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.

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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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Comments

  1. Also OT – I’m sure Rob will have an article in due course, but Accor has brought back its 10000 bonus points promotion. That’s 200 euros of points for four stays. Definitely worth registering asap – don’t want people saying ‘Oh, I’ve just booked x number of stays’ when Rob’s article appears, as I think you probably need to be registered before booking just to be safe.

  2. Soon Avios will be no more Tesco – enjoy it whilst you can :)

  3. OK, really basic question but I can’t remember how many club card points you need to then convert to avios/virgin miles, thanks guys

  4. OT There is a new Heathrow Express offer on my Platinum Amex which turns up today -Spend £50 or more, get £10 back
    (get £10 for every £50 of online spend at Heathrow Express by 11 December 2016)
    Offer available when booking a journey at http://www.heathrowexpress.com/americanexpress

  5. OT, but anyone who collects Nectar points on train tickets booked via GWR might want to check their Nectar account. Mine is showing and apparently free fiver’s worth of points!

    1,000 bonus points as a gift to celebrate your GWR anniversary.

    Click ‘Load to card’
    Points will be automatically added to your account within 28 days

    Expires 05 Oct 2016

  6. O/T and my tenuous link is that you can see immediately what tax you need to pay! and therefore earn Avios when you pay it!

    The gov.uk Personal Tax Account beta is now up and running. I tried it in July but it was hopeless. Now it looks pretty good https://www.gov.uk/personal-tax-account

    You can get details of all sorts of things including income tax due or repayable/ overpaid, pension forecast, NI contributions record.

    Hours of fun.

  7. O/T Cathay Pacific 7 day sale http://www.cathaypacific.com/cx/en_GB/offers-from-london-to-all-destinations.html
    Eco – Hong Kong £399 rtn
    Sydney £659 rtn
    Auckland £729 rtn etc

    good airline

    • Not as good as £317pp to AKL (from LHR) on TG I got last month (courtesy Secretfying.com)

      • Phuket £429 rtn would make going there for 10 days at half term quite affordable :)

        You’d save so much on food & accommodation vs Europe it would pay for itself!

  8. OT – Just heard I’ve won a 15 Heathrow meet & greet parking package via the Heathrow Rewards ‘stories’ competition. Has anyone else won anything or the biggie prize to OZ?

  9. O/T T-355 summer hols 2017

    Most state schools will be re-starting week commencing Monday 4th September 2017.

    For return flights to UK, Saturday 2nd September is already available to buy – Sunday 3rd September pops up midnight/ 1am tonight

    My kids don’t go back to school until Wednesday 6th September 2017 but I guess I’ll just get Sunday flights – ??? are you sure, harry? – no I’m not – might as well get the extra day/s?

    Anyway, Avios redemptions all available on every flight back – near as damn it – if you book now or soon

  10. wish I had that many avios to redeem.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

  15. 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

  16. 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