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Bits: Cheap Avios via VERY good Tesco / Hasbro toy offer, win a share of 1 million Avios with LOVEtheatre

News in brief:

Earn 1,920 Avios with £40 of Hasbro toy spending 

Tesco Direct is running a VERY good promotion this weekend in association with toy company Hasbro.

If you spend £40 on any of the products on this list, you will receive 800 bonus Clubcard points.  This is worth 1,920 Avios or 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

With Christmas just around the corner now, you can tick off a few presents on your list whilst also earning a nice pile of miles too!

You can find out more in this Shopper Points article.

The offer closes at midnight on Sunday.  You can check out the toys included here including the bop it! R2-D2 below ……

bop-it-r2d2 bonus clubcard points

1 million Avios give-away with LOVEtheatre

Avios partner LOVEtheatre is running a great competition until the end of this year.

Every booking made by 21st December will be entered into a prize draw of a share of 1 million Avios points.

There are 30 prizes in total:

  • 1 x prize of 200,000 Avios
  • 3 x prizes of 100,000 Avios
  • 6 x prizes of 50,000 Avios
  • 20 x prizes of 10,000 Avios

You can find out more about this competition and book tickets on this page of the LOVEtheatre website.

AND

To celebrate Chinese Singles’ Day (yes that’s a thing!) you can save up to 57% if you book your tickets today.

Tickets for The Woman in Black for example are £29.50 instead of £55.60 and tickets for Stomp are £22.50 instead of £67.30.  All Chinese Singles’ Day deals can be found on this page.  You do not need to be Chinese, or single, to take advantage.

(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.)

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  1. OT,

    Looking for some advice on the best usage of the Hilton free weekend night gained from the Visa card sign up offer.

    I’m looking for UK only, i assume that means London

    A pool/spa would be nice or some form of rooftop bar/terrace.
    I’ve status matched to gold too.

    Thanks

    Chris

    • Nooo – you can use it worldwide, Chris!! Just needs standard reward room to be available (will be a round number of points if you search for availability on Hilton.com).

      You’ll definitely enjoy it all the more with your Gold status match – excellent mid-tier status, that.

    • One night at Rangali? :)

      • Ha, i wish.

        I wish, We’ll be leaving the baby with the grandparents for the first time so that probably pushing it. We’re based in Machester so London is always a nice change.
        Looks like its a choice between the Conrad, Park Lane and the Waldorf?

        I have squirelled away enough Virgin points for 2 UC returns for her 40th next November to NYC so i’ll be looking for recommendations on best usage of my points for hotel nearer the time.

    • Worth bearing in mind that the Gold/Diamond free breakfast doesn’t apply to Waldorf hotels. I just used my voucher for a Hilton which thanks to Diamond status will also getme free breakfast and lounge access (note that not all Hiltons have a lounge).

      Outside of London, the Hilton Liverpool and Manchester are both modern and with good facilities. Also have lounges should you be fortunate enough for an upgrade. Also there is now the Hilton Carlton in Edinburgh, worth a look.

      • Agree – I’ve always preferred Conrad hotels given that – many have very decent breakfasts on offer (esp Conrad Singapore!!)

      • Though breakfast is not listed as a benefit at WA, we got a very delicious breakfast thrown in at the WA Shanghai in Sep as Diamonds.

      • Just want to add if you meant The Waldorf Hilton London, it is actually a Hilton hotel. The name is rather confusing, but it is not a Waldorf Astoria hotel, therefore Gold do get free B there.

    • Following a similar question some weeks ago I am using mine at StGeorges Park aftef Rob reminded me of his review on the hotel. I wanted to try a good hotel in new area for us outside London though. You will find some Hilton agents will let you use it to book a night for your 40th trip next November, however, were you to subsequently cancel that stay after expiry date of your voucher you will be unable to use it again.

    • Me and the missus used the free weekend at Double Tree by hilton in Chester. We loved it. Had late checkout, free drinks, cookies on arrival and access to the spa which is very nice. We had a great time.

      Marco

  2. OT, can I covert my Tesco’s voucher into my wife’s avios account?

  3. Yet more off topic – is the Cathay J lounge open again in Terminal 3?

  4. Sussex Bantam says:

    OT – Shell have a new Pump Challenge with bonus points for stopping the pump on a “round £” (or actually to the nearest 2p). £40 fill up gives 100 bonus points, £50 gives 150, £60 gives 200

    Full details here

    http://www.shell.co.uk/motorist/shell-pump-challenge.html

    • Oh no :-)

    • Damn! My new car holds 43l, but I usually fill up at around 35l. I don’t like part filling it, as it screws the consumption calculations and means it’s harder to know when I need to put fuel in. So I’ll have to fill up at different intervals. And given that I’m changing jobs in 10 days and will be walking the half a mile to work from now on, my petrol spend is going to plummet anyway!

  5. OT/
    Has anybody ever converted Tesco vouchers to Royal Caribbean cruises? Seems you can get 3x value. which might work well with avios over to the states.
    Any major watch outs? (Can they be used on Cruises which have offers of credit on board/ drinks packages etc?)

    • It’s worth contacting Royal Caribbean regarding this just to clarify what’s included and what’s not. I’ve been researching this option as I’m currently looking at a cruise for next October, which may be worth booking via the Tesco vouchers option. The reviews on the Tesco site are mixed, albeit the responses from Tesco and Royal Caribbean customer services seem to address the criticisms. To err on the side of caution, I would recommend contacting Royal Caribbean to check before committing to converting the vouchers. However, the last 2 reviews (3 days ago) are very positive, so perhaps they’re getting the initial teething problems resolved. £170 clubcard vouchers maximum pp

  6. OT (number 2)/

    Am I reading the Virgin Partners correctly that a trip to the US on Delta would be 90,000 miles return in business?

    http://www.virgin-atlantic.com/gb/en/flying-club/flying-club-partners/airlines/delta-air-lines.html

    I’ve found flights on the Delta website, however do they need to be ‘saver’ or anything to enable me to redeem?

    Anybody have any experience (other than “Its impossible to redeem using Virgin Miles”)

    • They would need to be saver level, but if an award shows as saver then you should be OK. Redeeming for Delta seems fairly easy – in terms of the call centre booking it – as you would expect given the shareholding.

  7. Just picked up two tickets for £40 to the Libertine tonight, fingers crossed for the comp too!

    Thanks Rob

  8. O/T: Just shopped at Tesco and on the bottom of the till receipt it asked about my visit at tescoviews.com in return for a chance to win a £1000 Tesco gift card and collect 25 clubcard points. I completed the survey in 5 minutes. However, at the end of the survey it states that “25 Clubcard points is the maximum amount one Clubcard account can be credited in one calendar month”. Still an easy 25 clubcard points!

  9. the real harry says:

    anybody tried it?

    Your American Express Card just became mobile with Amex Pay for Android™.
    To find out more, and how you can get started through the Amex App visit americanexpress.com/mobile

    • No but I sent in a complaint to Amex – what a bloody stupid idea! There’s already Android Pay that works extremely well and that Amex support in the USA – yet for some reason they’ve decided to do their own thing here which means you need to pick between using Android Pay or Amex Pay. Totally bonkers!

      • the real harry says:

        I don’t get the advantage over just using your card

        • Indeed. If it all properly integrated with Android Pay then you could potentially carry fewer cards around and switch which one you used to pay for things, but at present you’d always need a physical card of some sort just in case NFC payment wasn’t available/working.

  10. OT sorry:
    Anybody know what’s happening with Amex MR to virgin?
    Normally they are instantaneous( I have done it before) but did it this morning, they have left my MR account but still waiting for around 8 hours and not showing in virgin…

    • Virgin down for a few days while they rejig things for the new membership numbers so transfers aren’t going through…

  11. OT bit: For anybody who fancies a highland break or wants to take a chance on the skiing at Caurngorm, Hilton Coylumbridge has a special anniversary promotion for £50/night B&B in a standard room. There was an option to add 3 course dinner for £16pp (i.e. 30% off) and I believe kids may eat free. Guaranteed room upgrades were from £26/night if you do not want to chance a status upgrade. Hotel reviews are mixed, property appears to be worn and dated but service and restaurant fare better. You need to book this offer directly with the hotel. Since it is not third party hhonors points are earned but unfortunately not the triple points via app or the 5000 visa/app offer. This offer is a saving of at least 50% on typical rates for this hotel.

  12. Just one more off topic question…

    Accor Happy Mondays – what time does the offer start?
    I.e. Is it midnight Sunday, or a specific time on Monday morning?

    Now that they offer rooms for the next 2 weekends, has anyone noticed if availability is better if you book 2 weeks in advance, or do they release more rooms the closer you get?

    Thanks
    Tom

    • Midnight Sunday, and availability can be different at 1 week/2 weeks out. I tend to find it is better and more choice at 1 week out. I guess for obvious reason that the hotel at 2 weeks out is less sure how many spare rooms they will have than at one week out. Generally check at two weeks out if there is a hotel you want but don’t worry if there is not and wait for 1 week out.

      • Thanks JP

        • Availability often varies over the course of the Monday and Tuesday, too. A couple of weeks ago, I wanted to book the Ibis St Pancras, but it wasn’t available at midnight on Sunday, so I went for the Novotel Paddington. But the Ibis was available on Tuesday.