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

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 date to note is this Wednesday.  It is your last chance to book a Virgin Flying Club redemption, for any point over the next 11 months, for a 30% miles discount in Economy class.

If you are heading to Heathrow this week, it is your last chance to join Heathrow Rewards, spend £100 and pick up 3,000 bonus points – see 28th February for details.

Deals closing soon:

Monday 22nd February

Last day to earn 2,000 Clubcard points buying an iPad at Tesco Direct.  Article (Shopper Points line).

Tuesday 23rd February

Flybe ‘Farecracker’ sale ends.  Article.

Wednesday 24th February

Last day to book economy class Virgin redemptions for 30% off.  Article.

Sunday 28th February

Last day to book British Airways Club World sale deals for travel over Easter.  Article.

Last day to join Heathrow Rewards and spend £100 in a day to receive 3,000 Heathrow Rewards points.  Article.

Last day to buy discounted Melia Rewards points.  Article.

Monday 29th February

Last day to book 50 Iberia redemptions for a 40% discount on the Avios needed.  Article.

Last day to book a Ramada or Days Inn stay and earn 3,000 bonus American Airlines miles (stay by 7th March).  Article.

Last day to earn bonus Avios on 2+ night Shangri-La stays.  Article.

Last day to earn 12,000 Avios for subscribing to The Economist.   Article.

Last day to get bonus Heathrow Rewards points on Apple purchases.  Article.

Tuesday 1st March

Last day to get 4,000 Clubcard points (9,600 Avios) by applying for Tesco Pet Insurance!  Article.

Wednesday 9th March

Last day for a 30% bonus when you buy Virgin miles directly or via ‘Miles Booster’.  Article.

Bits: good value Avios hotel deals (including Hilton T5), SPG category changes and 'goodbye Kamp'
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  1. PlaneSimple says:

    Not sure if would be included in a future post or not but… how late do you think it is safe to leave for applying for Le Club Accor Platinum status through Amex Platinum to maximise the status expiry (for my wife, I already have it and will expire Nov.) before this perk is removed?

  2. Hadn’t seen the Ramada/Days Inn offer, but looks like it’s already too late for that one – “The AAdvantage Miles Winter Promotion has ended. If you registered for this promotion prior to February 8, 2016, you may book and earn bonus AAdvantage miles in accordance with the promotion terms and conditions” – despite the blurb going on to say it is valid until Feb 29.

  3. Thanks Rob, this is always so helpful.
    I hadn’t spotted the Virgin deadline before. I’m quite new to this. We’re aiming to redeem Virgin miles for a March 2017 trip to Capetown. Any thoughts on when /how to best do this ?

    • Virgin no longer fly to Capetown so you’ll have to redeem for J’oburg and buy a connection from there. Virgin release seats 11 months in advance so start checking for redemption seats as soon as possible as its a difficult route to redeem on, especially in premium cabins. Also Virgin have very quietly this week increased the number or miles needed for upgrades quite significantly and at very short notice and I wouldn’t be surprised if they increased the miles needed for a straight redemption soon, so the quicker you can secure seats the better.

    • Virgin does not fly to CPT only JNB. You could use Avios to redeem for a Comair connection. Flights open up either 331 or 355 days in advance (not sure off top of head what VS does) so this sale is no good.

      • Virgin release at 331. Annoying if you’re planning a holiday involving BA and Virgin redemptions.

  4. For the Tesco pet promo there was nowhere for me to enter my club card details, i took the policy out then called them. They advised they could see the promo code was used, and they had already matched my clubcard number from my address and that the points were allocated. Ts n Cs state only one promo code per household.

  5. Does anybody know if Virgin run this miles discount promotion more than once a year or is this the only occasion?

    • Usually Jan, May and October but no guarantee they’ll repeat the pattern this year. They were rather late with this one as it appeared Feb not Jan.

  6. Johnnycl says:

    29th Feb has appeared on Tesco Insurance renewal as an end date to get 100 Clubcard points:

  7. Hi – on the economist offer – can anyone advise whether it is linked to an e-mail address or the IB Plus number? I can use a new e-mail to renew, but I only have 1 IB+ account. Many thanks.

  8. Interestingly (or not) I order a couple of iPads and some ink cartridges the other day, both being in the Clubcard points promotion.

    The ink cartridges were cancelled by Tesco – citing lack of stock, although the website claimed that cartridges were in stock when the order was placed – and I notice today in my Clubcard account, that the bonus points for both the ink cartridges and the iPads have been reversed out by Tesco, leaving only the base spend.

    As I haven’t even collected the iPads yet, I think this is a bit cheeky!

  9. One more…..

    American Express is closing Travel Money Now (, its foreign currency website, on 1st March. It seems highly likely that the Avios-earning version ( will close on the same date.