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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.

You don’t need to be worried about missing a good deal – we’ve got you covered!

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If you’re feeling a little stressed about Brexit, we have some good news – there are plenty of promotions ending soon that might get you excited about future travel!

Tonight is your last opportunity to pick up 150,000 Avios in the Nutmeg investment promotion – it was meant to close last weekend but got extended.  You’ll also find plenty of bonuses on buying points or transferring them from one scheme to another.

On Monday and Tuesday you’ll also see the current Lufthansa and British Airways sales finish, so it’s worth taking a look at them in case there are any offers to tempt you. British Airways released some very compelling companion fares in business and first class.

Finally, 31st October is your last opportunity to apply for the Virgin Atlantic credit cards and get 7,000 or 25,000 bonus Flying Club miles.

Summary of current hotel promotions:

Deals closing soon:

Sunday 20th October

Last chance to earn Avios when opening pension, ISA or general investment account with Nutmeg . Article.

Monday 21st October

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

Last day to snag excellent longhaul SWISS / Lufthansa business class fares, albeit you must start your trip in Italy.  Article.

Last day to register for double Club Eurostar points for trips until 31st December. Article.

Tuesday 29th October

Last day to book in the British Airways Luxury sale. Article.

FIRST DAY for Marriott stays to count towards the new Bonvoy promotion.  ArticleRegister.

Thursday 31st October

Last day to get £100 cashback of £500 on Hilton spending in the USA (targetted Amex offer).  Article.

Last day to apply for the Virgin Atlantic credit cards and get 25,000 miles bonus. Article.

Last day to get 50% bonus when transferring Amex Membership Rewards points to Hilton Honors. Article.

Last day to register for the current Hyatt promotion and earn up to triple points per stay until 15th December.  Article.

Last day to get 25% off suites and junior suites at Radisson properties. Article.

Last chance to get 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points when booking stays as part of the autumn sale (stay by 29th February).  Article.

Last chance to get 50% bonus Avios with Marriot and Accor stays.  Article.

Last day to book a Hertz rental and earn 3,000 Miles and More points (rent by 15th December). Article.

Last chance to get 20% bonus when transferring points to Etihad Guest miles from key hotel partners. Article.

ENDS WEDNESDAY: Get 7,000 to 25,000 sign-up miles with the Virgin Atlantic credit cards!
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Comments

  1. Any luck with Heathrow FastTrack security with Amex Platinum?

  2. The Original Nick says:

    Rob, when I click on (Last chance to get 50% bonus Avios with Marriot and Accor stays. Article) link it takes me to a different article.

  3. RussellH says:

    Are you sure that the Marriott promo is not targeted in some way?

    If I am logged in to Marriott this promotion is not listed on my promotions page, and if I then click on your link, it takes me to a page saying that I am not eleigible. Only if I am not already logged in to Marriott and click on your link do I see the registration page, but (obviously) one needs to be logged in and as soon as I do that I am again told I do not qualify.

    • No, not targeted (unless your account is set up to earn miles). In the past Marriott I believe has excluded a small % of members from promos in order to create a testing group to measure their effectiveness.

      • RussellH says:

        Account still set to points. But I have had at least one targeted promotion during the year – which worked quite nicely.
        I have also had quite a few goodwill points this year for various issues.

    • I had this too. Double check that your preferences are set to points. For some reason mine has defaulted to miles and would not let me register.

  4. Graham Walsh says:

    OT Anyone know another way to contact Avios?? The 0344 must have one person on the end of it., One hold for 1hr (From Barbados) and got cut off, At this rate the phone call will be more than a flight upgrade.

    • I have a few numbers stored in my phone for
      Avios.

      This one was Lloyd’s +44 1925 848770
      Then this one 0344 493 3349
      And this one. 0344 493 3399

      Not sure what they all are, or if you tried already!!

    • Use Skype to call BA for free (assuming you have status) then get them to call avios for you by feigning ignorance about the difference between baec and avios

      • Graham Walsh says:

        Thanks all, I called them on the xxx49 number and it turns out they can’t upgrade me as I’ve flown the outbound leg. Only chance to upgrade from WTP to CW is at the Airport. Bit of a crap system as I can see there were 4 seats on points available on the return journey but now only 3 left. Should have a system like Virgin where you can bid for an upgrade.

    • I redeemed my most recent voucher by calling BAEC, the CSA could see my voucher knew exactly what to do with it. Use Skype and it’ll cost pennies.

  5. I’ve maxxed out my Hilton points purchase this year. Tempted to sign my wife’s a/c up for the full 320k and transfer/pool to mine (for a return trip to you know where). Anyone know if there’s a max annual limit for transferring or if large amounts are frowned upon?

    • ps Anyone else also taking advantage of the more favourable GBPUSD rate, heading towards $1.30 from ~$1.21 earlier this month, could be short lived positive sentiment due to (likely false) hope of a Brexit conclusion.

      • Decided to go for it…

        Here’s the Ts&Cs

        Hilton Honors Members can transfer Hilton Honors Points to another Hilton Honors Member through Points Pooling or 1-to-1 transfer in increments of 1,000 Points and up to 500,000 Points. Each Hilton Honors Member is limited to sending no more than five hundred thousand (500,000) Points and receiving two million (2,000,000) Points via Points Pooling or Transfers combined per calendar year. Each Hilton Honors Member is limited to making six (6) transfers to other member accounts and six (6) Hilton Points Pooling transactions per calendar year. Invitations to join a Points Pool is not considered transactional. Transactions refer to the transfer of Points to another member account either through 1-to-1 account transfers or through Points Pooling.

        Any points beyond these limits will not be posted to any Member’s account. Limits are at the sole discretion of Hilton Honors Worldwide L.L.C., subject to change.

        A new Hilton Honors Member can pool, transfer, or receive Points 30 days after enrollment providing they have activity on their account. After 90 days of enrollment, a new Member is eligible to pool, transfer, or receive Points regardless of their account activity.

    • No hard limit but Hilton may audit your accounts

    • Rob – you might want to file this away for any folks interested in the Maldives, current review of Hilton Gold and Diamond benefits for all 3 properties…
      https://hiltonhonors3.hilton.com/en/explore/benefits/maldives.html

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        Has the afternoon tea been scrapped? I can’t see it anywhere on that site?

      • Do they still provide breakfast or has that been cancelled?

        • FT says they are both still occurring…

          Gold and Diamond Benefits:
          NOTE: THIS PART OF THE WIKI IS 100% UP-TO-DATE. THE HILTON / CONRAD WEBSITE IS NOT UP-TO-DATE (and has not been for years)! Please read carefully before posting questions in this thread about Gold and Diamond Benefits! Thank you!
          • Free Breakfast. Available at both Atoll and Vilu restaurants for two guests per room. Breakfast can be provided in room and incurs a tray/delivery charge of $15++
          • Afternoon Tea: Every day from 3:30-4:30PM at Mandhoo. Offerings include tea, biscuits & cookies, cakes, scones and rolls. Complimentary for Gold and Diamond members, special repeater guests and special guests of the GM. On the odd occasion held at Vilu Bar if there are a large number of guests attending.
          Note: Originally held at Mandhoo from 4-5PM then changed location and time to Vilu Bar, then Rangali Bar from 4-5PM from around September 2018 to mid May 2019
          • Happy Hour at Vilu Bar: Every day from 4:30-5-30PM. Free drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. Canapes served. Everyone welcome to attend but free only for Hilton Gold and Diamond members
          Notes: Used to be from 5-6PM (from around September 2018 to mid May 2019 when it and Afternoon Tea was combined into a single event). Used to also be free for non-Gold / Diamond guests who were staying on Rangali Island (smaller island with water villas only). This benefit for these particular guests was discontinued late 2016 / early 2017
          • 20% of your lunch bill at Mandhoo and Ufaa. Applies to all Hhonors members. See this post for exact details
          • One bottle of wine upon arrival for Golds / One bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival for Diamonds
          • Fruit Basket with Chocolate (which all guests receive in villa upon check-in) is refilled daily only for some guests. Note that the fruit is refilled but not the chocolate
          • As a Diamond benefit you receive an additional 15 minutes to any single spa treatment (treatment has to be 1 hour or longer)
          Note: Previous benefit of Spa Discount Card (giving $25 off any treatment) was discontinued around early 2017
          • Free and full use of the Conrad Lounge (see Airport & Lounge Information above) on departure is no longer given to Diamond members (as of end 2017)

          For All Guests
          • Happy Hour @ Rangali Bar and The Quiet Zone: Every day from 5-7PM. Half-priced drinks and mocktails/fruit juice/water. The discount does not apply to wine. Everyone welcome

  6. OT: Just wanted to check…anyone have experiences with the car hire insurance included with Amex Plat?

    I take it I wouldn’t need to take out any additional, optional insurance with the hire company and if they bill me for any spurious charges for a scratch or anything, Amex will take care of it? Thanks

    This would be useful in Spain where extra insurance can be costly.

    • Pride myself on being an impeccable driver and my only 2 claims ever are on hire cars this year.

      First one in Australia, car was damaged in an underground car park while parked.

      Second in Poland, this reversed into a bollard.

      Amex paid both claims without question. Didn’t have any excess insurance.

  7. OT: looks like the cheap as chips taxes from Rio are no longer a thing. Looking to book a one-way return next October and it’s coming up as 75,000 avios plus £227.80 in taxes and surcharges. A hike from the previous £23.50

    • keep clicking through to the final screen and the price should drop. just booked a few days ago.

  8. Are there any UK marriotts that sell gift cards? Looking to take advantage of the amex promo.

  9. Sorry, off topic.

    How do I go about booking first class flights, starting in Inverness, using avios? Is it by phonecall….?

    • Book outbound online, do a dummy booking on a NYC route (high availability) to test.

      Phone for the return. I’m doing an open jaw from INV next month

      Are you needing to do 355 days out? ie up at midnight etc.?

    • Look for the long hauls first (don’t serve from Inverness) and when you’ve found those, look for the connections separately. Then try to get ba.com to let you do it in one booking, and if not call them. Remember that any stop over 24 hours in London triggers full APD.

  10. Don’t know if it is for everyone but I have a buy HHonors offer. 100% bonus when I buy 10,000 to 160,000 points expires 22 October. Price is also fixed at every level so 1c per point without bonus, 0.5c with. Pound is currently strong-ish so works out at 0.38p per point.

  11. OT but not sure what forum you access for advice. I have just been told by Bonvoy that if my travel agent uses their corporate card to book my stay directly with the hotel (no third party company used such as Expedia etc) and even if the stay is settled against that card on check out, I am not eligible to earn points for the stay?! I have never had this before and it has always been fine as long as the booking is made directly with the hotel. Any experience or advice?

    • Most hotel schemes do say that you must use a credit card in your name for payment, but this usually means that a stay sent to a centralised billing department will not count. The bulk of any hotels daily stays will be settled on corporate credit cards.

      • Thanks Rob, it’s always been fine before but randomly one stay has been rejected. That’s scuppered my Bonvoy status match plans!

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