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

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Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages.

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Deals closing soon:

Today (Sunday) is the last day for some good fares from Air China as well as the Lufthansa sale.  You have until Tuesday to make use of BA’s ‘Part Pay With Avios’ offer and get 2p per point if you redeem 5,000 points for a £100 flight discount.  If you own a small business and don’t have an Amazon Business account yet, you have until Tuesday to sign up here and get a £50 Amazon voucher (valid on anything, not just business items) when spending £100.

Don’t forget the on-going Groupon Spain offer for buying cheap(ish) Avios at just over 1p – see here for details.

Sunday 10th February

Last day for Air China‘s Business Class Flash Sale (excellent Oz/NZ deals including Christmas).  Article.

Last day for Lufthansa‘s Business Class deals to Asia and South America. Article.

Tuesday 12th February

Last day to get 2p per point (£100 discount for 5,000 Avios) on British Airways long haul flights using ‘Part Pay With Avios’. Article.

Last time to get 20% off long haul flights from London with Alitalia.  Article.

Last day to book 3 x 2 night stays with Accor to get 7,500 Accor points (= 7,500 Avios).  Article.

Last day to get £50 off £100 spend at Amazon by signing up for free to Amazon Business.  Article.

Wednesday 13th February

Marriott Bonvoy launches!

Friday 22nd February

Last day for a 30% bonus buying Hyatt points. Article.

Final possible completion date for Virgin’s acquisition of Flybe

Tuesday 26th February

Last day for a 100% bonus when buying 10,000+ Hilton Honors points. Article.

Thursday 28th February

Last day to get a 75% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points. Article.

Last day to get 250 free Shangri-La Golden Circle points registering with their app.  Article.

Last day for the generous ‘£50 off £200’ / ‘£200 off £600’ American Express Travel cashback promotion if targeted. Article.

Last day to book free chauffeur cars for Emirates Skywards First and Business Class redemptions (fly at any date).  Article.

Last day to get a higher sign up bonus with the two Virgin Atlantic credit cards (10,000 miles on the free card / 25,000 miles on the premium Card).  Article.

Last day to book Radisson Rewards properties before categories change.  Article.

Last day to book 3 x 2 night stays with Accor to get 6,000 Accor points (= 6,000 Avios).  Article.

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Comments

  1. Jake Mcloughlin says:

    O/T

    No bits: Virgin have confirmed their flight to Tel Aviv. Tickets on sale from 25th feb. September 2019 begin. A330

    • Jake Mcloughlin says:

      The post was on twitter and Instagram. Nothing on the website as far as I can see

      • I’ve got the press release, it is confirmed.

        • BlueHorizonUK says:

          Seems like a very odd destination to add (bearing in mind all the cities they have dropped).

          Wonder if the CEO being Israeli has anything to do with this (he hinted when he took over that he wanted to add this to the network).

          The timing of the return from Tel Aviv looks a little brutal.

        • @bluehorizon – where are the flight time details? Not seen it on the press releases….

  2. OT – Thinking of cancelling my AMEX starwood card as struggling to put much spend through it recently with Curve no longer a possibility.
    Have the AMEX call centre tried to convince anyone not to cancel the card with double points or other incentives recently?

    • Recent reports of 1 extra point, so 4/£.

    • 1 pt per GBP extra is all I’ve heard of.

    • When it was 1pt per £ before the merger they would offer double points.

      • Or was it one additional point, like now, but with staff putting their own “double points” spin on it?

        • surely that was one Starwood point per £ which is equal to three Bonvoy points

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Either way 1 Starwood = 3 bonvoy so the redemption offer has been slashed by 66%

        • New Card says:

          The bonus is described by telephone agents as double points. It’s described in the system as “1 additional Starpoint for 3 months” (which is 3 Marriott points). Practically it’s clear this is intended to be double points but their system allocating bonus points wasn’t amended to deal with the points change last year. Others have complained and got the double points offer applied properly manually (i.e. the extra 2 Marriott points per £1).

    • Prehaps one last churn. Cancel and see whats if anything is available in the summer

    • RussellH says:

      I got double SPG points last year, but no offer at all this year.

  3. O/T

    When can we expect to see that new writer? It feels the recruitment started months ago. Looking forward to some new reviews.

    • I seriously hope the new appointment will not result in increased reviews. I feel these are the only weak point on HFP. Reviews of the UK lounges are good but I see little point in labour-intensive hotel or flight reviews unless they generate income for HFP (which I doubt they do). Hotel and airline reviews are both covered more comprehensively elsewhere than HFP can achieve. Would prefer to see the new appointment increase number of bits articles, in particular highlighting useful opportunities with AF/KLM, LH and TK, all of which have good regional presence in the UK and are therefore judt as useful as BA via LHR.

      • You can’t magic up “useful opportunities” where they don’t exist alas. The bottom has dropped out of reward credit cards and the Qatar sales appear to have been a thing of the Past. Give me a review over another Curve article any day of the week.

      • LH are reportedly considering buying some or all of Thomas Cook’s (the airline) portfolio. If that happens LH would have more access into the UK and then presumably its own bits article.

        • Presumably Condor, which is meant to be a decent business. The Manchester operation may struggle to find a buyer.

  4. Trevor G says:

    I note that the Virgin Atlantic card bonus runs out at the end of the month. In my experience, good luck with that. I took the free card out in Nov last year and immediately spent the qualifying amount. Do you think I can get the second 5000 bonus? Absolutely no chance. The customer service is woeful and literally from one day to the next the position changes. Yesterday they had no idea where the points had gone. This morning, I didn’t qualify for them. I pointed out the dates and spend and after a 27 minute wait, they said I did qualify but they couldn’t find them. After all this time I should just tell to shove it but it’s a point of principle. I should have stuck to Amex….. ho hum.

  5. Are there any good points-earning opportunities for airport transfers at the moment? I need a taxi to Heathrow this week with room for 6 suitcases, and Blacklane seems expensive for something that size… An Add Lee is looking like about £80, but not earning any points for that…

    • Marriott do but I don’t know what their prices are like.

    • Is it worth using Blacklane at JFK for a meet & greet from a late arriving flight? Don’t fancy a queue for a yellow cab and don’t mind paying a bit extra than Uber if the service is worth it.

  6. youngtraveller says:

    About Shangri-la offer, I signed up for an account today through the app. I’m still waiting to get it upgraded through Amex plat. But I didn’t receive any points after signing up. Probably takes a few days. Thanks for the list of things through the month really helps every month.

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