Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

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Here is the latest 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.


The key offer to keep an eye on is the Alitalia status match.  This allows you to match your BA or any other airline status card to Alitalia and thus to SkyTeam AND Etihad and the other airlines where Alitalia owns a stake.  This opportunity ends on 31st January.

Deals closing soon:

Sunday 24th January

Last day to earn 1,200 Avios when you spend £100 at Tesco Wine.  Article.

Last day to book a hotel or car hire at a bargain rate in the sale.  Article.

Last day to earn 250 Clubcard points (600 Avios) when you buy a £30 Google Chromecast.  Article.

Tuesday 26th January

Last day to book a discounted Iberia flight from the UK in their January sale.  Article.

Sunday 31st January

Last day to match your BA or other airline status to Alitalia and get SkyTeam alliance status.  Offer has been extended from initial closing date of 31st December.  Article.

Hilton Winter Sale ends (book for ANY weekend in 2016).  Article.

Last day to earn substantial bonuses on transatlantic BA, AA, Iberia and Finnair flights.  Article.

Last day to earn 1 mile per mile flown when crediting economy BA flights to American Airlines.  Article.

Last day to instruct Chestertons to sell or let your property and earn double Avios.  Article.

Tuesday 2nd February

The British Airways Winter Sale ends.  Article.

The Virgin Atlantic Winter Sale ends.  Direct link.

Sunday 7th February

Heathrow Airport Parking (the official car parks) sale ends.  Article.

Last day to use the Opodo ‘flight only’ discount codes if spending £300 or £600.  Article.

Tuesday 9th February

80% bonus for buying Hilton HHonors points (targetted) ends.  Article.

Wednesday 10th February

Higher bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards ends.  Article.

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  1. This is a tenuous link to this post so I hope no one minds. I want to book a number of Hilton hotels to take advantage of my Diamond status (thanks Rob). However I want to use my BAPP credit card to meet the spend. Is there anyway to book direct with Hilton in sterling to avoid the foreign transaction charge. Thanks in advance for any advise/assistance.

    • If you succeed in getting Hilton to charge in GBP then they will almost certainly use Dynamic Currency Conversion which adds 3% FX charges – this may defeat your objective.

    • All hotels use local currency (or local tourist currency, like euros in Turkey).

      “Hilton” provides a booking system for their hotels but the booking and price will be by the individual hotel. The only way to pay Hilton directly would be a purely points stay, but you can only buy points in USD.

      Individual hotels can of course apply DCC, but Amex doesn’t support DCC so there wouldn’t be any option but to pay the 3% Amex forex fee if you want to use a GBP Amex.

  2. I seem to remember there’s the healthrow rewards promo finishing fairly soon too?

  3. I’m trying to status match our way back to one world after both our Cathay cards from Amex expired.

    So far we have Etihad Gold, Gulf Air Falcon Flyer (gold again I think) and Avianca gold.

    So can get Alitalia match which I will do but that still won’t give One World status so I’m stuck.

    Air Nerlin were doing matches but I have no German or US address.

    Can anyone help?

  4. Got the Al Italia status match. Used their Gold card for the Turkish Airlines Elite (Star Alliance Gold) status match. However have been provided with a challenge. Star Alliance Gold for 4 months within which if I take 1 Turkish Airline International flight then extended to 1 year and if I get 15,000 status miles within that year then extended for another year. Shame as have no plans to take Turkish airline in next 4 months but perhaps others can plan the status match based on their flying patterns. I got the response within 4 days of submitting my passport copy, Al Italia Gold card copy and my statement showing 0 miles and 0 flights.

    • Yeah, sadly Turkish seem to have switched from match to challenge in the last couple of months of last year with no warning.

  5. Had missed that sale for carhire.

    Comes up £25 cheaper than the AvisBA option for my US road trip, think I will book that today.


  6. Lady London says:

    Hertz has an apparent 25% off till the end of January.

    I’ve noticed though that shortly after the 25% (previously 33%) sales start, prices often miraculously move up so the prices pretty much land where they were without the 25% discount.

    So could be worth a look. Hertz has also been quite good for the odd useful Lufthansa miles promo.

    • For Australia and NZ, I find Hertz prices drop significantly at around 3 weeks before pickup. In the months before they can go up and down.

      For example if you want to book 3 months ahead, then the extra price for airport pickups often make it cheaper to take a taxi to a city Hertz. But then with 2-3 weeks to go, suddenly there will be an airport prepaid rate which is the same price.

      Also many Hertz prepaid rates are actually fully refundable up to a point so if the GBP rises you can cancel and rebook for cheaper.

  7. Last day of Tesco ClubCard quarter is 28th January.
    So make sure that your auto-convert option is as you want it (mine is switched off so that I can try to get another 1000 miles from Virgin).

    • Andrew H says:

      I’ve switched mine off in case of a Tesco bonus later this year.

      I’ve never converted to vouchers before. So do Tesco actually send your paper vouchers in the post? But you don’t have to use them and it doesn’t affect your clubcard balance?

      I’ve noticed no one seems to cover this aspect of Tesco clubcard online!

      • You get both – they show online and you get paper copies to use instore, if you are crazy enough.

        • You can turn off paper vouchers on your account and just print them if you want to use instore.

          • Andrew H says:

            Thank you! I won’t be spending them instore – I just want to convert them to avios at some point.

  8. Ben Davies says:

    O/T I was told during the week by secure message that I couldn’t have 2 barclaycards. Now i have found this on their website

  9. Re Tesco end of quarter.
    I have just received an email saying that for each 250 points converted into Avios you will get an entry into a draw for 25 prizes of 15,000 Avios. I am converting most to Virgin and then to Hilton this time.

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