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Black Friday: 25% off at Hackett, 40% off Accor hotels, £19 Conde Nast Traveller, NCP savings

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Here are some more Black Friday deals we’ve been sent. This is an extra Friday article which will be emailed on Saturday. Hopefully you can find one that is relevant for you!

Save 25% at Hackett

Menswear retailer Hackett offers 10 Avios for every £1 you spend.

Until midnight on Monday, you can get 25% off all blazers, coats, jackets and knitwear, plus free delivery with every purchase.

Earning Avios is a bit of a faff.  You need to be a member of the free Hackett 65B club.

If you are not already a member, you can join via this page of the Hackett website.  Membership is free.  You need to add your British Airways Executive Club or Iberia Plus number to your Hackett 65B club profile.

As long as you give your 65B membership number when ordering, Avios will automatically be deposited into your account.  You don’t need to give your Avios details each time you purchase.

The general Hackett retail website is here.

Hackett Avios offer

Save 40% on Accor hotels for Spring 2020 stays

Accor, the hotel group covering Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, Raffles, Fairmont, Sofitel etc, is offering an aggressive 40% discount.

40% is fixed – it is NOT ‘up to 40% off’.  However, the discount is based on the ‘Best Flexible’ refundable rate, and these sale deals are non-refundable.  You will still be getting a big saving on the standard non-refundable rate however.

You need to book by midnight hotel time on 2nd December.  You MUST be a Le Club AccorHotels member.

The offer is valid for stays from 1st January to 15th March, except in Asia Pacific (exc China) when it runs to 30th April.

Full terms and conditions are on this Black Friday page of the Accor website.

Accor Black Friday deal

£19 subscription offer to Conde Nast Traveller

Conde Nast Traveller ran this offer last year, and I can honestly say that I haven’t seen it cheaper in the last 12 months.

The deal also applies to Vogue, GQ, Tatler, Wired etc.   The £19 price gets you 12 issues, which for some titles which skip the occasional month means you will be getting nearer 18 months than a year.  You can buy here.

This deal is advertised as ‘Friday only’ but was extended last year.  If you are reading this on Saturday, it is worth checking.

NCP Black Friday

Save on NCP airport car parking

Finally (for this round-up, there will be others!), NCP is offering discounts on airport parking across the UK.

Code BFT19A save 20% off NCP parking at London Heathrow T2/T3 & T4/5.

It is valid for entries between 2nd December 2019 & 31st March 2020 (excluding 20th December 2019 – 1st January 2020.)  You must stay 5 days or more.

Code BFA19 saves 20% at Birmingham Airport Car Parks 1, 2&3, 4, 5, 7 & Valet, Edinburgh Scotpark & Norwich Airport.

It is valid for entries between 02 December 2019 & 31 March 2020.  You must stay 5 days or more.

These codes expire at 10am on Saturday 30th November.  You can book on this page of the NCP site.

PS.  This HFP article explains why NCP Terminal 5 – at the Hilton T5 hotel – can be a particularly good deal.

Comments (44)

  • Waddle says:

    OT: Amex Gold FX quirks
    Sorry for the OT. I was always under the impression that the 2.99% fee for FX transactions did not earn points but my recent transactions tell a different story. A recent hotel payment of 458 Euros hit the card as £404.52.

    When I tap on this transaction, it shows:
    1.166 FX rate
    £11.74 fee

    By these numbers, the Euros converted to around £392.79 and £11.74 fee on top of that (give or take rounding) so I thought I should be earning 392+392 points but I actually earned 404+404.

    If I spent exactly £10,000 in a foreign currency, I will be charged £10,299 and earn 20,598 MR points rather than my original assumption of 20,000.

    This does make the fee more palatable for me as it also earns points and I can just view it as a bad exchange rate. Doesn’t change my view that Amex Gold is the best card for FX spending and non-BA airfare.

    • Shoestring says:

      if you hit the £15,000 spend to trigger 10,000 bonus (at year end), you could even add on 0.67 points/ £1

      so your £10,299 actually earns 27,264 points (stop spend at £15K & divert to another card)

      I also have no problem using Gold Card abroad, the cost is peanuts on a smallish FX spend

    • John says:

      Your incorrect assumption really makes very little difference.

      If MC and Amex exchange rates are equal, £10299 on Amex would cost you £9950 on Tandem, therefore you have paid £349 for 20598 avios or 1.7p each. Bad deal for me.

      If the Amex forex fee did not earn points, then you would only get 20000 avios for £349, or 1.75p each, an insignificant difference from 1.7p.

      In practice the Mastercard exchange rate is usually better than Amex, so that £10299 is probably £10325, raising the price per avios to 1.8p.

      If like Shoestring you spend 15K a year, that was £14564.5 before the 2.99% fee which costs you £14491.7 on Tandem, therefore you paid £508.3 for 40000 avios or 1.27p each. Still a bad deal for me but people who normally pay for UK origin J fares might be happy with that.

      If you could put the £10299 spend through Curve or Revolut which have better exchange rates, the Amex effective exchange rate would increase the price to approx £10350. If you used the Lloyds MC earning 0.5 avios per £ as the underlying card, then you have paid £350 for 20700 – 5000 = 15700 avios which is an awful 2.2p per avios.

      • Waddle says:

        You make good points and I don’t disagree at all. A minor point – I think it’s actually 45,000 points for £15k spend if all foreign FX so the £508 difference in pays for points at a rate of 1.12p rather than 1.27p.

        If looking at pure FX value for money then yes anything put through Amex is poor. But as the fee earns points, I now view the the whole thing as just getting an exchange rate 3% worse than other providers, the ability to earn 2.66 points (I’m rounding down because Amex does on all points earnings) per £ on foreign spend is something I’m happy to suck up. The gold card is a keeper beyond year 1 in my view.

  • BEM says:

    OT: and a week late as it’s related to the Curve debacle but wanted to check and see if I have got the change to the Curve Ts&Cs correct. If I top up my Revolut card with my IHG card, via Curve to then pay my tax free childcare, this will incur the fee as they are a “merchant which does not accept credit cards”?

  • Nick M says:

    Southend Airport offers:
    – Skylife Premium for £18
    – 15% off pre-book parking with code BLACKFRIDAY2019 (book by Monday)

  • Spaghetti Town says:

    OT: can i pay my car tax with amex on apple pay at the post office?

    My replacement amex is on the way but my car tax is due to be paid tomorrow. Any thoughts?

    Of course, i can pay with a mastercard but want the amex points of course.

    • Shoestring says:

      so pay with your Amex

      • Spaghetti Town says:

        I’ve lost my physical card and replacement is on the way. Not turned up yet but vehicle tax due tomorrow.

        I’ve been waiting all week to get a chance to go to the post office, then i go lose my card

  • Louise says:

    Thanks Rob, had a NCP booking for next month and ive cancelled and rebooked with code saving £45!

  • Riccatti says:

    Re: Hackett

    Can’t find how to give Club 65B number when ordering!