Mobile app-only bank Monese launches an exclusive partnership with Avios Group

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The globally-connected banking service Monese has launched an exclusive partnership with Avios.

Back in December we wrote about how Avios Group had joined a £60m funding round for Monese and asked whether this was going to lead to an Avios earning partnership.

This week we got some answers.  Monese and Avios have announced that users can now link their Avios account to their Monese account and see their Avios earning and spending in the app. For now you cannot earn and spend via Monese, but watch this space …..

Monese and Avios

What is Monese?

Monese is a globally connected banking service that was founded in 2013 by Norris Koppel.  It aims to simplify the process of getting a bank account in Europe.  It’s a ‘mobile app only’ bank that gives users a £ and a € account allowing them to bank like a local across the UK and Europe. Accounts can be opened within two minutes with a photo ID and a video selfie.

The company launched its banking product in 2015 and has currently 800,000 users in 30 countries and supports 12 languages.  Customers are currently moving $3 billion through their Monese accounts each year.

How does Monese work?

You can find full details of how Monese works on its website.

In summary, there are three different plans to choose from.

  • Starter – FREE
  • Plus – £4.95 / month
  • Premium – £14.95 / month

Click the enlarge the image below which outlines the benefits of each plan:

What are Monese’s key feature?

Monese accounts are linked to a contactless Mastercard that is accepted in 200 countries and territories. Users can make unlimited transactions with their card, but depending on the plan there might be charges for ATM usage and foreign exchange transactions.

Monese accounts can be operated like a traditional current account with your salary paid in.  If you don’t want to do this, you can also top up your balance from another bank account or with cash using PayPoint or over the counter at a Post Office.

Introducing the new Avios partnership

This week Monese and Avios launched the first stage of their partnership.  Users can now link their Avios account to their Monese account and track their Avios earning in the same app as their banking balance.  This includes Avios earned from flights, via the e-store and any Avios earned from credit cards.

The app currently lists your last five Avios transactions and Monese is working on increasing this.

Monese Avios

What does the future hold for Monese and Avios?

In the coming weeks Monese will introduce further benefits for Avios collectors. There will be various earning and spending opportunities including earning Avios for referring friends to Monese and earning Avios by paying for items with your Monese debit card.

Customers will also be able to send Avios to their friends as long as they have a Monese account.

Norris Koppel, CEO and Founder at Monese, says about the Avios partnership:

“We are delighted to be announcing this partnership with Avios, following our successful Series B fundraise. We serve a fast-growing and incredibly international audience who travel the world for study, work, family, or retirement. We’re proud to offer customers a smart, portable and seamless way to manage their lifestyles, as well as their finances. We know that these customers would value an easy and simple way to track and maximise Avios alongside their finances and travel. In the coming months, our Avios offering will become even smarter and stronger and it will help our customers make better decisions, wherever they may be in the world.”

Earning Avios from Monese

Andrew Crawley, CEO, Avios Group, believes:

“Partnering with Monese is a significant move to making it even more convenient for customers to track their Avios while on the go. As Avios can be collected and spent in over 190 countries, we understand the need to have a banking account that’s as mobile as its customers. We look forward to working with Monese on our exciting plans to make collecting and spending even more rewarding.”

If you are reading this on a mobile device, you can get the Monese app by clicking here.

You can find out more about the company on its website here.

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Comments

  1. To be clear
    with Premium service I can top Up account at Paypoint?
    which will include COOP store where I paying now My council tax with Amex card?

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Christ on a bike, the very first comment…

      • New Card says:

        LOL
        Limited to £600pm iirc

        • New Card says:

          I was talking rubbish, £600pm is debit card top up limit. £5kpm paypoint.

        • States it can be topped up with CASH via paypoint. I can just imagine response at my local co-op where they are suspicious of everything paypoint.

        • Shoestring says:

          Paypoint owners (the stores) definitely *can* enforce the cash-only top-ups bit, eg Asda do this. Must just be a button to press in set-up to exclude card top-ups.

          So whilst the Paypoint system accepts Amex, you’d have to find a store where they didn’t careabout the cash-only rule AND pay the £14.95/ month (to get free top-ups @Paypoint) somewhat blindly hoping for the best – because there are bugger all other advantages to taking out a Monese account at the moment, it is entirely underwhelming vs (say) a free Halifax current a/c combined with a free Halifax Clarity credit card.

      • Always one!

    • Earl Pussyhound says:

      Just stick to Amex Black.
      No issues & plenty of reward points.

    • Classic!

    • I just wonder 60k „free amex points for 12×14.95

      I will check it

      Happy referral
      PAWEL267

      • How, don’t you need to put your Monese Card into the terminal to accept money, but that’s the same terminal you need to put your Amex in to pay, I’m puzzled how that will work.

  2. Neil Donoghue says:

    Rob – do you have an invite code I can use?

  3. Chris Jones says:

    Could you not avoid the atm charge with curve card?

    • Depends. Curve does MCC passthru now, so depending on how Monese has their systems configured they might be able to recognize it’s an ATM withdrawal. My banks treats it like a cash withdrawal, like what you could do e.g. at a Travelex office, and charges accordingly.

  4. Interest in the ability to send Avios but I presume the charge will be large enough not to bother

  5. Any fair use policy written in I can’t see it.

  6. Nothing much here it seems that others (revolut et al) don’t do cheaper. Even earning Avios via a debit card (Tesco) is done elsewhere.

  7. This all sounds like a full English breakfast without the bacon and eggs!

  8. Memesweeper says:

    Avios for debit card spend? Could be great … I’ll wait for the signup / introducer incentive before opening an account though.

    • Look at the tesco debit card. That’ll earn you avios for debit card spend without any of these ridiculous limits and charges

  9. Heinztein says:

    Looks as though starling and monzo offer a far better product.

  10. Unless the rate is 1 Avios per £ it seems like a waste of time.

    What I really need is a way to deposit euro cash into a euro account. There are several online accounts in DE and NL that UK residents can open, but none of them have a simple way to deposit cash. Irish banks have hefty fees or awkward restrictions on use.

    • I doubt it will come anywhere close to that.

    • Currencies Direct

      • This is a forex broker not a bank account.

        • Andrew L says:

          Aren’t Starling in the process of launching a euro account?

        • They’ve said they are. I’m fortunate in I’m a legacy Citibank customer and have € and $ accounts. But I know it’s only time until they close my account because they’ve done so with many others. They’re after HNW types, not chancers like me. When I saw the email from Starling I thought great that’ll be the obvious replacement. HSBC have similar offerings, but with big fees and more aimed at the wealthy types.

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        How do you deposit cash into currencies direct?

    • Doesn’t accept cash deposits, and hefty fees on all transactions.

    • RBS Group offer euro accounts. I have a Euro account in Ulster Bank Belfast and i’ve never even set foot there.

      • Lady London says:

        Metro bank also say they offer euro accounts. But if you look at what you can actually do with them it;s pretty much nothing. RBS may possibly be similar.

    • Lady London says:

      Just wondering, which ones would you prefer in DE?

    • Charlie T. says:

      Barclays offer a free EUR account which you can deposit cash into or withdraw cash from in branch with no fees. Same day EUR payments online are also fee free. Takes an age to do cash transactions in branch though as they have to phone up a special team to process them. But I’d recommend overall.

  11. I value Rob’s honest opinion on new products like this. I appreciate HfP exists to make money, but a “sponsored article” like this adds no value to its readers or its reputation.

    I’ll catch up with comments at the end of the day to form an opinion of Monese, but so far it doesn’t excite me.

    • Shoestring says:

      What’s your point, exactly? It says prominently: ‘This article is sponsored by Monese’, there then follows an article based on a news release, with no editorial opinion that I can see saying ‘what a cool product because x, y, z’.

      HfP might just as well have said ‘this news release is sponsored by Monese’.

    • I agree. Sponsored links are one thing, sponsored articles like this devalue the good reputation this site has earned itself.

    • The problem is it’s a paid article – Monese paid for it; HfP took the money and said: yes. However, even though Rob criticised Monese-Avios previously (when he wrote a rant article how no one was investing in credit card start ups)… I think since it is related to Avios he should write about it (HfP is like the Avios Bible/Encyclopaedia). Now I believe he should have written about it without being a sponsorship. But hey, it’s his website/blog so he can do it they way he wants.

      At least it’s nothing related to swim shorts or polos.

    • I have a simple solution. Stop reading once you get to the “This article is sponsored by Monese” and stop getting angry about minor things.

      Have a good weekend!

  12. Can’t get excited by a £14.95 a month current account.

  13. What exactly is the point of this? Why would I want to pay £5 or £15 per month for facilities that I currently get for free from a High Street bank?

    • Shoestring says:

      There’s not much point at the moment – it’s clearly a poor product vs other free products – but sending Avios to your friends sounds interesting (future development). Can’t see they will do this without a fee going to Avios, so it might not end up interesting after all. Sure to be very limited in scope/ expensive to send large amounts of points this way otherwise open to abuse.

    • New Card says:

      Or for free from a range of other app banks, with better features. The only differentiator I can see is PayPoint deposits but these are limited/expensive.

    • Shoestring says:

      The point from the owner’s pov could be to raise loads of investor money for this great start-up & piss it up the wall – plus having your money for free as their float also allows the life of Riley until it all goes bump.

      Just like lots of other AIM cos, then.

  14. That video has hit the heady heights of 340 views!

  15. What’s the best way to earn Avios when paying into tax free childcare please?

    • Shoestring says:

      I think it’s limited to Tesco Clubcard points—>Avios

      (debit card).

    • Revolut and take your pick of points earning MasterCard/Visa. Just check your not getting a cash like transaction fee. I’m using Virgin+ and IHG+

  16. O/T I want to book an Easter weekend break, not particularly fussed as to destination but flights are generally quite expensive. I want to see if there is any BA reward flights, where is the best place to check and can I find out generally the reward availability to any destination (so I don’t need to specifically look/scroll through each destination)?

  17. OT, no bits:
    I just tried to apply for Amex spg before I close plat and got this at the end of application:

    We are unable to provide a decision at this time. We have recorded all the relevant information and will finalise your application as soon as possible.

    We’ll send you a note in the post or email within the next 10 days to advise you of the decision.

    Thank you for your patience

    Is this because I put my Amex Plat number in on one of the questions that asked if I currently hold an Amex? Or is it something else?

    Thanks

  18. Curve have notified me they will close my account due to my address being isle of man

  19. O/T but no ‘bits’ today, one for anyone that was able to get any of the recent £100 economy flights as part of BA’s centenary.

    Have you been able to upgrade said flights via Avios or cash….?

    Thanks

    • stevenhp1987 says:

      Yes you can, if there is availability. Cash upgrades are very expensive due to the difference in the fare…

      • Mine to WTP is £179 to Abu Dhabi which I’m considering…

        • stevenhp1987 says:

          We’re flying to Cape Town next month and it’s coming out £3,215.22pp to upgrade to WTP… Which I would never consider. If it was £179pp like you, I’d consider it…

        • £206 to upgrade to WTP flying to Rio hence I am also considering it. I have the option online/app to upgrade but always fails at final point….will need to phone to see if there is in fact availability.

        • Lewis King says:

          Yeah I wouldn’t bother for that to Cape Town… but you are going to CAPE TOWN I AM SO JEALOUS! I tried so hard for those tickets 🙁

        • @Stephen, it mostly depends on load-factors. 179GBP is probably a POUG (pro active upgrade offer) which BA use to lure you in. The price you quoted sounds like you’re asking for a quote for an upgrade through the “normal” channel, so you’re paying the price difference between the 100 pound fare and a WTP return ticket…

  20. Will this be better than earning avios from Tesco Mastercard club card?

  21. You probably should have saved this advert for when there was something interesting to offer.

    A current account that you have to pay £5 for, pay for foreign usage, pay for ATM withdrawals and pay to pay in cash!? How ridiculous!

    • Totally agree….£1 per ATM withdrawal, why would I want to do that.

      • I just hope they gave him a decent sum of money to make it worthwhile!

        It’s not a good sign that they seem to think people on this site would fall for their rubbish product though – do they know their clientele at all?

        • Shoestring says:

          That’s what a lot of banks charge in Europe – fees per transaction that we get free of charge in UK

          so if Monese is a European product, people in other countries won’t see it as expensive

        • It’s very expensive but banking in the UK is filled with fees in general. In a lot of countries in Europe current accounts and all transactions including ATM withdrawals are free and unlimited. Only loans and insurance have fees/interest associated

      • FlyingChris says:

        Not that this product is of interest personally, but I haven’t made an ATM withdrawal in probably over a year. Can’t even remember the last time I actually paid cash for anything.

        • Milkman? Massage + ?

        • Obviously Curve was not for you either then, what a missed opportunity.

        • No cash? Lunch at a local cafe? Tip for a maid at hotel? Car park that doesn’t take cards?

          • Was out with a mate last week and he has gone totally cashless. Was surprised as he is not usually at the cutting edge. I thought cutting out coins, which I’ve done, was radical 🙂

        • Lady London says:

          His butler carries it for him 🙂

        • FlyingChris says:

          OK – I tell a lie – when I worked near a branch of my bank, I used the £200/month on Curve to withdraw cash, walk 30 seconds & deposit it back into my account. Otherwise no point in carrying it around. Too easy to lose coins – have a slimline wallet with just a few cards & a £20 note for emergencies (e.g. cab if can’t order an Uber etc) – but otherwise everywhere I go takes card.

        • Must say I only need cash for the canteen at work – everything else I use card!

    • I’m guessing you have not just moved to a new country and are in need of a bank account ASAP. That is the target market, although they are happy accept UK residents who have always lived in the UK and are not planning on leaving 🙂

      Ask some of your domestic staff how difficult they found it to open a bank account when they arrived in the UK.

      • illuminatus says:

        + 1, it is a nightmare to open a bank account for ‘new arrivals’ in the UK, so there is a niche for this product

      • Some of my domestic staff!? I know you live in a different world to me but Jesus Christ! Are you that out of touch, or did the joke go way over my head?

        There are other app based banks that are just as easy for new arrivals – though it’s crystal clear this advert is not targeting them so that’s a bit irrelevant.

      • I like how the target audience of this site is affluent City workers when it suits the narrative, but also ‘domestic staff’ or serial Now TV box purchasers when not.

      • But there is HSBC Passport for example. I opened one 15 years ago without any credit history. All they asked was a copy of my passport and an address in the UK and it was processed within 15-20 minutes. I guess some people don’t do enough research before moving to a new country…

        • Lady London says:

          That was 15 years ago. Since then the jobsworths have made it progressively more difficult for ‘real’ people. It’s a nightmare for many real people’s needs.

          • HSBC Passport, which he mentioned, is when HSBC will give you an account because you bank with them in another country. Which is hunky dory if you bank with HSBC in one of the few countries they are still in but not for anyone else.

        • Fyi, I didn’t bank with HSBC in my country and still got Passport account. I admit, perhaps, it got more difficult, but I know at least of dozen people who moved in last 3 years who had no problem opening an account.

      • Compared to where things were in 2000es, it is infinitely simpler to open a bank account in the UK.

        Today’s bank accept simple letters from your GP and employer in the absence of other proof.

        Opening the account with Revolut/Monese/etc does not create a record with Experian, and therefore, you will still be absent from the radar and find most credit being unavailable.

        If you plan living in the UK, you do need “a proper” current account at an established bank.

      • I don’t doubt that this may serve a small percentage of people’s needs but having moved countries a few times I have always found it pretty easy to open a bank account, granted I haven’t needed to open one in a hurry in the UK and I have kept an international account as a back up but my experience has always been that it is just a case of go down with ID and a willingness to hand over your money.

        What I don’t really get is the benefit of having your Avios transactions alongside it, my balance doesn’t change so much that I can’t keep up with it on the BA app or Award Wallet. Obviously I wish them well as any company that is looking to fill a gap in the market should be encouraged, but from the Avios point of view this strikes me as being more “because we can” than “because its good for our customers”

    • “Ask some of your domestic staff…”

      LOL, we don’t all live in castles Rob 😉

      • The days of only the landed gentry having staff have long gone. In the street where my brother lives he guesses nearly half have help, including him and he’s a part time manual laborer. One of the lesser published but priceless benefits of having help is when you’re away they look after the property.

        • Daft idea, better just to sign a letting agreement with somebody and charge them over £1k/month or whatever the rate in your area is. When you do that a few times over there’s ample time to take care of all your own stuff and buy a castle too.

      • Andrew L says:

        Just asked all of my domestic staff…..and the wife says it’s a rubbish product! 🤣🤣

        • Asked my wife as well – probably shouldn’t have said domestic staff, now I need somewhere to live – hopefully the butler will let me lodge with him!

  22. OT: Can i use my curve card to buy premium bonds? They have a pay with debit card option when buying on their website. Be handy to earn some miles through that if possible.

  23. A Nationwide Flex Plus account and Nationwide Select Credit Card seems a far better option than this.

    I have far more confidence in Nationwide than these e-money firms.

    For £13 a month you get:

    Fee free ATM withdrawals worldwide with the debit card
    Fee free purchases wouldwide with the credit card
    Worldwide family travel insurance
    Worldwide family mobile phone insurance
    UK & EU breakdown cover
    3% credit interest up to £2500
    5% regular savings account (up to £250 per month)
    £250 interest fee overdraft

    • I have the same and not planning on leaving them!

    • It’s a great product and I have it. My guess is that this site doesn’t cover it because Nationwide has a chav image.

      • Andrew L says:

        The travel insurance offering from Nationwide FlexPlus is much more comprehensive than that pointless offering that Curve negotiated and that got coverage here.

        • You can’t review travel insurance sensibly, no-one does it. This is because the key thing is willingness to pay. Some insurers try to avoid it using every means at their disposal, others do not. Axa has paid numerous Amex Plat claims when we clearly and openly broke their rules, for example – many cheap insurers would not.

  24. Quote: “Customers are currently moving $3 billion through their Monese accounts each year.”

    Sorry Rob, not impressed. When I was an office Junior, in a medium sized bank branch in the early 1990s, £100M would pass through my branch’s books every single day.

    Besides, “Mon Ese” sounds like an intimate lubricant or haemorroid cream.

  25. I think this signifies the end of this site as we knew it 😳

    • The day that we have to pay subscription, because of no ad income, that would be the real end.

    • Said the same thing when Uber was introduced as an alternative to a chauffeur. The whole country’s going to the dogs….

      • Andrew L says:

        At least a chauffeur knows how to get to your destination, bloody Uber drivers don’t withoit you giving them turn by turn directions!!

  26. luckyjim says:

    I don’t understand why people are complaining about this article. It is clearly an advertorial and is flagged as such. It is not the first and won’t be the last.

    I would much rather have this than articles which seem to be offering impartial advice but are peppered with sponsored links.

    • Or those blogs which seem to just write gossip articles about people on planes…and why they love expensive alcohol just because it costs a lot….

    • Exactly. Some people seem to think they’re owed a service.

      Unless I missed the line that said I HAVE to open one of these accounts?

    • It won’t be … two more next week 🙂

    • There’s a difference between advertorials which Rob would otherwise back (The Virgin credit cards spring to mind, arguably Curve) and ones which are clearly terrible products not suitable for any of the target audience of this site. This clearly falls into the latter category. More such articles would start to corrode the good reputation HFP has worked hard to create.

  27. I just had a call with them for a business bank account. Very disappointed with the call as they don’t seem to know their own product.. like their how much the are fees, restrictions etc.

    • there is no excuse not to know your product that your selling unless you are no good at your job

  28. Anyone paying £15/month is either very stupid, or very smart but not up anything good.

  29. illuminatus says:

    I can’t understand all the negativity towards HFP above. This is clearly marked as an advertorial – how difficult is it to just ignore it if it is of no interest to you? Indeed Monese offering is very lacking, but this is the reason they need to run an advertorial here instead of Rob doing a proper article in the first place!

    Rob, keep up the good work and many thanks for your website, some people seem to feel over-entitled.

    • All a blog site has is its reputation. if you don’t see how promoting an offering that is use your own words ‘very lacking’ and not worthy of a proper article devalues that reputation, then…..

    • Running this implied an endorsement. As I’m sure you are, I’m very financially savvy so know it’s a (currently) poor product. Not everyone is however, so some may be influenced by it – which raises questions about the quality of advice that is offered here (it shouldn’t because it’s almost invariably great otherwise, but it does).

      That being said, it is clearly marked as an advert, doesn’t really matter if people are influenced into signing up (it’s not a good card, but it’s unlikely to be detrimental to anyone) and Rob needs to pay his domestic staff somehow, so I don’t personally have any issues with it.

      • I need £100k per year to pay the (about to be) two full time HFP staff and our office rent, before I pay myself a penny to pay anyone else ….

        • While I’ve always thought your overheads are a bit ridiculous for a three short articles a day blog (though it’s none of my business really), that was my point! You need money to run the site so it makes sense to have these advertorials.

      • It maybe a poor product to you but not necessarily to other people, which is why not every product is suitable for everyone. This product is incomplete until all the features are released though so I won’t pass judgement yet…

        • I would argue that a £1 ATM fee being worse than a £0 ATM fee isn’t subjective and is the same for everyone. What aspects of the account am I missing that are better for some people that doesn’t already exists elsewhere?

        • None

  30. Any chance for an advertorial for the HSBC premier current account, with a link to a £175 sign up bonus? Seem they only give the sign up bonus to their basic current account

    • Premier has had the night away offer back for a while now. Came through a week after switch went through. I’ve booked a country night away with afternoon tea, dinner B&B in the summer.

      • I’d just prefer the hard cash

      • I already have HSBC advance but want upgrade to primier….what offer can I get? only offer I saw was switching from elsewhere.

        Also, I meet the salary part… what is the smallest investment/savings product to get to meet the second criteria?

        • Qwerty Bertie says:

          I took life insurance. Already had two policies with other providers, but wanted a small top up anyway and got something for £12 per month. £200k cover for ten years.

          In theory, you could get something much smaller and cheaper even than mine and qualify, for example: £10k cover for ten years. Probably only be about £1 per month.

    • Switch to the current account, pocket the £175, then go into the branch and ask to be upgraded to Premier.

  31. Talking about points (strenuous OT as no bits) AirEuropa’s offering a 40% lift on purchased miles until 7th March. AirEuropa is part of Skyteam Alliance other partners include:Aeroflot, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, Alitalia, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, Saudia, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, and XiamenAir.

    Mentioning it because they fly long haul wide bodied aircraft on short haul flights with a proper dedicated business class seat and cabin between the UK and Canaries/Balearics.

  32. How have none of the previous commentors missed the one interesting thing in this article IMO: The ability to send Avios freely to other Monese account holders… Might this create a marketplace for buying and selling Avios?

    • Probably because, like me, they do not believe that this will give any useful benefit.

    • I thought the interesting thing is that Rob’s picking up the flack for the article but it was Anika who wrote it.

      • Rob is the editor (“boss”)

        • Yes I know. I also understand that the buck stops with Rob as Editor. However this is a ‘think piece’, something to make those with an interest in the area think and provides a heads up that a full article will be published, subject to editorial approval, when ready. Anika has done this very well and I’m sorry she hasn’t picked up any credit for her article.

        • luckyjim says:

          All Anika’s articles are well written (better than Robs even) but this one was probably written by Monese.

    • I already mentioned in earlier and nowhere it mentions free

    • luckyjim says:

      Because is does not say that you will be able to send avios ‘freely’ to other monese users. The word ‘freely’ does not appear.

    • Shoestring says:

      @Luke – well actually, I already mentioned it 3 times so you must have missed that.

      You are assuming too much without any evidence. You don’t know if it will be free to transfer Avios to other Monese users; nor if the quantity will be limited.

      I suspect it will cost a fee & be limited in quantity: that’s how BAEC operates already in Avios transfers. If it’s free, it would be for a paltry amount.

      • Andrew L says:

        Nothing seems to be free where Monese are concerned. The monthly fee for having their debit card in your wallet will be introduced soon! 😔

  33. Qwerty Bertie says:

    OT: Can two BA companion vouchers be used in one booking, eg: 3 people flying together, pay avios for one plus the two vouchers?

  34. Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Does BA still use long-haul aircrafts on the LHR-SVO route?

  35. EvilDoctorK says:

    OT – Creation IHG reward – is that book within 1 year of issue or book and use within one year of issue .. I seem to recall it’s just book within 1 year ?

    • Just book before expiry

      • EvilDoctorK says:

        Thanks Genghis … Copy that .. whereas the Ambassador free weekend one seems to require the stay to be within 12 months of the issue of the voucher

    • Have to book before expiry, stay can be after however if you cancel you only get the voucher back if you do so before the expiry date.

  36. funkypigeon says:

    OT: Looking to booking an Avios redemption from GLA – LHR – FCO – LHR – GLA.

    Was wondering if it is possible to just book the LHR – FCO – LHR segments as Club Europe and have the rest Euro Traveller?

    • Not via BAEC. You can via IbPlus, but no RFS. You choose.

      • Shoestring says:

        funkypigeon could just book the segments as separate reward flights. The 2x Economy flights would still allow him/ her to get into the lounge before those flights because of flying in CE on the same day.

        Not a bad strategy, all the (important) benefits of CE – food & booze in the lounge plus a couple of tinnies for the flight – whilst paying ET prices (or HBO, for that matter).

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Fine if hand baggage only. Hassle if you need luggage.

        • They won’t do that at MAN any more, if you’re not flying in CE down to LHR, you’re not getting in the lounge regardless of what class you’re in next.

        • Shoestring says:

          So complain & get some compo, it’s breaking BA’s own rules/ guidelines

        • @Anna, I used to have problems with this at GLA from time to time a few years ago, always made them call to clarify and ended up getting in. Are you sure the policy has changed, might just be misinformed staff at Manchester too? Now it is not an issue as I always get CE on donestic too.

        • Shoestring says:

          ‘Customers arriving from, or connecting to a long haul oneworld First (F) or Business (J) class flight have lounge access at all departure airports even if their connecting oneworld flight is booked in Economy (Y). A valid ticket/ and or boarding pass for the onwardor previous long haul flight must be shown. Customers must connect on the same day’

        • Shoestring says:

          policy might only be where there’s LH involved

        • I am sure Harry is right. The dragons are probably confusing it with tbe OneWorld rule where the flight needs to be longhaul. However, in the case of connections to BA there is no such requirement; this has not changed recently AFAIK.

    • Never done mixed class redemptions myself but I think you might be able to do what you want online via BA. Just opt for a stopover in London and then choose the same date for the GLA-LHR and LHR-FCO flights. This lets you choose any flight (and presumably cabin) you want sector by sector.

  37. OT: 2 days ago Jay asked for help with Amex £200 off 600. I have 2 if you are still looking for them. struggling to use mine

  38. This whole thread has given me a good laugh so thanks all! 🙂

  39. Back to the topic of the day…which again has been hijacked.

    What I’m trying to understand is the rationale for Andrew Crawley, CEO, Avios Group signing up to a deal like this, with the Monese card of all things ? We’re no other operators interested

  40. Why would anyone open account with a bank that you have to pay for things which are free elsewhere? The marketing manager of Monese didn’t do his homework…

  41. Hope you were paid well!

    Sounds like an awful product. Too many charges.

    Looking at reviews they also regularly freeze accounts.

    One to avoid!

  42. Dannyrado says:

    So that went down well Rob. 🙂

  43. no thank you

  44. If it saves time it saves money, so if its helping you with your points collecting then it could be worthwhile if any charges may be incurred

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