Important dates for your diary

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly Saturday feature which summarises offers which are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Card Updates and regular article pages.

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There is no debate over what is the biggest story this time.  April 28th is the day that the Avios scheme undergoes its first major devaluation.  I have written a huge amount about this so I will not start repeating myself again.  My series of 10 articles on the changes can be found here.

Monday 27 April

Last day to book redemption flights at the current Avios rates!

Last day to complete a return transatlantic flight to earn bonus Avios with BA or AA.

Last date to register for double Avios on selected BA London City routes (fly by May 31st). Article.

New departure lounge opens at Stansted – a HFP reader should be visiting on day one so I should get some photos!

Tuesday 28 April

The Avios devaluation takes place!

Friday 29 April

Last day to get a discount of up to £400 on a long-haul BA flight using ‘part pay with Avios’ (this is usually restricted to short-haul flights).  Article.

Thursday 30 April

Marriot Rewards ‘MegaBonus’ promotion ends

Last day to transfer Heathrow Rewards points to Etihad for double points.  Article.

Last day to book IHG Rewards Club redemptions at the old rates.  Article

Last day to get a £10 sign-up credit with London minicab app Kabbee via our POINTS10 code.  The offer drops to £5 from May 1st.  Code must be used within 14 days.  Article.

IHG Rewards Club ‘Set Your Sights’ promotion ends

Last day to earn 1,500 – 2,000 bonus Avios with a Hilton Group stay

Thursday 14 May

Last day to enter the United Club lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 – or any other United lounge – with a Priority Pass.  Article.

£780 Club World tickets to Hong Kong available, bookable for all 2015
List of IHG hotels changing category is released
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  1. Looks like Qatar are continuing their business companion sale until April 29th to almost match the BA avios debacle. Fares between £870-£970 from CPH and ARN to Asia with some
    very short layovers. Some people mentioned they didn’t cancel their 241 tickets for this reason. They might want to look again. We got dreamliner all 4 legs and need to be flexible with dates.

  2. James67 says:

    Unknown dates for Etihad cc 25000 mile bonus offer are 13th April until some time in July. Some readers may have noted my comment that mbna had not applied the offer to my cards when I applied after Rob linled the Etihad advert on 5th April. Followed this up with MBNA and it is good news. . They said they were unaware of Etihad advertising the promo too early but after I forwarded them the HfP post and Etihad advert they investigated it further. They have now confirmed that they will hnour the 25000 miles for those applying via the Etihad site before 13th April as quite a number of people were affected.

  3. Also remember that the Tesco ClubCard quarter ends on 7 May 15.

  4. Diydegsy says:

    Hi wondered if anyone can help. Have booked 241 business seats Manchester to Bangkok return for June but need to come back a few days earlier than expected. There is nothing available for the dates I was looking at but will more seats be available with the avios changes and if so although it is off peak travel will I have to pay more avios for the return flight etc? Hope this makes sense as new to this?

    • Because you booked before April 28th, you won’t pay more if you change to a new date, peak or off peak. You are at the mercy of BA making a seat available however.

      I suggest you look at Kuala Lumpur, which has better availability, and then buy a cheap connecting flight with Air Asia or similar.

      • Diydegsy says:

        Hi I asked BA but she said I couldn’t do that with a 241 as it was in a different zone!! I wasn’t sure of the rules.

        • Call back, and you might get a CSA with better know.edge. Of course they can change the return from a different city, even outside the zone. It’s called open jaw. And BKK is actually less avios than SIN or KUL. If they book you back on one of those routes, you might just have to pay a difference in avios and or taxes. But not much though. Try again. A lot of people use air Asia to hop to these three cities. Very useful network.

          • louie-m says:

            If it’s an existing 2-4-1 booking (which it is), you can only change to another city costing the same amount of Avios. I don’t know what would happen if you cancelled the return and then tried to book a new return though.

        • Rule is that both flights must be longer than the gap between arrival and departure airport, which is clearly ok here.

      • James67 says:

        I posted a comment a few days back with terms from a ticket I have already booked this week that made it explicitly clear that changes would result in avios being refunded or more charged if I changed after 28/4. Was a surprize to me as I thought it only applied to flights ticketed after 28/4.

        • Same with ours to HKG in Jan 16. We all thought here on this site that current t and c applied to all bookings before the 28th. Seems it’s not so. Even now as I am booking O H biz flights, the alerts are coming up very clearly.

          • That is not what BA has said. If you read that message it reads, very clearly, as if it is only meant to apply for bookings made after April 28th. My guess is that it is a pop-up designed to appear after April 28th but which has been programmed incorrectly.

          • I know that what I thought too, but it seemed to imply changes applied from now. Am sure all will be revealed from April 28th

          • James67 says:

            Suspect you are right Rob. Just checked avios earned on my UuA flight and it is 125% still whi h I also assummed to be unchanged until ticketing from 28th. Wae just thrown by that appearing in middle of booking process. So, I think we can relax Polly.

  5. No decent AA purchase miles bonus ending 30th April then?

    • If I covered every AA buy miles offer there would be little space left! It was no better the other recent deals.

      • As you well know, both of your assertions are incorrect.

        • Raffles says:

          Call it ‘editorial judgement’! We were also away for 2 weeks over Easter and I switched partly to pre- written stuff which is by definition less deal focussed.

  6. Looks like BA Amex cards got more generous on avios https://www.americanexpress.com/uk/content/britishair/britishairways-avios/?

    9000 basic & 25000 full fat

  7. Shayele says:

    Hi
    I have been trying to find 2016 ba peak off peak calender with no success. Anyone know where its hiding?

  8. Do you know, how quick Amex transfer points to Avios? I only have £24 to spend to hit my AmEx sign-up bonus. Is it possible to hit the target tomorrow (26th) and get avios before end of 27th?

  9. hey,

    I’m able to trigger the 241 voucher by upgrading my card. Is there anywhere on how to get best value and how to go about using it?

    It sounds too good to be true to essentially have a BOGOF BA flight anywhere we like?!
    I’m on Twitter if anyone has advice for me there @christhezulu

    • You do realise, Chris, that these vouchers are for redemption seats and therefore need Avios availability for two. You also need to pay the taxes for the second ticket, which can be pretty large!

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