Bits: Radisson Blu sale, BA Holidays £1149 Christmas sale ends today, new BA Gatwick Summer flights

News in brief:

Up to 30% off – Radisson Blu Autumn sale

Radisson Blu has launched its Autumn sale.

If you book by 30th October for stays between 17th October and 30th November you can save up to 30% off your city break in Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Nice, Durham, Belfast, Bristol, Brussels, Liverpool, Stansted Airport or Lyon.

Remember that, at UK Radisson Blu hotels, kids under 12 stay and eat free.  There is no charge for an extra bed and breakfast and dinner is free as long as an adult is eating with them.

The website to book is here.

Radisson Blu logo

Generous BA Holidays Christmas and New Year promo ending

Today is the last book to book your Christmas or New Year short break with BA Holidays and save a substantial amount of money. Even without a hotel these prices would be excellent for Club World flight.  With a 4* or 5* hotel included they are exceptional value – as long as you wrap up warm!

As a reminder, here are the ‘lead in’ flight and hotel offers based on Club World flights:

New York – £1,199 including three nights in a 5* hotel

Boston – £1,149 including three nights in a 4* hotel

Chicago – £1,149 including three nights in a 4* hotel

Washington – £1,149 including three nights in a 4* hotel

Toronto – £1,149 including three nights in a 4* hotel

These prices are based on two people sharing. The BA Holidays Club World promo page is here.


Additional BA Gatwick Summer services

British Airways has added more flights from Gatwick to their Summer 2017 schedule.

  • Thessaloniki (SKG) – Wednesday added
  • Heraklion (HER) – Wednesday added
  • Cagliari (CAG) – Tuesday added
  • Dubrovnik (DBV) – Saturday added (photo above)
  • Glasgow (GLA) – Friday added

As the above flights were only added to the schedules a couple of days ago, the standard 2 business class / 4 economy class Avios seats should be available even if other days of the week were booked up months ago.

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  1. OT – the bit about bonus Clubcard points has disappeared from the Tesco Gift Card Store – looks like you get nothing now. Obviously, it may be the case that points are awarded anyway – so it would be good to know if anybody experiences that.

    • Genghis says:

      Question is – who’s going to take one for the team?

      • That was my thought – I was thinking Rob might want to do and put it down as expenses… :))

        • If Cheapside has any Amazon or John Lewis I am happy to try it, but I doubt they do in an area which is effectively HFP reader central (along with Canary Wharf).

        • TGLoyalty says:

          I have a final money off voucher so I’ll be in a Tesco this week I’ll report back on if there is any clubcard points at all.

        • Genghis says:

          Cheapside stopped selling a decent selection of gift cards a few months back (they now keep a few in a drawer next to the fag cabinet but nothing of interest). Best selection in the City is Bishopsgate but when I checked a couple of weeks ago they didn’t have any Amazon or JL.

        • Yes, you’re right. Went in this morning and there were literally 10 cards. Not 10 types of card – but 10 cards in total! And all rubbish ones.

        • thats interesting rob. do city types make up the bulk of your readership?

          probably impossible to do this kind of analysis but would be very interesting to know the demographic make-up of your readers

        • Pretty much all London-based professionals who collect a lot of Avios and hotel points from their jobs.

          Remember that the site gets 20,000 visitors a day, including the email list. The 100 people who provide the bulk of the comments are not representative of the broader readership, but if you go through the email list it is basically a ‘who’s who’ of London professional life.

        • Tesco Surrey quays have many different types of gift cards, however, sometimes their gift cards are just not enough for HFP readers-:) When I went there last week, the entire JL gift cards were all gone!

        • Imbruce says:

          Anika has done an article on gift cards today on the Shopperpoints blog,
          I am surprised that you did not know this Rob?

        • I did know this – she sits about 3 feet from me! – but she bought those after I had been into Cheapside and found the shelves bare.

      • Scallder says:

        Just tried it – it is officially dead :'(

        • Did you get CC points for the spend or is actually zero points?
          50 CC points for $ 50 spent on a gift card would still be something.

        • It would indeed, but I just made a test purchase and got nothing!

        • Scallder says:

          Yep – £25 iTunes gift card and £5 of actual shopping and only got awarded the 5 points.

        • Ditto – test purchase of £100 Amazon voucher – zero points awarded. Queried at customer services as the sign was still up – they kindly applied 300 points to my Clubcard account and removed the sign.

        • Genghis says:

          Good work on getting some final cc points there.

        • I try my best 😉 I would have kept the gift card anyway as helps trigger my Virgin sign-up bonus 🙂

  2. If you look at the FAQs, it says ‘Do I get Clubcard points when I buy a branded Gift Card?

    From time to time, Clubcard points may be offered on gift card purchases, excluding Tesco Gift Cards, xbox gift cards, F+F gift cards and Blinkbox gift cards.’

    I guess that means that there may be occasional periods when CC points are awarded, but it’s obviously not a constant thing now, alas.

    • Genghis says:

      When the Xmas magazine comes out with a voucher (fingers crossed), bagsy about 40 magazines at Tesco Cheapside…

    • I could live with occasional GC point offers. Just mean we stock up when offers appear. Have done quite an amount of advanced shopping the last week or two. Shame JL and Amazon were only recently available. Fingers crossed for future offers.

  3. rams1981 says:

    I’ve bought £1000 worth of Amazon in last week. It’s amazing how each Tesco treats it differently. Potters Bar weren’t doing any gift cards on Saturday as their machines were kaput. Woodford allowed me to buy £500 having first said no but then when they saw my ID matched credit card they were ok with it.

    • Sideshow Bob says:

      Potters Bar hasn’t been able to sell gift cards for around a week as their “line was down”. Bit annoying given the expiry date.

  4. James67 says:

    I will be in Edinburgh extra today or tomorrow morning at latest so will do £50. The payqwiq offer also seems to have ended as planned, I somehow expected that to be extended too. I’m going to delete my card from the account to check if it might result in a new targeted offer.

  5. James67 says:

    Anybody any idea what happens if I book a stay using Club Carlson 241 and then my elite status expires before making that stay?

    • Marc Walker says:

      James67 – I made a 442 booking whilst Gold with Club Carlson, then my status dropped to Silver. When I checked out of Art’otel, Cologne they honoured the 442 rate without any questions.

  6. Back to Morrisons for Amazon vouchers then!

  7. I don’t get the obsession with Amazon. Most of the time I’ve found things cheaper elsewhere. What am i missing?