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News: Boots / Amex cashback deal, 100% bonus buying Hilton points, double Avios at Bicester

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News in brief:

New American Express cashback deal with Boots

Whilst it won’t save you a huge amount of cash, unless you stock up on premium cosmetics, American Express is offering 7% to 10% cashback on purchases at Boots and boots.com.

This should also work if you bought gift cards for other retailers from Boots, which is handy as most stores tend to have a decent range.

I had 10% cashback on a business card and 7% on a personal card but this could just have been random. Remember that you must register by going to the ‘Offers’ tab of the Amex website or app for each card you hold and clicking ‘save to card’ if the deal is there.

The offer runs to 22nd September. You can only benefit from it once per registered card and there is a £10 minimum spend.

You can see the current online Boots special deals here.

Hilton Honors buy points 100% bonus worth it

Get a 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points

Hilton has brought back its offer of a 100% bonus when you purchase 15,000+ points.

The Hilton ‘buy points’ page is here

The maximum purchase is 160,000 points, which doubles up to 320,000 points with the bonus.

320,000 points is what you need to book a 5-night stay at an 80,000 points per night luxury hotel, given the ‘5 for 4’ deal given to all elite Hilton Honors members.

This is the deal I used to book 5 nights at the Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah Dubai over Christmas, saving over 60% on the cash price. I wrote about how I did that in this article.

At $1,600 for 320,000 points, you are paying 0.5 cents (0.36p) per point. Our published valuation of a Hilton Honors point is 0.33p so you won’t lose out and could do a lot better at peak times.

The page to buy points is here if you are interested. The offer runs to 30th September.

Bicester Village Avios

Get double Avios at Bicester Village

Bicester Village, the discount luxury shopping outlet in Oxfordshire, is running a double Avios promotion until 12th September.

The standard Avios rate is 5 Avios per £4 spent.  During this sale period, you will receive 10 Avios per £4 spent. 

You do not claim your Avios in each individual store.  You scan your receipts and send them to Bicester after your trip – but this must now be done within 24 hours of making your purchases.

You can find out more on this special BA page of the Bicester Village website.

Note that Bicester Village works with MANY other airline partners so if Avios is not your core focus you should still find a partner to suit you.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (November 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (27)

  • Tom says:

    Can that Bicester Avios be combined with the various perks and 10% off with Platinum?

    • Andrew says:

      Yes. Although the 10% off is on a limited number of shops and a limited range of items in those shops – it’s a very hit and miss discount card.

      • VerdantBacon says:

        Does the Plat have to be used as method of payment when using the VIP pass?

        • Tariq says:

          Not in my experience – I was given a fairly generic looking discount booklet when I presented my platinum card, so used another Amex card to pay.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Depends on the store some are -0% off everything.

    • Reney says:

      Airtime offers 5% at BV, you will have to pay with a non amex but should combine with this offer.

      • Andrew says:

        Don’t forget the reward cap of £5 on each purchase, so you may have to split transactions.

  • AndyS says:

    No boots offers here. Not that I’d be likely to use it anyway; our local boots is crap!

  • Gavin says:

    No boots offer on my ARCC

  • TeesTraveller says:

    No Boots offer on either my Platinum or BA blue card.

    Lots of offers for companies I have never heard of (The Outnet) or would never in a million years use (Brighton & Hove Albion) though.

    The BA card has a £50 off an Apple iPhone when you spend £500 which I guess is pretty good if you are in the market.

    • Harry T says:

      I don’t have any of the Amex offers I would actually use – no Dishoom, Lululemon or Boots. I can’t tell if this means the marketing system is working or not, but I won’t be using any of the offers on my cards presently.

  • Alex says:

    No Boots offer across 2 cards 🙁

  • Andrew says:

    Don’t forget the 10% return on Barclaycard at Boots which may combine with the 5% Airtime reward.

    These should also stack with the 10% discount that Boots Contact Lens subscribers get off all Boots brand Products

    • His Holyness says:

      Is that on all BC including Hilton? Where do we find the offer?

      • Andrew says:

        Not sure, would be interesting if the Hilton Card offered the reward on IHG purchases.

        You can click through from the Barclaycard site to register, the direct web address has a banned word so I can’t put it on here.

        • His Holyness says:

          Got it, thank you. What gift cards are Boots selling these days?

  • Chris says:

    How lenient is Bicester Village usually with the avios credit?
    Went on Saturday and did not keep receipts, but they show up on my Amex App, do you think screenshots will work + longer than 24h ago?

    • Andrew says:

      The staff told me it’s actually 3 months – so I would certainly send them in, worst that can happen is a no.

  • Phil says:

    No Boots on my Amex Plat, Amex Plat Credit, BAPP Supp or my wife’s Amex Plat Supp or BAPP.

    Guessing that this is intended to get new customers into Boots rather than Amex providing value back to customers.

    • Tracey says:

      On my BAPP card even though I’ve used it many times in Boots.

      Only downside is that I’ve put the card away until 1 September

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