Get £45 for free if you have a Monese bank account (only 4 minutes needed!)

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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:

Monese gift card promotion

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:

Monese gift card promotion

Step 4:  Click on your messages (the ‘bell’ in the top right corner)

You can then activate your gift card:

Monese gift card promotion

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!):

Monese gift card promotion

Step 6:  Click here to go to the page of the where you redeem electronic gift cards

Enter your code:

Monese gift card promotion

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.)

Final Black Friday post: Virgin Upper Class flights to Boston for just £925!
Black Friday lunch round-up: Glasgow and Aberdeen lounges, Vueling, Lufthansa, Etihad, Cathay, Air France and Amazon!

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  1. Has BA 1000 Avios on £100+ spend disappeard from Amex Account?

    I have already spent that amount last weekend but no sign of Avios in my Amex Account or
    Amex offer in My account?

    • Mine has been credited to BAEC this morning at the same time as my normal Avios from my BAPP statement transferred.

    • It took 10 days from date of spending with BA to appear in the Avios balance page on my Amex account. So give it a couple of days. Was also cumulative as I booked two RFS Avios bookings in CE and it showed up on my Amex statement as two separate entries of £50.

  2. Anyone managed to change creation statement date easily?
    Customer service is dreadful but still.

    • I think everyone’s come out at the same time so not sure if they would change that.

    • Everything about Creation is difficult. I have no idea what would happen if these useless f***ing w***heads should ever be called upon to do something even remotely challenging. The sooner IHG moves its credit cards out of the hands of these jokers, the better.

  3. More a demotion than promotion. Never got it to work over multiple attempts. Perception of the company way down.

  4. Shoestring says:

    Congratulations to the following newly-minted Avios millionaires:

    ⭐️ Renee D.

    ⭐️ Richard D.

    ⭐️ Ollie G.

    ⭐️ Ian C.

    ⭐️ Daniel G.

    ⭐️ Elliot L.

  5. Talking of gift cards, D&D restaurant group are offering an extra £20 on a £100 gift card this weekend. This will hopefully stack with an Amex offer of £20 off a £100 spend (was 20 off 80 on another card). The Amex offer ends today.

  6. Would not bother with companies like Monese and COT they are both rubbish

  7. Baaaa, too late to the game

  8. I can’t grumble about the expired code, I managed to get the £50 one and now have £70 sitting in my Monese account which I can withdraw at any time.

  9. sarah gorman says:

    Both codes seem to have expired unfortuantely

  10. I feel it may be time to run an update an update on Monese….bits I’ve been reading in the press and more changes to their T’s and C’s is making me a little nervous.

  11. From the Monese website for those who want to know, the spend method to get the extra bonus is as follows:
    1) spend on the monese card
    2) international transfers in any other currency than £ or €.

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