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Bits: good Amex cashback deals with Accor and Post Office, VitalityHealth drops BA flight discounts

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News in brief:

Amex launches new cashback deals with Accor and the Post Office

American Express has launched two good new cashback deals.  You may see these offers on some, none or all of our cards – you need to look at the online statement page and look under the ‘Offers’ tab for EVERY card you own.

You will receive £50 cashback with a £350 Accor spend with the first deal.  This is only applicable to selected luxury hotels in Europe.  Unfortunately, the link to the list of participating hotels is not working at the moment. (EDIT: list is now working)

It runs until 28th February and there is no mention of whether cumulative spend counts – it usually does but you can never be certain.  Until the link to the hotel list is fixed, however, I wouldn’t make any bookings purely to generate the cashback.

There is also, apparently, a Post Office offer available but there is no sign of it in our house.  You will receive 250 bonus Membership Rewards points for making ANY purchase by 4th December.  Worth stocking up early on Christmas stamps …..

The following additional but niche hotel offers have also appeared:

Save £75 on a £300 spend at Red Carnation Hotels (some good London properties) until 10th February

Save £50 on a £200 spend at The Stratford Hotel (the funky new hotel in the Olympic Park) until 31st January

Save £60 on a £300 spend at Leading Hotels of the World until 31st January

Vitality Health drops British Airways flight discounts

VitalityHealth, previously PruHealth, is a life insurance, health insurance and investment business.

The reason it has been of interest to Head for Points readers is that it offers discounts on British Airways short haul fares to members.  Full details are available on the VitalityHealth website.

The devil is in the detail when it comes to the flight discounts.  It is only included for free if you have a Personal Healthcare plan – other plans require a supplementary monthly payment which will negate much of the benefit.

You will receive a BA discount of 5%-40% based on your level in the plan (the more healthy activity you log, the higher your level)

You can claim the discount 1-2 times per year based on your level

For flights leaving between Sunday and Thursday, there must be at least two nights between the outbound and return flights. For flights leaving on a Friday or Saturday, there must be at least one night between the outbound and return flights

Only the plan holder receives the discount, not your fellow passengers

Short-haul only

Economy only

Your initial impression might be a bit ‘meh’.

However, for once, the small print actually makes the deal more attractive.

The discount applies to the FULL cost of the flight, including the taxes and charges. A Platinum level member receives 40% off the headline price which is not bad.

The discount applies to ALL ticket types, including fully flexible tickets. This can represent a substantial saving – at the most extreme, a fully flexible Euro Traveller ticket to Moscow is £1300.

This offer probably works best for someone who is self-employed and has to book the occasional fully flexible ticket. This could have meant an annual saving of £250+.

The ‘average’ leisure traveller who gets up to the Platinum level could save over £100 per year – assuming 40% off two economy / Euro Traveller BA flights with an average cost of at least £125.

However ….. don’t go rushing to sign up.  VitalityHealth has announced that it is scrapping its British Airways flight discounts from 13th December.

You can still book until 13th December for travel at a future date, so if you haven’t used your one or two discounts for the current year you should think about getting a booking made in the next few weeks.

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Comments

  1. OT – anyone stayed at the Curio Aleph in Rome? Trying to decide on a hotel for a trip in Feb next year, preferrably on points if possible. Similar / better quality alternatives seem to be Bonvoy based which could also work on points – is the St Regis worth it?. IHG offerings seem to be low / middle end.

    • I stayed. Mixed feelings. Room wise – great! Even standard room was quite spacious and very nicely decorated. Plus soft drinks from the mini bar were free for Golds. Location wise also quite good. Service – not impressed. As then Gold, no upgrade offered. Their welcome letter stated that I will get an extra 2500 points if I spend €100 in their restaurant. Meal was terrible, seemed like frozen food heated up. They didn’t let us sit on the terrace as the owner was there with his friends. To make it worse I spend 6 weeks fighting with Hilton and the hotel to get those 2500 extra points. It was only when I posted a review that they actually gave me points. I also had some other small service issues. They did offer me an upgrade on the next stay as an apology, but I won’t be going to Rome any time soon.

      The breakfast was good as you had a buffet plus one item from the à la carte menu for free. So overall mixed.

    • I quite liked the Gran Melia in Rome, very central, huge rooms, nice spa, excellent use of gold birthday upgrade voucher!

  2. 25% bonus on T_C_B to BA Avios currently.

  3. OT, I am not seeing Shop Small on my Supplementary cards. Anyone else having this issue?
    Rob’s earlier post on Shop Small said all cards will receive Shop Small but a £50 limit per card not account!

  4. Sebastian Ostman says:

    The BA discount was a con. I’ve been a Vitality Platinum member for years, and I’ve never managed to get a BA discount that wasn’t actually cheaper to book direct.
    The BA pricing found on Vitality was massively inflated, so when the discount was applied… it was almost always cheaper, or same price, to book direct with BA. An total con.

    • Just bought a LHR-FCO return ticket this morning which is genuinely 30% off (I’m gold).

    • Interesting – they do something similarly here in Singapore but for Emirates, except you book on the regular website, send in the recipes afterwards and they then send a cheque with the rebate. No booking portal involved I believe.

  5. David Radcliffe says:

    Post Office offer was on 1 of 3 cards (gold vs BA & Plat).
    Ltd to first 30k

  6. OT. Amex Platinum card. Is the supplementary card holder also entitled to the hotel statuses?

  7. berneslai says:

    OT: Virgin 2 for 1 vouchers – both my wife and I have earned the 2 for 1 vouchers through hitting our spend limits. As per Avios/Amex vouchers, can we pool and book for 2 adults and 2 children at the same time?

  8. Matthew says:

    Sorry if it’s been mentioned recently but has anyone used the latest Hilton cash back offer yet? I know in the past pre paid rooms and cumulative spend was fine but just wondering if it is working like that this time as the terms have been tweaked a little this time…

    Thanks

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