Bit: 10% off duty free voucher, 100% IHG ‘buy points’ bonus ending, Club Eurostar launches

News in brief:

Save 10% off duty free purchases at Manchester and Stansted

Biza is offering 10% off all purchases, excluding tobacco, at its duty free stores during December.

You need to print off the voucher which can be found here.

The discount is valid at the Biza stores at:

  • Manchester Airport (Main, Express, Arrivals)
  • London Stansted Airport (Main, Express, Arrivals)
  • Bournemouth Airport
  • East Midlands Airport

Thanks to Sean for this.

IHG’s extended ‘100% buy points bonus’ ends today

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – extended its recent ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion but IT DEFINITELY ENDS TOMORROW. (Although don’t blame us if it doesn’t, we don’t control them!) It is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points.

The page to buy points is here.

The standard prices, before the bonus, are:

  • 1,000 – 10,000 points for $13.50 per 1,000 points
  • 11,000 – 25,000 points for $12.50 per 1,000 points
  • 26,000 – 60,000 points for $11.50 per 1,000 points

The bonus rates are:

  • 40% bonus when you buy 5,000 – 19,000 points
  • 100% bonus when you buy 20,000 – 60,0000 points

With a 100% bonus, you would be able to buy 120,000 IHG points for (at current exchange rates for $690) £515.  This assumes your credit card has 0% FX fees.

At the top end of the IHG Rewards Club portfolio, you have InterContinental properties which top out at 50,000 – 60,000 points per night. That’s what you would pay for InterContinental Le Grand in Paris or the InterContinental Amstel in Amsterdam.

With a 100% bonus, IHG is effectively selling you a night at a 50,000 point property for £215 all-in.  A 60,000 point hotel would be £257.  At the bottom end, the points for a 5,000 point PointBreaks night would cost just £22.

You should look at this if you have a ‘buy points’ target for your Accelerate promotion – although it makes more sense to buy 5,000 and get the bonus than buy 1,000 for no bonus.  If you are topping off your account, it is also a good deal irrespective of the exact cents per point cost.  The maximum number of points you can buy per year is 120,000 (ie 60,000 plus the 60,000 bonus).

You can buy via this link.  The offer ends tomorrow, 8th December.

Club Eurostar launches today – and a competition on Monday

If all goes to plan, the new Club Eurostar loyalty scheme should be launching today.

We wrote a long article here with our initial impressions of the changes.  I will write something else once I’ve had a chance to look at all the bits and pieces which were not covered in the first announcement.

Starting on Monday, we have a fantastic Club Eurostar competition on Head for Points.  Not only can you win a big pile of Club Eurostar points, you can also receive top-tier Carte Blanche status in Club Eurostar.

And, thanks to the new ‘Anytime’ feature with the new Club Eurostar, the winner can be 100% certain that they will be able to redeem their points for the train of their choice (unless it is completely sold out for cash, of course).  And, with no taxes or charges with Club Eurostar redemptions, your ‘free’ ticket is genuinely free.

Make sure you visit Head for Points on Monday to enter.

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

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  1. O/T: I’m trying to book a BA 2-4-1, LHR to HKG return. I would like to do LHR-HKG economy and HKG-LHR business.
    If I load up availability as two separate one-way flights, it comes to just over £500 taxes. But if I book it as a return, the flights come to over £800 taxes. I cannot work out why this is. Does anyone have any thoughts? I want to minimise cost and was hoping that by booking business from just HKG (less taxes) it would achieve this. Very confused!

    • You only get lower taxes out of HK if your journey starts in HK. Your journey starts in London if you book a return. If you book a 2 x one way, your return flight starts in HK and is exempt.

      • Can i do this using the 2-4-1 voucher?

        • Yes, just call them. Also, to add to Rob’s comment, consider departing the IK from likes of Inverness or Jersey to avoid APD on the outward journey if it is practical for you to do so.

        • No. You can book the 2 outbounds on the 2-4-1 but you would need to pay for 2 normal Avios tickets to come back, which wipes out your saving.

      • Ok so just to clarify, I can book the one-way LHR-HKG. Then call BA and get the HKG-LHR one-way added to the booking, creating 2 one-way flights and therefore the lower (£500) taxes? And both flights will be covered under the 2-4-1 voucher? Also, would there be a change fee for this, as I have to call BA?
        I did look through some guides about the 2-4-1 but didn’t read anything regarding keeping the taxes low like this…

        • Apologies, follow Rob. I read 241 but was thinking Lloyds avios voucher when I replied to you. Regarding taxes, there are a few places like Inverness you can depart without paying APD. This is true regardless of whether ticket is on 241 or not. However, only with doing if it is practical, I.e. you live nearby, the saving is worthile or if yo want to use the APD saving to cover a short break in Inverness or Jersey immediately before your flight.