Bits: Virgin credit cards bonus ends, Avios / LOVEtheatre promo ending, avoiding squat loos in Thailand

News in brief:

Last call for the higher bonus on the Virgin credit cards

A very brief reminder that TOMORROW is the last day for the higher 10,000 and 25,000 mile bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  Full details of the deal are here.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Last chance for the Avios / LOVEtheatre promotion

If you are spending the Bank Holiday planning out your social life for the next few weeks, remember that Avios has a new deal with  This allows you to earn 3 Avios points for every £1 you spend via their site.  Established in 1991, LOVEtheatre is a totally reputable ticket agency with access to seats for a wide range of events.

Until tomorrow, 31st May, you can earn 500 bonus Avios points with your first purchase of £50 or more.

There are three hoops to jump through to get this:

You must book via the link on this page at (or similar pages at and

You must book by 31st May for an event before 31st December

You must spend £50 or more

Apart from that, anything you buy from the site will count.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)


Be careful when using squat loos in Thailand

Regular readers should not panic.  I am only running this story because it is a Bank Holiday and therefore we can be a bit more casual!

Anyway, if you heading to Thailand this year, are male and may be considering using a squat toilet whilst you are there, consider this BBC News story a warning!

Normal HFP service resumes tomorrow …..

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  1. Why do you think it is only Thailand?


  2. James67 says:

    Just for the benefit of those who may be considering visiting Thailand for the first time but may be put off by idea of squat loos: they are now few and far between, and in the places they still have them they often have at least one western toilet too. In general, Thai public toilets are of a substantially higher standard with better maintenance and cleaning than what we are typically faced with in the west.

  3. Worzel says:

    Good morning James, good to know that we have a HFP expert on “Loos in Asia” :) .

    It seems that Mr Attaporn’s Member’s recovery is going well and that he is grateful for the support of Members of his Family.

    It also seems that he intends to ‘swap” his “squat” loo for a sit down one- and I am wondering whether the main safety advantage of this would be the U-bend??

    The only squat down loo “experience” I can recall is when Mrs Gummidge and I travelled from SIN-KUL by train(1st class a couple of years ago)- I was OK using the facility, however I remember Mrs Gummidge remarking on return that it was a good job she has strong thighs! :) .

  4. Anyone having issue with MBNA posting only 18,500 instead of 25,000 bonus pts for the Virgin Black card?

    • The current promotion is for 18,500 on first transaction and the rest after spending £3k in 90 days.

      “18,500 bonus miles will be credited to your Flying Club account after your first card purchase, providing you use either of your cards within 90 days of your account opening and supply your Flying Club membership number to MBNA. A further 6,500 bonus miles will be credited to your account when you apply by 31 May 2016 and spend £3,000 on either card in the first 90 days of your account opening and suuply your Flying Club membership number. Please allow six to eight weeks for bonus miles to be added to your account. Bonus miles are not awarded on balance transfers, money transfers or cash advances.”

  5. Alex W says:

    Re: the Virgin cards, I know the Visa spend does not count towards the vouchers; does the same apply to the sign-up bonus?

    • Alex W says:

      Just checked the Virgin website which says either card counts for the sign-up bonus. Engage brain before posting…

  6. Federico says:

    I don’t think so, it depends what the rules are with the actual shop

  7. It’s Halfords I want to buy from so might give it a try. Got to get my gift cards from Tesco first!

  8. I was looking for home base gift cards in Tesco at the weekend – went to 2 stores and they didn’t have them – bummer as I want to spend £80 in home base!

  9. Indeed, the old HUKD trick is a great way to save 30+% on a new bike, for example – but there are boards for that :)

  10. Peter K says:

    Homebase has just been bought out by an Australian company and they are changing all their purchasing arrangements (a manager in a local store told me 2 days ago).

    They have stopped taking lovetoshop, oneforall cards (among others) and by the end of the year will no longer have a link with Nectar.

  11. They are not honouring enquires which is a problem if it tracked low and you expected higher.

  12. Yes I got paid for 3 stays that tracked early this year.

  13. Johnnycl says:

    One by one mine are being declined (wrongly) so I wouldn’t bank on anything being honoured.

  14. That’s disappointing to hear. My first one paid out fine with uplift. If they refuse payout and refuse to investigate I’ll take it up with Diamond Desk – Hilton are free to change their mind going forward but I’m not happy about retrospective changes like that.