Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss (Sep 2019)

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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.


There isn’t a whole lot closing in the next two weeks. Key promotions include the 1000 Avios bonus when using your BA credit card for a £100 British Airways purchase – remember this can include ancillaries including seat selection etc.

If you want fast track oneworld status, Malaysia Airlines is running a promotion for the equivalent of BA Silver – see here.

Deals closing soon:

Sunday 8th September

Last day to get 25% off advance bookings at Radisson Hotels. Article.

Monday 9th September

FIRST day for the new Hilton Honors double points promotion.  ArticleRegister here.

Friday 13th September

Last day to earn 1000 bonus Virgin Flying Club miles when setting up Tesco Clubcard auto convert. Article.

Saturday 14th September

Last day to get 1000 bonus Avios when spending £100 at British Airways with your British Airways American Express card (if targeted). Article.

Monday 16th September

Last day to book a trip for fast track status with Malaysia Airlines. Article.

Last day to earn 1,500 bonus points per 2+ night stay with MarriottArticle.

Tuesday 17th September

Last chance to join in with Hertz‘s summer promotion to win your share of 1,000,000 points. Article.

Tuesday 24th September

Last chance to get 30% bonus when buying Avios from Article.

Last day of the British Airways September sale. Article.

Friday 27th September

Last day to book Accor stays for the 6,000 bonus points promotion (stay date can be later). Article.

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  1. OT – I have a work Hilton booking made through my employer, which has now cancelled the trip, but the hotel is none refundable. I can check in on my mobile app. Will I still get the points if I check in through the app? Surely they won’t be able to know if I actually turned up or not? The room is prepaid already.


    • Well, your room will look unoccupied for a start! They will know as you won’t have accessed the room using either a room key or a digital key.

    • RussellH says:

      Last year I was unable to use a prepaid, non-cancellable stay in the DT at NCL, because BA got us to LHR so late that we missed the connection. I had checked in and chosen a specific room before leaving MAD.
      We got back to NCL before check out time, so I asked at reception if I needed to check in to get the points, at least. Check in person (very pleasant on that occasion) assured me that I would get the points anyway, which was true.

  2. The article outlining the upcoming Bonvoy changes this coming week states that “It appears that existing ‘Points Advance’ bookings are ‘safe’”. The wording of that sentence sounds a little unsure so I’m wondering if I should transfer over MR points today to cover a 35,000 Saturday night at the Langley for December.

    I would not mind waiting until closer to December as I may have to cancel and would have not much use for the Bonvoy points for anything else.

    • Lady London says:

      Provided it’s refundable why not book now? Opinion on here has been price of this hotel is expected to go up not down.

      • Trying to weigh up the risk of converting from Amex MR now and get the voucher or wait until later. Sounds like the booking is locked in at this amount of points as the previous article says it “appears” that this would be the case. Looks like there is some doubt there.

        If I transfer now and cancel I’m left with 35,000 bonvoy points that I have little to no use for right now as opposed to ~25,000 MR points.

      • Also apologies if it’s not clear, I have booked the hotel, but using Points Advance and the rules surrounding this are changing next week.

        I’m just looking for confirmation that the rules are changing for new bookings going forward and not existing ones. And if this isn’t 100% clear would be happy to hear suggestions on what I should do.

        • Shoestring says:

          there’s not much doubt in my mind – just watch the first 2 videos

          if you’re using Points Advance but haven’t attached the redemption certificate to the reservation by 14th September, it is not crystallised and therefore subject to change off peak/ standard/ peak pricing

          the same will apply to existing bookings, would be my best assumption

          so you have a couple of choices – 1. find the points before 14th Sept and finalise the booking (it will no longer be subject to change), 2. use cash instead and save the MR points for Avios/ whatever – it is a pretty unattractive transfer rate to Bonvoy in any case

          of course, you’d be locking in at standard rate (before 14th Sept) and conceivably it could be cheaper/ off peak once new pricing comes in, you might make a saving

          • Thanks for the response.

            It’s clear that’s how things will work for bookings made from the 14 the onwards but Robs article from a few weeks ago says:

            “It appears that existing ‘Points Advance’ bookings are ‘safe’ although if you have more than five then some will be cancelled. If you have one in place by 14th September, you will just pay the price in force on the day of booking.”

            If this is true then I am in no rush to transfer my points. I’m just a tiny bit concerned over the use of the phrase “It appears”.

            As you have said the transfer rate is pretty poor and the only reason I’m happy to do so is because the 25,000 MR is worth a £400 night at the Langley. The poor rate is why I don’t want to make the transfer should I need to cancel.

          • Shoestring says:

            Marriott Bonvoy will honour up to 5 Points Advance bookings made before Sept 14th (ie at standard rate), so you’re OK

            in fact you have a slight advantage: if standard rate (booked now) becomes off peak after the changes, you can cancel & save 5000 Bonvoys

            so you are OK to keep your flexibility and don’t need to apply the redemption certificate before Sept 14th

          • Shoestring says:

            sorry that contradicts my earlier post – I did a bit of online research!

          • That’s exactly the bit of text I was looking for. Thanks for tracking it down. Will wait another month before transferring over those points.

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