Bits: £30 deal for Glasgow’s Lomond Lounge, £50 cashback at Bicester (plus miles!), 30% off Marriott Bonvoy points

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News in brief:

Visit the Lomond Lounge at Glasgow for just £30

We recently reviewed the new super-premium Lomond Lounge at Glasgow Airport – take a look here.

Rhys was very impressed by what he found, with high quality food and furnishings and only a small number of fellow guests.  It is the ideal place to get your holiday or special break off to a good start.

The standard price for the Lomond Lounge is £40.  However, the daily deals site itison.com is currently selling access for £30see here.

The offer is good for visits until 31st March 2020.  It also comes with fast track security at Glasgow, so you can spend more time in the lounge!

You can find out more about the Lomond Lounge on its website here, but book via itison for the cheaper rate.

PS.  Lomond Lounge is unofficially allowing Priority Pass holders to enter at the moment on payment of a £15 supplement.  I say ‘unofficially’ because it is not listed on the Priority Pass website.  I believe that you need to go to the UpperDeck lounge to have your Priority Pass swiped and then take the receipt over to Lomond Lounge.  This is possibly just a launch promotion which will be dropped later.

Lomond Lounge Glasgow Airport discount code

Save £50 at Bicester Village – and earn double miles

A new American Express cashback offer has appeared for the Bicester Village shopping outlet in Oxfordshire.

This may show on all, some or none of your Amex cards under the ‘Offers’ section.  You need to click ‘Save To Card’ to activate it.

You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £500 at Bicester Village before 24th December.

The rules are typically vague.  It says ‘Valid at participating stores’ but there is no list of stores.  It is not clear if the spend needs to be in one transaction or cumulative (I assume the latter) or if it needs to be in one day or can be cumulative.

This offer would double up with a new Virgin Atlantic promotion.  As you can see on the Bicester Village website here, you will earn double Virgin Flying Club miles – two per £1 – when you shop at Bicester Village before 24th December.

You can also collect Avios at Bicester Village at the standard rate of 5 Avios per £4 spent.  Other airline partners are also available.

And earn cashback at Guoman and Amba hotels

Speaking of Amex cashback offers, a generous new offer has appeared for Guoman and Amba hotels.  These are small London chains owned by the same company that owns Thistle, and the properties are generally renovated ex-Thistle hotels.

If you are targeted, you will receive £55 cashback on a £200 spend at Guoman or Amba hotels before 28th February.

Anika’s review of the Amba Marble Arch is here and the website is here.  You can look up the Amba portfolio here and the Guoman portfolio here.

Buy Marriott points at a discount

Save 30% when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points

Marriott Bonvoy is running another discount when you buy points.  This deal is as generous as they ever get.

Via this page of the website, you will save 30% on all points purchases until 22nd December.

The annual purchase cap of 50,000 points has been doubled to 100,000 points, although the maximum you can buy in one go remains 50,000 points.  At the top end you are paying $437.50 (£340) for 50,000 points under this offer.

My rule of thumb is that a Marriott Bonvoy point is worth 0.5p so this offer is not great at 0.68p per point.

However, you might find it worthwhile if:

you are topping off your account before making a points booking, or

you are planning a stay at a property where you know you will get outsized value

The snag with Marriott Bonvoy is that the annual points buying cap is too low to allow you to exploit the deal.  The St Regis New York, for example, can easily run to $1,300 per night including taxes, which makes 85,000 Marriott Bonvoy points (on a ‘Standard Reward’ day) a great deal.  The problem is getting enough points.

However …. you CAN transfer up to 100,000 Bonvoy points per year from one member to another.  You need to ring up to do this, which is a bit annoying, but that is the only restriction.  This is one way around the limit on points purchases.

The link to buy is here if you are interested.

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Comments

  1. The Streets says:

    OT I see that there are some challengers to the excellent reward flight finder. Just getting to grips with seat spy which displays seats for all classes on one page

  2. Regarding Marritt Bonvoy Annual Choice:
    Five Elite Night Credits

    I need 5 nights to get to Titanium Elite. Does this mean if I use my bonus for Five Elite Night Credits I will then qualify to Titanium?

  3. Yes

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