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Bits: 50 Nectar points per £1 at eBay at noon, 3x Avios at Bicester, Plaza Premium / Plat kids promo

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News in brief:

Earn 50 Nectar points (31 Avios) per £1 at eBay this lunchtime

EDIT: the offer should now show on the eBay home page when you are logged in. I recommend clicking ‘Activate’ again just to be sure that it tracks – go here.

The extra points will show before you purchase – for a £12 item, for example, the listing will say ‘Collect 600 Nectar points’.

If you have multiple items in your basket, you only receive 50x for the most expensive one.

A quick reminder that, if you are targeted, Nectar and eBay are running their slightly crazy Black Friday offer today.

For one hour – between noon and 1pm today (Friday) – you will receive 50 Nectar points per £1 you spend.

This offer only seems to be available via the Nectar app under ‘Partner Offers’, although not for everyone. If you don’t see it in the app, try registering via this page of the Nectar website.

The base earning rate at eBay is 1 Nectar point (0.625 Avios) per £1 spent. With this offer, you would receive 50 Nectar points worth 31.25 Avios per £1 spent.

Importantly, as with all recent Nectar / eBay offers, there is a cap of 300 base Nectar points per transaction. This means that you will only earn the bonus on the first £300 you spend. Your Nectar earning is capped at (£300 x 50) 15,000 points which would convert into 9,375 Avios.

If you value an Avios at 1p, you are getting a 31% rebate on your spending.

What is the small print?

Before you can earn Nectar points from eBay, you need to link your Nectar and eBay accounts via the link on this page and register for the offer via the Nectar app.

There is a £10 minimum spend required. Only ‘Buy It Now’ items will qualify.

You can only earn the bonus on one ITEM. It isn’t clear what happens if you put multiple items in your basket.

The standard eBay rules on excluded categories will apply. Full details of excluded categories are here.

The eBay home page is here. You can find out more about the Nectar partnership, and link your card, on this special eBay page.

Bonus Nectar points on ebay

Earn triple Avios at Bicester Village

If you are planning a shopping trip to the Bicester Village designer outlet in Oxfordshire in the near future, you can can pick up triple Avios with your shopping.

The standard earning rate for Avios at Bicester Village is 5 Avios for every £4 you spend. During this promotion you will earn 15 Avios for every £4 you spend.

You may also find that you have a generous Bicester Village cashback offer available, either via American Express or any Visa or Mastercard you have. This will stack with the bonus Avios.

(You may even be able to triple dip if you have an affinity offer which gets you a 10% VIP discount card, such as the one given to American Express Platinum or HSBC Jade customers. Simply show your card at Guest Services.)

Full details of the offer can be found here.

Make sure you understand the process for claiming your Avios. You need to submit copies of your receipts via email on the same day that you make your purchases.

Bicester Village earning Avios

Plaza Premium promotion for American Express Platinum cardholders

If you are travelling through Heathrow Terminal 2, Heathrow Terminal 5 or Gatwick North over Christmas, your best bet for an independent airport lounge is probably Plaza Premium.

Here is our latest review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 2 and our latest review of Plaza Premium Heathrow Terminal 5. We haven’t reviewed the new Gatwick lounge yet (which is the old Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse) but Sinead has been and recommends it.

Whilst Plaza Premium is no longer part of Priority Pass, you can get access for yourself and a guest by showing an American Express Platinum charge card at the door.

From 13th December to 1st January, Plaza Premium is also allowing American Express Platinum cardholders to bring in one child (under 12 years of age) for free.

This won’t benefit everyone – if your partner has a supplementary Platinum card on your account you can already get four people in between you – but will benefit those with three children or an adult travelling alone with two children.

Comments (108)

  • TEA says:

    Just checked T&Cs on eBay regarding multiple items:

    “ Please note that points are generally calculated per eligible item not on the total purchase price. For example, if you purchase 3 items in a single transaction worth £4.95 each, you will receive 4 Nectar points for each item for a total of 12 Nectar points.

    However, if you buy multiple quantities of the same item from the same seller, the points for those items will be calculated based on the total price. For example if you buy 2 of the same item from the same seller for £5.99 each , the points will be calculated based on a total price of £11.98, and you will receive 11 points.”

    • TEA says:

      Also if the price is 11.99 then it will be rounded up to 12, anything under xx.99 will be rounded down.

  • Mark says:

    Does buying a Bicester gift card from guest services qualify for the bonus avios offer as “qualifying spend”?

  • BJ says:

    I have four family ebay accounts set for moon today, howevemy dad’s account is not showing as linked on Nectar app. Otherwise everything is fine. Any thoughts?

  • Hulk says:

    Can I buy something from the Dyson eBay Outlet Store and get the 50x points?

    I couldn’t see list of excluded categories at the link above.

    • Katy says:

      The exclusions are in the FAQ tab of the link Rob attached

    • Stagger Lee says:

      Doesn’t look like it’s excluded. I was going to get a refurbished Vacuum from Dyson anyway so will be ordering that at the allotted time

    • Zana says:

      Just purchased a Dyson refurbished heater for £299. On checkout, it tells you that you’ll collect 15,000 nectar points. Amazing as that’s worth £75 in Sainsbury’s even if one doesn’t convert it to Avios.

  • Bazzer says:

    Where does it say only buy it now qualifies in the t&C’s? I can’t for the life of me see it

  • Andrew says:

    To note, Amex Platinum also receive the 10% Bicester VIP – show your card at guest services.

    • Ancient says:

      You can also just get the QR code on your phone. Just search Bicester Amex and there is a link from the Amex website.

  • Pete says:

    Is it possible/necessary to ‘reserve’ access to Plaza Premium T5 with amex platinum? Planning to go when it opens at 6am next Friday, not sure how busy it’s likely to be.

  • lev441 says:

    ebay offer not showing on my account 🙁 Annoying as I do have large purchase to make!

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