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  • Rob says:

    Weird. How can they afford this? And why didn’t I get it?!

  • mutley says:

    Ditto re wine flyer, also the 2750 from Hackett as well 🙂

  • Sandra says:

    Hotel Du Vin spend £250 get £50 back until 21/7 has appeared on my Gold card today, first 8000 to register. Also Red Carnation hotels spend £350 get £75 back until 30/9 is there and I’m fairly certain is also new. Hopefully with hotels opening shortly there will be more because the rest of my offers are mostly all pretty useless!

    • WaynedP says:

      I’ve had the identical Red Carnation offer on my BAPP since before Rob’s article of 12 April re free 1 yr Leaders Club membership for LHW, because I looked up LHW hotels in South Africa and read about the link between The Oyster Box and Red Carnation which only rang a bell because of the Amex offer.

  • Travel Strong says:

    I also got this just now for my Horizon, but I assumed it was nonsense i.e. was *not* on top of the 0.5% I already get… But that’s just what i assumed… in reality, who knows!

    Back in the realms of facts/reality: I’ve checked all recent statements and I am still getting 0.5% on Horizon each month.

  • Travel Strong says:

    I know they likely wont enforce it, but i’m not activating the offer as the T+C’s say: “When this offer ends, you won’t receive [email protected] back on further credit card purchases.”

    • Stuart Evans says:

      Isn’t that outrageous and very sneaky

    • Travel Strong says:

      It would be sneaky if the actual intent of the clause is to kill off horizon cb… but I doubt it is. I’m just being cautious. If they wanted to kill off the normal cb, they could just do it and send notice to card holders.

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Got a third retention offer on the same Amex card within a year, hehehe. Also they mentioned they are trying get more offers as businesses open up so watch the offers tab. 10k MR just for keeping the card.

    As per usual: said i was considering cancelling (which for once I am, to switch to BAPP), first time went abroad and they were useless, second call went to Brighton and sorted it quickly.

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Gold CC and previous retention offers were spend related

      • Dayle says:

        Any tips? I’ve had the Bus Plat for couple months and spent the £10k, phoned up and they could only offer 2x points for 3 months

        I was considering downgrading to Gold but no spend x get y offers possible

        • Super Secret Stuff says:

          I put a how too list somewhere in the comments once. Basically just say you’re thinking about cancelling and show that you know exactly what the card offers.

          Sometimes they do give you a bonus points per pound thing on BAPP, once I got given the choice. Just depends. I’d take that offer personally as it is better than nothing and would mean you earn 3 Avios (worth 4.8p at Sainbury) per pound

        • Memesweeper says:

          2x points is pretty decent. Should make it easy to justify the card fee for a couple more months.

          I got a year free on a business gold when I asked, towards the end of year one. What wasn’t offered when I asked (separate call) was an upgrade route from Gold to Plat business, which I might have been interested in.

          • Dayle says:

            I took the double points but only keeping until the supps come in, then I’ll downgrade to Gold – don’t think I’ll put too much through it though, better returns from feeding IHG and letting it flow through

  • Stuart Evans says:

    I am trying to book Alaska Air flights for late Jan/early Feb 22 using Avios, now that they are fully part of One World. A month or so ago I called BAEC and was told they couldn’t do anything because of the migration process but it ought to be possible from 23 April. I have tried to book on-line multiple times but to no avail (although less convenient AA flights with a connection are available). I also don’t see availability on

    Given BA have understandably closed their Indian call centre because of Covid, I am reluctant to call them when they are so busy. But has anyone had any success booking Alaskan flights on-line using Avios recently?


    • Memesweeper says:

      I would keep looking online — it should show up if available on

      The call centre queues jump after a wave of cancellations but are usually ok, feel free to try when it suits you.

    • Lyn says:

      This is probably a very silly question, but are you by any chance confusing Alaska Airlines and American Airlines?

      I am just asking because you refer to, which is American Airlines, not Alaska.

      • Stuart Evans says:

        No – not 🤔 Because AA/BA are both in one world, it ought to be equally easy to book AS flights on either website. I was wondering whether the functionality had been implemented since AS joined OW

        I guess I’ll call BA tomorrow

        • ChrisC says:

          Just because Alaskan is now part of one world it does not immediately follow that all fares and rewards are available.

          BA com for example only has access to the lowest level of AA rewards (sAAvers) whereas AA offers higher cost rewards (and in greater number) to its own members and it could be the same with what Alaskan makes available to partners.

          And it could also be that Alaskan hasn’t made any reward seats available yet.

  • Louisa says:

    If I have a Amex cash back card can I qualify for a welcome bonus on the gold credit card?

    • Rob says:

      No, because you have a personal Amex card.

      You CAN get the bonus on The Platinum Card or BA Premium Plus, because those cards have different rules.

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