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Important dates for your diary (March 2015)

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


The most important ones for me are:

  • the tripled bonus on the IHG credit cards, because we don’t know if such a good deal will be back in the medium term
  • the ‘£50 off a £100 airbnb booking’ deal
  • the 30% bonus on Tesco transfers to Virgin Atlantic
  • the Kaligo hotel booking offer, worth up to 20,000 Avios
  • the ‘£50 off a £100 Thistle Hotels booking’ deal

Tuesday 31 March

Last day to apply for the Virgin Atlantic White credit card with 10,000 bonus miles (free, usually 3,000 miles) and the Virgin Atlantic Black card with 25,000 bonus miles (£140, usually 18,500). Article.

Last day to apply for the IHG Rewards Club Visa credit card with the tripled bonus (free, 30,000 points) or the IHG Rewards Club Premium Visa (£99, 60,000 points). Article.

Last day to save £50 on a £100 airbnb booking, for stays until 31st May.  Article.

Last day to register for Starwood ‘Double Play’ promotion – you can stay until April 15th

Starwood bonus of 500 points for booking via their mobile app ends

Last day to book a hotel via to benefit from their ‘up to 20,000 bonus Avios’ offer (you stay at any point until January 2016). Article.

Last day to transfer Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club to benefit from the 30% bonus. Article.

Last day to earn double Avios from a Flybe flight. Article.

Last day to get up to 25% off a CityJet flight from London City, for travel by 31st May. Article.

Last day to earn bonus Avios when shopping at Bicester Village. Article.

Monday 6 April Spring Sale ends for stays until May 21st. Book here.

Sunday 12 April

Last day to spend £100 at Thistle and get £50 cashback from American Express. Similar deals for Hilton (registration already closed), Landmark / Lancaster and Red Carnation. Article here.

Last day to apply for the Emirates credit cards with the doubled sign-up bonus. Article.

Tuesday 14 April

Accor 3-4-2 global sale ends, for stays up to 31st May

Wednesday 15 April

Last day to earn 1,500 – 2,000 bonus Avios with a Hilton Group stay

Wednesday 22 April

Last day to buy Hilton HHonors points with a bonus of 40%.  Details here.

Thursday 23 April

Last day to earn 100 free Nectar points by adding your number to your Expedia profile.

Monday 27 April

Last day to book redemption flights at the current Avios rates!

Last day to complete a return transatlantic flight to earn bonus Avios with BA or AA.

Tuesday 28 April

The Avios devaluation takes place!

Thursday 30 April

IHG Rewards Club ‘Set Your Sights’ promotion ends

British Airways Gatwick First lounge to close at 3pm ... and permanently from November?
More Avios-earning CD deals at Tesco Direct
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  1. I have just signed up for the IHG credit card however Barclays have said they may need some more info before fully agreeing the application which could take up to 5 days.

    If this period takes me over the 31st March deadline will I still get the triple points deal?

    • My wife got the same screen shot, they didn’t need any further info and the card arrived 8 days later.
      I suspect, as you applied prior to 31st March, you will be ok.
      I got the same screen shot this week.
      Barclaycard seem to like high credit limits!

      • Hopefully I’ll see the card soon then!

        • Same here – I applied, screen said same as you say, then shortly after I got a text saying card was on its way – card duly arrived; it was very quick about 3 days?

    • Yes, will go off application date as you cannot control the rest of the process.

  2. Matthew says:

    1st April – Iberia devaluation. Or for me… The date a business seat gets cheaper in one of the new off peak sweet spot bands 🙂

  3. whiskerxx says:

    I had a useful email prompt from Kaligo about the end of their promotion. It triggered a response and I immediately searched for a week stay in Mexico planned for October. The hotel of choice would have generated 31,000 Avios for the stay. Unfortunately the cost was £540 more than the best online price I could find for the same accommodation. Not impressed.

    • Matthew says:

      Drop them a line and ask for a price match. Rumour tells me they won’t but instead may offer you even more avios to tempt you to book. Worth a try….

  4. Adamsdown says:

    You say that Monday 20th April is the end of IHG’s “Set Your Sights” promotion but I understood that it ran until 30th April – and have booked 2 nights in France for 24th/25th April in order to meet 2 of my targets. Has there been some change in the promotion run-dates or have I read it wrong?

  5. John G says:

    I was rejected instantly for the IHG card, grrr. Never had any problems with other cards. Such a shame this card can’t be issued by MBNA or Amex who value my business. Barclays obviously don’t!

    • If it was instant it could be due to the automated processes, even a slight difference in your address can cause a problem. Worth a call.

      • Gill A says:

        Same happened to me. Rang and was told that I was at my credit limit with my other Barclaycard cards (one of them has a £15,000 credit limit). Was told that there was no mechanism for reducing the limits on other cards that I don’t use in order for the IHG one to be accepted and even if I did cancel or lower the limits the block on my account would be there for 3 months.
        I think that this is the first time I’ve ever been refused a card – came as a bit of a shock.

  6. Dont bother with the Thistle deal if you are booking in advance as my experience is that they will not charge the card. I have even called the hotel and of course they say they will do the charge but dont. Seriously thinking about cancelling a non cancellable booking on the basis they are breaking their own T&C.

    • My gut feeling is that Amex will give you the £50 anyway if you complain.

      • The offer page says ‘book and stay by 12 April’. I don’t see how they are breaking their own T&C, therefore, and so I suspect it will depend on what kind of a person responds to your ‘complaint’ at AMEX – as far as I understand, there is no reason why they should give you the £50 if you are not staying by 12 April. If you are, then it’s not a problem anyway.

        • I have moaned to Amex so see what happens.

          Brian – Not sure whether your posted was aimed at me or Raffles. Thistle most certainly are breaking their own T&C: My booking says the following:

          Advance Purchase Exc Vat Room Only Non Refundable and Full Credit Card Payment taken at time of booking

          Payment Guarantee:
          Thank you for your reservation. Your card (XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX) will be charged within 48 hours.

          Completely concede that AMEX are not breaking their own T&C though. If I dont get the credit then I will just put something in writing to their registered office that I consider the contract void. Then call Amex an get a new card sent out so it cant be charged. Dont mind staying at Thistle for £60 inc two weeks parking, but certainly not for £110 as there are far better alternatives at Heathrow for that kind of money and would never have booked had I known this is what would happen.

    • I made two advanced bookings and both credited within a few days of booking rather than after the stay.

  7. Marlene says:

    The set your sight deal is amazing! I am lucky that I will get all my targets and earn the bonus thanks to booking stays in california for 2 weeks this april and i also applied for the IHG barclayscard. They seem to be more inclined to give it to you if you do a balance transfer!

  8. VS Tesco bonus

    So do we reckon that it’s worth waiting for a BAEC bonus? I’ve been holding out but with nearly £100 of Tesco vouchers and 111K already in VS, I feel like jumping in now (or even hedging my bets and converting half)…

  9. Iain2012 says:

    What do you reckon the chances of the 10,000 MBNA Virgin offer being extended? They have a history of doing this…

  10. with the IHG 60k Triple bonus, does anyone know how its triggered? i have the card, just received, and have made one purchase on it. I think i need to make a single purchase on it to trigger bonus but does this need to hit my statement by end of March? or does the fact i have the card before the bonus term end mean that i can spend whenever and bonus will hit?

    • I too am wondering the same things, applied and accepted on 29th March, but I will only do the first purchase in April (1st or 2nd, depending on whether the card arrives), will I still receive the bonus?

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