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Extra avios when traveling in London and paying with an Amex card that rewards with avios

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Have a Amex card that rewards you with avios? Use it as a contactless when traveling in london and get an extra 10 avios for every £2 spent. One first has to save the offer to one's Amex card. Offe… Read More
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Have a Amex card that rewards you with avios? Use it as a contactless when traveling in london and get an extra 10 avios for every £2 spent. One first has to save the offer to one's Amex card.

Offer's T&C's

Receive 10 extra Avios for every £2 spent, valid until 6 November 2016.

Available when using your contactless Card to pay as you go on bus, Tube, tram, DLR, London Overground, TfL Rail, Emirates Air Line, Thames Clipper River Bus and most National Rail services in London during this promotional period.

Offer excludes travel on Heathrow Connect.

Up to a maximum of 1,000 Avios per Cardmember for the first 50,000 UK Cardmembers to save.

Payment is required in full on the American Express Card to which the offer is saved.

Offer only applies to spend made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet.

Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using Payment Aggregators including, but not limited to, PayPal.

An awarded credit may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled.

Credit should appear on your billing statement within 5 days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 6 November 2016.

Can't find a link on either American express's website or TfL's website for this offer.

Only link I could find was:

insideflyer.co.uk/2016/09/earn-bonus-avios-commute-via-amex
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#1
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them
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Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them

Where do you want to go!?

Most effective use is to combine with upgrade/2-for1 vouchers earnt through credit cards.

For example, spend £10k on the Amex BAPP card and get 2-for-1 avios redemptions with BA.
Spend £7k on the Lloyds Avios Rewards card and get a free upgrade to next cabin with BA.

I've earnt both of these in last year. Just used the avios upgrade for two return flights to Santorini next august, out business back economy for 40,000 avios + £85. Cash fare is over £1k.

Saving up my remaining avios to use on two return business flights to Tokyo for 180,000 avios next year using the 2-for-1 voucher (effectively saving 180,000 avios).

Edited By: A13 on Sep 23, 2016 09:48
1 Like #3
Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them

Short haul flights are usually the best way to spend them.

For Europe you need around 10,000 avios, for a bit further away Gran Caneria, Morocco, Cyprus, Turkey, you will need around 20,000. The only extra you need to pay for these flights is £35 per ticket (to cover taxes, etc).

If you choose to go further away, UAE, USA, Far East, then the taxes cost a lot more and in my opinion, you are better off just finding cheap flights to those destinations and saving your avios for something else.

You can also get theme park tickets for around 5000 avios per person, it really depends what you want to do with the avios you have collected.
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if you Google "Head for Points", that's a website runned by Raffles how to get out the best of your
Avios, on which flight to save taxes, to which account ( British Airways, Iberia, Virgin ) credit your
airmiles in which season of the year ( special deals ), as well how to convert your airmiles into
hotel points and the other way round. You would be amazed, you could spend a good weekend for
free included the "right " hotel ( means the best avois conversion ). If you contact Raffles directly,
I think he will help you as well, every time I don't understand one of his articles ( I am German, a
language problem ) because they use sometimes short terms I drop him an email and in 1-2 days
I get an answer with explanation. He advises business and leisure travellers, and if he referres
you to the Marriott Hotels as a new member, you get as well 2000 points which you can convert
into Avios. He reviews hotels and airport lounges, you can see photos and explore a new world
which can be soon yours as well.
#5
A13
Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them
Where do you want to go!?
Most effective use is to combine with upgrade/2-for1 vouchers earnt through credit cards.
For example, spend £10k on the Amex BAPP card and get 2-for-1 avios redemptions with BA.
Spend £7k on the Lloyds Avios Rewards card and get a free upgrade to next cabin with BA.
I've earnt both of these in last year. Just used the avios upgrade for two return flights to Santorini next august, out business back economy for 40,000 avios + £85. Cash fare is over £1k.
Saving up my remaining avios to use on two return business flights to Tokyo for 180,000 avios next year using the 2-for-1 voucher (effectively saving 180,000 avios).

You forgot to add on the £195 per year card fee.
I've been using the MBNA Diamond Plus Amex for years, no card fee, and 2 (TWO) Diamond Plus miles per £1 spent (which can be converted to Avios at a rate of 1:1. Effectively this as the same as the Amex BAPP 'free' 2-for-1 voucher as you collect double miles on spend, and it costs nothing per annum. Unfortunately the MBNA card is withdrawing the miles offer at the end of Sept :-(

AMEX Preferred Rewards Gold however is fee free for the first year, and gives double Award Points on all travel spend (again can be converted to Avios on a 1:1). You also get a 20,000 miles bonus for spending £2k in the first 3 months, plus is comes with the added bonus of 2 free lounge passes - which you can use before your flight to Tokyo :-)

However, good spot from the OP, don't know why this deal is getting cold, am I missing something, seems like a free one to me?

Edited By: FiveBobBill on Sep 23, 2016 10:11
1 Like #6
FiveBobBill
A13
Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them
Where do you want to go!?
Most effective use is to combine with upgrade/2-for1 vouchers earnt through credit cards.
For example, spend £10k on the Amex BAPP card and get 2-for-1 avios redemptions with BA.
Spend £7k on the Lloyds Avios Rewards card and get a free upgrade to next cabin with BA.
I've earnt both of these in last year. Just used the avios upgrade for two return flights to Santorini next august, out business back economy for 40,000 avios + £85. Cash fare is over £1k.
Saving up my remaining avios to use on two return business flights to Tokyo for 180,000 avios next year using the 2-for-1 voucher (effectively saving 180,000 avios).
You forgot to add on the £195 per year card fee.
I've been using the MBNA Diamond Plus Amex for years, no card fee, and 2 (TWO) Diamond Plus miles per £1 spent (which can be converted to Avios at a rate of 1:1. Effectively this as the same as the Amex BAPP 'free' 2-for-1 voucher as you collect double miles on spend, and it costs nothing per annum. Unfortunately the MBNA card is withdrawing the miles offer at the end of Sept :-(
AMEX Preferred Rewards Gold however is fee free for the first year, and gives double Award Points on all travel spend (again can be converted to Avios on a 1:1), with the added bonus of 2 free lounge passes which you can use before your flight to Tokyo :-)
However, good spot from the OP, don't know why this deal is getting cold, am I missing something, seems like a free one to me?

True, i actually cancelled by BAPP card because of the increased fee from £150, and the fact i'd already triggered the voucher (you actually get a refund of the remaining year's membership fee which is good).

Now opened the Amex Gold Rewards card for 22,000 welcome bonus which is converted to avios.
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A13
FiveBobBill
A13
Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them
Where do you want to go!?
Most effective use is to combine with upgrade/2-for1 vouchers earnt through credit cards.
For example, spend £10k on the Amex BAPP card and get 2-for-1 avios redemptions with BA.
Spend £7k on the Lloyds Avios Rewards card and get a free upgrade to next cabin with BA.
I've earnt both of these in last year. Just used the avios upgrade for two return flights to Santorini next august, out business back economy for 40,000 avios + £85. Cash fare is over £1k.
Saving up my remaining avios to use on two return business flights to Tokyo for 180,000 avios next year using the 2-for-1 voucher (effectively saving 180,000 avios).
You forgot to add on the £195 per year card fee.
I've been using the MBNA Diamond Plus Amex for years, no card fee, and 2 (TWO) Diamond Plus miles per £1 spent (which can be converted to Avios at a rate of 1:1. Effectively this as the same as the Amex BAPP 'free' 2-for-1 voucher as you collect double miles on spend, and it costs nothing per annum. Unfortunately the MBNA card is withdrawing the miles offer at the end of Sept :-(
AMEX Preferred Rewards Gold however is fee free for the first year, and gives double Award Points on all travel spend (again can be converted to Avios on a 1:1), with the added bonus of 2 free lounge passes which you can use before your flight to Tokyo :-)
However, good spot from the OP, don't know why this deal is getting cold, am I missing something, seems like a free one to me?
True, i actually cancelled by BAPP card because of the increased fee from £150, and the fact i'd already triggered the voucher (you actually get a refund of the remaining year's membership fee which is good).

Now opened the Amex Gold Rewards card for 22,000 welcome bonus which is converted to avios.

On that point, and more relevant to this 'deal' - i have this offer on my Amex Gold Rewards card giving me 10 Amex Membership Points per £2 spent.
1 Like #8
Naz76
I have almost 100000 air miles and zero idea how to spend them....please can someone advise....how to get the best out of them

Me and the missus are off on a cruise in November, departing Athens and ending in Abu Dhabi. Living in Northern Ireland there are no direct flights to Athens, so could have proved a fairly expensive add on to the holiday. I was able to use Avios, flying BA Belfast to Heathrow, then BA onwards to Athens - it cost me 25,000 Avios plus £70 for two (and of course this includes hold luggage.

I recently had a read at the 'Head for Points' blog pointed out by "JustMe8" above, and as a result phoned BA yesterday to ask about a possible upgrade to "Club Europe" (Business Class) for the Heathrow-Athens leg, it cost me an extra 17,000 Avios and £15 per person. A "Club Europe" ticket also gets us free admission to the Business Lounge for our 3 hours changeover in Terminal 5, fast track security, early boarding, and much better seats and service on the aircraft.

So for all 4 flights, and above trimmings, it's costing us £50 each plus a total of 42,000 Avios. Very valuable if you travel in Europe a lot like me, and well worth collecting...

Edited By: FiveBobBill on Sep 23, 2016 10:34: cant spell!
#9
Would like to use them for a New York trip....can someone help on that please
#10
Naz76
Would like to use them for a New York trip....can someone help on that please

Not good value Naz, on BA flights over 2,000 miles you have to pay the taxes, which on Transatlantic can cost around £350, more than the full price of a flight sometimes with another airline. Check out American Airlines, they're usually among the cheapest UK to USA... AND if you pay cash you collect MORE AVIOS as they're a BA partner!

Edited By: FiveBobBill on Sep 23, 2016 10:50
#11
Naz76
Would like to use them for a New York trip....can someone help on that please

As mentioned, avios are not that great to use long haul unless you plan on travelling in business/first.

For example, an off-peak return flight LHR - NYC in economy will cost you 26,000 avios + £345 taxes
You can regulalrly get BA return economy flights to NYC for £440, and I recently got some for as little as £350, so using avios isnt worth it.

Using random dates of March 4th - 11th 2017
Economy return 26,000 avios + £345, cash fare is £442
Business return on the other hand would cost 100,000 avios + £485, whereas the cash fare could be £2840.. (4/3/17 - 11/3/17)
#12
FiveBobBill
Naz76
Would like to use them for a New York trip....can someone help on that please
Not good value Naz, on BA flights over 2,000 miles you have to pay the taxes, which on Transatlantic can cost around £350, more than the full price of a flight sometimes with another airline. Check out American Airlines, they're usually among the cheapest UK to USA... AND if you pay cash you collect MORE AVIOS as they're a BA partner!

Just to add Naz, if you're determined to use them for New York you may do better using them to upgrade your seat.

BA allow you to use Avios for upgrades if you have paid cash for your original ticket, but you can only upgrade one category - ie, World Traveller-World Traveller Plus, World Traveller Plus to Club World etc. The best option (if you have enough Avios and can afford World Traveller Plus) is to pay for that and upgrade to Club World. Sometimes this can cost as little a 20,000 Avios one-way. Great option, especially for the overnight (red eye) flight.

Worth ringing BA before paying for the WTP seats first though, just to check if they have upgrade availability in Club World

Edited By: FiveBobBill on Sep 23, 2016 11:09
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Naz76
Would like to use them for a New York trip....can someone help on that please


There's a cheaper way to use them for new York, but they would need some avios to be in a ba avios account and not in a avios.com account (you can transfer them free between avios and ba). For new York search Dusseldorf or Berlin (txl) to JFK on BA avios website, and it'll come up as 20000 avios and just £2 each way with Air Berlin. Then you have to either use a cheap flight to get to Dusseldorf or Berlin or use avios on either Flybe for 4500avios plus approx 25quid each way (can only be booked in avios.com) or fly BA from Heathrow for 4000/4500 avios and £17.50 each way.
#14
Thanks all u have been super helpful. Is it worth while using them for hotels then?
#15
Naz76
Thanks all u have been super helpful. Is it worth while using them for hotels then?

Another poor value option Naz, purchasing a hotel through Quidco or Topcashback is always much better value than using Avios. However, that's only if you intend keeping them for flights sometime. After reading your initial post you say you have 100,000, and don't seem that 'into' the Avios programme. If that's the case, you don't intend to collect any more Avios and are looking rid of the ones you have, then by all means use them on a New York hotel - certainly not the cheapest place in the world to stay, and 100,000 Avios will get you a 3 or 4 night stay in a downtown 4 or 5 star hotel - could save you upwards of 4 or 500 quid!

Edited By: FiveBobBill on Sep 23, 2016 12:43
#16
Good idea to sign up to headforpoints (see post about it above) - been a recipient of his daily emails for just a year and already racked up tons of avios.
There are many other useful purposes one could use avios for besides flights and hotels:

Ferries (incl eurotunnel) - https://www.avios.com/gb/en_gb/spend/ferries

Eurostar - https://www.avios.com/gb/en_gb/spend/eurostar

Airport Lounges & Parking - https://www.avios.com/gb/en_gb/spend/airport-extras

The list could go on incl Top attractions, memberships, luxury train journeys, wine etc and this is just from Avios.com and then one could also spend avios on ba.com or Iberia's website.

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