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Bits: LAST DAY for Avios via Tesco / Hasbro deal, 6000 Miles & More for a hotel, Oman Air launches Manchester

News in brief:

Last day to get 1920 Avios with a £40 toy spend

Today (Sunday) is your last chance to pick up 800 bonus Tesco Clubcard points – worth 1920 Avios or 2000 Virgin Flying Club miles – with Hasbro toys and games.

Simply spend £40 on any items on this page of Tesco Direct and you will earn 800 bonus points.  This is the equivalent of a 50% discount on your purchase if you value the miles at 1p each and you can solve some of your Christmas present dilemmas at the same time!

The list of participating products is here.  Personally I have a soft spot for Hungry Hungry Hippos but I think anyone would be able to find something suitable for any children they know.  Remember that the deadline is midnight tonight.


6000 Miles & More miles with one hotel booking

Last month we wrote about a generous offer for 5000 Lufthansa Miles & More miles for one hotel booking.  This was a very good deal, especially as Miles & More miles are often tricky to accumulate – you can’t even buy them.

(One workaround is to buy Starwood Preferred Guest points in a sale and transfer those to Miles & More. The cost is similar to what most airlines charge to buy miles directly.)

The hotel offer has been relaunched for October and it is even bigger.  This month you will receive 5000 bonus miles plus at least 1000 base miles for your first booking.

You need to book on this page of the German Lufthansa website where everything is in German.  This month, it seems that you must book via the German site – if you switch the site language to English, the offer changes and is not as generous.

Oman Air

Oman Air finalises Manchester route

Oman Air has now confirmed plans for its Manchester route which we initially mentioned a few months ago.

The service will now start on 1st May, as opposed to the original plans for April, using an Airbus A330.  It will be an overnight flight from Manchester, departing at 8.45pm and landing in Muscat at 7.20am.  The return flight departs at 2pm.

Oman Air has also now agreed with Heathrow Airport to consolidate its two daily Muscat flights into Heathrow Terminal 4 from early 2017.  With British Airways now flying directly to Muscat – instead of stopping on the way in Abu Dhabi – the airlines must be hoping that there is substantial untapped passenger growth for the region.

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  1. Chris jones says:


    Has anybody seen virgins altantic new Web page for booking flights (using points) it’s a major backwards step. You can’t see what clsss is a avaliable. If booking a return flight both flights have to be the same class.

  2. Hope there’s going to be no more Daily Mail Rob

    • Hard to turn down a full page in 1.5 million newspapers …..

    • RussellH says:

      Front page of today’s Obeserver:-

      “Campaigners claim victory as Lego cuts Daily Mail link”

      Lego has cancelled all promotional agreements with the Daily Mail, so maybe there will be more Tesco Cl;ubcard promotions instead.

      • They’ve said that current agreement had ended and they had no plans for anything further. Not really a cancellation or commitment not to have ‘future plans’ with the Daily Mail

  3. Lady London says:

    I realised yesterday I had a hotel to book and had missed the earlier Miles & More offer so thanks Rob.

    Might help other readers to know that when I booked mine, the first selection of hotels shown was always limited and in higher price bands. Subsequent searches using the town instead of the airport name where I was searching for a hotel, and nearby towns, gave different lists of hotels which then included some lower priced ones.

    Miles & More offered me the hotel I was looking for cheaper than on Hilton’s own website btw, and booked it.

    • RussellH says:

      I have just had a look at their offerings for Manchester in December and it is all rather confused, TBH.

      As you say, two sections; first supposedly city centre hotels, second “hotels near your requested destination”. However, Manchester city centre appears to include Liverpool, Warrington, Sale, Bury and Hyde, to name a few, while the nearby hotels include the DoubleTree (between Picadilly station and Picadilly Gardens) and the City Centre Crowne Plaza though not the airport Crowne Plaza, which is included under City Centre.

      Then there is the lovely typo “The Principal Manchester (Formally The Palace Hotel)”.

      There are some reasonable prices though, and 6 000+ M+M miles could be very useful.

  4. TrollBasher says:

    How many non-capital airports can lay claim to five Gulf carriers ?
    Emirates 3 x A380 daily from 2017
    Qatar double daily
    Etihad double daily
    and now Oman.
    Quite an achievement.

  5. I did the M&M hotel booking last month.
    The system will not credit the same account for this time.
    M&M not worthwhile until one gets 55,000 in a single account, so wife making this booking is not ideal.
    M&M have family account but only in Middle East.
    A relocation there is limited by the fact that the hotel booking has to have a credit card which matches M&M-registered address (I discovered that accidentally last time)
    So any other ideas on how to get this bonus in same account as previous one?

  6. OT Has anyone cancelled a BA avios booking for an AA flight online lately. I keep getting “Error
    There was a problem with your request, please try again later.”

    I hope BA have not started to collect the full cancellation fee when cancelling AA flights online. I have not had this problem before.

    • Seems to have this issue more often on partner redemptions recently. Had to call in to cancel.

      • Thanks, Did you receive the avios points back if not paying the full cancellation fees as in a £4.~ AA flight.

        • Yes, you will get full Avios refund and don’t need to pay full cancellation fee & service phone charge.

        • Again, thank you. I can remember when if cancelled over the phone, unless you paid full cancellation fee no Avios would be returned. Glad to see this has changed.

      • I just booked with Alaska and was told that if I cancelled I would just lose the tax but it was only 15,000 Avios + £9.20.

  7. Boon Koh says:

    The T&Cs are really short for the Lufthansa miles for hotel promo!

    Does the hotel stay have to done by the end of November, or only the booking on the Lufthansa website? Anyone know?

    • Last month, it was only the booking had to be done by the end of the month.
      I think one sees the total miles before one hits “Pay”.

      • ThatGuyOverThere says:

        Nope, just made a booking (today 15th Nov) for stay on 10th Dec which was advertised at 6025 miles on the listing, once booked it said 1025 so have cancelled foc and won’t bother wasting my time again… 🙁

  8. Manchester still doesn’t appear as an option on the Oman air website though. Who knows when it will actually be bookable!

  9. When do the points post with the miles and more deal?

  10. Sarah Murray says:

    OT £219 for a return to Phuket with Thomson… Dates very limited

  11. OT: Anyone tried to log in to Virgin Flying Club? Keeps saying they have sent me a new number – they haven’t…..

    • Yes. Put your email address in, surname and existing password. It’ll then ask you to set some security questions and then let you in.

  12. Ali Abiri says:

    Can anyone refer me to join Tesco Clubcard please?

    Apprarently we each get 1000 points…need this asap as I want to buy these toys..

    • Is that not for the club card credit card?

    • Alex Horne says:

      I can refer you if nobody else has referred you. Have you got the credit card through yet?? Points take about 2 weeks to post

  13. Great stuff, just ordered a load of fun games to play at Xmas! Jenga, bop it and twister. Should be a right laugh after a few glasses of port!

  14. OT: Not sure if this is mentioned elsewhere (can’t see it) but 1000 Avios at Pizza Express for first use of BINK app, and Avios at Pizza Express. (Link below doesn’t mention the 1000 initial bonus.)

    Be interesting to see if other schemes (there are loads listed in the app dropdown) are included or other locations apart from Pizza Express.

    • It isn’t 1000 for first use. It is the ‘collecting with a new partner’ bonus so you get nothing if you’ve already got that.

  15. OT bits – emails now going out confirming launch of AerClub…