News in brief:
Earn 50 Nectar points (31 Avios) per £1 at eBay this lunchtime
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.
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.
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.