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|I’m sure many of you will have some summer holidays coming up and you may want to get some new clothes for your trip – or just fancy making the most of the summer sales.
If you like heavy discounts, you may have considered heading over to Bicester Village. If you’ve never heard of Bicester Village (45 minutes from London and just over an hour from Birmingham), it’s a luxury retail outlet centre located near Oxford. With over 160 retailers, from Prada to Clarks and everything in between, it has options to suit many people.
The fact that you can reward yourself with a nice chunk of airline miles for all your shopping there is the icing on the cake!
I had to make a trip recently to get some items for an upcoming family wedding and I hadn’t been for well over 6 or 7 years. I have to say they’ve done a lot of work on it and it really is quite pleasant as far as outlet centres go.
This is hardly a new opportunity to earn miles, but I thought I would post a reminder because it doesn’t seem to be very widespread knowledge. You can easily earn free points for every pound you spend there. That includes food and drink, even from the stalls or restaurants dotted around such as Pret A Manger.
Make sure you keep every receipt from anything you purchase there. Before you head home, pop into the visitor centre in the main Village or next to the train station and hand over all your receipts. Tell them your frequent flyer details and it’s as simple as that. All you need is for them to see the credit/debit card used to make the purchase, but fortunately the name on the frequent flyer account and the payment card do not need to match.
What’s even better is that you can earn with 19 different frequent flyer schemes so you can choose the one which suits you best. I love KrisFlyer and fortunately they have one of the best earning opportunities there. With KrisFlyer you earn a cool 2 miles for every pound spent, but it’s not the only one. Here is a list of all the different partners:
Aer Club (Aer Lingus): 5 Avios for every £4 spent
Aeroflot: 1 mile for each £0.75 spent
Alitalia: 1 mile for each £1 spent
ANA Mileage Club (ANA): 1 mile for each £1 spent
Asia Miles (Cathay Pacific): 2 miles for each £1 spent
Balticmiles (Air Baltic): 1 point for each £1 spent
British Airways Executive Club: 5 Avios for every £4 or €4 spent.
China Eastern : 3 Eastern Miles points for each £1 spent
Enrich (Malaysian Airlines): 2 miles for each £1 spent
Etihad Guest (Etihad): 2 points for each £1 spent
Flying Blue (Air France & KLM): 2 Flying Blue miles for each £1 spent
Iberia Plus (Iberia): 5 Avios for every £4 spent
Jet Privilege (Jet Airways): 2 JPMiles for each £1 spent
Meridiana Club (Meridiana): 5 Avios for every £4 spent
Miles & More (Lufthansa): 1 mile for each £1 spent
PPS Club and KrisFlyer (Singapore Airlines): 2 KrisFlyer miles for each £1 pound spent.
Qatar Privilege (Qatar Airways): 1.25 miles for each £1 spent
Virgin Atlantic Flying Club (Virgin Atlantic): 1 mile for each £1 spent
Vueling Club (Vueling): 5 Avios for every £4 or €4 spent.
But I did say 3 miles/pound didn’t I? If China Eastern Miles aren’t your thing, just make sure you pay for your purchases with your gold/platinum American Express card to earn 1 Membership Rewards point/pound and then these can be easily converted to KrisFlyer miles on a 1:1 basis.
What’s more, the Bicester Village Collection has spread all over Europe and they now have 9 ‘Villages’ in total across Ireland, Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium. If you ever find yourself heading to one of them, just check which frequent flyer schemes they are partnered with online because they aren’t all the same. KrisFlyer is a partner with all 9 villages.