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Bits: Groupon / Avios offer problems, 75% bonus buying IHG points, 20 years since Heathrow Junction

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Groupon / Avios issues

EDIT: Comments below suggest that Groupon has fixed its IT overnight, so if you had problems yesterday please try again

On Saturday I wrote about the repeat of the Groupon / Iberia promotion which let you buy Avios for 1.1p.

When this offer first ran in 2015 there were terrible IT issues which meant that many people had real problems receiving or redeeming their vouchers.  My later articles, when the deal re-ran, came with a note of caution.  However, after 3-4 outings with no reported issues, I began to recommend it again with no caveats.

It seems I gave Groupon too much credit.  The new Iberia / Avios offer seems beset with issues with no-one able to redeem their vouchers. The ‘good’ news is that, because everyone seems to be impacted, you can be sure it will be fixed if you sit it out.  (A problem which only impacts you is never easy to solve, but when everyone is hit it is better!)

If you’ve got a voucher which you currently cannot redeem, I would put it to one side for a few days, let others – in Spain, who speak the language – put pressure on Groupon Spain and Iberia Plus and just wait for it to resolve itself.

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75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

Until 28th February, you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 75%.

The page to buy points is here – log in and see what is available.

This is not the most generous offer IHG has had, and it is also staggered:

  • Buy 5,000-19,000 points, get a 50% bonus
  • Buy 15,000+ points, get a 75% bonus

I wouldn’t buy speculatively with a 75% bonus as I am fairly sure that a 100% bonus for everyone will be along in a few months.  If you need to top up your account in advance of a planned redemption, however, you might as well do it whilst the bonus is on.  It is also worth buying if your IHG Accelerate promotion has a ‘buy points’ target you need to hit.

It’s 20 years since Heathrow Junction railway station opened (and closed)

For those of a certain age, this article published last week is worth a look.

In January 1998, Heathrow Junction railway station was opened in record time following the partial collapse of the tunnels being built for the Heathrow Express.  You would travel from Paddington to Heathrow Junction and connect to a waiting bus to be transferred to the terminals.  Six months later, with the collapsed tunnel rebuilt and full services able to begin, it was closed.

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Comments

  1. OT – Rob posted a code for German residents to sign up BA account with 4500 avios in Oct, it finally arrived after 3 months. Thanks!

  2. How do I check the expiry date of my Hilton Gold? And am I right in thinking now is the best time to get Amex Plat (if I need to renew it) in order to maximise the time I get the benefits for?

  3. I’ve tried to redeem my groupon avois again this evening with no joy. It just says my voucher has already been emailed. I’ve tried IE, safari, firefox and chrome. Beginning to despair now.
    I get to the page where you enter the coupon code, security code and email address but on the odd occasion I get past this, I get a page asking for my email address and then the message saying my voucher has already been sent.
    Can anyone advise me please? Am I doing something wrong?
    Many thanks

    • I got the same page, can not understand, will wait for a few days before charging back the money.

  4. I got an email response from Groupon asking for my Iberia Plus number. Who knows if that will sort it.

    If points not in in next 24 hrs I am going get Amex to refund the 19 euros. Wasted too much time on a bunch of incompetents for very minor reward.

  5. Thanks EOC.

    I’ve emailed them (in English??) I’ll await a response. Otherwise I’ll follow EOC’s route and speak to my card company. Stand to lose a lot otherwise as I have 2 x 8000 and 1 x2000 package!

    • Update – I had a reply (in Spanish) used google translate, followed the link from the email and hurrah – it worked. Thanks all for your advice and good luck with yours.

  6. I managed it using Chrome. I found that if you click the the first link the tell – it does a 404 error. Then if you translate the page and scroll down a bit – it says click this [link]. That one works. Enter the security code, followed by the Coupon, followed by your email. BUT DO NOT TRANSLATE THE PAGE as it doesn’t work. I left it in Spanish and it worked. Next page – enter your IB Plus ref (without the IB). Got a congratulatory message stating the points would appear within 15 days.

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