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

With the end of the year approaching, there are a lot of deals closing this week.  Make sure you don’t miss out on any good ones.

Deals closing soon

Today, 24th December

Last chance to get up to 50,000 Avios opening an ISA or SIPP with Nutmeg.  Article.

Friday 29th December

Last day to buy SPG points with a 35% discount.  Article.

Last day to buy Hilton points with an 80% bonus.  Article.

Saturday 30th December

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

Sunday 31st December

Last day to earn 1,000 Avios with the current Laithwaite’s wine offer.  Article.

Last day for 10% off duty free at Stansted / Manchester / East Midlands / Bournemouth.  Article.

Last day to earn 250 bonus Heathrow Rewards on Heathrow Express tickets.  Article.

Last day to earn double Avios on your British Airways flights.   Article.

Last day to get 500 Avios for joining IHG Rewards Club.  Article.

Last day for triple Avios on conversions from Irish SuperValu points.  Article.

Last day for IHG hotel stays to count towards the current Accelerate promotion.  Article.

Last day to subscribe to Times Literary Supplement for half-price and earn 4500 Avios.  Article.

Last day to earn double Hilton Honors points with their current promotion.  Article.

Last day to buy Avios via Iberia with a 30% bonus.  Article.

Last day to convert Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios to enter the current competition.  Article.

Last day to earn up to 15,000 bonus Heathrow Rewards points on jewellery, watches and electronics.  Article.

Last day to earn double Avios with a hotel booking (stay by 30th March).  Article.

Last day to get a 25% bonus on airline conversions inc Avios from Shangri-La Golden Circle.  Article.

Monday 1st January

First day for stays to qualify for IHG‘s new Accelerate promotion.  Article.

First day for Hilton‘s ‘2000 bonus points per stay’ promotion.  Article.

Last day to book an Avis car rental (pick up by 28th February) for 10,000 Emirates miles.  Article.

Comments (37)

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  • Nick M says:

    OT – IHG credit card

    Has anybody applied for this recently? How long did it take for the card to come through? – I’ve been meaning to get it for a while to pay my tax bill but may have left it too late… is 2 weeks (with all the bank hols) a realistic possibility?

    • JamesB says:

      Going by previous comments it’s a bit of a lottery whether we get it at all. I am holding off until start of new year to apply for the fee card to maximise status duration. Most cards excluding amex seem to take 10-14 days at the best of times so I think even if you are lucky to get accepted it might be pushing it a bit.

    • Rob says:

      It would arrive but if you wanted to make a large payment you would need to speak to their security people in advance. More than £2-3k per transaction starts a panic for us although I knew others find it easier.

      • Genghis says:

        I never had any problems with a £7k purchase a few months ago and didn’t contact them in advance

        • aliks says:

          The only problems we have with large payments are caused by the Creation website not updating for days – or even weeks. This can make it difficult to work out how much to pay against the monthly statement. Get it wrong and you face a stiff penalty charge.

          The only reliable indicator of payments appears to be the amount of credit remaining.

        • Roger says:

          I have made large (5k+) transaction in one go without any problem.

        • Mr Dee says:

          The 2-3k limit seems to be with HMRC payments rather than other purchases in my experience.

          • Rob says:

            I got £4k through my wife’s Creation IHG card last night in a test, which was a good sign. Tempted to see if I can requalify her for Spire by 13th January for 2019!

      • Leo says:

        I’ve been ok paying tax and VAT. Probably jinxed myself now!

    • the_real_a says:

      Expect a low credit limit. I have 4 Creation cards, each with £3-5k limits – about 10% of the limit on my other cards.

      • Rob says:

        Odd. My wife got £12k the other week on IHG Premium which is line with her other cards. Still peanuts compared to her City salary but credit limits as % of salary seem to fall away sharply as your earnings rise. No-one was offering me six figure credit limits back in my ‘Partner in a major City firm’ days.

      • mark2 says:

        My wife’s new card has a limit of £12,000 and our main income is state pensions.
        I shall immediately reduce it.

    • Nick M says:

      Thanks everyone! Hope you all have a very Merry Christmas

  • Brighton Belle says:

    Mine was quick, about a week but you need to get your application and card done pronto to hit HMRC’s cutofff. For me the card generates the best return for everyday MasterCard spending. I should get Spire status thanks to HMRC spend but that’s only worth a few drinks. I am running out of cards to hit a spend bonus. It seems such a lost opportunity. I completely failed to get the missus into his n hers churning. She thinks I need therapy and would gladly lie on a Gatwick runway to stop CO2 emissions.

    • the real harry1 says:

      my wife is also a conscientious objector, she understands that spend should be directed at certain cards but now refuses point blank to get new cards in her name

      • Genghis says:

        My wife finds it all quite funny that I can get cards in her name without any interaction from her but Amex insist on speaking to her to cancel.

        • guesswho2000 says:

          That’s my only stumbling block, cancelling! The Mrs gets slightly annoyed when I advise her she needs to call yet another bank/card co. to cancel a card she didn’t even know she held! Doesn’t complain when she’s sipping on champagne in bed at 40,000ft though…

          • Rob says:

            I cancel my wife’s cards, and indeed my own, by post. She doesn’t even need to sign the letter as they don’t know what her signature is like anyway.

        • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

          Your wife can cancel her Amex card by writing to them. No need to pick up the phone.

        • Genghis says:

          @andrewseftel I am aware of that but that would cost an extra few quid in fees

        • Delbert says:

          I’ve had no problem cancelling my wife’s cards on Amex live chat. They do try to steer me to phoning their agents but I just insist on cancelling there an then.

        • Anna says:

          But of a late reply, Ghengis, but in our house “we” cancel by via online chat, no actual speaking takes place…

        • Mr Dee says:

          You can cancel via live chat just tell them you don’t want their retention deal.

        • Nicklaus says:

          Can the amex main cardholder use the supplementary cards (that are in the name of the spouse?), but linked to the main account?

          Is there an official amex position on this, particularly during the shop small period?

          • Rob says:

            ‘Use’ in what sense? As no-one bothers to look at the name on the card these days, due to chip and pin, it doesn’t matter. All the minimum spends on my wife’s cards are done by me, using a card with her name on the front – no-one checks.

        • Nicklaus says:

          Thanks for the quick reply Raffles

          My question is whether there are any terms or conditions from Amex barring the main holder from using a supplementary card (in someone’s else’s name. Ie a spouse or parent) that is linked to the main card account?

          • Rob says:

            I’m not entirely sure what point you are trying to make? There may well be refund issues if you make a transaction with a card in someone else’s name and the retailer subsequently goes bust and you need to make a claim. There is almost certainly some ‘catch all’ wording in the Amex documentation about ‘ensuring the security of the card’ or whatever that you could argue stops you using a card not in your name. It may even be technically fraud somehow. I doubt anyone has ever spent a second thinking about it though.

            Being old enough to have spent 80% of my adult life with signature strips – which don’t let you spend on your partners card when they are not there – I find chip and pin very handy for this hobby.

        • Genghis says:

          The only time I use my wife’s cards are when I’m on the shop small crawl. Never had any issues.

          For general spend, we always get supp cards on application so I can direct spend to where needed as I do most of the ‘procurement’. Bur remember Amex don’t do any name checks on online spend either.

  • Dom says:

    Isn’t the triple avios Hilton deal running until the end of January?

  • Rupert says:

    QQ on the Hilton CC – is there anywhere you can fnd out your total spend to date to hit the Gold benefit (£10k).

    I can’t see it online, and the call centre was useless!

    • guesswho2000 says:

      You can do it manually by adding it up from your statements :oP

      But in all seriousness, no, unless you can find someone useful at the call centre (easier said than done with Barclaycard, from my experience, unless you’re calling to canx!). The website (, before it was properly integrated into “my barclaycard”) used to have a handy counter, I don’t know why they can’t implement it again, we can’t be the only ones who would find it useful!

      • RussellH says:

        The probable reason for the non-implementation was, I suspect, that the integration went completely pear-shaped – my words to a Barclaycard CS supervisor, to which she added her agreement. I assume that she had checked that the call was not being recorded before agreeing though, or perhaps she had already given her notice.

    • Genghis says:

      Adding up cash paid to Barclaycard with a few adjustments at the end for stuff not yet paid for should work. Don’t use the debits and credits balances as refunds are normally treated as separate items rather than a simple reversal

  • JamesB says:

    OT: Does anybody have the amex platinum upgrade link they could post please?

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