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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 (October 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. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 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)

  • Doug says:

    Gawd it’s frustrating when you publish articles about Amex offers that don’t exist. Yes, I know it’s down to Amex and to whom they push each offer, so not every offer is going to appear on everybody’s card, but please can you stop publicising them as it evidently gets people annoyed.

    • Andrew says:

      Well, they clearly do exist. It’s just that Amex or the business have decided that they aren’t relevant for you.

      I’ve got 3 for 2 on M&S opaque hosiery on my Sparks card. My elderly mother has buy 4 meal deals get the fifth free on her Sparks Card.

      She’d like my offer, I’d like hers. We don’t always get what we want.

    • ThinkSquare says:

      Not half as frustrating as all the London-centric articles. 10% off at Boots for me. Do they sell Amazon gift cards?

  • JanM says:

    Still waiting to receive any offers on my two-week old Amex Gold. 🙁 Although at least the Deliveroo offer showed up on Day 3 or so.

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