Monese is the online banking app which has a partnership with Avios – albeit that the partnership has not gone much further, so far, than letting you view your Avios balance alongside your financial balance.
I know that 2,000 HFP readers have a Monese account following our recent competition. If you didn’t win, here is £45 as compensation!
(We are announcing the winner of the 1 million Avios over the weekend. Sorry for the delay. Not our fault!)
If you don’t already have a Monese account, you can use my refer-a-friend code of ROBE820. You will receive a £5 credit plus a further £15 when you’ve spent £500 on your card. (I think that is how it works – it doesn’t actually tell me anywhere what you get!)
If you are reading this on your phone, the download link is here.
How to get your free £45
As a Black Friday offer, Monese has two offers running:
- Buy a £50 shopping gift card for £35
- Buy a £100 shopping gift card for £70
By far the easiest option is to buy an Amazon gift card and add it to your Amazon account for future use (it is valid for 10 years!).
Here is a step by step guide to how to do it. This is based on the £100 gift card but the process is the same for the £50 card. You can buy one of each per Monese account.
As you can see from the time stamps on the screenshots, it only took me four minutes to buy and redeem each gift card – and it would have been quicker if I wasn’t taking and uploading screenshots!
If the offer comes up as ‘expired’, it isn’t. It is just overload on the system. I got ‘expired’ early on Friday but was then able to purchase successfully at lunchtime. If GIFT100 fails for the £100 gift card, you may find that GIFT50 still works, according to readers.
Step 1: Make sure you have £70 in your Monese account
I withdrew £70 from my linked HSBC account and it arrived instantly:
Step 2: Go to ‘Promotions’, which is under the menu in the top left corner (the ‘head’ icon)
Step 3: Add the code ‘GIFT100’ (or ‘GIFT50’ for the £50 card):
…. which will lead you to this screen:
Step 4: Click on your messages (the ‘bell’ in the top right corner)
You can then activate your gift card:
Step 5: Choose the gift card you want
You can choose from Amazon, Argos, Asda, Caffe Nero, Cineworld, Costa, Currys ….. and that is just A-C! For an easy life, take an Amazon gift card (valid for 10 years!):
Step 6: Click here to go to the page of the amazon.co.uk where you redeem electronic gift cards
Enter your code:
And that’s it! £30 saved.
If you bought the £100 gift card, you can repeat the process with code GIFT50 and pay £35 for a £50 gift card.
I hope the free £45 makes up for not winning our Monese competition!
If you’re not already a Monese account holder, you can download the app here.
(Want to earn more miles and points from credit cards? Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)