News in brief:
American Express extends the £400 Marriott offer
Many Head for Points readers with The Platinum Card from American Express have received a £400 Marriott cashback credit this week – click here.
The offer was due to end in November. However, if you take a look online, you will see that it now ends on 19th December:
£10 of free Amazon credit for Prime members
Today is the final day of the two-day Amazon Prime Day event. If you are buying anything, we’re always grateful if you use our link (click) – we earn a small commission on every purchase which keeps us ticking over.
(The most interesting deal, if you’ve never tried a smart speaker and want to know what all the fuss is about, is an Echo Dot for a ludicrous £18.99 – see here.)
If you are an Amazon Prime member, Amazon is offering £10 of free credit when you top up your account by £100. This is basically free money if you are a regular Amazon user.
To register for the £10 top up, visit this page. You must register before purchasing your top up. You don’t see the offer when you purchase your top-up, but the email receipt shows:
Remember that this is only for Amazon Prime members.
Alaska Airlines will join oneworld on 31st March 2021
In February, Alaska Airlines announced its intentions to join the oneworld alliance. It will become the 14th full member.
The airline was hoping to complete formalities in record time, with membership finalised by the end of 2020. This has now fallen through, and the airline has just announced that 31st March 2021 is the revised joining date.
Because of the existing British Airways / Alaska partnership, covered in this article, you are gaining less than you think from their entry into oneworld.
It is already possible to spend Avios on Alaska. The problem is that you only can book by calling British Airways as it is not integrated into ba.com. This should change once Alaska joins oneworld fully.
The real benefit is from tier points. Whilst you currently earn Avios when flying with Alaska, you do NOT earn British Airways Executive Club tier points. This will now change.
British Airways Executive Club Silver and Gold members will also get access to the full range of oneworld benefits when flying with Alaska, including lounge access, priority check-in, baggage, boarding and preferred seat selection.
Members of other oneworld frequent flyer programmes have more to gain from this announcement than Executive Club members, as it will open up Alaska award inventory to them for the first time.