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TOMORROW – LAST CHANCE TO BAG 35,000 MILE BONUS

Tomorrow (31 May 2013) is the last day of the 35,000 AAdvantage point bonus on the MBNA AAdvantage Amex+Visa.

I have gone into detail on this cards advantages, its bonus, using the bonus, and details for apply in this post from back in April.

I have taken this card myself, and find the freedom of having both an amex and a visa on the same account refreshing.

Remember, the AAdvantage miles you earn can be spent on any Oneworld airline, including British Airways.

For the bonus, apply through this link. Unfortunately, there are no referral treats for the Miles Mogul on this one!

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FOURSQUARE UPDATE – “NEW” OFFER LAUNCHED

I have really taken my time with this one, apologies!

At the start of April, Foursquare launched a new offer in conjunction with American Express.

This month’s offer is as follows:

· Harrods – Spend £100 – Get £25 back

To learn how to make use of these offers click here to check out the original foursquare post for full details. This post explains exactly what you need to do.

This is not as generous as the last £25 for £50 offer, but it still effectively offers a 25% discount off everything in Harrods, including concessions and gift cards. A quarter off the price of an iPad for example is not to be sniffed at. I have utilised the discount to buy a pair of Oliver Peoples frames in the opticians downstairs (which is an unbranded David Clulow). You can also collect Harrods points on your purchases by asking for a loyalty card at the till.

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Loophole – Boost your hoard of miles by at least 8400 Avios!

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Loopholes are what the Miles Mogul dreams of, and here is one of the best loopholes out there at the moment.

I have just done this myself, and would recommend anybody seriously collecting Avios to do the same.

What’s the deal?

Tesco are running a promotion at the moment giving a bonus of 3,500 Clubcard Points for taking out a life insurance policy.

These points can be freely converted into Avios. At the standard conversion rate they are worth 8,400 Avios (3,500 x 2.4), but Tesco often runs transfer bonuses, so if you wait for one of these to come along, you may get even more bang for your buck.

How much does it cost?

The policy costs £5 per month, and the points get posted after three months. You are then free to cancel the policy after making three monthly payments.

The total cost is therefore £15.

How do I sign up?

1. If you don’t already have a Tesco Clubcard account, sign up here for free.

2. Apply for the life insurance using this application form on the Tesco website.

3. When prompted, Input your Tesco Clubcard number and this promotional code: LIFE50PTSP1

4. Complete the application and input payment details.

5. Put it in your diary to cancel the policy in three months time.

6. Once the points have posted to your Tesco account, transfer them to Avios online immediately, or wait for a transfer bonus

7. You just short of a free return flight to Europe for your trouble!

8. You have until 21 May to apply.

In conclusion

This is an unmissable deal. You can effectively earn a free flight to Europe for £15 and 5 minutes of your time. (Not to mention your life is insured for the next three months!)

It is absolutely essential that you check out all the terms and conditions. Don’t take my word as gospel!

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Foursquare Update – New Offers Launched!

The partnership between Foursquare and American Express provides one of the juiciest benefits to an Amex cardholder.

I gave a detailed description of foursquare and how to use the offers in this post.

As mentioned in this post, Foursquare seem to be releasing new offers on a monthly basis.

This month’s offers are as follows:

· Debenhams – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

· Fenwick/Bentalls – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

These are fantastic, as these two shops pretty much sell everything you could ever want, and by using multiple amex cards synched with foursquare, everything is effectively half price!

Please please check out the original foursquare post for full details. These are offers not to be missed!!

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Spending Avios – Reward Flight Saver

Earning Avios is the easy part. As many of you will have experienced, redeeming your Avios is more challenging.

Today I will look at the concept of “Reward Flight Saver” although I intend on delving into redemption extensively, and I will tackle issues one at a time in the coming weeks. I will also talk about Upgrading Using Avios, Fifth Freedom Flights and ex-EU flights (i.e. using a mainland European city as your starting point for a journey) amongst a million other things! Through these topics, I will always concentrate on how to extract the maximum value from your Avios.

Reward Flight Saver (“RFS”)

Key to the value of RFS tickets are the avoidance of crippling taxes. The wide variety of taxes payable when flying still apply to redemption tickets, and often make a redemption ticket more expensive than a discounted cash ticket you could buy on the internet!

RFS allows you to pay flat fee taxes of £30 for a return economy journey (£45 for business class) for any journey of less than 2000 miles.

This covers a wide range of destinations in Europe. For example a return flight to Prague will cost 9000 Avios + £30 in taxes.

I don’t live in London! Travelling from regional airports (Leeds-Bradford, Manchester, Glasgow etc.)

As an added bonus, you can tag on a regional flight for no extra cost. For example, flying from Leeds-Bradford to Prague (via Heathrow) will still cost 9000 Avios + £30. This is fantastic value for all my Leeds pals!

Is it just British Airways?

No! RFS also applies in the same way to all Iberia flights (this could get you to Senegal and Mauritania from Madrid!) and British Airways “Fifth Freedom” flights (a BA flight that doesn’t take off or land in the UK, such as the Antigua to Grenada hop – more about this in another post!). You can also get RFS for slightly different prices on Vueling, and Comair (in South Africa)

Where can I go?

Any flight under 2000 miles is covered for £30. Here are some popular destinations, and how many Avios you must pay. Double the amount of Avios for Business class.

Destination Avios for an economy return
Paris 9000
Copenhagen 9000
Berlin 9000
Nice 9000
Rome 15000
Malaga 15000
Budapest 15000
Venice 15000
Moscow 20000
Marrakech 20000
Cyprus (Larnaca or Paphos) 20000
Istanbul 20000

Moscow – A First Class opportunity

 

Moscow is the only route covered by RFS on which British Airways operates long haul aircraft. Most interestingly, one flight of the three-a-day service is operated by a Boeing 747-400 Jumbo Jet. This flight is the only one where you can redeem a FIRST CLASS flight under an RFS ticket. For those who would love to try British Airways’ flagship service, this could be the ticket for you. This flight would normally cost around £2500, but could be yours for 60,000 Avios + £45 in tax.

How do I book?

You can book online at ba.com by signing into your Executive Club account. Follow the links to “Spending Avios”, and “Book Using Avios”.

The system is very easy to use, and the RFS will be available automatically.

Availability tends to be quite good on these flights. I have searched a few dates for all the routes, including Moscow in First Class, and in terms of availability, I certainly wouldn’t have any trouble booking flights if I wanted to.

Remember, you can transfer Amex Membership Rewards points into your Executive Club account, but it may be worth waiting for a transfer bonus to pop up.

In conclusion…

Reward Flight Saver offers fantastic value on short haul flights. Play around on ba.com to see what’s available.

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Quidco

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Along with Foursquare, there are amazing opportunities here for saving huge chunks of cash using “Quidco”

 

What is Quidco?

Quidco is a cashback site working with an enormous range of high street, finance, travel and fashion companies. You follow the link to these retailers on the Quidco site, and earn various rates of cashback. The money builds up in your account and can be paid straight into your current account.

Quidco pass on all the referral fees they receive to you!

What offers are available?

You should check out site as the range of offers is truly astounding, but here is a selection of some of the best, from a range of different companies:

· Expedia – up to 12% cashback

· Aviva Car Insurance – up to £70 cashback

· Sky – up to £80 cashback

· Apple – up to 4% cashback

· nPower – up to £100 cashback

· Boots – up to 8% cashback

For example, if you were booking a hotel on Expedia for £2000, by clicking through Quidco, the price would be the same, but you would receive £240 cash into your Quidco account.

How to I sign up?

Signing up is “free”. I use inverted commas, because although Quidco won’t charge you to a penny to sign up, they with hold back the first £5 you earn each year to cover their costs.

To keep running this blog add free, please Sign up by clicking here. It may afford me a £2.50 referral bonus, but costs you nothing whatsoever!

A warning

Cashback on quidco is not guaranteed and tracking on Quidco can be temperamental. I always follow the policy that if something is the same price or cheaper through a quidco retailer, then DEFINITELY use quidco. If you can get it cheaper somewhere else, buy it there, and don’t take the risk that the cashback may never post in your account.

You can however make a claim for payment. I am in the process of two of these at the moment, and I will keep you updated as to their success.

In conclusion

Signing up to Quidco is a real no brainer, and I encourage you all to sign up immediately and make all your purchases using it (subject to the above warning!)

As always, please post any questions or comments below, and let everybody know what quidco savings you have made.

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Foursquare

Nothing provides a more immediate benefit to an American Express cardholder than Foursquare!!!

What is Foursquare?

Foursquare is a location based social media app that revolves around checking-in at locations, and writing reviews. You can open the app on your phone and see surrounding restaurants, shops, bars, culture and sights. You can see who else has checked in at a specific place, and the reviews and ratings of visitors.

What benefits can I get?

Many places have check in specials. For example, a restaurant may have a special offering a free bottle of wine with your meal if you check in.

Now this is where it gets interesting… American Express have partnered with Foursquare to offer some really special deals. You are able to sync your American Express card with your Foursquare account, you then simply check in on Foursquare, and pay with your Amex and take advantage of the offer.

In simple terms, you pay with your Amex, and you receive a credit back into your account a couple of days later.

The offers change monthly. Some are really crazy, for example December saw a Harvey Nichols offer “£25 Spend = £25 Credit”. I walked into HN, bought a £25 voucher, and I was immediately credited £25. FREE VOUCHERS!

What are the current Amex offers?

House of Fraser – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

Harrods – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

Gap – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

Banana Republic – Spend £50 – Get £25 back

Carphone Warehouse – Spend £25 – Get £10 back

Starbucks – Spend £10 – Get £5 back

Pizza Hut – Spend £30 – Get £15 Back

How many times can I use the special?

This is also very interesting. You can only use each special ONCE per card. However nothing stops you opening a new foursquare account for each Amex card you hold using a different email, and syncing each one. I hold a BA, BMI, Gold and SPG Amex card. I have a foursquare account for each one, and I sign into each one, check in, and take advantage four times. You can also do this with any supplementary cards you hold, as long as the card number is different.

How does it work?

1. Download the Foursquare app (it’s free).

2. Sign up using your email (not facebook).

3. Sync your foursquare account and your Amex card via this link.

4. Sign into foursquare, search for specials, and check-in at the relevant shop (you don’t have to be at the shop to do this, you can check in from home)

5. Once you have checked in, click on the special and then ‘load to card’

6. Go and spend! You must hit the required spend to get the credit (e.g. in Harrods [£50 spend = £25 credit] [£70 spend = £25 credit] BUT [£48 spend = £0 credit]

7. In my experience, credits post within 2-3 days. (slower on the MBNA Amex cards).

Tips for using multiple Amex cards

Key to using multiple cards is having a new email address for each account. Keep a record of which account is synced to which Amex card.

You can split spending over your different cards in one transaction. E.g. I bought a £150 gift card  for House of Fraser, and paid £50 on each card, one after the other, just as you would do if you split the bill in a restaurant.

HOT TIP! If you use Gmail, you can split up your email address with dots. Foursquare will recognise it as a different email, but all mail is delivered to the same account. You can also add a plus sign followed by words.

E.g. if your Gmail address is example@gmail.com, you can also use e.xample@gmail.com, exam.ple@gmail.com, example+AMEX@gmail.com, example+AMEX2@gmail.com. These will all deliver to the same account.

In Conclusion…

These are offers truly not to be missed. A real benefit, and it is worth taking out free American Express cards and/or free supplementary cards in order to take advantage.

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