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Bits: That £79 Tesco printer, Qatar 241 sale, Emirates status match, M&C hotel sale

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News in brief:

Did you buy the £79 printer with 3,500 Clubcard points?

A fortnight ago I ran a great Tesco Clubcard offer.  If you paid £79 for an Epson XP322 printer, you received 3,500 bonus Clubcard points, worth 8,400 Avios.

Tesco has now reduced the price of the printer to £49 as you can see here.

The great news is that Tesco Direct has an unofficial (but widely discussed online) price protection guarantee.  If you buy something and it falls in price within 28 days, you can ring up and request the difference.

A HFP reader did just that and £30 was immediately refunded to his credit card!  This means that, even if he gives his printer away, he will have received 8,400 Avios for just £49!  You may wish to try the same.

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now?


Qatar Airways 2-4-1 sale out of the UK

Qatar Airways is currently running one of its occasional 2-4-1 business class sales out of the UK.  Full details are here.

These prices are considerably worse than some of the ex-Europe tickets we saw last week.  We are talking about £1,700 to Bangkok compared to the £800 being charged out of Copenhagen recently  However, for anyone who is more flexible on price and less keen to travel to Europe to start their trip, there might be something here.  £2,500 to Australia per person is not a bad deal when starting in the UK.

Note that availability on A380 services from London is very restricted, so try to get the Boeing 787 services instead as the second best option.  You can also book from Manchester, Edinburgh and – for flights from March – Birmingham.

Book here by 22nd November for travel before 7th July.

Qatar A350

Emirates Skywards status match

It is very rare to see Emirates offering a status match.  There is one currently running but you will need to have an address in France in order to take part.

The offer is a little confusing.  It appears that you need to hold a current top-tier card from another airline, such as British Airways Gold.  Whether you receive Gold or Platinum status will depend on an examination by Emirates of your recent travel patterns which must include substantial travel on routes flown by Emirates.

However, as Emirates is only asking for a scan of your current frequent flyer membership card, it isn’t clear how they intend to achieve this!

Emirates is not part of a major alliance, so you are only likely to benefit from a match if you fly Emirates in Economy on a regular basis and would benefit from lounge access.

Full details can be found here.  The offer ends on 30th November.  Thanks to Benedict.

Emirates A380

Millennium & Copthorne hotel sale

Finally, Millennium & Copthorne is running a short flash sale offering a headline 40% off their standard room rates at all of their UK and European hotels.

The real discount is not 40%, because that is based on the standard flexible price.  These sale rooms are non-refundable and so you should compare them to the usual Advanced Purchase rate.  You should still see a decent saving nevertheless.

You need to book by 22nd November for stays until 31st March 2016.  The sale home page is here.

Comments (142)

  • yetyom says:

    Thanks Raffles…I am so loving this hobby! Less than 4 minutes on phone and £30 refunded back to my credit card!

  • Tilly71 says:

    I bet they won’t run such a large bonus points offer when boost is on ever again

  • Nick says:

    In a similar vein, I’ll be closely watching the price for the Dyson V6 on Tesco Direct over the next 28 days. It was borderline whether or not to to buy it at the current price of £299.00 to get the bonus 5000 Tesco Clubcard points, as it’s available on the Dyson website at just £249.98, but we had planned to buy one anyway and took the bonus points route.

  • Calz says:

    purchased printer with ba amex
    8668 Avios
    Got £30 refund in a matter of moments
    Sold printer on gumtree for £40
    So £9 spent, that’s £0.10 per mile, nice!
    Thank you Raffles and HFP readers.

  • Liz says:

    Thanks Rob, just got my £30 refund!

  • R says:

    Just phoned only to be told that they will refund the £30 difference, but if they do this the bonus 3,500 CC points will be removed – so I can have to choose which I would rather have. According to the agent, the CC points will be removed automatically by the system if the £30 is refunded.

    Anyone else had this response (or seen points removed?) or have they just decided to play hard ball?

    • harry says:

      Well I hope we keep the points! lol

      It’s ridiculous.

      The 3500 points are not dependent on the price.

      Please phone back, get insistent without being rude & let us know the outcome.

      Often 1 arsy agent does not represent Tesco policy.

      • Mick says:

        Lovely girl on phone refunded my £30 and insisted NO change to bonus points .. Cha Ching!!!

    • R says:

      UPDATE: Phoned back – got through really quick and to a very helpful chap, who refunded the £30 and confirmed no bonus points would be removed. Must have just been unlucky with who I spoke to previously! Very happy with my new printer – thanks Raffles!

  • Waribai says:

    Yes, this printer malarkey has worked out very well indeed. I put it right up there with the Achica free for all!