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Bits: get 1000 Avios with £200 BA Cityflyer spend, Hilton sale ending, HelloFresh / Amazon deal

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News in brief:

Get 1,000 bonus Avios with a new British Airways American Express deal

A new offer has appeared on British Airways American Express Premium Plus credit cards, and potentially also on the free version.

You should find it on the ‘Offers’ page of the American Express app or website on your BA Amex account.

It is simple enough. Once registered, you will receive 1,000 bonus Avios when you spend £200 on BA Cityflyer flights at by 10th March.

The bonus Avios will be sent via American Express along with your normal monthly Avios, and not added to whatever flights you book.

Cumulative spend is OK.

Note that the offer appears more generous than it is. Amex talks about ‘British Airways spend’ but when you click the list of participating airports you will see that ONLY BA Cityflyer services are included. This means that only BA Cityflyer flights from London City, Edinburgh, Southampton and Stansted count. You can’t use the offer on any flights to/from Heathrow or Gatwick.

Flights must depart from the UK and must be a round trip. The bonus will not trigger if you book a one-way BA Cityflyer flight to the UK, and in theory won’t trigger if you only book a one-way outbound.

Get 1,000 bonus Avios with a new British Airways American Express deal

Last day to book in the Hilton sale

Today (30th January) is your last chance to book in the current Hilton sale for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

You can get up to 20% off participating properties when you book a weekend stay between now and 8th April 2024.  

You can see full details on the Hilton website here. Here’s the small print:

  • you must book by 30th January 2024
  • your stay must be taken by 8th April 2024
  • full prepayment is required and rooms are not refundable
  • sale rates are only available for weekend stays at participating hotels

You will save up to 20% off the standard Best Flexible Rate, although note that these sale rooms are not refundable whereas Best Flexible Rate rooms are.

The discount is lower if you are not a Hilton Honors member, but I assume you are (!) as a HfP reader – and if not, you can join for free at the Hilton website.

PS. The new Lost Property St Paul’s (Curio Collection by Hilton) is pictured below and is reviewed here.

Hilton winter sale Lost Property

Amazon Prime launches a special deal with HelloFresh

This is, admitedly, totally outside our ‘miles and points’ remit. However, Amazon sends us details of its new promotions and I imagine that a large percentage of our UK readers have Amazon Prime.

As you can see here, Amazon Prime members who are also subscribers to HelloFresh meal kits will get free Hello Fresh delivery for 12 months. This will save you £4.99 per box.

You can link your HelloFresh account to your Amazon Prime account via this page of the Amazon website.

There is also an offer there for anyone who is not currently a HelloFresh customer.

If you are a HelloFresh customer but not a Prime subscriber, you can sign up for a 30-day Amazon Prime free trial here in order to get free delivery on your HelloFresh orders.

PS. If you have American Express Preferred Rewards Gold with its £120 of annual Deliveroo credit, remember that Amazon Prime members get FREE Deliveroo Plus status for 12 months. This gets you free delivery on orders above £25. You can sign up for this offer here.

Comments (24)

  • His Holyness says:

    Thank the Lord the Hilton “sale” is ending…prices can now drop.

  • Fazzy Bear says:

    The deliveroo offer is now for orders over £15 not £25.

    Service fees is now 10% of basket value – not sure what previous amount was but it’s most likely a increase.

  • Terry Butler says:

    What a lot of faffing about and restrictions for just £10 worth of Avios. sometimes I wonder what the marketing people of these big corporations are thinking of.

    How complex can they make it?

    • No longer Entitled says:

      Presumably they are thinking: how can we get the most people to spend (headline) but pay out the least amount (T&C’s).

    • executiveclubber says:

      Perhaps trialling how small an incentive they can offer to still positively impact their bottom line? They also trialled discounts for Exec Club from LCY recently

    • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

      Hardly a faff.

      You register the offer as you would any other Amex offer then book as normal on BA website /app.

      Given how some people on here will move heaven and earth for 100 this is a big bonus!

      • CamFlyer says:

        Agree. For, say, a £250 flight that already earns 3 Avios/£1, that bumps it to 7 Avios/£1 (8 if one can spend exactly £200). That’s a good return on spend.

        That will undoubtedly pick up marginal additional business to BA from competing airlines, or to BAPP customers from other card products.

    • lumma says:

      I never understand the point of offers like these. They’re hardly going to change most customer behaviour (if you’re willing to book through an OTA, you’ll possibly be able to beat the value of the Avios with an actual discount), so when you do get someone who qualifies, it’s highly likely they’d have made the purchase anyway.

      It’s like the 1 Avios per £ on Uber offer, does anyone choose Uber for a few pence worth of Avios on each trip?

      • Rob says:

        Two differences here:

        *BA has done a lot of promotion for Uber via email etc, which is probably worth at least the value of the Avios bought

        *A lot of Uber in London will be a business expense and so the traveller may choose Uber over a cheaper alternative in order to gain Avios

        The Cityflyer offer would have been more effective if the headline was ‘1000 Avios for flying BA from Southampton’ etc which would at least have promoted the routes more widely.

        • lumma says:

          When I was a restaurant manager, we’d often transfer stock between restaurants by booking Ubers. Just for convenience I’d say 99% of the company just used Uber as a default and didn’t look at the alternatives. The 15-20 Avios per journey wouldn’t have made me switch from say Bolt. 5 Avios or more might have swung the deal

      • Andrew. says:

        It’s quite straightforward. I see the offer and book today for a flight from Southampton to EDI later in the year for a 1,000 Avios bonus and BA bank the money for 10 months.

        It means that in 8 months time I’m not booking a ticket with Avanti or Cross Country to take the train.

    • David says:

      I hope the uptake is not large and those similar as then we may start seeing spend £500 at BA and get 500 Avios bonus.

  • Nick G says:

    OT really but Hilton related. I emailed Emyr yesterday to make a booking at the WA Berlin on the 3 for 2 package due to end 31st March. My dates are in April and the new offer isn’t available as yet but Emyr believes the offer will be repeated “soon”.

    Rob will you be putting it in HfP once Emyr contacts you re the offer?

  • Starved2095 says:

    I’m already a HelloFresh weekly user & a long time Prime member so the free delivery special is brilliant, thanks for posting!

  • Kristofer says:

    Sharing the Hello Fresh promotion was great. It’ll save someone who gets a weekly box roughly over £250 a year!

  • kevin says:

    Rob, I know you’ve said BA Cityflyer flights from London City, Edinburgh, Southampton and Stansted count. What about BHD? Technically we are in the UK as well, at least for the moment. BA CF fly BHD-LCY.

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