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Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss (Jan 2018)

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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 thing to note is the end of the British Airways sale on 30th January.  The Club Europe short-haul deals are better than the long-haul deals.

Deals closing soon

Thursday 25th January

Last day for £80 off Opodo flight and hotel packages.  Article.

Tuesday 30th January

Last day to book in the British Airways sale.  Article (long haul) and Article (short haul).

Last day to spend £100 with British Airways to get £15 cashback or 1,500 Avios via the targeted Amex promotion.  Article.

Last day to book a Melia hotel for triple Avios (stay by 15th March).  Article.

Wednesday 31st January

Last day to book in the Hilton Weekends sale (stay any weekend in 2018).  Article.

Last day to transfer Heathrow Rewards points to miles for a 50% – 100% bonus.  Article.

Last day to earn triple Avios with Hilton stays.  Article.

Last day to get 2,000 Miles & More miles with a car rental.  Article.

Last day to earn a £10 Best Western gift card for a Best Western stay.  Article.

Last day to register for 3,000 Virgin miles with a money transfer (complete by 30th April).  Article.

Last day to get double Avios at Charles Tyrwhitt and £5 – £15 off.  Article.

Last day to book with Europcar to get bonus Accor points (complete by 15th June).  Article.

Sunday 4th February

Last day for Irish residents to transfer SuperValu points to Avios for a 100% bonus.  Article.

Comments (18)

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  • Rtid says:

    Based on this article

    does anyone know if there has been any more news on Amex stopping churning?

    I have just bagged my 2-4-1 voucher, normally I cancel and wait 6 months to go again.

  • rtid says:

    thanks Rob. Would you still stop churning for the moment?

    • Rob says:

      I wouldn’t cancel a card you value (and so not have it for 6 months) purely for churn purposes, put it that way. Eg if I was close to hitting £15k on an Anex Gold to get the 10k bonus, I would leave Gold open and get the guaranteed 10k rather than risking a failed churn.

  • Ed says:

    O/T (General) – in recent days there has been plenty of chat that upgrading gold amex to platinum, and then referring from that card for additional 18k bonus is a great way to go. Both me and partner have gold currently, I am basically at 10k bonus on that card, so don’t want to upgrade until anniversary of gold and been credit my bonus, but can do partner now.

    What card can she refer me for from her platinum to get her 18k referral bonus – I have gold, and will upgrade myself to platinum in due course (May). Do all referrals from platinum get the 18k. (I recall reading from the gold card, the referral bonus is dependant on the card the person takes out.


    • mark2 says:

      It changed recently so that the referral bonus now depends on where you refer from irrespective of the new card. So Plat 18,000, Gold 9,000, BAPP 9,000, SPG 5,000.

      • Ed says:

        Thank you. So any card from the platinum is 18k. My question then is which is possible from a platinum if the person has a gold (and will upgrade themselves in time to the platinum.)
        I read that if you apply for some cards, if that card is an uprated version, their account is automatically changed to that one. The referee (me) already has the gold which is due the anniversary bonus, so don’t want to lose that.

        If rules have changed, can you refer outside the same ‘family;’ now? Or if not, which can be referred from the platinum which would compliment the gold (which is to be upgraded itself to platinum in time.)

        Thanks again

        • Ed says:

          Just to be clear, can my partner (the referrer) refer me (the referee) for example, the SPG card to get her 18k. I’m not with the 6 months for the BAPP to get my sign up bonus, so not so keen on that. (but of course both of these outside the same family, if I understand correctly.)

          If answer above is a no, which card (other than plat or gold) if from the same amex family is best for me to get from a referral.

          Many thanks,

        • Ed says:

          Sorry for continuing my own question – I tested my own gold card referral link, and from it, I can change to any Amex branded card (charge or credit) from any family, and it still shows the info to apply from this button to ensure you and referrer get your bonus – so, is it really the case that any card taken out from Platinum referral will earn the platinum holder 18k?


        • Ed says:

          Sorry Genghis, missed your reply, I will take it from that, its a yes to my question – I am about to take out some more Amex cards!!

          thank you for the confirmation.

      • JamesB says:

        I’m now thinking that this change might be part of a bigger picture on amex strategy. They introduce this and soon restrict, or worse, churning. Combined, these changes increase loyalty by providing customers with a greater incentive to retain the card and recommend others, driving new business at the same time. Thus, it’s a win win strategy for both amex and the customers provided the latter keep recommending approved cards. Only losers are the diehard churneers who refuse to pay a fee to retain a card, and those who find it difficult to refer cards to others.

        • JamesB says:

          @Genghis. Almost in exactly the same boat except I remain to be convinced the £450 platinum fee can be justified for me personally. My longhaul flights are all business and little shorthaul economy so no need for PP, I stay enough nights to get hotel status if desired, there is not much difference on amex offers relative to free or cheaper cards, and we get our travel insurance for £7/month net by keeping £2500 in Nationwide flexplus. Therefore, my decision will come down to whether I think the referrals and base earning rates are worth it. 18k reward for referring a fee-free card like the standard BA is a powerful incentive but I’d like to see them increase the base earnings, for example on travel and supermaket spend like PRG used to be. Better still, I would like to see them be more progressive and ditch the one size fits all approach in favour of a bespoke product whereby we coukd get a basic platinum card with a lower fee and select what benefits we needed at extra cost. I am hopingbI will not need to make a decision though.

        • Cate says:

          I’m afraid I won’t be one of those who keeps their card’s open just to recommend people. I’m finding it hard to justify what I’m paying at the moment.

  • Caroline says:

    Just got a new Amex Gold card after an 8 month break (card came in 3 days from application!). I can’t see the ‘progress bar’ for the signup bonus on my online account like I had last time, but not sure if that’s just the new online account format. Is that normal? Hopefully I am still entitled to the bonus as advertised!

    • Anna says:

      The progress bar has been known to disappear from time to time, it seems to be when your account is being updated as far as I can tell. I’d wait a couple of days and see if it appears.

  • Michael says:

    When sending a referral link from my platinum card, the referred only is able to choose platinum, gold and one other MR points card. Otherwise the referral link does not show.
    Anyone any idea what I am doing wrong?

    • Michael says:

      Thanks Genghis. I hope this will work, as the referral links then disappears in the web url.

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