Bits: Tesco scrapping Avios on gift cards, Flying Blue Shop&Earn, 1000 instant IHG points with Opinion Check-In

News in brief:

Tesco stopping its offer of 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) on gift cards

According to an announcement on the Tesco website, you will soon no longer be able to earn 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) when you spend £50 on gift cards at Tesco.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article here.  I was never a major buyer of these because my local Tesco had a poor selection but I know some people were spending many thousands of pounds this way.

Gift cards Tesco bonus points ending

Flying Blue’s UK shopping portal

I cover Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM scheme, less than I should.  This is probably why I didn’t realise until last week that Flying Blue has a miles-earning UK shopping portal.

Shop&Earn is the equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 or Virgin Atlantic Shops Away.  You earn miles by clicking through from Shop&Earn when you shop online.

Mr Porter, for example, gets you 5 Flying Blue miles for every £1 you spend.  Reiss is 3 miles per £1.  John Lewis is 3 miles per £1.

The Shop&Earn home page is here.


Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points – instantly – with Opinion Check-In

You may have received an email from IHG Rewards Club in late August inviting you to register with their new online survey partner Opinion Check-In.

The link to register is here if you didn’t get it.  You will receive 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points for completing your first survey.

I decided to give it a try.  To be honest, it was a lot of trouble and took me 20 minutes to register, complete my details and complete one survey (on hotels).

The process was fairly painful.  Despite saying I was an ‘Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner’ I was forced to answer numerous irrelevant questions over my job title, whether or not I employ 100,000+ people on the same site and what purchasing responsibilities I have (answer = everything).

After filling all this in, I was thrown out of my first survey after four questions when they found out I lived in London, which they already knew.  This was probably good as the completion time was estimated at 23 minutes. I was given 5 points for my trouble which I would value at 2.5p! 

A 2nd survey, on hotels, had a 12 minutes estimated completion time.  I was able to answer this all the way through and received my 1,000 points.

Impressively, these posted instantly.  However they did NOT count towards elite status.

If you have 15-20 minutes to pass, it is arguably worth doing in order to pick up £5-worth of IHG Rewards Club points.  Two reasons to bother are:

they post instantly and

you can immediately resign from Opinion Check-In via their dashboard – you won’t be plagued with unwanted email for the rest of time

The sign-up page is here if you want to give it a go.

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  1. Just to add another O/T post. We’re flying into AUH on Thursday but staying in Dubai. We do have the EY transfer bus available but would prefer to head straight to the hotel because we’re arriving in the evening. I know there are often posts about getting a taxi between the two but what’s the cheapest way to do it? We’re staying in Zabeel Saray on the palm. Just get a taxi on arrival or book in advance? How much would we expect to pay each way? Thanks in advance!

    • This is what I wrote in March:

      “PS. If you are travelling to Dubai, as we were, it is well worth considering flying to Abu Dhabi. A Mercedes from the airport (not pre-booked) to Dubai was only £40 and took just under an hour. You can easily take 30 minutes in heavy traffic from Dubai International to many of the resorts. More importantly, the Abu Dhabi flight leaves before the first BA Dubai flight so you get there earlier – we were in our hotel by 11pm local time. You also get to experience the new 787.”

      Absolutely no need to pre-book …. you’ll see what I mean when you arrive!

      • Brilliant, thanks. We’ve flown in a couple of times but when staying in Abu Dhabi and with included transfers. My wife was looking at pre-booking and the cost was coming out considerably higher than I’d remembered reading here so that’s good to know.

  2. harry a couple of days ago you suggested that rather than taking money out from TCB; one should convert it to Avios.
    do you still stand by that? Any analysis or simple hunch?

    • These things are personal. I am personally motivated by big numbers and ‘doing well’ at the hobby – so for me it was a big thing to go for my first million Avios – now I am driven by the idea of 2 million Avios & heading for that. Without that motivation, I might not try so hard. I like to see the big numbers in our various Avios a/cs, like a miser counting his silver :)

      And don’t forget we burn maybe 300,000 Avios a year so we have to find ways to replace these – 2 steps forward, 1 step back.

      Right – to valuation. I totally accept that TCB Avios are worth 0.95p in cash. So why not take the cash if you wouldn’t normally buy Avios from other sources for that 0.95p?

      For me, it’s the push to 2 million Avios – plus the knowledge that I got those Avios for a lot less than 0.95p. Illogical? – maybe. You will rightly say that it’s irrelevant what it cost for me to acquire those Avios. All that matters is what they are worth now.

      But I couldn’t easily buy as many for 0.95p anyway – I think the current deal has 135,000 Avios @ 1.2p each and the occasional Iberia deal gets you Avios @ 1p. The Iberia Groupon deals might cost 0.8p but only for 2-6,000 Avios, then the price goes up. Sunday Times Travel @ 0.66p pretty rare and in any case strictly limited.

      So 0.95p isn’t so bad, anyway.

      Tonight or tomorrow I will probably buy 4 RFS redemptions for 7500 Avios + £17.50 = (say) £92.50. Vs the cash fare which will be £140. Netting me 1.633p of value – can’t complain & puts the 0.95p into context.

      And always at the back of my mind is my cost of acquisition which is on average over all sources under 0.5p. I’m instinctively an ‘averager’ – take the whole picture into account. TCB Avios cost is much lower – probably mostly free. So 0.95p doesn’t bother me too much.

      • Thanks for good reply.
        I will certainly look into this.

      • Well put harry. That makes me think a little more.

      • If your chasing a big point milestone then the 0.95p valuation is not a bad one in that case.

      • Harry, I look at it like you do, most of my Avios redemptions are used in First using our 241 BA vouchers. I hit the million Avios as well my driver is to keep it around there every year, so the challenge for me is to top up by 300k plus Avios per annum

    • Not sure if AB will survive until then though :) based on Rob’s article couple of days ago about LH taking over routes.

  3. Thanks for the link but gave up on this after trying to do 6 surveys. either technical problems or a this survey isn’t for you message. wasted quite a bit of time