Important dates for your diary

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


There is a LOT happening at the end of September but the next ‘important dates’ article will be out before then.

I would, however, stress the very generous promotion which earns you 20,000 Avios if cumulatively book £1,000-worth of hotels with them before 30th September.  My original article is here.  You can book for stays until June 2016.

You should also remember that the very generous Accor promotion – 10,000 Avios if you book 3 x 2-night stays with Ibis, Mercure, Novotel etc – requires you to book your stays by 20th September.  Details here.


Sunday 13th September

Last day to use your Clubcard vouchers at Tesco Direct and receive double their face value.  Direct link.

Tuesday 15th September

Last day to book a BA economy flight (short or long haul) and receive 1,500 bonus Avios.  Article.

First day of the Marriott MegaBonus promotions.  Article.

Flybe Winter sale ends.  Booking link.

Wednesday 16th September

Last day to sign up for American Express Platinum and receive 40,000 Membership Rewards points.  Article.

Sunday 20th September

Last day to BOOK (not complete) Accor stays to benefit from their ‘10,000 Avios for 3 x 2 night stay’ promotion.  Article.

Monday 21st September

Last day to book the £1,000+ ex-UK Finnair deals to Asia.  Article.

Tuesday 22nd September

Current British Airways ‘Big Take Off’ sale ends.  Article.

Wednesday 23rd September

Last day to book Virgin Flying Club economy and premium economy redemptions at a 20% discount.  Article.

Sunday 27th September

Last day for a 30% bonus when you buy Avios via Iberia Plus.  Article.

Last day to earn 2,000 Club Carlson bonus points per night for online bookings via their app.  Article.

Wednesday 30th September

Last day to redeem your East Coast Rewards points.  Article.

Last day to earn 5,000 Avios for one booking or 20,000 Avios for £1,000-worth of hotel bookings, for stays until June 2016.  Article.

Last day to earn 3,000 Etihad Guest miles with one hotel booking.  Article.

Various Avios promotions with hotel chains end.  Article.

Last day to complete the ‘stay five Sheraton nights and receive one free’ promotion.  Article.

Last day to fly to Germany via Miles & More for just 7,000 miles return.  Article.

Last day to register for Hilton Gold fast track promotion with airberlin.  Article.

Last day to spend £75 at Heathrow to trigger the 2,500 miles sign-up bonus with Heathrow Rewards.  Article.

Last day to convert Heathrow Rewards points to Etihad Guest for a 100% bonus.  Article.

Last day to get 10,000 miles for signing up for the free Miles & More credit card.  Article.

MasterCard raises Heathrow Express discount to 20%
Bits: 100 Clubcard points on kids books, football tickets for Emirates miles, more BA 'you couldn't make it up'
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  1. Don’t forget the accor bonus points worth £140 when 3 stays of 2+ days booked by 20th September.

  2. Thanks for the summary update, which is very useful.

  3. O/T – just called Amex to downgramde my BAPP card to the Blue card, and they said this is not something they can easily do over the phone and I should achieve the same by re-applying for the Blue card online and quoting my existing BAPP number.

    Has anyone had the same experience? Maybe call up and try again?

    • That’s what I did and it was all processed in a couple of days. Just apply online, quote your existing BAPP number in the application and it all seems to happen behind the scenes. My remaining annual fee was reimbursed pro-rata automatically and my 2-4-1 voucher remains on my BAEC account. All in all a great experience.

  4. Ok sounds good. Only have a few months left but might as well get some of the fee back now I have the 2 for 1 safely in my BA account!

  5. Is anyone else getting an annoying ‘Earn 20k Avios points’ popup window on every page?

    Very difficult to close on a mobile device. Also funny having ‘avios’ shown with a red underline from word showing a spelling mistake, looks cheap..

    • If you mean the “before you leave” pop-up, I was getting it earlier. If you don’t mind candid feedback, Rob, it really isn’t a good look – pop-ups on exit from a page are a hallmark of scam sites, not reputable blogs like this one.

      • It is an experiment I started today – I have since tweaked it and from 5pm you won’t see it unless you come to HFP from a search engine. Even then, you will only ever see it once.

    • It is an experiment.

      However … I have now restricted to ONLY people who visit HFP from Google.

  6. O/T. But I have around three months left on my Black Virgin card and I need to put quite a bit of spend on it to get to the £10k to get the upgrade vouchers. At the moment, I may need to fly Upper Class to LA in around 9 months time. If I were to book a fully flexible ticket on my Virgin card, but then cancel the flight after I had closed my account, would I still be able to get the money back or would Virgin insist that the money go back onto the same card?

    Any help would be most helpful.

    • Virgin Atlantic may well insist on refunding to the same card but MBNA will have a method of refunding credit that is returned to closed accounts. Usually via the DD if you have one in place to pay your monthly bills or a cheque in the post if you don’t.

      You will of course need to clear your balance to close the account completely which will mean paying off the full cost of flex flight and then awaiting your refund.

      There is also the strong possibility that the refund will generate a negative balance of flying club points on your credit card which will be clawed back from your flying club account. The voucher may also be at risk although less likely they will be able to do anything if you have already spent it.

  7. Still some time off, but the Tesco ClubCard quarter ends on 20th October.

  8. cheekiechappie says:

    Avios redemptions released @ 1am tonight get you a return flight on Saturday 3 September 2016, which is what I need x4.

  9. Does anyone know if the Miles & More extra 8.5k bonus is a regular occurrence, as the Avios points promotions with BA are? Hitting the 2k spent limit shouldn’t be a problem but I’m working off the BA Amex one at the moment, bit of shame to not be able to fully utilise the 33% extra points in the first 3 months.

  10. 30th September is last day to use Tesco FuelSave