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Old Jan 28, 13, 4:59 am   #1
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Promo : 1,000 bonus Avios with American Express Currency Exchange 28 Jan - 31 Mar 13

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We're delighted to tell you that we have a new, exclusive travel money partner: American Express Currency Exchange.

To celebrate having a partner of such renown, we'd like to mark the occasion. So look forward to collecting 1,000 bonus Avios on your first transaction over £300 between 28 January and 31 March 2013*.

In addition, we'll enter you into a prize draw where there's 100,000 Avios to be won in both February and March 2013.

More convenient ways to get your travel money.

You can exchange online, by phone, or at any American Express Currency Exchange location in the UK.

And if you'd like your foreign currency delivered straight to your front door, American Express Currency Exchange are offering you a new Home Delivery Service from 31 January 2013.

Whichever way you choose, you'll collect 1 Avios for every £1 you exchange. Find out more

With so many ways to collect Avios, your next reward flight could be sooner than you think.

Note :
*Not applicable if you have already transacted with American Express Currency Exchange between 1 September 2012 and 27 January 2013.
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Interesting that this restriction is noted in the email, but not in the T&Cs.

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Terms and Conditions
American Express Foreign Exchange 1,000 bonus Avios promotion:

This promotion is open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a British Airways Executive Club Member or an Avios member who exchanges a minimum amount of £300 (GBP) for the first time from any American Express® UK airport location or online at www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways or www.travelmoneynow.com/avios between 28 January 2013 – 31 March 2013.
1,000 bonus Avios are awarded to Eligible Participants who are collecting Avios at an American Express Currency Exchange bureaux or from the website and exchange a minimum amount of £300 (GBP).
An Executive Club Membership number or Avios membership number must be entered online or presented at the point of sale for Avios points to be awarded.
Avios points earned on a transaction will be processed 40 calendar days after the order has been paid for and collected and will then be awarded to the customer’s Avios account.
Avios points will be calculated on the net amount spent by the customer at an American Express Currency Exchange bureaux (i.e. any foreign currency amount returned under the 31 day Buy Back guarantee will not qualify for Avios points).
The 1,000 bonus Avios will be awarded in a separate transaction to the standard Avios points and will show in the members account within 30 days of the standard Avios award. Bonus Avios will not be credited for currency returned as part of the buyback guarantee.
No cash or alternative prize will be offered.
This promotion is valid on cash foreign exchange transactions only. Purchases of Sterling are eligible for Avios by non UK residents. Buy Back currency (purchase or redemption), Sterling Travellers cheques are not eligible for an Avios award.
This promotion is not available in conjunction with any other American Express Currency Exchange offers or promotions.
Please note that for customers placing orders online, this promotion is also subject to the Travel Money Terms & Conditions which can be found at: www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways
This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
The Promoter will only use the personal details supplied for the administration of bonus Avios and for no other purpose, unless we have your consent. Your personal details will at all times be kept confidential and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. See our Data Privacy Policy at www.americanexpress.co.uk/privacy
The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
The Promoter cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury, costs, expenses or claims suffered by entrants as a result of accepting bonus Avios. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person relating to or resulting from participation in connection with this promotion.
The Promoter’s decision in all matters is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
The promoter reserves the right to disallow a claim if it has reasonable grounds for suspecting a breach of these rules, or inappropriate behaviour with regard to the codes, the website or other related matters.
The Promoter will be entitled to suspend or terminate the promotion at any time if circumstances adversely affect the operation of the promotion beyond its reasonable control or foresight and will not be liable to anyone as a result.
The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
Promoter: American Express Europe Limited, Amex House, Edward Street, Brighton, BN88 1AH (UK establishment number 897). Overseas company number FC11790. Incorporated with limited liability and registered with the Secretary of State, Delaware, USA.
Avios and the Avios logo are trademarks of the British Airways Plc group of companies. Avios is a trading name of Avios Group (AGL) Limited. Registered Company No. 2260073.

American Express Foreign Exchange 100,000 bonus Avios prize draw promotion:

This promotion is open to Eligible Participants. An Eligible Participant is a British Airways Executive Club Member or an Avios member who purchases foreign currency from all American Express® UK airport locations, or online at www.travelmoneynow.com/avios or www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways between 28 January 2013 - 31 March 2013.
All Eligible Participants who make a purchase of foreign currency from American Express Foreign Exchange bureaux or the Travel Money Website between 28 January 2013 - 31 March 2013 will be entered into a prize draw to win one of 2 prizes of 100,000 bonus Avios. Each Eligible Participant can enter the prize draw once per day regardless of the amount of transactions made.
An Executive Club Membership number or Avios membership number must be entered online or presented at the point of sale for Avios points to be awarded.
Avios points earned on a transaction will be processed 40 calendar days after the order has been paid for and collected and will then be awarded to the customer’s Avios account.
Avios points will be calculated on the net amount spent by the customer at American Express Currency Exchange bureaux (i.e. any foreign currency amount returned under the 31 day Buy Back policy will not qualify for Avios points).
British Airways Executive Club Members and Avios UK members will be entered into the same prize draw to win one prize of 100,000 bonus Avios per month for two months. The winner will be drawn at random on 31 March 2013 and 30 April 2013 and the winner will be notified within 7 calendar days of the draw taking place under the supervision of PromoVeritas, the independent promotional verification service.
No cash or alternative prize will be offered.
This promotion is valid on cash foreign exchange transactions only. Purchases of Sterling are eligible for Avios by non UK residents when the purchase is made in accordance with these terms and conditions. Buy Back currency (purchase or redemption), Sterling travellers cheques or cash passports are not eligible for an Avios award.
This promotion is not available in conjunction with any other American Express Currency Exchange offers or promotions.
Please note that for customers placing orders online, this promotion is also subject to the Travel Money Terms & Conditions which can be found http://www.travelmoneynow.com/britis...onditions.aspx
This promotion shall be governed by the laws of England & Wales and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.
The Promoter will only use the personal details supplied for the administration of the prize draw and for no other purpose, unless we have your consent. Your personal details will at all times be kept confidential and in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998. See our Data Privacy Policy at www.americanexpress.co.uk/privacy
The Promoter accepts no responsibility for entries that are lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.
The Promoter cannot accept any responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, injury, costs, expenses or claims suffered by entrants as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting a prize. The Promoter further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to you or any other person relating to or resulting from participation in connection with this promotion.
Winner may be requested to participate in reasonable publicity relating to this promotion.
The Promoter’s decision in all matters is final and binding and no correspondence will be entered into.
The promoter reserves the right to disallow a claim if it has reasonable grounds for suspecting a breach of these rules, or inappropriate behaviour with regard to the codes, the website or other related matters.
The Promoter will be entitled to suspend or terminate the promotion at any time if circumstances adversely affect the operation of the promotion beyond its reasonable control or foresight and will not be liable to anyone as a result.
The Promoter shall not be liable for any failure to comply with its obligations where the failure is caused by something outside its reasonable control or any other circumstances amounting to force majeure.
The names and counties of the winners will be available at www.promowinners.com/amex/100k between 01 April and 01 May 2013.
By entering the Prize Draw you are deemed to have accepted these Terms and Conditions.
Promoter: American Express Europe Limited, Amex House, Edward Street, Brighton, BN88 1AH (UK establishment number 897). Overseas company number FC11790. Incorporated with limited liability and registered with the Secretary of State, Delaware, USA.
Avios and the Avios logo are trademarks of the British Airways Plc group of companies. Avios is a trading name of Avios Group (AGL) Limited. Registered Company No. 2260073.

Last edited by Oxon Flyer; Jan 28, 13 at 5:07 am. Reason: Noted the anomoly of the 'not applicable between...' clause not being in the T&Cs
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:17 am   #2
 
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can someone give me a one word answer: will amex charge me a cash advance fee?
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:33 am   #3
 
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That has swung it for me - I just received the email. I will be picking up £300 equivalent of US$ to trigger this. With the Amex MR points and LHR Worldpoints that will be awarded the deal is a good one.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:36 am   #4
 
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can someone give me a one word answer: will amex charge me a cash advance fee?
No - from the evidence that Raffles on his blog, headforpoints, has so far reported (but this was purchasing directly from the Amex currency website, without the /britishairways extension). But treating it is a purchase seems to be an unusual situation as normally you would expect it to be charged as a cash advance.

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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:39 am   #5
 
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American Express Currency Exchange are offering you a new Home Delivery Service from 31 January 2013
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So 1st Feb I'll order £1000 to be delivered in dollars, paid for on my BAPP.
1000 Avios for ordering through https://www.travelmoneynow.com/britishairways/uk/
1500 Avios for BAPP spend
1000 bonus Avios for first transaction

Repeat for Mrs 21h21j, and an easy 7000 avios for $ that I would have bought anyway.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:43 am   #6
 
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Would buying currency also count towards the £3k (in 3 months) minimum spend to get the 40k Avios bonus on the Amex Business Gold Card?

40,000 Avios with the Amex BUSINESS Gold Card Questions
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:54 am   #7
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Would buying currency also count towards the £3k (in 3 months) minimum spend to get the 40k Avios bonus on the Amex Business Gold Card?

40,000 Avios with the Amex BUSINESS Gold Card Questions
Should do, although no-one has tried it.

Very little risk on a small order and you could repeat with a large order later.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 5:58 am   #8
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This is on the ACE website so open to all.

Interesting small print fact: 'also valid at Moneycorp'

This means that Gatwick customers can play.

Annoyingly I did a transaction last year so will need to get my wife to do this. That will go down well, as usual!

Do note that they are serious about the '40 days' thing, be prepared for wait. Don't forget your WorldPoints as well.

You MUSt MUST MUST preorder - the rates are very good if you do. And shocking if you don't.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 6:01 am   #9
 
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How do you get home delivery?
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Old Jan 28, 13, 6:22 am   #10
 
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How do you get home delivery?
wait till after 31st when they are launching this service
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Old Jan 28, 13, 6:39 am   #11
 
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Should do, although no-one has tried it.

Very little risk on a small order and you could repeat with a large order later.
Can you "see" qualifying spend towards the 40k Avios bonus in the Amex Business Gold account?

Can we have a volunteer to try this - maybe someone who lives a bit closer to LHR?
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Old Jan 28, 13, 7:02 am   #12
 
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Couple of points.

1) It appears the bonus 1000 avios is not ruled out if you do a Sterling TC transaction. Although the T&C above does seem to exclude £TC, when i read the online T&C it doesn't mention it.

2) If you previously did a direct transaction on the amex website, you are still eligible, as you are only excluded if your transaction with ACe was an avios collecting one.
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Old Jan 28, 13, 7:20 am   #13
 
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Their exchange rates look pretty bad. If you change £300 you get 340 euros. You can get 350 elsewhere. Depending on how much you value avios at, I think you might come out ahead by going for the better exchange rate.

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Old Jan 28, 13, 7:24 am   #14
 
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Their exchange rates look pretty bad. If you change £300 you get 340 euros. You can get 350 elsewhere. Depending on how much you value avios at, I think you might come out ahead by going for the better exchange rate.
it's marginally better than Marks, which is normally my yardstick (rightly or wrongly)
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Old Jan 28, 13, 7:29 am   #15
 
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Their exchange rates look pretty bad. If you change £300 you get 340 euros. You can get 350 elsewhere. Depending on how much you value avios at, I think you might come out ahead by going for the better exchange rate.
Travelmoneymax http://travelmoney.moneysavingexpert.com/ is your friend here....
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