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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 and its very 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 via this special website.  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.

Virgin East Coast

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.)

Rocketmiles 3000 bonus miles

3,000 miles with your first Rocketmiles hotel booking – ends today, 7th January

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 Kaligo.com 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

Comments (36)

  • 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.