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Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss (Dec ’17)

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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 two key deals to note are a) the end of Nutmeg’s ‘up to 50,000 Avios for opening an ISA or SIPP’ promotion on Christmas Eve and b) the end of BA’s ‘half price World Traveller’ Avios redemptions which ends next Sunday.

I have deliberately not included 31st December as I will do a big end of year round-up in a fortnight.

Deals closing soon

Sunday 10th December

Last day to get a free BA First Class upgrade booking a flexible Club World ticket.  Article.

Tuesday 12th December

British Airways starts its new ‘boarding by group’ policy globally

Wednesday 13th December

Last date to convert Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Virgin Flying Club for a 20% bonus.  Article.

Friday 15th December

Last day to get a 40% bonus when you buy Hyatt points.  Article.

Sunday 17th December

Last day to save 50% on long-haul economy Avios redemptions on British AirwaysArticle.

Last day to earn Starwood Preferred Guest points from Uber.  Article.

Last day to earn up to 4,800 Avios or 5,000 Virgin miles with a LEGO purchase.  Article (Shopper Points).

Friday 22nd December

Last day for existing Nutmeg customers to earn Avios with an account top up.  Article.

Sunday 24th December

Last day to earn up to 50,000 Avios with Nutmeg for opening a SIPP or ISA.  Article.

Friday 29th December

Last day to buy Starwood Preferred Guest points with a 35% discount.  Article.

Saturday 30th December

Last day to register for the Qatar Airways bonus Qmiles and Qpoints promotion.  Article.

Comments (15)

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  • Kaz says:

    OT- I have been able to obtain mine and my husband’s CW flights to Jamaica for Oct using 2-4-1, however due to the limitation of 2 Avios seats per flight, we still are needing to buy flights for our 11 yr old. Are there any upcoming BA CW promos I should wait for? I subscribe to the BA redemption finder which is fantastic, however no additional seats have opened up.

    • Tracey says:

      If you are gold and Avios rich, you could force a redemption for double Avios. Then keep watching to see if a reward flight appears and book the redemption and cancel the double Avios booking.

    • Rob says:

      You won’t get a good sale deal this far away. See what comes up. You can put the kid in WTP if necessary anyway 🙂

      • Bagoly says:

        Did the withdrawal of Unaccompanied Minors service by BA not affect this?
        The KLM guidance on their (still existing) Unaccompanied Minor Service says:
        “Reserving the service is mandatory for children aged 5 up to and including 14 who are travelling alone or who are travelling in a different travel class than their accompanying adult.”

    • Zoe says:

      If you are travelling over half term might be best to get an Avios Seat now in WTP just in case nothing else becomes available. You are just potentially losing £35 if you cancel or change it

    • Peter K says:

      Why not look up good child minders near where you live and see if they do week long blocks? Always a fall back plan :-p

    • JamesB says:

      Send the kid to live and work with Rob for a while, by the time you come back you will no longer need to waste time reading HFP every day for your points and miles tips … win, win, win.

    • Lady London says:

      PS why not use the current sale to book a WTP seat anyway for cash if can. Then if possible for you, pay the upgrade fee in Avios if a further J set becomes available?

      • Lady London says:

        Oops scrub that. Remembered the current sale is not for WTP. Would only work if no WTP available on the plane, then upgrade with Avios or cash from Y would be possible.

    • Anna says:

      We always use the 2 4 1 for one adult and our son as the difference in cost is minimal and it means that the child is always with a parent (and was guaranteed to be seated with parent up to the age of 12), and the other adult can then be flexible. This year we had to buy an extra cash ticket to GCM, but next year we’re going via Washington DC and there was plenty of CW availability for 3 of us. (If you really want CW redemption seats and there are more than 2 if you I would always recommend flying to the Caribbean via the states if you have time for a stopover.)

      • Anna says:

        Also, when I booked my cash ticket to GCM, BA absolutely refused to link our bookings (presumably hoping that we would pay £80 each to guarantee being seated together – we didn’t and we were, however). So if we’d booked our son on a separate ticket, I assume he would have been classed as an unaccompanied minor, however that works these days.

        • Nick says:

          You can’t book a solo ticket for an under-12, BUT critically if you’re on the same flight as them (in any cabin) then they don’t have to be classed as a UM. You need to book by phone but don’t worry, this happens every day. I think you lot are being generous suggesting WTP, I think he should be in WT!!
          That’s BA anyway, can’t speak for KLM, other airlines might have different rules.

      • Anna says:

        Hi Nick, can you book a cash ticket for a child if the parents are on redemption bookings? Would they put it on one booking number?

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