Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

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

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Deals closing soon:

TODAY, Sunday 25th June

Last day to book a Radisson, Park Inn or Park Plaza hotel in the current flash sale.  Article.

Wednesday 28th June

Last day to get the higher 10,000 and 25,000 mile sign up bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  Article.

Last day to get 1,000 bonus miles (any airline) with your first $300+ Kaligo.com hotel booking.  Article.

Friday 30th June

Last day to earn 5,000 Lufthansa miles with a hotel booking (stay can be later).  Article.

Last day for a 35% discount when you buy Starwood points.  Article.

Last day to book Avios redemptions from Birmingham at 50% off.  Article.

Last day to earn triple Avios points with Accor stays.  Article.

Last day to earn double Hyatt points with the current promotion.  Article.

Last day to earn 1000 Avios with a £52 Laithwaites wine case.  Article.

Last day to get the higher sign-up bonus on the Emirates credit cards.  Article.

Last day to earn 5000 SAS EuroBonus miles with a Hertz booking (pick up by 30 September).  Article.

Last day to earn 1,500 Lufthansa miles with a Hertz booking (pick up by 30 September).  Article.

Last day to earn triple Club Carlson points.  Article.

Last day to earn 8,000 Virgin miles for opening an ISA.  Article. (EDIT: extended to 31st July so no need to rush)

Last day to earn up to 3,000 Virgin miles with an Avis car rental (pick up by 31st December).  Article.

Monday 3rd July

Last day to book a SWISS business class ‘2-4-1’ deal from London in the excellent current sale.  Article.

Friday 7th July

Last day to earn triple Avios with Shell Drivers Club.  Article.

Sunday 9th July

Last day to get a £50 High Street gift card with a Virgin Atlantic flight booking (HFP semi-exclusive deal!).  Article.

Tuesday 11th July

Last day to book in the current British Airways sale.  Article.

Last day to book hotels via Kaligo.com and earn 5,000 to 10,000 bonus Avios.  Article.

Last day to book in the current Virgin Atlantic economy fare sale.  Article.

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Comments

  1. Add in 3rd July as last day to book Etihad and get a free chauffeur, even if in First !

    For those with Silver and above, this is 4 x chauffeurs as they also give you chauffeurs at your destination up to (about) 60km as well as to and from the home airport.

    Not sure about redemptions as I was able to view a redemption for Q2 2018 which would also include the chauffeurs but that could be because it is not yet 3rd July. I suspect chauffeurs on redemptions will be lost also.

    I guess at the moment PointsPay is about 0.55p. I have 180k or so left and a points plus cash redemption for next year is circa £650 (incl taxes) plus the miles as short of the 230/240k needed.

    So my 180k would give me £990 plus the theoretical £650 making £1640 which is nigh on the current cheapest LHR-BKK fare in business on Etihad. Pull the chauffeurs though and it drops in value.

  2. I was going to take out the Virgin ISA yesterday but the link shows the offer is on till the end of July now. Will wait till next month to do it.

  3. Can I refer my Partner for Virgin white as I currently have this card? If you can how do you do this?

    • Genghis says:

      Ask MBNA for a referral link or wait for it to arrive

      • Try creating your own referral link.

        http://mbna.co.uk/mgm/mc=### and replace ### with your 10 digit Flying Club account number.

        “You can introduce as many friends as you like, and for the first 25 friends that are accepted for a Virgin Atlantic Credit Card Account, you’ll earn 3,000 bonus miles¹ for each when they make their first purchase within 90 days of the account opening. “

        • How quickly do these bonus miles post and how do I chase? Been waiting over a week

        • You’re having a laugh. You are likely to be waiting up to three months.

        • Genghis says:

          Up to 90 days. I’ve been waiting about 75 so far. I’ll chase MBNA once 90 days up if not received as it’s their promo

        • Genghis says:

          Actually apologies.
          “The recommender’s 3,000 bonus miles will be credited to their respective Flying Club account within 60 days of the recomendee’s first card purchase being made, within 90 days of the account opening date. You cannot refer yourself.”

          I guess I need to start chasing…

        • Tried that but ‘page not found’

        • Wally1976 says:

          There’s a question mark missing, it should be:

          http://mbna.co.uk/mgm/?mc=1061295109 (replace the number with your own Virgin Flying Club number).

          Incidentally, I referred my wife recently and the points came through in about 6 weeks.

      • Do you call them? Not much time now!

  4. OT, I used Supercard to pay my Bangkok hotel trip. But IHG platinum credit card only given 2 points per pound rather than 4 points for abroad spend. Is this the case for using Supercard or curve card for abroad spend ?

    • Genghis says:

      Yes. So for work I occasionally pay using my IHG card directly for 4 IHGs (as work pick up the 3% charge)

    • Yes, that’s what you’d expect – using Curve or Supercard has avoided the 3% forex fee on your destination card (albeit cost you 1% on Curve) and as you’ve been charged I’m GBP you can’t expect to receive the higher earnings rate as they’re not making the forex fee profit. Some did have glitches before where even GBP transactions processed abroad earned the higher rate, but that doesn’t really seem to happen now.

  5. Genghis says:

    OT. Do Melia provide any gold status benefits for third party bookings (hotels.com)?

    • Not tried hotels.com but have had status benefits in Melia hotels booked as part of BA Holiday booking. Worked in ME Madrid and Melia Berlin. They are good with corporate travel bookings too.

    • Last year melia gold benefits seemed to go largely unacknowledged for the 3 stays I had with them at separate properties.

      This year revisited one and good fully explained at check in + didn’t have the usual haggle over the bill on checkout that had accompanied previous stays.

      Like the chain, really nice properties and service levels improving all the time.

      • Genghis says:

        Only benefit given was free internet. Oh well…

        • Boo! We got upgrade at check-in both times when I showed my Melia Gold card plus free breakfast for partner in Madrid.

          Got some Melia points for Berlin about 3 days later which bore no relationship to anything – way more than incidental spend, but less than anything resembling the nominal cost of booking.

          The Madrid one landed us a very large number of points about 6 weeks later.

          Redemptions on Melia feel fairly expensive but points can be converted to IB+ Avios so it’s still a very useful scheme. You might get lucky…

  6. It would be useful to have an opinion on the maximiles credit card.

    • Genghis says:

      Had to google it but looks rubbish. Free card but 5k bonus and 1 points per £1. Poor value at low redemptions. 7k points for £25 Sainsburys gift voucher as a benchmark so 0.38% return ongoing and a sign up bonus of £19 doesn’t really turn me on

      • Alex W says:

        There’s nothing maxi about that! Looks like you can’t get any miles either!!

  7. James Wagner says:

    Totally Off Topic.
    If I cancel my BAPP (which I’ve meant to do for about 12 months now !) will I be able to apply for the Starwoods Amex credit card (looking for the 30k Startwood Points for 90k Marriot points) straight away (couple of weeks lets say) and still expect to qualify for the 30k bonus ? Or will I have to wait at least 6 months from closing the BAPP ?

    I’ve held the BAPP for several years and had some good use from the 2-4-1s but now as I’m single (and the surcharges are huge & the numbers of Avios needed have increased) they are far less useful and thus so is the BAPP.

    Cheers.

    • The 6/12 rule only applies for cards within the same family (MR, Avios, SPG, Nectar). There’s no minimum time period between families and indeed you can simultaneously hold cards from multiple families.

  8. James Wagner says:

    …..and that’s before even mentioning the £195 BAPP fee !

  9. James Wagner says:

    Thankyou Alan so I could actually keep the BAPP going AND take out the SPG card, getting the SPG bonus.

    Nice.

    Still ditching the BAPP though ! But great to know about the families being treated separately. Cheers.