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Important dates for your diary – year-end edition!

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Here is a special edition of our fortnightly weekend 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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This list looks at just one day – deals which are ending on New Years Eve!

The key one, for most people, will be the chance to match your British Airways (or any other airline) status to Alitalia.  As Alitalia is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, your new status would be valued across a huge number of airlines including Air France, KLM and Delta.  It would also get you privileges when flying Etihad due to its shareholding in Alitalia.

(EDIT: at the last minute, Alitalia has extended the closing date to 31st January. However, there is no reason not to apply now if you have some time over the holiday period.)

I have mentioned the 100% higher bonus on the IHG Rewards Club credit cards.  However, the small print of this offer says that you must apply AND make your first purchase by 31st December.

Do they mean this?  After all, the 31st December deadline is only mentioned in the ‘big print’ as the deadline for applying.  The problem is that Barclays has brought in strict rules on card churning recently and you wouldn’t know, until you had got your card and made your purchase, whether you were getting the higher bonus or not – and by then, it would be too late.

The 100% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers is also worth thinking about.

It is also worth noting that the Kaligo.com and RocketMiles ‘3,000 miles for your next hotel booking’ offers only need to be booked by the 31st.  The stay can be at any point in the future.

Deals closing soon:

Thursday 31st December

Alitalia status match ends – match your British Airways or other airline status to SkyTeam.  Article.

Last day for a 100% bonus on converting Heathrow Rewards points to Emirates, Virgin and Avios.  Article.

25% Etihad Guest transfer bonus, from almost all hotel and credit card partners, ends.  Article.

Last day to book a hotel via RocketMiles and earn 3,000 miles in seven different airline schemes including Avios.  Article.

Last day to apply for the Lufthansa Miles & More credit card and receive 10,000 miles.  Article.

Hilton ‘Triple Your Trip’ promotion ends.  Article.

Kaligo.com ‘3,000 Avios for your first booking’ promotion ends.  Article.

Last day for a 25% bonus when you buy Starwood Preferred Guest points.  Article.

Last day to earn 2,015 bonus Starwood points from a stay.  Article.

Double IHG Rewards Club points (20,000 on the free card and 40,000 on the £99 card) when you take out their credit card – but see my caveat above.  Article.

Comments (34)

  • Sebastian says:

    That IHG thing is a nightmare. Is anyone going to risk the application on the 31st?

  • Keith says:

    Been trying to match Gold to Alitalia for 2 months now send them screen grabs of my card, page on Executive Club with all details but they still come back and ask for more proof of status. Any suggestions?
    Thanks

  • harry says:

    If you didn’t get to Ting Tang restaurant or whatever it’s called, you might want to convert your $100s into some handy Avios lol

    The usual limit does not apply, just press ahead & they will convert.

    They expire on 31st December (for those of us who got the 1 year extension)

    • HayMow says:

      Or you can redeem those Shangri La Golden Circle points by the 31/12/15 expiry date and still have till June 2016 to use them as then the voucher you get is valid for another 6 months from that date as I just discovered today!

    • TimS says:

      The usual limit (2,500) doesn’t apply, but there is still a minimum amount of 1,000 points before they will let you convert.

      Unfortunately the remaining 200 points I have left on each account are going to remain unredeemed.

      Seems a shame, but the free lunch we had at Ting was very nice!

  • JamesWag says:

    The Alitalia website seems to state that the status march is available up until Jan 31st, not Dec 31st.
    If this is true it would suit me better as I will become a Qatar Platinum status holder in the new year thanks to the Qatar Globetrotter promotion.

    http://www.alitalia.com/gb_en/millemiglia/promo-millemiglia/promo-status-match.html

    Any idea if this is correct ?