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News in brief:

Tesco stopping its offer of 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) on gift cards

According to an announcement on the Tesco website, you will soon no longer be able to earn 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) when you spend £50 on gift cards at Tesco.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article here.  I was never a major buyer of these because my local Tesco had a poor selection but I know some people were spending many thousands of pounds this way.

Flying Blue’s UK shopping portal

I cover Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM scheme, less than I should.  This is probably why I didn’t realise until last week that Flying Blue has a miles-earning UK shopping portal.

Shop&Earn is the equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 or Virgin Atlantic Shops Away.  You earn miles by clicking through from Shop&Earn when you shop online.

Mr Porter, for example, gets you 5 Flying Blue miles for every £1 you spend.  Reiss is 3 miles per £1.  John Lewis is 3 miles per £1.

The Shop&Earn home page is here.

IHG Rewards Club

Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points with Opinion Check-In

You may have received an email from IHG Rewards Club in late August inviting you to register with their new online survey partner Opinion Check-In.

You will receive 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points for completing your first survey.

I decided to give it a try.  To be honest, it was a lot of trouble and took me 20 minutes to register, complete my details and complete one survey (on hotels).

The process was fairly painful.  Despite saying I was an ‘Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner’ I was forced to answer numerous irrelevant questions over my job title, whether or not I employ 100,000+ people on the same site and what purchasing responsibilities I have (answer = everything).

After filling all this in, I was thrown out of my first survey after four questions when they found out I lived in London, which they already knew.  This was probably good as the completion time was estimated at 23 minutes. I was given 5 points for my trouble which I would value at 2.5p! 

A 2nd survey, on hotels, had a 12 minutes estimated completion time.  I was able to answer this all the way through and received my 1,000 points.

Impressively, these posted instantly.  However they did NOT count towards elite status.

If you have 15-20 minutes to pass, it is arguably worth doing in order to pick up £5-worth of IHG Rewards Club points.  Two reasons to bother are:

they post instantly and

you can immediately resign from Opinion Check-In via their dashboard – you won’t be plagued with unwanted email for the rest of time


IHG Rewards update – September 2021:

Get bonus points: IHG Rewards is not currently running a global promotion.

New to IHG Rewards?  Read our overview of IHG Rewards here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our article on ‘What are IHG Rewards points worth?’ is here.

Buy points: If you need additional IHG Rewards points, you can buy them here.

You will receive a mystery bonus, usually 100%, when you buy IHG Rewards points by 8th October 2021.

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

Comments (77)

  • Nick says:

    Well put harry. That makes me think a little more.

  • Mr Dee says:

    If your chasing a big point milestone then the 0.95p valuation is not a bad one in that case.

  • Mycity says:

    Harry, I look at it like you do, most of my Avios redemptions are used in First using our 241 BA vouchers. I hit the million Avios as well my driver is to keep it around there every year, so the challenge for me is to top up by 300k plus Avios per annum

  • Bryan says:

    Thanks for the link but gave up on this after trying to do 6 surveys. either technical problems or a this survey isn’t for you message. wasted quite a bit of time

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