Bits: Get 1000 Avios with £100 BA Amex spend, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points, Virgin codeshares with WestJet

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News in brief:

Get 1,000 Avios with a £100 British Airways spend

A new British Airways offer has appeared on many British Airways and British Airways Premium Plus American Express cards.

To see if you are targeted, you need to go to the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page and see what is there.  Remember to click ‘Save To Card’.

You will receive 1,000 Avios when you spend £100+ with British Airways online by 17th December.

The Avios will be added by American Express to the running total on your credit card account and will be transferred to British Airways at the end of the month as usual.

The offer is limited to the first 50,000 people to save the offer to their card, although that should be more than enough even after all of our readers have registered!

Cumulative spend is almost certainly OK although the rules do not specifically mention it.

Get a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points

Until 31st December, Hyatt is offering a 40% bonus when you buy World of Hyatt points via this link.

The minimum purchase for the bonus is 5,000 points, which is lower than usual.  The 40% kicks in immediately from 5,000 points – there is no taper.

40% is the most generous bonus you will see for buying Hyatt points.

This is obviously worth a look if you need to top up your account.  It may also be worthwhile if considering a stay in a top tier Park Hyatt such as the ones in Paris or Sydney, where buying the points may be cheaper than paying cash.

The new-ish Park Hyatt resort in Mallorca is a location where buying points makes sense, see photo above.   Prices for cash are a little scary with rooms over €500 at peak periods.  A redemption at 25,000 points per night ($432 based on buying 50k for two nights) would be a better deal.

It is also well worth a look if you’re heading to Kyoto.  The new Park Hyatt Kyoto regularly sells for over £1,000 per night – I saw it as high as £2,000! – so buy 30,000 points for $504 is a steal.  I covered Park Hyatt Kyoto here.

The Hyatt ‘buy points’ site is here.

WestJet Virgin Atlantic codeshare

Virgin Atlantic announces a codeshare deal with WestJet

Virgin Atlantic has launched a codeshare deal with Canadian airline WestJet.

From today, you can book WestJet flights from London Gatwick via the Virgin Atlantic website.

WestJet flies year-round from Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto.  During the Summer it also flies to Halifax and Vancouver.  The Virgin Atlantic codeshare also covers 28 connecting destinations such as Montreal, Quebec, Edmonton and Deer Lake.

The press release I was sent made absolutely no mention of frequent flyer benefits.  I don’t know:

whether you earn Virgin Flying Club miles when flying WestJet under a Virgin Atlantic flight number

whether you earn Virgin Flying Club tier points when flying WestJet under a Virgin Atlantic flight number

whether it will be possible to redeem Virgin Flying Club miles for seats on WestJet

The latter would be a very welcome option, as WestJet is not in any major airline alliance.  However, you can credit flights to Delta SkyMiles, Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) and Qantas, as well as WestJet Rewards.  I have asked Flying Club for clarification and will let you know when they respond.

WestJet Boeing 787 flat bed business class London Gatwick Calgary

WestJet is surprisingly impressive to fly.  Earlier this year it launched a new fully flat Business Class service on its London Gatwick to Calgary and Toronto routes.  This uses new Boeing 787-9 aircraft which WestJet is currently receiving.

If the seat looks familiar, it is because it is the same one that Qatar Airways uses on its Boeing 787 and A380 fleets in Business Class.  It certainly isn’t the sort of seat you’d expect a budget airline to be using.  See the photos above.

The one thing that differentiates WestJet from a legacy airline is the size of the Business Class cabin.  There will be just 16 seats on each aircraft.

British Airways has stopped flying to Calgary in the Winter so this new WestJet deal offers a good incentive to try them instead of Air Canada on your next trip.

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  1. We’ve actually got the BA 1000 points offer on my husband’s card – we usually never get the offers for some reason. Annoyingly we booked last week to go to Barbados (first leg of 2-4-1).
    Can it be used on car rental?

    • It will count on anything which charges to BA directly and not a 3rd party. So car rental via the BA website i believe does count. Also If you have a holiday package paying some of it off will count, seat reservations(my go to), also taxes so for the next leg of 2-4-1?

      Note that buying avios does not count!

  2. Might be time for me to buy Hyatt points for the Park Hyatt in Sydney!

    • Lady London says:

      Got a feeling that hotel got some less than favorable reviews recently? May have just been about lack of status recognition but believe more négative than a few years back.

      • Thanks, will research thoroughly with that in mind.

        • It was lovely the only time we stayed, about three years ago, just for two nights. They gave us a room with a view of the harbour even though we booked using points.

  3. ayearinmx says:

    typical….. Amex offer doesn’t show up for me

  4. OT- finally got £0.5m limit on curve. This is a bit of a game Changer as I’ll actually be able to use it for day to day spend rather than saving the limit for HMRC etc. It will also make it the 2nd most lucrative point opportunity per year.

    • I’m stuck on £10k. What do you do to increase?

      • I’ve held the card for about 18 months and legacy black. I use it almost exclusively for HMRC and foreign transactions. I was sitting at about 90k after my last limit increase back in May. Not sure what the reasoning for the increase was.

    • 2nd most? What’s the first?

    • Any tips for how you managed? I’m stuck at 50k – they told me they wouldn’t increase it because they needed to see more varied spend (i.e. not just HMRC!), so started using it for day-to-day, but now they’ve said that they can’t because I’m not butting up against the limit. I pointed out that I would be if my limits were higher – the £3,750 daily cap means there are spends I can’t put on it. Still waiting to hear…

      In the meantime I have some HMRC to pay, but don’t know whether paying it now would help or hinder my case…

      • I used mine abroad for a week and asked for an increase as was nearing the limit. Previously was using for HMRC. Was upped from 10 to 100k.

    • 0.5 holy cow – that’s big, what was your spend Vs limit (assume 100k before)?

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      Sort of Catch22 for me. At 50k annual. Any day-to-day spend reduces the amount of HMRC spend I can put through before I hit my limit – so if I shove a load through on the off chance of a raise and they still refuse to raise it from 50k I’ve just lost a load of points for nothing. Any advice on how much time/volume of everyday spend gets that sort of limit increase?

      • I started spending normally on it a couple of weeks ago as I only had 10k left of my limit so not much to lose if I hit the limit and didn’t get an increase.

        • Have you got Revolut? I got an account a few months ago when I hit my Curve limit in order to carry on spending on points earning CCs. The only drawback is that a lot of my spending is on IHG and there’s a low daily limit for “cash like” (seems to be £200 for me, though I think some have reported £300), regardless of whether you’re using Revolut or Curve.

          • careful, revolut might not like you doing that. Plus i struggle to pay bills with revolut card, do you?

          • Yes, I’ve got revolut and monese, both of which are OK but not amazing. I’ve been source of funds checked 5 times by Revolut and it’s a bit tiresome, and they’ve also reduced my top up limit from £9k to 3 which is annoying. On the plus side they will refund the top up while they’re doing the checks so its not trapped money.

          • Benilyn, they might not like me doing what? I top it up by the permitted IHG amount each week, is that not ok?

  5. Woo hoo, finally an offer I might actually be able to use……

  6. OT, I have booked my outbound booked to LAX 355days out with BA. When my return opens up in a few weeks can I get this added as one booking to lower my taxes?
    I know this can be done with a 2 4 1 voucher but wasn’t sure about a single booking.

  7. OT – Currently hold an AMEX Preferred Rewards Gold card and looking to get the BAPP as I’m nearly at the 15k spend with a few months to go.

    Is self referral still an option (I can get the link etc), merely wondering if people have experienced any fightback regarding it?


    • I did one last week and havent got the points for it so far. It has been 4 days since the card arrived so Im thinking I wont be getting it.

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      US accounts have been closed for self referrals. I wouldn’t risk it moving forward

    • In the US they are currently closing accounts of people who have self-referred in the past.

  8. Hyatt’s a nice offer and I’ve been lobbying them for quite a while now to release a UK card, but the news that they are dumping single us toiletries is quite a blow. Those pump action things just shout council. Should have switched to glass at high end properties.

  9. Would purchasing Avios in the current sale count?

  10. Any ideas where to credit a O ticket code air france flight – JNB to CDG. suggest i can only get Flying blue points for this (and possible some delta)

    I only really have stakes in Aeromexico, VS and BA but it seems this is not possible for this leg of a return.

    Is there anything i can do with a couple of thousand flying blue miles? can i transfer to Marriott/Hilton?

  11. O/T: What’s Plaza Premium T2 likely to like at 07:30 on a Monday morning? Am I likely to get in with Plat (or PP)?

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