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News in brief:

Save £100 on easyJet Holidays

easyJet Holidays is offering a rare discount.

You can save £100 off a booking for £1,000+ made by Sunday 16th May.

Travel must be completed by 31st October.

Bookings must be made directly at easyJet Holidays via this page. You need to add code MAN100 at the bottom of the ‘Holiday Extras’ page.

Whilst the code was aimed at Manchester Airport users, hence the MAN100 code, it works from any UK departure airport.

Did you apply for Amex Business Gold or Platinum during the recent promotion?

The recent American Express promotion on Business Gold and Business Platinum was a big success with our readers. It offered 50,000 Membership Rewards points for getting Business Gold and 100,000 points – the UK’s biggest credit card bonus ever – for getting Business Platinum.

It seems that a small number of readers who applied in the final couple of days are being impacted by an IT issue. If you applied before midnight on the 9th April but did not get immediate acceptance, getting approval on 10th April or later, your account may mistakenly be set up to pay you the standard bonus.

American Express has confirmed to us in writing that anyone who applied by close of play on 9th April will receive the higher bonus, irrespective of their acceptance date.

If you find that you receive the standard bonuses:

  • 20,000 points on Business Gold when you hit £3,000
  • 40,000 points on Business Platinum when you hit £6,000

….. then keep spending until you hit the higher targets for this offer (£5,000 in 90 days on Business Gold or £10,000 in 90 days on Business Platinum) and then contact Amex to request an adjustment. The call centre has been briefed about this issue.

WH Smith to replace Dixons Travel?

Dixons Travel is no more, as we reported last week.

Parent company Dixons Carphone has decided to close all 35 sites, primarily found in UK airports, after the Government banned tax free shopping. Given that the chain made £20m profit per year pre-covid, it clearly took a very dim view of the future.

It seems that WH Smith may fill some of the gaps.

WH Smith paid £155 million in 2018 to buy InMotion. Whilst describing itself as ‘the world’s largest airport electronics retailers’, it only has three stores outside the United States. Only one of these is in the UK, in Leeds Bradford Airport.

WH Smith CEO Carl Cowling said in a trading statement last week that he saw a good opportunity to replace Dixons Travel in UK airports. InMotion looks like it focuses on smaller ticket items (headphones, cameras, portable speakers) as well as travel gear such as backpacks, so don’t expect to see the range of computers that Dixons Travel stocked.

Thanks to Mark for this.

Comments (30)

  • Dominic Barrington says:

    As a US resident, I’m a great fan of In Motion. It’s an airport shop that actually stocks the kind of things you might want while traveling. The Dixons DF prices long ago ceased to be competitive and I think it is no loss to the UK’s airports. Much easier and less hassle to buy the new iPad or MacBook at a regular store. But the smaller scale ‘gear’ sold in IM makes much more sense for passengers who, say, have forgotten to bring their headphones when they left home. A good move!

  • Arkadiusz says:

    I would be obliged for an advice whether:
    – annual fee counts as eligible spending towards 10K target,
    – any credits from Amex (Dell purchase, promotions for cash credits for spending) would detract the total amount of eligible 10K target.
    Many thanks,

  • Kevin C says:

    I think WH Smith also own Tech Express which is pretty much the same thing. There’s one at London Bridge station.

  • Mark says:

    Still waiting for my bonus, now spent nearly 20k but looks like I’ll have to wait out the 3 months.

  • zark says:

    I think it should read:
    The 20,000 points on Business Gold when you hit £3,000.
    I have experiencced this with this promotion even though my card was approved on 7th April. I’ve had the 20K for hitting £3K so glade to see that Amex admit to the glitch.

  • Gregor Macfarlane says:

    I hit the £5K spend on the Gold about two weeks ago, no sign of the bonus. They have always been prompt in the past but not this time.

  • Paul says:

    The primary issue with airport shopping is that I cannot pre order on line. What I can pre order is very limited and calling to place an order (with Dixons at least) was a nightmare.

    In an world of online shopping, click and collect and Amazon prime the lack of a web solution for airport shopping is a major weakness.

    I have often wondered why this is then I realise that prices are far from competitive and perhaps I have answered my own question!!

  • ChrisW says:

    There’s good money to be made selling small electronics that people forget to pack in airports. People freak out when they realise they forgot to pack their phone charger or decent headphones before they board a 10 hour flight.

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