lost advertising etc than we were saving.  In the year after we traded up we never had any downtime that I noticed.  We only had to switch again because our host was acquired and the buyer decided to close this division down.)

If you do see any issues, please let me know.  The new set-up uses a cache more intensively, which for non-tech people means that the server does not recreate each page from scratch every time.  This is perfect for static sites but needs managing carefully on sites like ours where the page changes each time a comment is made.

I need to thank Neil Barrett again for the work he has done.   Neil did a full rebuild of HFP last Autumn after a malware issue and has done all of our IT work since, including this latest move – which was done with zero downtime and only nine minutes of comments lost!  If you are looking for someone to help you with WordPress then he is your man.

Neil can do non-WordPress work too – he has over 20 IT years with a particular emphasis on the troubleshooting, functionality building and security of websites.   You can get in touch with him here. As well as his bespoke consultancy services, Neil has run Enbecom since 2002 providing domains, hosting, security and marketing for websites – the more ‘off-the-shelf’ types of services.   As a gesture for HFP readers, Neil has offered 10% off domains, web hosting, SSL and marketing packages bought through the Enbecom site until 31st December 2018, including any monthly or annual renewal payments which are made before then.   Just use this discount code at checkout: HFPREADER2018.

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Comments

  1. O/T,
    Etihad Guest Raffle.

    Just had an email to enter a raffle on Etihad Guest to win 1.5 million miles. The cost was 100 miles which I thought was worth a punt.

    • So will tens of thousands of others…but good luck 🙂

      • It could be you (or me).

        • Not be me, I bet my last 4000 EG miles on an Apple bundle with no joy. Apple raffles typically had over 40k entries. A fun way to empty out an account or round down a balance to the nearest thousand though, somebody has to win.

  2. That rule no longer applies and I am doubtful it ever did as I had more than 2 credit cards at various times. Although it does not affect you, I believe amex might now be refusing anyone a third cobranded card if recent feedback from a CSA is correct. I know they are not always reliable but this advice seemed to make a lot of sense in light of fee cap.

  3. Shoestring says:

    O/T Tesco 0% Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card https://www.tescobank.com/credit-cards/balance-transfer-card-2/

    Not every card is Amex. Get Tesco points on this as well. HfP is more focused in terms of points cards – but these cards that offer fee-free balance transfer and no interest charged for up to 22 months can be very useful ways of getting free credit. Gotta be disciplined, though.

  4. OT – considering redeeming ihg free night at Fitzroy London. Any idea of the elite benefits as spire elite?

  5. OT – there’s been HFP topics that have incorporated how to keep hotel points alive, but has there been anything similar in relation to airline points? (Assume shopping portals or flying are the only real options for something such as AAdvantage?)

    • I expect HfP have also covered keeping airlines miles active for some airlines.

      For American miles specifically – also consider car rentals, and even buying miles or donating either miles or money for charity if you don’t have any other options. Their shopping portal can also be used to book Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn etc. stays – these go through to the IHG web-site so stays earn IHG points and IHG status benefits apply, as well as earning some AA miles.

  6. Wally1976 says:

    Pretty sure they can’t I’m afraid.

  7. I was able to combine AMEX16SWP and AMEX25OFFSWP (the code I see on the page is different to the one above) to get a total of £40 off. I’ve even used AMEX16SWP once before…

    • Shoestring says:

      Doesn’t surprise me. Now do all that on 5 a/cs 🙂

      Ie £15 off £25 twice per a/c and £25 off £40 stacked on top.

    • Managed to get them to combine once but then went to pick a different item and can only get the £25 off £40 to work. Still decent, means two echo dots for the price of 1!

  8. I’m getting “promotional code expired” when I tried to use the Amex Amazon discount codes this morning. :-/

    • I got that last night but then tried again and it worked for 25 off 40. Could get 15 to stack briefly but then didn’t work after I changed delivery address.

      • Shoestring says:

        That’s the point you need to run CCleaner and log in again – the offers will still be in your a/c. That’s how I managed to get round the ‘disappearing’ offer – there one minute at checkout, gone the next.

        So you’ve still got a £15 off £25 available to you, methinks.

        • Tried on a different PC today and sadly still saying expired. TBH pleased to have got the £25 off yesterday, nice surprise 🙂

  9. We seem to be receiving more spammers than usual…..

  10. Lol think they’re a bot, Harry 😉

    • Shoestring says:

      Goes straight to the £25 off £40 T&Cs page on Amazon for me! 🙂

    • Shoestring says:

      Black Friday Special offer: Shop with Points and get £25 off your eligible purchase at Amazon.co.uk
      Use your Membership Rewards eligible American Express Card to Shop with Points at Amazon.co.uk and get £25 off an order of £40 or more with promo code AMEX25OFFSWP by 30/11/2018. Offer only applies to eligible items sold by Amazon.co.uk
      To receive your promotional discount, you must:
      1. Add £40 or more of eligible items sold and shipped by Amazon.co.uk to your shopping cart.
      2. Enter the promo code AMEX25OFFSWP in the box provided on the checkout page and pay for at least a portion of your order with Membership Rewards points.

  11. Just seen the offer on my account. Ordered a bottle of Hendricks and some coffee pods. Neither will go to watse 🙂

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