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Bits: 2400 Avios with a Nerf gun, Virgin joins TSA pre-check, Radisson / Park Inn sales extended

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News in brief:

Get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with a Nerf gun

Until tomorrow night, Tesco Direct is offering 1,000 bonus Clubcard points – worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles – with selected Nerf toys.

The minimum spend is £40.

Virgin Atlantic joins TSA pre-check

Virgin Atlantic has joined the list of transatlantic airlines – which excludes British Airways – to offer access to TSA pre-check for qualified flyers.

TSA pre-check allows you to skip the main security lines when departing from the US.  However, it is only valid if (for UK citizens) you have signed up for Global Entry.  This requires an interview at the US Embassy in London, if they are still offering them, or else in the US.

For those of us who only make occasional trips to the US, this will not benefit you.  If you do have Global Entry, there is now an additional reason to fly out of the US on Virgin Atlantic.

Full details are on this page of the Virgin Atlantic website.

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Radisson and Park Inn sales extended

Radisson Blu and Park Inn have both extended their winter sales which were due to end next week.  It covers the UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Belgium.

Both will apparently now continue until 26th February although the websites still show 31st January.  You can book discounted rooms for weekend stays until 31 August 2017.

The Radisson Blu page is here and the Park Inn page is here.  This sale would also tie in with the generous new Club Carlson promotion.

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards

How to earn Radisson Rewards points and status from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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 cards earn Membership Rewards points:

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 Premium 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.)

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  • Cate says:

    Just come back from Radisson Blu Berlin and were offered a 50% reduction on breakfasts. Not sure if it’s part of the sale or not but may be worth knowing if thinking of staying.

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