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Amazon Prime Day – big discounts all day today and tomorrow

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Amazon Prime Day has returned for the fifth time, with big discounts all day today and tomorrow.

What started as a one off event for Amazon’s 20th birthday four years ago, is now an established annual event where Amazon makes certain items available at big discounts to anyone who is an Amazon Prime member or who is happy to sign up for a free 30 day trial.

This year it is a 48 hour event.  It kicked off at midnight last night and runs until midnight on Tuesday.

Amazon Prime Day

In the past we have had a preview list from Amazon of the best deals, but that has not happened this year.  If there are any interesting travel products on offer we’ll run through them tomorrow.  In general, the best deals are on Amazon’s own hardware products.

Here are the top deals which were showing on the main Amazon Prime deals page here at 00.05 this morning:

  • Echo Dot – reduced from £50 to £22
  • Echo – reduced from £90 to £55
  • Fire TV Stick – reduced from £40 to £20
  • Ring Video Doorbell 2 – reduced from £180 to £120
  • Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet – reduced from £130 to £85
  • Echo Show – reduced from £220 to £160
  • Kindle – reduced from £70 to £50
  • Fire TV Stick 4K – reduced from £50 to £25
  • Kindle Paperwhite – reduced from £120 to £80

This is just a sample.  You can see the full list of discounts on Amazon’s own products here.

Bizarrely, Amazon claims that its best selling item in the UK last year was this Bosch cordless drill – I can only assume it was heavily reduced.

Comments (130)

  • Duncan Riddell says:

    Glad BA have sorted out AMS…..now they need to sort out Cathy Pacific Lounge share at BKK!
    Currently STANDING in CP lounge due to overcrowding AGAIN.
    This a joke for what you pay!

    • Tariq says:

      I found that lounge terrible when I visited last year – totally not befitting the hype around CX.

      Wished we had gone to one of the Priority Pass lounges.

    • FCP says:

      Use the JAL lounge.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Limited opening times from what I remember a year or so ago

        • Lady London says:

          and if it’s the lounge I remember, relatiely tiny too?

  • AJA says:

    Food offering and newspaper (unless you’re a Sun or Irish Independent reader) and magazine (timeout and other free London magazines) offering in Galleries North lounge at T5 is pretty abysmal this morning.

    So anything that improves on what BA offers is very welcome indeed. BA check-in directed me to the South lounges but as my flight departs from gate 5 I chose North as it’s 5 mins from.the gate.

    • AJA says:

      I wonder how much better AMS will be?, It’s a low bar that they have to base improvements on, I wish I was in T3 with the Qantas or Cathay Pacific options.

      The only thing going for this lounge is that at the moment it is relatively empty and I have a great view of landing aircraft.

      • Michael C says:

        Yes; I did the traditional T3 route last week: quiet work hour and delicious food in Cathay, followed by raucous cocktails upstairs in Qantas.

    • Polly says:

      North far nicer lounge than South any day. More light, much more spacious feel to it. Staff more helpful.

  • Genghis says:

    So as long as the AMS BA lounge keeps the chocomel and the stroopwafels, all is good.

    • Sapiens says:

      Those two items are key.

      • Jonathan says:

        Reports on Flyertalk the other day suggested much better food offerings but no chocomel… unsure if it was temporary or not though.

  • Chas says:

    OT (1) – the usual question about lounge access I’m afraid. Flying VS to LAX this Sat morning (departure 09:20) from LHR T3. I don’t have status and am flying Y, but have PP through my Plat card. I think my options are limited to Club Aspire and No 1 (the later appears to offer pre-booking). I don’t fly frequently enough to know even the basics, so:
    1) which lounge should I choose based on quality and location (don’t want a huge trek to the gates if they are in massively different locations), and bearing in mind that booze offerings shouldn’t be the deciding factor at that time of morning…. 😉
    2) should I pre-book given that we’re a family of 4 (which would appear to limit me to the No 1 Lounge?

    • paulm says:

      At that time of day, I would choose Aspire as breakfast is decent although you cant pre book it. The lounges are not that far apart, only a short walk. Its usually ok to get in at that time of day, but cant say i’ve tried in middle of July at holiday time!

    • Shoestring says:

      Try & dummy prebook No1 now and you may even find it’s not available, which would answer your question! I tried 10 days before our flight on Saturday and it was completely booked out. As it happens, I would pay the £5 each for No1 reservations, as you are otherwise quite likely not to get into either lounge, Club Aspire was also heaving Saturday morning.

      Both good lounges with HfP reviews

      • Chas says:

        Thanks Shoestring and Paul M. Re-read the reviews of the lounges and decided that as the Aspire is so much smaller that it wasn’t worth risking it being full. As it’s the first Saturday after most schools break up have decided to play it safe, and have pre-booked No 1.

        • Travel Strong says:

          Good plan considering there’s a few of you. I’ve been turned away from No1 T3 every time this year as PP holder. Aspire have mostly been accommodating, but also occasionally ‘full’ (… or blocked out for a deal with a particular airline/flight).

  • Chas says:

    OT (2). Planning ahead for next years holiday to be ready for T-355, and could do with some tactical advise please. Planning on flying LGW to SJO (San Jose, Costa Rica). Will only be 3 of us as eldest child on a more exciting adventure. Looking at using miles and a 241 voucher, but will only be flying Y as still building a decent balance to enable J redemptions. Cash fares for the last available date (still OP) seem ridiculous (£1,400 one-way). Would it be best to:
    1) Use Avios for all 3 tickets (incl 241), but knowing that I could cancel them if decent cash fares came up later? (Do you get the “taxes” refunded this way too?)
    2) Use Avios and 241 for just 2 tickets, and buy a cash fare later when the prices are cheaper?
    3) Wait it out until the next BA sale, and buy all 3 tickets then?

    When is the next BA sale likely to be, and does anyone have any indication of how cheap Y cash fares to SJO are likely to get? We only have c 1 week’s flexibility in our dates, and BA only seems to fly twice a week. Can’t work out if these ridiculous one-way cash fares are just a way to make people think that they are getting incredible value for their Avios before they drop their cash prices to more sensible levels…..

    • Matt B says:

      Why are you looking at one way fares, it is irrelevant to the cost of a return which will be far less. BA charge a heavy premium for 1 way

      • Chas says:

        Hi Matt. When I am looking at the date closest to when I want to fly, the return leg isn’t available yet as it’s not yet T-355, hence being only able to see one-way pricing. I hadn’t realised that BA has heavy premium for 1 way. Sounds like I should search for a departure date a day earlier so that I can squeeze in the return flight the next day to get applicable pricing?

    • Genghis says:

      Given limited flexibility I’d choose 1. Everything refunded bar £35.

      • Chas says:

        If all 3 Avios tickets are on one booking reference, can I cancel just one (the non-paired 241) to buy that as a cash ticket, or would I be best to get one of them on a separate booking reference?

        • Gavin says:

          Yes but you’ll need to phone to do it.

        • Nick says:

          Yes you can ask to split a PNR later to get only part of it cancelled. But I have to ask why you’re insisting on doing all this so far in advance… cash fares are ridiculous a year out precisely because the only people who book then are those who are inflexible and are therefore more likely to pay. Once a booking curve is established fares will become dynamic and much more reasonable. It’s not as if there’s only two flights to SJO, there’s plenty via MIA/MAD/etc.
          Finally, if you’re determined to establish sample fares, search 4-6 months away, not the date before you want to travel. This will give you a much better idea of realistic fares in the market. Remember that a 1-day return (especially if not including a Sat night) is likely to be just as (unrealistically) expensive.

          • Chas says:

            Looking to do it so far in advance as redemption seats disappear very quickly. But I know that long-haul economy are not the best use of the miles, so am looking to see what value I would be getting, especially with a 241 voucher which may just tip the balance in my favour. Thanks for the tip on looking 4-6 months out – will definitely try not. Not sure that OH and child will go for a more convoluted routing via MIA or MAD….

          • Chas says:

            *that…

          • Anna says:

            But bear in mind you can only use your 2 4 1 on BA aircraft.

  • Chrish says:

    OT, Hi, got lost in bits yday But can i use my Lloyds Upgrade Voucher from Dublin to Phoenix ?
    Even if route is Dublin–Heathrow–Pheonix Upgrading two of us one way either out or in.
    Would there be any problems as need ring and book via Avios.(or could i ring BA)
    Hoping to save on Tax, Surcharge would Avios be able to enact that ?
    Thanks all

    • Will says:

      Yes, if it’s BA metal the whole way through.
      Last time I looked at this, it was’t a whole lot cheaper.

  • James says:

    I have missed NI contributions from when I lived out the country can these paid with an Amex ?

    • Rob says:

      No. Curve, linked to a points earning Visa or MC, may work.

    • Jonathan says:

      BillHop?

    • Liz says:

      I tried paying up 3 years I was missing and they don’t allow you to pay by any card – that’s voluntary contributions. I loaded up Revolut with IHG card and paid by 3 bank transfers over a period of a few months.

  • Boi says:

    OT:
    We have a flight BA out of Heathrow on 5 August and I am worried about the strike. Does Amex platinum cover that?

    Also have UK and IDC Amex platinum cards. Want to cancel one of them. Which one would you keep for insurance purposes?

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