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News in brief:

New Opodo discount code launched

Until the 29th (Friday), Opodo is offering a £15 saving when you book a flight for £200 or more.  You need to be careful about any fees they add which may reduce the value of the bonus but you should still come out ahead.

The code is 6AQHD3AQ and you can book here.

KLM launching flights from Southampton and Inverness

I get the odd email from HfP readers who would like to see more coverage of Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France programme.  I see their point, because outside London there is a hard core of flyers who prefer to fly long-haul via Amsterdam than transfer in Heathrow to a British Airways flight.

From mid May, those numbers will be increasing further as two new routes are added to the KLM route map.

Flights from Southampton launch on 16th May.  There will be two flights per day midweek and one per day at weekends.

A day later, flights also start from Inverness.  There will be one daily flight to Amsterdam.

More details and flights times can be found on the KLM website here.

SkyCity

Radisson and Park Inn Nordic sale

Radisson and Park Inn are running a UK-focussed sale focussing on hotels in Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden.  These are notoriously expensive places to stay so any ability to get a discount is welcome.  Radisson also has excellent coverage in Scandinavia due to its earlier ownership by the airline SAS – my review of Stockholm Airport’s SkyCity hotel is here.

You can book for dates in June, July and August.  The Radisson Blu offer is here, the Park Inn offer is here.  Book by 8th May.


How to earn Radisson Rewards points from UK credit cards (August 2021)

Radisson Rewards does not have a dedicated UK credit card. However, you can earn Radisson Rewards points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These include:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:3 into Radisson Rewards points which is a very attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 3 Radisson Rewards points.

Even better, holders of The Platinum Card receive free Radisson Rewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card.  It also comes with Hilton Honors Gold, Marriott Bonvoy Gold and MeliaRewards Gold status.  We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (37)

  • harry says:

    A decent discount = 2400 Avios

    Or the 1000 clubcard points = up to £30 or so on various redemptions such as Eurotunnel

    AND there’s another Bonus Clubcard Event coming up in May (honest! 🙂 )

  • Rob says:

    You’ve just made Anika’s day!

  • James A says:

    Shame flying blue is such a poor scheme overall. What I would like to know is which is the best star alliance scheme to collect with (mainly non flying) in order to redeem for Lufthansa first. I am working my way through the miles collector bucket list and LH first class experience (who doesn’t like a limo from the private terminal to the plane?!) is one to check off!

  • Concerto says:

    Flying Blue has got some pluses, though. There’s no advance purchase deadline on booking awards, such as 3 or 7 days, in advance. You can book up to an hour before departure, which was helpful once in an emergency. Different Skyteam airline partners show up in the award ticket search engine (unlike M&M). Mileage earnings can be pretty generous in the business cabin plus elite bonuses are high (easily achievable Gold gives you 75% extra miles). And the Sky Priority concept works pretty seamlessly across all Skyteam partners, meaning no embarrassing rejections when trying to enter lounges.

    • BrianDT says:

      Plus Monthly Award discounts around the world, usually 25 /50 % off usual price, but still with heavy taxes, hence start from AMS or CDG. It’s not perfect or to everybody’s liking,but which FFP scheme is this day and age ?

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    I have had pretty good luck finding availability for the Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 weekends in the Nordic countries. This probably offers an even stronger discount if you’re staying at the weekend.

  • harry says:

    Further details on the clubcard website, including what’s in & what’s out, and future changes to the clubcard scheme:-

    What you need to know about the next Boost at Tesco event?

    The next event runs from 16th May until 26th June and your vouchers will be with you from mid-May.

    This event will be our last event where you can double your vouchers in store and online with Tesco. So to help you make the most of it you can see what departments are included from the link below. You can turn every £5 worth of vouchers into £10 of tokens to spend in these departments.

    Clubcard Boost at Tesco FAQs
    What’s changing with Boost at Tesco?

    We’re making changes to our Tesco Clubcard scheme so that you can get more value out of Clubcard all year round, when and where you want.

    Therefore, our Boost at Tesco event this May will be the last where you can double your voucher value in store and online.

    In the coming months, we’ll be doing more to help you get the most out of the scheme, such as double points events to help grow your points balance faster and improving our Boost Partners offer, where you can already get up to four times the value of your vouchers. We’ll update you with more details on this soon.

    Why is Boost at Tesco ending?

    We’ve listened to what customers want from the scheme and heard that it needs to be simpler to understand and easier to use. Ending Boost at Tesco means that we can focus on a simpler approach that’s appealing to everyone and which customers can benefit from when they want, not just at certain times of the year.

    What will Boost at Tesco be replaced with?

    We want you to get the best out of your vouchers throughout the whole year, not just at certain times so we are reinvesting in more ways to earn points, like double points events, and making our Boost Partners offer even better. You can already get up to four times the value of your vouchers when you boost them with our Partners online, at a time that suits you.

    • Liz says:

      I’ve never used Boost but I like the idea of earning more points !

      • harry says:

        Likewise, but I imagine it will be far less interesting that we might hope, eg double points on Tesco Wines, double points on Toys etc

      • James A says:

        There was a large shopper thoughts survey this week garnering opinions on the clubcard changes. It spelled out what the changes would be; no more boost but adding the ability to redeem points instantly for money off in store (no more waiting for vouchers!) as you can with nectar etc. Didn’t mention anything about earning.

        Changes like this will mean nothing for most of us here.

  • Dynamo says:

    Need to call BA to add the return part to my avios 2-4-1 booking. Which number so I need to call? I’m Bronze and my wife is Silver if that makes a difference? Thanks

  • harry says:

    OT Curve – looks like a few more significant problems getting reported on FT today http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/manufactured-spending/1760471-curve-card-changes-3.html

    • Andrew* says:

      Were Curve Ts and Cs always so explicit re “cash recycling” (their term, see 6.1.5): https://api.imaginecurve.com/terms.pdf

      • Genghis says:

        I don’t think they were that explicit prior to their Fair Use Policy revision released on Friday.

        I’ve not yet received my card but I am seriously considering cancelling. With all the chat about declined transactions, only £200 a month cash withdrawals on credit card (including use abroad) and some not being able to use it to pay council tax (where Amex not accepted), I’m keen to hear others’ views on what they would actually use the Curve card for?

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