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Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss (May 2017)

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Here is the latest edition of our regular feature which summarises offers that are ending soon.

It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Top Avios Points Earning Offers, Top Hotel Bonus Points Offers and Top UK Credit Card Offers pages.

Miles and points offers which are about to close

The key deal ending at the end of the month is the current British Airways First Class, Club World and Club Europe sale which ends on Tuesday.  The deals are not exceptionally good, however.

I would also highlight the current Accor offer of €120 of free rooms, or 6000 Avios, for 3 x 2-night stays.  You need to book by Tuesday even though the stays can be at any point until early September.  Details here.

Deals closing soon

Sunday 21st May

Last day for discounted Heathrow parking via Good To Go, for travel between 5th June and 7th July.  Article.

Tuesday 23rd May

Last day to book Accor hotels, for stays by 3rd September, for the current 6,000 Avios or €120 offer.  Article.

Last day to book in the current British Airways First and business class sale.  Article.

Last day to earn 4,000 Miles & More miles with any hotel booking.  Article.

Saturday 27th May

FIRST DAY for stays at Marriott and Starwood properties to count for the new Summer promotions.  Article.

Wednesday 31st May

Last day to earn 12,000 Accor points with an Economist subscription.  Article.

Last day to earn 15,000 Etihad Guest miles with their UK credit card.  Article.

Last day to earn 3,000 Flying Blue miles with a PointsHound hotel booking.  Article.

Last day to earn 30,000 Avios with a subscription to the Irish Independent.  Article.

Last day to convert Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios if you also want to enter the current competition.  Article.

Last day for £10 off a £50 Charles Tyrwhitt shirt order, earning Avios at the same time.  Article.

Sunday 11th June

Last day to enter Hilton‘s competition to become their British Grand Prix mascot and win a holiday in Abu Dhabi.  Article.

Thursday 15th June

Last day to earn 1,000 Avios with wine from Laithwaites / BA Wine Explorer.  Article.

Comments (58)

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  • AliD says:

    OT – re IHG Accelerate

    One of my Accelerate targets is 3600 for booking 1 Bonus Points Package.

    Got a Home Counties Crowne Plaza stay needed for next weekend – selecting a rate offers me:

    ‘Your rate by IHG Rewards Club BONUS POINTS: 1,000 Bonus Points for every night’

    Or (for a few quid more)

    ‘1,000 Bonus Points Package: 1,000 Bonus Points for Every Night’

    Do you think the former will count even though it does not include the exact term “Bonus Points Package” though clearly is a package offering Bonus Points…

    • HayMow says:

      I would think Yes it counts, AliD, as the rate terms link says “Exclusive to IHG® Rewards Club members. Earn Faster with this package offer – Earn 1,000 bonus IHG Rewards Club points for each night when you book the 1,000 Bonus Point Package. ” … My similar Accelerate target is clearer as it says “complete 2 Your Rate Bonus Point Package stay(s)” so I went for the “Your Rate” offer.

  • Genghis says:


    • Genghis says:

      Top man. Will give it a try.

    • Scott says:

      I’ll also give it a go, would be great if this works. Thanks.

    • Scott says:

      Not working for me. If I paste the url from the payment screen (i.e. the screen that comes up after clicking ‘book’), I get an error. If I paste the URL of the prior screen it comes up with the non-Trip Advisor higher price.

  • ee says:

    O/T – are there some gremlins in Amex systems at the moment?

    Issue (1) I took out a new Amex Gold last week. I wasn’t immediately approved (unusual) but the card arrived on Friday. Historically the person referring has received their bonus MR points quickly IME, but in this case the points have still not posted. Cause to worry?

    Issue (2) I used the BA £100 off of £500 offer on Tuesday? I received the confirmation email immediately after the transaction but the Statement Credit has not appeared. Has anyone actually had the £100 hit their account yet?


    • gill says:

      Similar with amex gold referral here. Told 12 weeks by customer service. Secure message route may resolve faster.

      • ee says:

        Thanks! Urgh, not good – that may take my partner into another account year which means the fee would be payable. Strange as last time (when I referred someone at work) I had the bonus points before they knew they had been accepted.

        • Jas Gill says:

          I had this same issue recently; just give them a call to resolve.

    • Rob says:

      Not spotted any issues with referral bonuses myself, although they had a wobble in January for a few days.

    • James says:

      Have just had the exact same issue with a referral. Person received their card on Wednesday, always posted either the day they receive the card or following day, not the case this time. I have sent a secure message and hopefully it will be fast tracked – will keep you updated.

      • ee says:

        Interesting. Sounds like there might be a generic hold up with the referral points. Hopefully if they notice a few emails coming through they’ll get it sorted. My other issue with the BA statement credit has now resolved itself.

  • Cate says:

    Another OT. Our priority passes are due for renewal and I was wondering what’s the best way to renew? Hilton have an up to 10,000 points bonus if I buy through them but is there a gold standard way for point collectors?? Thanks

    • Cate says:

      Harry your knowledge of point collecting is off the charts!! Thank you!!

    • Boi says:

      OT: can a friend use my priority pass from Amex plat for airport lounge without me being there (borrowed)?

  • Crafty says:


    WARNING for all on IHG Accelerate. I completed a stay on Thursday that was booked before 15 May. While the points have posted to my IHG account, none of my Accelerate offers triggered. Fuming.

    Before anyone says “should have cancelled and rebooked”, yes in theory, but the stay had increased in price by over £20 by that time, and although my employer pays, I have a conscience.

    Anyone else found the same has happened to them? I was hoping after the inconsistencies last time IHG might have sharpened this up, but it seems no such luck.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      It might take a few days for them to appear. Give it a week.

    • Alan says:

      Can easily take a week of Accelerate offer to show up as being completed – very slow indeed.

  • Boi says:

    Another OT sorry: I contacted Amex via secure message to add the Amex travel offer to my plat. I received response that it has been added but can’t find it in my saved offers. Am I safe to book anyway?
    Also can someone remind me what it is again? Is it £50 off £200 or £250?

    Thanks in advance

  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT Anyone know if IHG add more Reward Nights to hotels? Looking for hotels for the last week of August and would prefer Crowne Plaza to Intercontinental (due to cost for a week). I know it’s school holidays so probably zero to nil chance I bet.

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