I said we’d do an extra Black Friday article if anything interesting cropped up and (thanks to readers for the info) there are two interesting gift card deals worth flagging.
The first is actually nothing to do with travel, but is Amex related.
Get £240 of D&D Restaurants gift cards for £150
You may remember, a few weeks ago, that we covered an Amex cashback deal for D&D Restaurants, the ex-Conran Restaurants group.
Don’t think that D&D is just aimed at those living in London. It also has restaurants in Leeds, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham.
The American Express offer means that, if targetted, you get £50 cashback with a £200 purchase on the D&D Restaurants Gift Shop – click here. Restaurant gift vouchers, valid at any UK D&D venue except The Modern Pantry, are available there.
As usual, you need to check the ‘Offers’ section on the statement page online or in the app for each American Express card you hold to see if it is there. If so, click ‘Save to Card’ before making your purchase.
Add 20% to your gift card for Black Friday
As a Black Friday offer, D&D is selling £120 gift cards for £100. This offer runs until 28th November.
This means that two of these will cost you £200 and will come loaded with a total of £240. Factor in the Amex cashback and you will pay just £150 for it.
Many D&D Restaurants are bookable via the Square Meal website, which allows you to double up by earning a slug of Virgin Points at the same time. I explain how this works here – I earned 6,337 Virgin Points when we last had lunch at Coq d’Argent, which is on the roof of the Head for Points office building, although that promotion is no longer available.
The Amex cashback deal is valid until 30th November. The restaurant gift vouchers are valid for one year after purchase.
Get a 20% bonus when you buy UK Accor giftcards
The Accor hotel group is running a similar deal, offering a 20% bonus when you buy gift cards.
This is NOT a slam dunk because of the small print:
- the gift cards can only be used in the UK
- not all hotels participate – see the online list – although to be fair the vast majority are there
- gift cards expire after 12 months
- gift cards can only be used in conjunction with a hotel stay – you can’t redeem them for meals or spa treatments as a non-resident
- you cannot use gift cards with pre-paid rooms, so you will be booking a more expensive refundable ‘pay on departure’ rate
On the upside:
- Sofitel Heathrow and Sofitel Gatwick are included
- using a gift card does not impact the Accor Live Limitless points you earn from your stay, albeit that you don’t earn any points for the card purchase
There is a similar offer for Germany – link in the comments below – and potentially for other countries too if you do a search.
Accor Live Limitless update – March 2024:
Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion
New to Accor Live Limitless? Read our review of Accor Live Limitless here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.