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Red By Dufry status match

LAST CHANCE: Get a free upgrade to top-tier World Duty Free / Red By Dufry status

Back in November 2023, the World Duty Free shops at Heathrow launched a new partnership with Avios.

You will now earn 1 Avios for every £1 you spend in World Duty Free and other shops at Heathrow run by the same parent company.

This is totally separate from the Heathrow Rewards loyalty scheme – which also earns Avios – and you can double up by earning in both programmes.

You can now get FREE top tier status in the World Duty Free / Red By Dufry loyalty programme as long as you have elite status with an airline or hotel programme. This DOUBLES your cash discount on every duty free purchase to 10% – and you still earn Avios on top. The form to complete is here.

Even better, you will receive 250 bonus Avios with your first transaction if you are a new member and link your Red By Dufry account to your Avios account. You can read more about this status match offer in our article here.

(This offer is also worth having if you don’t use Heathrow as your local airport. Red By Dufry discounts are available in virtually all UK airports with a duty free store.)

The status match will end on 29th February.

This week’s top travel news stories:

Take a look inside the new oneworld Amsterdam lounge, photo above, which British Airways passengers will use. It is now open.

…. and the new Aspire Amsterdam lounge next door, photo below, which is the Priority Pass lounge in the non-Schengen area

BA’s last A350 arrives: how is the Club Suite rollout progressing?

Amex pro-rata fee refunds: what happens on 29th February?

Avis Budget opens a new rental car centre at East Midlands Airport

Get 60,000 or 120,000 points with the new Amex Business Gold or Platinum sign-up offers – these convert to 60,000 or 120,000 Avios!

Etihad Guest makes sweeping changes, including negative changes to mileage expiry and reward cancellation fees

The refurbished Edinburgh Marriott Holyrood Hotel is now open – this is the ex-Macdonald hotel

British Airways closes the Avios-earning Prepaid Mastercard – read to see how to get your remaining funds back

Get double points with Virgin Trains Ticketing until tomorrow – but is it the best deal?

Get triple Avios at BA Holidays when you pay with a BA Premium Plus American Express card

Which nine airports can you fly to from the UK but not from London?

Travel deals of the week:

Get £1,280 business class flights to Dubai with Lufthansa and SWISS

British Airways & Avios news:

What do Qatar Airways Avios redemptions cost from the UK?

Where does British Airways fly to from Heathrow Terminal 3? It’s your change to try the excellent Qantas and Cathay Pacific lounges

Credit card news:

Get 20% cashback at 1,000+ restaurants for three months on the Amex Preferred Rewards Gold Card

Is the new bonus offer from Virgin Atlantic’s credit cards a reason to start collecting Virgin Points?

Hotel news:

Marriott Bonvoy Moments releases more O2 concert tickets – image of their VIP suite above

Get a 20% discount when buying World of Hyatt points – click here to buy

Is World of Hyatt the best hotel loyalty scheme? Read our detailed analysis

How to earn Marriott points flying Emirates and Emirates status benefits at Marriott hotels

Reviews this week:

Review: the ‘refreshed’ British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport. What’s new?

Other interesting news:

Do you know your expiry rules for Avios and other airline miles?

That’s all, folks

Our latest round-up of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday,

Rob, Rhys and Katie @ Head for Points

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