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Bits: HSBC 25% Avios transfer bonus is live, cheap Avios via Groupon Ireland, Capital On Tap improvements

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News in brief:

25% transfer bonus from HSBC to Avios is working

A week ago, we wrote that we may be about to see a new transfer bonus between HSBC Premier credit cards and British Airways Executive Club.

This was based on the fact that a HFP reader, ZW, found this PDF on the HSBC website – click here.

It shows a 25% bonus on transfers made between 1st December and 31st December.

1st December came and went, but nothing appeared on the HSBC Premier website to imply that a transfer bonus was running.  The good news is that a couple of hardy HFP readers decided to test it out anyway.

The good news is that the transfer bonus appears to be working perfectly.

Here is a screenshot sent in by a reader from their British Airways Executive Club account, showing 1,000 points transferred from HSBC Premier and a bonus of 250 points being added immediately:

HSBC Premier to Avios transfer bonus

Cheap Avios deal on Groupon Ireland still running

A quick heads up that the Groupon Ireland deal for buying discounted Avios is still running.  This is identical to the regular deals run by Groupon in Spain, but with the advantage that the entire buying process (and, if you have issues, follow-up process) is in English and not Spanish.

Click here for details.

The Avios are not a steal at these prices.  There is no longer a ‘super cheap’ teaser package and the prices for the other packages are higher than they were a year ago.

On the upside, Sterling is currently stronger against the Euro than it has been for a while.  More importantly, if you have any issues redeeming your Groupon voucher, it will be easier to deal with AerClub and Groupon Ireland than Iberia Plus and Groupon Spain.

This is the deal:

  • 2,000 Avios for €29 (1.25p)
  • 4,000 Avios for €59 (1.27p)
  • 8,000 Avios for €109 (1.17p)
  • 15,000 Avios for €199 (1.14p)
  • 20,000 Avios for €259 (1.11p)
  • 35,000 Avios for €429 (1.05p)

You will need an Aer Lingus AerClub account to redeem your Groupon voucher, which you can open here.  You can then use ‘Combine My Avios’ via avios.com (your AerClub account details work at avios.com) to move them across to British Airways Executive Club.

The page to buy if interested is here.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards

Capital On Tap announces positive changes to its payment cards

Capital On Tap finally announced the improvements to its two cashback or Avios-earning payment cards yesterday.

New applicants have been receiving the new cards for a couple of weeks now, but the official announcement and website switch had been delayed.  To avoid confusion, we didn’t mention it until now.

I will do a full article for Friday.  However, to summarise:

the two existing cards will be merged into one, called Business Rewards, retaining the best of both products

this is good news for holders of the £99 card, previously called Capital Club, who will now earn 1p of cashback or 1 Avios per £1 spent (currently 0.5p or 0.5 Avios)

this is good news for holders of the £199 / £249 card, previously called On Tap Club, who will see the fee reduced to £99

The sign-up bonus will be £100 cashback or 10,000 Avios (10,500 if you use our code below) for spending £5,000 in three months.

This makes the card VERY attractive to anyone with a small business of any sort:

your £99 annual fee in Year 1 is fully covered by the 10,500 Avios earned

if you take Avios instead of cashback, you will have the market-leading Avios earning rate on a Visa or Mastercard of 1 Avios per £1 spent

You can continue to get an additional £5 cashback or 500 Avios as a sign-up bonus (taking your total bonus to £105 or 10,500 Avios) by using promo code headforpoints when you apply.  The sign-up page is here.

The website was due to update overnight with details of the new card.

A full article will follow very soon.  We will also look at how the Capital On Tap Business Rewards card, at £99, compares with the £210 British Airways American Express Accelerating Business (BA Business) card.

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Comments

  1. Just wondering if someone has found a working promo code that can be used with an order of Avios on Groupon Ireland?

  2. Rooster says:

    Found COT not to be very put together behind the scenes so won’t be bothering with them again.

  3. Harry T says:

    @Lyn who suggested hotels for Melbourne the other day – thank you very much.

    My partner and I have purchased IHG points in the sale and paid the equivalent of about £77 a night to stay at the new Holiday Inn Express over the Melbourne grand prix weekend. Cash rates are £175 a night for the HIX! It’s a great location for the Botanic Gardens, National Gallery and Albert Park. We don’t mind cheap and cheerful because we won’t be in the hotel much.

    Really appreciate your help.

    • Glad to be of help and I hope it turns out to be a good choice. I though it looked interesting as well because of the location. The National Gallery, well both of them (the International Gallery and the Australian Gallery) and the Botanical Gardens are the first places I head for in Melbourne. And I’m sure you’ll be able to put the savings compared to the IC to good use somewhere else on your trip. I suspect the points price for the HiX will go up after it has been open for a while if it a success,

      • Harry T says:

        Having been to Melbourne once before for a couple of days, I agree that is a prime location!

        We have used the money saved to buy Ambassador and use the weekend night for two nights in Sydney IC in a suite with club lounge access and a Harbour and opera house view. Looks like a very good deal!

  4. baecgracay says:

    I keep getting an “Unfortunately we are unable to complete your registration” when signing up for AerClub. It asks for an avios.com account, which I have from before, but when I try to reset the password on it it won’t accept it. Then if I say I don’t have an avios.com account it comes up with the above error. Any ideas or should I ask customer service?

  5. Anyone know how regular the HSBC transfer bonus is?

  6. So I’m looking at purchasing the 35,000 Avios through Groupon, at a cost of around £360, to tag on to my companion voucher booking to Shanghai, in order to fly First with BA, opposed to Club World. Worth it? It would be the same, I suppose, as upgrading to First for the cost of £180 per person. Thanks for your thoughts!

    • Not a bad deal for 24 hours of flying time. I’m assuming that 2 x F seats are showing as available for Avios, because technically you are rebooking. There may also be extra taxes to pay.

      • Thanks for your response. Not currently booked but availability looks good for end of Feb / early March at the moment which is when we’re hoping to go. Plan is to fly to Shanghai F and back from Hong Kong in Economy, taking benefit of the low taxes, simply because we still will unlikely have enough Avios to come back in a premium cabin. We were planning to book our return flights just before we depart, however agent at BA informed me that because the tickets were available we have to book the inbound at the same time as outbound. Is this your understanding too?

  7. Hi guys,

    I’m trying to transfer HSBC points into Avios, but the HSBC landing page doesn’t give any indication of the the bonus, is this normal?

    Thanks

    • Yes. Don’t worry, everyone who has transferred so far has got it. Do a small trial if you’re concerned then follow up with a bigger one next week.

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