Bits: Aer Lingus / Supervalu NYC competition, My Lounge Gatwick South access, 2000 Virgin miles with Sixt

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News in brief:

AerClub / Supervalu promotion

Aer Lingus AerClub has launched a new promotion with the SuperValu supermarket chain.

If you convert your SuperValu Money Back vouchers or Real Rewards points into Avios by 31st December 2018, you will be entered into a draw to win a family flight to New York.  Full details are on the SuperValu website here.

As a reminder, AerClub members can convert Real Rewards points to Avios at a rate of 1 Real Rewards point to 1 Avios (minimum conversion of 50 points) or convert Money Back vouchers to Avios at a rate of €2.50 voucher to 250 Avios.

Your ‘family’ flight is limited to four people, will be in Economy and is ‘subject to availability’.  Unfortunately the T&Cs state that it is likely to be difficult to obtain seats for your ‘family flight’ during school holidays …..

Readers in Ireland will know that Supervalu regularly runs transfer bonuses into Avios.  This competition is instead of a transfer bonus so you may prefer to sit on your points or vouchers until another transfer bonus comes along.

An update on My Lounge Gatwick South

Last week the new My Lounge in London Gatwick’s South Terminal opened.

Some HFP readers were being turned away with Priority Pass and Lounge Club cards despite the website clearly saying that these are accepted.  The website has now been clarified, and states that the only card accepted for access is DragonPass.

I get a feeling that this is due to the imminent opening of the new Club Aspire lounge in Gatwick South.  Club Aspire lounges are 50% owned by the group behind Priority Pass and it seems that they are keen to boost revenue by restricting Priority Pass use at other lounges.

The same thing has happened at Heathrow Terminal 5, where there is a Club Aspire lounge and where the Plaza Premium lounge is also not part of Priority Pass or Lounge Club.

It is not all bad news for Priority Pass and Lounge Club cardholders.  Norwegian has announced that it will be using My Lounge for its Premium customers at Gatwick, which will take some pressure off the existing No 1 Lounge – which is accessible with Priority Pass and Lounge Club – which Norwegian had been using.

Details of My Lounge Gatwick South are on the No 1 Lounges site here.

Sixt Virgin Atlantic 2000 miles offer

Earn 2,000 Virgin Atlantic miles with a Sixt car rental

Virgin Atlantic has just launched a good car rental deal with Sixt.

You will earn a flat 2,000 Flying Club miles for a 3+-day rental in the UK, Europe and USA.

You must book by 31st December and complete your rental by 31st January.

Full details can be found on the Virgin Atlantic section of the Sixt website.  All bookings must be made via that page.

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  1. sounds expensive!

  2. Wait until you see the monthly fee 🙂

  3. Chelseafi says:

    O/T Marriott advice please, just called to add points to a reservation for our summer family holiday I had some points in my account and OH has points in his account (neither had enough points individually) needed to transfer 200,000 across for booking. They said all fine no problem, then came back and said they had transferred 50,000 which was the max per year, which was no good for the booking. The rep said all I need to do is to merge both our accounts together and I can do this online myself, so enough points for booking all in the one merged account. I just wanted to ask on here if this is the correct thing to do, as I hadn’t known this was an option and I don’t want to mess it up.

    • I think none of those options were correct from that rep.
      Firstly, you should be able to transfer 100K every year between two accounts. If you transfer now, then wait for 1st Jan, you should be able to transfer another 100K.
      I don’t think you could merge two accounts under different name. Only accounts you could merge were SPG and Marriott if you still have them.

      • Chelseafi says:

        Thank you. Yes I’ve just looked on Marriott FAQ and it says you cannot merge accounts, really annoying the issue with waiting until Jan is points price increases and I don’t want to risk they won’t honour previous booked price, I’ll get back onto Marriott.

        • Book with points advance, as long as you booked, they will def honour even the points increase.

  4. I’ve got that email. Basically, “We’re so wonderful it’s worth some of you being charged for cash withdrawals”. No indication of when the rest of us can link Amex either…

  5. Pogonation says:

    For those interested in the car rental bonus… There are quite a few at the moment.
    Etihad is 10x miles with avis – 8000 as plat, 7500 as gold, 6500 as silver and 5500 as basic member.
    Asiamiles has up to 2500 with avis, 1500 with europcar and sixt
    Eurobonus has up to 8000 bonus with Hertz

    • Where do you find these? I rent a lot but only seem to hear about bonuses on HfP – the good Avios ones have now expired so I’m looking for somewhere else to credit! Can’t find anything on 10x etihad though

  6. OT: For those asking last week about Lloyds avios card via Curve. Still no charges on my statement as of yesterday. Avios into my BA account and upgrade voucher into my avios account today. Already redeemed, last Lloyds voucher I guess, good while it lasted 🙂

  7. Ambassador enhancements email has just landed .

    The free breakfast is only applicable in China which is shame its not for all the hotels .
    don’t really see the point in this .

  8. Got to be £50 or £60 I’d guess.

  9. Simon Schus says:

    You might already have spotted this… however, I just had a few AMEX Travel offers come up on some cards! I’ll be using these!

    Amex Platinum Charge Card (including supplementary)
    Spend £600 or more, get £200 back: American Express Travel
    Save to Card to get a £200 statement credit on eligible spend of £600+ online at American Express Travel by 28/2/2019. Valid once per Card for the first 14,000 Cardmembers to save. Terms, location & payment restrictions apply.

    Amex Nectar
    Amex Spend £200 or more, get £50 back
    Save to Card to get a £50 statement credit on eligible spend of £200+ online at American Express Travel by 28/2/2019. Valid once per Card for the first 40,000 Cardmembers to save. Terms, location & payment restrictions apply.

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