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Bits: excellent Virgin East Coast sale, Heathrow Airport Parking sale, 3000 Avios with Rocketmiles

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News in brief:

Virgin East Coast launches an impressive sale

A number of HfP readers have been in touch this week to highlight some of the good deals they had picked up in the Virgin Trains sale on the East Coast line.

The Superfly sale runs until 9pm tomorrow.  You can book for travel until 23rd March.

Prices are lower, apparently, than the last sale held under State ownership of the line.  London to Leeds starts at £5 each way, London to Newcastle is from £10 and London to Edinburgh from £15.

Heathrow Airport Parking launches a January sale

You can’t move for sale deals at the moment.  Even Heathrow Airport Parking has got in on the act.

If you book before 7th February, you can currently book the long stay car parks from £4.49 per day based on a 6+ day booking.  Meet & Greet is available from £8.49 per day based on a 7+ day booking.

More information can be found here.  The last day to park is 23rd March.

Don’t forget my ‘secret tips’ for easier or cheaper Heathrow parking – using JustPark or booking a ‘sleep and park’ deal at the Thistle and using the driverless pods to reach Terminal 5.

Get 3,000 miles with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking

I mentioned hotel booking site Rocketmiles recently when I touched on their Thanksgiving promotion.  All of this week until today (and apologies for not running this deal earlier) you will earn 3,000 bonus airline miles if you are a new customer.

This includes British Airways Executive Club for Avios as well as various other airline schemes.

The 3,000 bonus miles is on top of the standard earnings from your booking.  Whilst you need to book today, the stay can be for a future date.

As with and Pointshound, you need to be careful when you book as prices tend to jump around quite a bit.  If you can find a hotel which is priced very similar to what you would pay elsewhere, the bonus miles make it a bargain.

Remember that you will not receive points in any hotel loyalty scheme for your stay as these bookings are treated as non-qualifying.  You will also not receive a VAT receipt which may be an issue for small businesses booking a hotel inside the EU.

The booking page for the deal – which is only available to new customers – is here.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital on Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and FREE for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (36)

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  • Daz says:

    I tend to try and use the T5 short stay or business parking at a push as I normally stay in the Sofitel. I keep track of the price quite a lot so my mind boggles when they say they have a deal on.
    It is absolute rubbish especially for the above mentioned carparks. It is just vastly inflated “was” prices. I want 10 days at the end of Jan and the “was” price is showing £577.00!!!! really! Its “was” price a couple of days ago was, 245.00….. I think I will use the Sofitel BMW parking with the Top Secret deal you mentioned the other day Rob.

    I find it absolutle dishonesty that most retailers think we are stupid enough to believe they have (continuous) “sales” at this moment, when in fact they are selling goods at the RRP because they vastly inflated the price of the item for a day a month back.

  • Rohan says:

    any good train sales for us that live in the rainy western country?

  • Gavin says:

    O/T – looking at trying to swap some direct debits for credit card payments to generate points.

    Anyone got any ideas if PCP (car leasing) payments can be made (or alternatively a lump sum paid to reduce future monthly payments) with credit cards, specifically Amex. Will call VW tomorrow but wondered if anyone else did likewise?

  • harry says:

    I’ve done the double 3x now, first you go to the HEx Amex link above, find your airport car park deal & click buy. Then open up the MSE HEx airport link in the same browser and your clicked deal should open up exactly as you left it, but cheaper – my meet & greet was 31% cheaper. Buy it with Amex and you should get the success email, ie you’ll get the statement credit for another 15%. I think the maths work out:
    start point £100, -31% = £69
    then get 15% (of £69) statement credit £10.35
    total discount 41.35%

    • harry says:

      Don’t forget you would get the extra 15% off any product HEx do, that you can get more cheaply elsewhere. Using the same technique.

  • JamesW says:

    Totally OT but what are the best uses of AirBerlin TopBonus miles now ?
    Most luxurious air travel ? (Something on Etihad I’m guessing)
    Most points-efficient (cost-efficient) air travel options / destinations ?
    Most points-efficient (cost-efficient) non-airline uses ?
    Other notable uses ?

  • David says:

    It’s to bad !!!

    Rocket miles can’t process credit card from Belgium !!
    There is a glitch when the system send the card information in a Belgium bank! the CVC number is doesn’t go trough.

  • Scott says:

    Why’s the 6th Feb not included? Naturally happens to be the day I have to travel (although have picked up a reasonable fare already).
    Was going to stay in the Dublin area that night except more hotels seem to be double what I paid back in April.

    My return just happens to also be in the “11-17th” period that’s not included.

    • Aeronaut says:

      Sat 6 Feb is the date of Scotland v England in the Six Nations at Murrayfield (Edinburgh).

      The February exclusion is actually 13-21 Feb (not 11-17), and this is half term week.

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