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Bits: bonus Avios at Shell, Eurostar adds 3rd Dutch service, QHotels converting to Marriott’s Delta brand

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News in brief:

Earn double Avios with Shell Drivers Club

Shell Drivers Club is offering double points on all Shell V-Power purchases until 31st JanuaryFull details are on their website here.

Double points means four points (two Avios) per litre with Shell V-Power.  Standard fuel will continue to earn one point per litre.

Shell Drivers Club is the loyalty scheme for Shell garages in the UK.  Joining is simple – pick up a card at a Shell station when filling up and register it online.  You earn 100 Avios just for registering your card so it is worth doing this even if you switch to a different reward later.

You can learn more at the Shell Drivers Club website here.

The scheme is simple – 2 Shell points = 1 Avios. As well as Avios, 500 points can be turned into £2.50 of Shell vouchers.  The benefit of taking Avios is that Shell converts your points quarterly in multiples of 20 (ie 10 Avios) with no minimum, unlike the 500 point minimum for other rewards.

The snag is that you are effectively paying 1p per Avios as you could claim a £2.50 Shell voucher with your 500 Shell points instead of taking 250 Avios.  If 1p per Avios is too rich for you (it is too rich for me, I am happier ‘paying’ 0.75p or less) then take the Shell vouchers.

Eurostar adding third daily Amsterdam service

Eurostar adding a third daily Amsterdam service

Eurostar has announced that it is launching a 3rd weekday Rotterdam and Amsterdam service on 11th June.

It will depart St Pancras at 11.04, arriving in Amsterdam at 16.11.  The early morning service will leave earlier, at 07.16, arriving 12.11, potentially making life easier for business travellers.  The 3rd train leaves at 17.16, arriving 22.11.

Whilst the outbound service is direct, the trip back to London still requires a change of train in Brussels.  This situation will continue until Amsterdam gains the facilities to complete passport and security checks.

Here is Anika’s review of the inaugural London to Amsterdam Eurostar service.

How to earn Club Eurostar points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Club Eurostar does not have its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you earn the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum also comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access!  You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk.  No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a FREE supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.

QHotels switching its properties to Marriott’s Delta brand

QHotels is a small chain of 25 four-star UK hotels.  Some are run as DoubleTree by Hilton franchises, others trade under their historical names.

Properties include:

  • DoubleTree by Hilton hotels in Glasgow, Cambridge (Belfry), Stratford upon Avon, Oxford and Forest Pines
  • The Queens, Leeds
  • Oulton Hall, Leeds
  • Crewe Hall, Cheshire
  • Dunston Hall, Norwich
  • Norton Park, Winchester
  • The Belfry, Nottingham

….. and many more.  A list is on their website here.

It seems that QHotels is about to rebrand the majority of these hotels under Marriott’s Delta brand.  This would be a coup for Marriott which currently has no Delta properties in the UK.

Delta is a ‘conversion’ brand, just like DoubleTree and IHG’s new voco brandA ‘conversion brand’ is a brand without brand standards, allowing virtually any half-decent existing hotel to literally switch overnight without having to worry about the power output of the hairdryer, thread count of the bedsheets etc.

The Nottingham Belfry is already showing on marriott.com as Delta Nottingham – see here.  It switches in April.

If you look at this page of the QHotels website, you will see that the legal entity for the bulk of its hotels has changed to ‘Delta XXXXX’.  Crewe Hall is now legally Delta Crewe Hall Op Co Limited for example.  This makes it highly likely that these properties will also be converting during the next few months.

Even the DoubleTree hotels seem to be switching.  DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford Upon Avon is now owned by Delta Stratford Op Co Ltd, for example.

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Comments

  1. OT, numpty question.

    Is referral to Amex Gold possible from BA Amex?

    • Darren, you can pretty much refer for any card from any other but the refers bonus depends on the card you refer from.

  2. So what happens to Q points? I have accumulated quite a few over the last couple of years but never wanted to stay in hotels I go to for work ! Will they become Marriott points now?

  3. Not good news about the earlier departure of Eurostar to Amsterdam – I won’t be able to get from home for a 6.30 check-in !!!!

  4. Complete OT; but does anyone have an idea as to what Qatar will be announcing on the 17th?

  5. dirtyneedlebluesky says:

    Phew…. You got me worried that the Doubletree in Glasgow City Centre was changing!

    That’s the old Thistle which I consider a very good place to stay in Glasgow.

  6. PAT BEST says:

    Cant seem to post now on the thread regarding taking the 16 night stay for Platinum Elite, so can anyone tell me how I can apply to do so please. I rang U.K. number to do so but the operator didn’t know anything about it but took my details and said would email me, but so far no email, so what am I doing wrong please should I be applying via some other number or method. Thanks

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