Bits: £20 Eurowings Amex cashback, Etihad sale, double Qatar miles, Avios / Charles Tyrwhitt offer

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News in brief:

£20 Eurowings cashback

American Express has launched a cashback deal with Eurowings.  Eurowings is the Lufthansa-owned low cost carrier which now flies all of Lufthansa’s UK flights which do not go to its Frankfurt or Munich hubs – Berlin, Hamburg etc.

If your account is targeted and you register (see your online statement page) you will get £20 back on a £100 Eurowings transaction.  You need to make your booking by 19th March.

Eurowings American Express cashback

Etihad launches its January sale

Etihad has launched its January sale for departures from London and Manchester.

Business Class pricing starts from £1719 to Abu Dhabi.  Bangkok is £1799 and Australia is from £3149 return.  Full details are here.

However ….. if you have an American Express card – and who doesn’t on HFP? – you can book via this special link and get an additional discount as long as you are travelling before the end of June.  The saving is 10% of base fare, which will be under 10% after adjusting for taxes and charges.

Sale bookings must be made by 19th January.  You can travel until 3rd December except for short black-out periods over Easter and the last week of August.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles 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 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Etihad January sale

Double Qatar Airways miles – including qualifying miles

Last weekend we covered the current Qatar Airways offer for new members to Privilege Club.  Join via this link and you’ll receive up to 5,000 bonus miles when you credit your first flight.  You also get a 50% discount on the number of qualifying miles required for status.

Interestingly Qatar Airways has just launched a new offer which gives double Qmiles and double status points for Business and First Class.  Economy passengers get a 50% bonus.  It isn’t clear if these offers double up.  Can you earn double status miles and also be promoted to elite status under the ‘50% lower threshold for new members’ offer?

Here are the rules – you need to register via the Qatar Airways website where you will find full details:

  • This offer is applicable to Privilege Club main members.
  • Booking period: 7 January 2019 to 28 February 2019 [which means it will cover the big Qatar Airways sale which I think launches next week]
  • Registration period: 7 January 2019 to 5 March 2019
  • Travel period: 7 January 2019 to 31 August 2019
  • To be eligible for this offer:
    • Members need to register for this offer on or before 5 March 2019 by logging into their account at and selecting this offer from “My offers” on your dashboard menu.
    • Members whose travel date is before 5 March 2019 should register at least 24 hours prior to travel.

Charles Tyrwhitt Avios offer

New Avios-earning Charles Tyrwhitt promotion

Avios partner (you earn 4 Avios per £1) Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a new discount code.  This covers shirts, suits, ties …. the lot.

The code you need online is UKD1.  You save:

  • £5 on a £50 order
  • £10 on a £75 order
  • £15 on a £100 order

The website is here and you need to order by 29th January.  You can also earn Avios in their shops, although this offer does not apply – just tell the staff your British Airways Executive Club number at the till.  I’ve seen grumbling from some readers about Avios not posting correctly for in-store purchases although it clearly does no harm to try if you are buying anyway.

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  1. pointsarb says:

    Yes have stayed at Marriott Cancun resort. If you’re after a basic stay with no bells and whistles it will do the job. However, we now stay at JW Marriott next door which is much nicer and our now go to place in Cancun. Problem is there is a 15k per night points difference between the 2 properties so you need to weight this up. Also, I don’t recall paying any resort taxes on a points redemption at the Marriott properties in Cancun. Just back from JW on points actually and these taxes were definitely not levied. Can’t speak for the Marriott Cancun though if it has changed recently. Hope this helps.

    Sorry can’t speak for refunds on travel packages, I’ve used 3 so far but never had the need for a refund…..

    Enjoy Cancun if you go!

    • Cheers, I will bear in mind if resort fees are not charged on points stay.
      I hope they are not, but reservation do say resort fee is payable and was told so when I made the reservation over the phone.

      • pointsarb says:

        There should be no difference between treatment between travel package vs standard points redemption as far as resort fees go, well at least that’s been my experience anyway…..

      • Steve-B says:

        Indeed and if you do a dummy points booking it clearly adds resort fees and taxes which isn’t the case on other properties.

        All depends on whether you think you are getting a good deal over cash, factoring in these additional charges. Both of my recent Marriott redemptions have been north of 0.8p/pt which I have been happy with.

  2. pointsarb says:

    OT Used Curve to pay FX transfer on Azimo with underlying charge going to Virgin card. This has resulted in a cash advance fee and interest. If I use Curve’s ‘go back in time’ feature when the charge reverses will this reverse the cash advance fee and interest too or am I stuck with those?

    Does anybody know please?


    • Did the cash advance fee and interest hit your online dashboard immediately, or did you have to wait until your statement to find out about them? (Apologies for not answering your question… I am not sure)

    • when i used back in time feature in similar circumstances, the bank (natwest) rep said it did not matter as the cash had already been taken out, but as a one off good will gesture they refunded fee and interest.

      • pointsarb says:

        Interesting Alex, thanks. I will speak to Virgin Money and hopefully I have the same luck as you!

  3. OT – Got an email about Shop Small from Amex yesterday and couldn’t resist…
    Rob, than you again for your blog!

    • Mikeact says:

      Old news..alreday discussed.

      • Rude

      • Harsh

        • Mikeact says:

          Just arived back from hospital. Sorry, totally my fault…didn’t mean to be rude, in fact had positive comments to add on to my comments, but front door rang with Doctor waiting to come in, and then I realised that I hadn’t finished it but too late, while trying to find her on line prescription…again, apologies.

        • No harsh feelings whatsoever! You’re right, I missed the discussion yesterday.
          Also, wow, where else on the internet will you get an apology for such a minor faux pas…

    • AndyGWP says:

      haha – (at least it made me smile Mr. AC)

  4. Separate your bookings?

    • Joe Green says:

      Doesn’t help as paying 271 for 3 flights so can only triggerr 600 spend with all 3 tickets.

  5. I have 2x Eurowings offer… anywhere decent to go from London? Or is it Germany only.

  6. Has anybody ever paid full price for a Charles Tyrwhitt shirt?

  7. Benylin says:

    OT: Curve first £500 transaction cost free for fx per month, is there a way to keep track of this?

    • No – quite a few of us have said to them need to look at trackers – also for free Amex top-up limits. Curve Black as no extra FX fees after £500 (just the usual weekend ones).

      • When does the additional charge become apparent? Is it buried in the stated exchange rate? I’m over £500 for the month but no mention of any charges.

        • Sorry don’t have blue so I don’t know. Suspect it may not be applied (a la ATMs). Only one that definitely seems to be charged now is Amex topups over £1k

  8. Harshaw Paruchuri says:

    I never seem to get the travel offers on my Amex. any specific spending/usage pattern to trigger this ? I have a BA Amex premium and a Amex Plat charge card(more than 6 years now that i have had the cards and pretty high credit limit 2xxxx)

    • There doesn’t seem to be a pattern. More recently it seems to be the case the good offers are in Amex cards, not the co-branded ones. So Plat and Gold better than BA and SPG.
      I seem to recall there was some suggestion that deleting your online account, setting up a new one and moving cards to it can help.
      Also do check online and not just the app.

      • Setting up a new account and moving cards doesn’t work for offers. The only way to get offers back is to churn the card. I just cancelled BAPP which I had for 8 years. Then following a trip in April, I will be cancelling Plat and get the cards again. Amex has some sort of IT glitch on some accounts as the system thinks I haven’t activated cards even though I have been using them extensively. Amex CS, IT, Marketing departments are clueless.

      • Yeah my Plat has about 40 offers just now! Lots of them pretty useless but had thousands in value from others!

  9. Anybody know if you have an ambassador free night cert with expiry saying 04/19, is this ok to use within the month of April?

  10. Got rather excited just now when a small box from Amex was delivered by the postman. It was BA Premium Plus branded whith images of friends enjoying themselves so I thought I had been sent a gift – but imagine my disappointment upon opening to find that it just had some printed referral cards in it!

  11. I don’t have the offer this time but in the past topping up at the machines and buying travel cards haven’t triggered the offer for me. You have to use the card to tap in to trigger the offer I think.

    • Makes sense, and I doubt IT systems would have gotten worse over time. Thanks!
      I’ll report back if and when my Oyster transactions posts.

    • Tested with an MCC revealing card – the ticket barriers have 4111 (“Local/Suburban Commuter Passenger Transportation”), everything else I’ve tried (ticket machines, the top up your Oyster online website, the app) have 4112 (“Passenger Railways”). Couldn’t find a way to make it work.

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