Bits: 8000 Avios for Economist sub back, full points for my £27 stay!

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Iberia brings back its Economist promotion

Head for Points readers had a lot of fun before Christmas when Iberia offered 12,000 Avios points with a subscription to ‘The Economist’.

‘The Economist’ historically let you cancel your subscription at any time for a full refund.  Many people signed up for a year, took the 12,000 Avios and then cancelled for a pro-rata refund.

The offer is now back in a weaker form and with no cancellations allowed.  However, if you’d been thinking of subscribing to ‘The Economist’ (£155 for a year), getting 8,000 Avios points as an extra incentive is not a bad deal.

Full details are here.  The offer ends on May 31st. The points will be credit to an Iberia Plus account from where you can transfer them to or

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Full points for my £27 Park Plaza stay via!

A couple of weeks ago, had a special promotion via their ‘Top Secret Hotels’ page offering London hotel rooms for £29.99.  There was even a 10% discount code which brought them down to £26.99!  I wrote about the deal here.

I booked myself a room at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge – I had wanted to check it out for a while and it was two days of cheap office space!  A review of the hotel will appear in a few days.

I was VERY surprised to see 2,493 Club Carlson points appear last night!  If you book a hotel via a third party such as Expedia, you should not expect to receive any points – that is the rule.  And yet – because of the current Club Carlson triple points promo and my Club Carlson Gold status – I received roughly £12.50-worth of points for my £27 room!

I heard recently about someone who got points for a Radisson Edwardian booked via HotelTonight.  I don’t know if this is an IT issue or policy – probably the former – but if you booked one of these rooms at a Park Plaza you should definitely join Club Carlson and register for triple points.   Even if you never intend to stay at a Carlson hotel again, 2,000 points would be enough for 200 airline miles, including Avios.

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  1. I stayed at the Park Plaza Riverbank just up the road last week, also paying £27. I ended up with more points than I expected…

    500 Avios via BA Executive Club

    12,586 points from Club Carlson:
    744 Room Points
    452 Food and Beverage Points (a mojito, a beer and a cola)
    2,390 Triple Points Bonus 2015
    9,000 New Stay 9,000 Bonus Points Offer (despite having stayed at Carlson hotels plenty of times)

    I’m quite happy with that haul 🙂

  2. Iberia / Economist offer 12,000 Avios for £155 still available until June 30th 2015 anyway. Link still same and may find here:

    • Someone else sent me this link. I am wary of it because I have no idea where it came from. The Iberia website only mentions the 8,000 points offer. Is this link targeted? Is it an offer not yet live? Is it a dummy page which was never used? I don’t know.

  3. Bruceylegs says:

    I just followed the subscription link within Raffles’ early post dated 17 Jan 2015 (

    Do my eyes deceive me – the offer via this route is 12,000 avios and says the offer is valid until 30 June 2015!

    • It does say that but, as I said yesterday, I have no idea where this link came from. The official deal on the Iberia website is 8,000 Avios and that is the link I posted. This offer may be dead, targeted or a mistake. Given the general unhelpfulness of customer services at Iberia and The Economist – at least when trying to get them to cough up your miles – I was not happy pushing this.

  4. How did you add your Club Carlson no. to a reservation? I called Park Plaza reservations and they said they could not do it.

    • I put it in the ‘notes’ section when I booked and the hotel had added it for me when I arrived (and upgraded me). If you didn’t do this then you could try emailing reservations the day before you arrive – hopefully they will add it for you.

  5. The Economist customer service are awful. I recommend not trusting them at all.

    • Interesting – no such issues with their Asia-Pacific or Canadian email service centres for me when I cancelled my subscriptions.

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