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Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss (April 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 most important event this weekend is the ending of the super-cheap Virgin Flying Club First Class flights to Beijing (on Air China) on Monday.  If you have 75,000 Flying Club miles available you might want to thing about booking one of these.

Deals closing soon

Monday 30th April

Last day to book Virgin‘s Air China London-Beijing flight for very low mileage.  Article.

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

Last day for triple Shangri-La Golden Circle points on app bookings. Article.

Last day for Amex / Emirates cashback deal if targeted. Article.

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

Last day to earn double PartnerPlusBenefit points on flights to DE / AT.  Article.

Last day to get 350 bonus Avios in Aer Club when converting 250 Real Rewards points.  Article.

Last day to book an Avis rental for 6,000 bonus Virgin Atlantic miles (collect by 31st December).  Article.

Tuesday 1st May

First day for IHG stays to count towards the new Accelerate promotion.  Article.

Last day to save up to £100 on BA Holidays bookings.  Article.

Tuesday 8th May

Last day for a 50% bonus when you buy AviosArticle.

Sunday 13th May

Last day to book in BA‘s ‘Kids Fly Free’ promotion (travel by 5th November).  Article.

Tuesday 15th May

Last day to book an Avis rental under the current IHG Rewards Club offer.  Article.

Friday 18th May

Last day to book UK Accor stays to earn double or triple points (stay by 18th June).  Article.

Saturday 19th May

Last day to use £10 cashback on Heathrow Express tickets via Amex offers if targeted. Article.

Wednesday 23rd May

Last day to save 40% when you buy World of Hyatt points.  Article.

Thursday 31st May

Last day to get 8,000 Virgin Flying Club miles for opening an ISA. Article.

Last day for 13,200 Avios with The Economist. Article.

Last day to get 25%-50% bonus converting Heathrow Rewards points to KrisFlyerArticle.

Last day to get 2,500 Heathrow Rewards points with a Rocketmiles hotel booking.  Article.

Last day to get a 25% American Airlines bonus miles when you transfer certain hotel points.  Article.

Comments (18)

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  • Alex W says:

    Has anybody managed to get the virgin miles for opening an ISA again? Or is the ‘new customers only’ rule being rigidly enforced?

  • Simon Barlow says:

    Hi Rob, slightly O/T but I can reapply for a BAPP card in a week or so. Only reason for me to do this would be the sign up bonus and 2-4-1. Assuming the card is available and unchanged when I can apply, do you have a view on whether they could withdraw the benefits, specifically the 2-4-1 voucher for existing card holders if they did drop the card in the short term?
    Also, do you still get avios for referrals as I can get referred by yourself?


    • Rob says:

      Nothing happening in the short term I’m sure. You get an extra 1000 Avios if I refer you.

      • Simon Barlow says:

        Ok cheers Rob, I’ll get in touch in a week when the 6 months are up. Thanks

  • Robert says:

    Any idea how the Economist deal will work if I want to sign-up on 30 May given Avios is closing on 20 May?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I’ve overlapped for a few days with these deals in the last two years and it’s just started from when my other one runs out. At worse you lose an issue but gain 8k Avios vs signing up after 30th May

    • Rob says:

      Points go across to your BA account – or indeed apply via the BA equivalent offer if that is running.

    • MarkZ says:

      The Iberia Plus offer is still active, originally intended to end tomorrow, 30th April 2018, but seemingly extended to the same end date as all of the other offers, 31st May 2018.

  • Maciek says:

    OT: American Express just mailed me about the Personal FX International Payments closing as of 1st July. Gutted.

  • Papa Joe says:

    I need one more stay for my accelerate target – If I check in on Monday and checkout on Tuesday will this count?

    • Peter K says:

      As the stay starts in April you should be fine.

    • Rob says:


      • LB says:

        I missed out on a recent Hilton challenge due to the check-OUT date being the day after the offer had finished.

        • Rob says:

          That is not normally now these things work, because otherwise multi-day trips which straddle the closing date would cause huge issues. I would appeal that with Hilton.

  • Ali says:

    argh, I’m just under 3000 virgin miles shy of the requisite 75000 and membership rewards keeps coming up with an error when I try to transfer! Can MR transfers be done over the phone? Failing that can anyone confirm how long it takes for purchased virgin miles to credit?

  • Steve says:

    It would seem the Heathrow Rewards AVIOSAO18 promotion also may have changed – I recently tried spending £150 in one day but it did not post. Spend shows up in account as £152 but did not get the 3000 points, and had this response from customer services:

    > You would need to spend £150.00 in a single transaction to receive this promotion.

    • Rob says:

      Historically it has always been day. Versions of this have run for years. I will have a look later.

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