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Bits: 7200 Avios with home insurance, £10 Boots card for joining TopCashback, HFP server issues

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News in brief:

7,200 Avios or 7,500 Virgin miles with Tesco home insurance

Tesco Bank has extended its current offer of 3,000 Clubcard points when buying home insurance until 31st August.  This is good news if your renewal missed the previous dates.

You can convert this into 7,200 Avios or 7,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article from yesterday.

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Tesco Bank

£10 Boots gift card when joining TopCashback

I wrote last week about how TopCashback is ending the conversion of cashback to Tesco Clubcard on 31st July.

If you were not a TopCashback member but want to sign up and see if you can generate any paid cashback before 31st July, the company is offering a £10 Boots gift card when you earn your first £10 of cashback.

You MUST be referred by an existing member to get this deal.  Instructions on how to join are in this Shopper Points article today.

Even if the cashback from your transactions does not arrive by 31st July, you will still get the £10 Boots gift card – this is triggered however long it takes to earn your first £10.

Boots gift card

HFP server issues

Finally, apologies to anyone who had trouble accessing HFP on Friday and Saturday.  There were some server issues which I do not fully understand but which I am guessing come from another site on our server receiving a substantial traffic boost.

HFP was never ‘down’ completely – page views were only off by 20% – but I know it was frustrating for many people.  High end, dedicated, specialist WordPress hosting for HFP would cost well over £2,000 per year given our page views and I am obviously trying to avoid that if I can.  I’m not sure if I have just been lucky to not have any major problems for the last four years given my current low cost approach.

Comments (34)

  • Alan says:

    Partly O/T (but still Avios!) – just booked a flight using my Lloyds voucher. Not the quickest of processes (took 25 min) but at least a local 03 number and the agent was friendly.

    Some random points (in case useful for others)
    – actual Avios deal side works perfectly – you need space in the class you’re travelling in but are billed for the class below (I paid therefore paid 52k rather than 100k for an EDI-LHR-ORD//YYZ-LHR-EDI return), plus taxes for the class you’re travelling in (£360 in my case, not as bad as I expected!)
    – make sure you use Avios.com to check availability rather than BA.com as they can be different
    – if doing connections make sure you check sector-by-sector – I had done so but the agent tried to do it all in one for the out-bound and was seeing much worse EDI-LHR until they checked individual sectors
    – you can use any card to pay (I went for Virgin AMEX to help hit spend target!)

    • Alan says:

      PS and final point – amendments allowed (£35 fee) without losing the voucher, but cancellation leads to loss of voucher [they called me back to tell me this as they realised they’d forgotten to tell me in the call]

      • Gavin says:

        Redeemed mine last week. CW to Hong Kong. Did it all online, piece of cake. I wanted to use to Seoul but nothing available, so will get a Cathay or Asiana redemption as connecting flights. Plus a bonus day in Hong Kong to have a look about.

        Not sure if I will pick up another voucher next year, may be switching to the BAPP.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Home insurance – do your think it will be ok to join in wifes name as I did have a policy 4 months ago in my name but left.

    • Rob says:

      Don’t see why not unless the small print says once per address and not once per person.

    • Genghis says:

      Tilly71 – did you join, get the points then cancel? If so, how did you pay for the insurance?

      • Tilly71 says:

        No, I had a policy from when they were offering a £30 gift card over a year ago. The price was competitive so I joined up. However, at renewal four months back they hiked the premium by £100 so off I went to Aviva and £40 CB.
        I’ve yet to call them to see if cancellation charges, if not then I wI’ll sign up again in wifes name.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Update: called aviva and they want £31.45 to cancel the policy so can’t be bothered to swap back.