Bits: Amex Travel £200 cashback returns, BA launches Islamabad with special deals, BA’s work experience scheme

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News in brief:

Generous Amex Travel cashback credit launched

American Express Travel has launched a new cashback credit promotion.

There are a couple of versions.  The most generous, which I got, is a whopping £200 back on a £600 spend via Amex Travel.  The other version, which my wife has, offers £50 back on £200 of spend.

(EDIT: reports from readers suggest that a very limited – 800 sign-ups only – version offering £400 back on £1000 spend also exists.)

Only 14,000 people can register for the £600 version so I recommend looking at the ‘Offers’ tab on your Amex online statement pages and signing up, if it is there.  The ‘£50 back on £200’ version is capped at 40,000 people.  The offer is more likely to show on a Gold or Platinum card than on a British Airways or SPG American Express card.  You have until 28th February to do the necessary spend.

Historically these offers have been based on cumulative spend although it is not specified here.

This offer is only valid for pre-paid products.  It is best used for a flight.  Whilst there is clearly value in booking hotels this way too, Amex Travel is counted as a third party booking site and you won’t receive hotel points or status benefits.  You can’t use it for Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings as these are not pre-paid.

British Airways relaunches Islamabad

British Airways announces Islamabad route

The rumours we reported a couple of weeks ago were true.  British Airways is resuming flights to Islamabad in Pakistan after a ten year absence.  The original service was suspended following the bombing of the Marriott Hotel, the main international hotel in the city, in 2008 which killed 54 people.

There will be three flights per week, departing Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

The first flight is 2nd June 2019.  The aircraft will be a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner with a three-class configuration.

BA is running a special offer for flights booked at ba.com before 3rd January:

World Traveller – £499 (travel out 15/6-16/7 or 21/8-30/9)

World Traveller Plus – £773 (travel out 5/8-10/12)

Club World – £1799 (travel out 15/6-16/7 or 21/8-30/9)

Avios seats are also available and bookable.

British Airways work experience programme

Send your children on the British Airways work experience scheme

If you have a child at school or sixth form college (not university), British Airways is currently accepting applications for its Summer 2019 work experience scheme.

Positions are available at Heathrow (customer facing, operations, engineering, Waterside HQ), Gatwick (customer facing and engineering), Glasgow (engineering) and Cardiff (engineering).  There is also a gliding scholarship in High Wycombe available.

There were 600 roles offered in 2018 and BA is promising to increase the number in 2019 as part of its 100th birthday celebrations.  Each placement lasts for five days and will require a week off school.

You can find out more on the British Airways careers website here.  The deadline to apply is Friday.

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Comments

  1. O/T – have Amex Plat which I might not keep too long. Is there any benefit in waiting until Jan 2019 before registering for hotel/partner benefits? (in order to get longer duration memberships)

    • TGLoyalty says:

      there would be as you would keep the status for longer as it’s usually all of the year you reach the status and the year after. So if you get it now it’s only for a year vs 2 if you achieve in early 2019

      • If you signed up to hotel status this year (2018), is there anything I can do come 2019 to extend my hotel status length?

  2. Can I assume if the cash back deal did not show up in my offers today, it is not going to?

    • Shoestring says:

      Not always a correct assumption.

      • Has it been a case that some people get the same offers few days later?

        • Shoestring says:

          With other offers, definitely yes. I haven’t specifically tracked this one but probably same principle. Ie Amex want to release it to (say) 10,000 people. If, after some days, only 5,000 people have saved it, they’ll release it more widely to make the number.

  3. I have the offer in my Platinum (200 pounds back when spending 600+)
    Anyone know if it should be done in one single transaction?

  4. I had a wonderful time in the late 80’s doing my work experience with BA engineering at Glasgow. From boarding BAC1-11’s and dousing myself with the club europe aftershave , to visiting the 757 cockpit. Lovely memories

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