IHG cashback update (#3)

As you probably know recently Intercontinental Hotels Group disappeared from the UK cashback sites, such as Quidco and TopCashBack. (IHG includes the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza brands amongst others)

I’m currently in the process of trialling some cashback sites in other markets around the world, and thought I would give an update on progress. Keep Reading…

Potential new way to activate an Iberia Plus account with 50 free Avios

UPDATE: I believe this method is no more, however there is currently a new way.

Iberia Plus is one of the three loyalty schemes that use Avios points as their currency. Each of the schemes have their own rules, terms and conditions, and their own unique partners. Even if your main Avios programme is the BA Executive Club, it is a good idea to keep an IB+ account ready for use as well, so you can book Vueling flights, or benefit from occasional cheaper redemptions, etc. Keep reading for your 50 free Avios points…

Intercontinental Hotels Group Cashback Update

Intercontinental Hotels Group logoLast night I wrote a post pointing out that while cashback for IHG hotel chains such as Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza was no longer available on the big 2 UK cashback sites – Quidco and TopCashBack – it was still available on other cashback sites, especially abroad.

I decided to focus on TopCashBack USA – the sister site to TCB UK, since a lot of us are familiar with their UK offering and I was already midway through testing Booking.com cashback with them, a hotel booking site not on any UK cashback sites.

Sadly since I wrote my post last night Intercontinental Hotels Group has now been removed from TopCashBack USA as well. We don’t yet know if this is just TopCashBack and Quidco posturing against IHG, or whether it is IHG wanting to come off cashback sites.

At the time of writing they are still available via the interesting imutual cashback site in the UK. Paying 3% plus shares in the cashback company. I have no experience yet of imutual.

They are also on the big USA cashback sites, but as I mentioned in the previous post, the issue with using foreign cashback sites is (a) whether they allow members outside their own country, or (b) how you can be paid.

Having looked at few sites, ebates (who have IHG cashback at 4.5%) and MrRebates (who have IHG at 6%), both allow non-USA members according to their T&C, and will pay via PayPal.

Again, I have no experience (yet) of either of these companies, but they do seem to be much bigger in the USA than TCB USA (which was just an offshoot of their UK operation).

I will keep you posted with how I get I on with them. If anyone has any experience, they are welcome to comment to.

1,500 Avios opt-in bonus for Tesco auto-conversion

Check your emails! I’ve just received an email from Avios.com – one of the three loyalty schemes that uses Avios points, for 1,500 bonus Avios points if I opt into auto-conversion from my Tesco clubcard account to Avios UK by the 3rd May.

Avios.com Tesco clubcard autoconversion bouns email.The only other requirement appears to be that I have 150 clubcard points or more accumulated this quarter to autoconvert. (This is the threshold for issuing a voucher).

Is this a good deal? The answer depends upon how many ClubCard points you have accumulated in your account this quarter – that have not yet been converted into issued clubcard vouchers.

Here is the maths:

Intercontinental Hotels Group possibly still available for cashback

There have been some big developments in the ‘cashback’ world.

Intercontinental Hotels Group logo

Firstly, Intercontinental Hotels Group, which contains the Holiday Inn brands, has been removed from the main UK cashback sites. But there is possibly still a way to get some cashback – more on that further down the post..

Quidco logo

The other big news is involves Quidco, one of the two leading UK cashback sites. They have changed their operating model. Previously the first £5 of your cashback each year was retained by them. Now they have a basic free option, and a premium option (with phone support and live chat to help resolve issues and quicker payment) which still keeps the first £5 as previously.

All existing members have been placed on the premium service by default, if you want to downgrade to the free version of Quidco Keep reading…

Check your F1 team is compliant to get your free train travel credit

Quick reminder to thouse people playing the RedSpottedHanky Formula 1 game (to get themeselves some free train travel credit) to make sure your team is valid.

See the original post for more details on the game. – It is NOT too late to enter.

Fantasy Formula 1 Team Selection

Make sure your fantasy Formula 1 team selection is valid.

Your team MUST include: 4 drivers, 2 contructors and 1 engine – I can see some people in the UKpoints mini-league don’t have this currently, sadly you won’t be earning points until you do!

How to get your team valid: Keep Reading…

Thinking about getting the UK Miles and More credit card? Make sure you have it during May 2013

If you are considering whether to get the UK Miles and More creditcard, May 2013 might well be the month to have it and do your necessary spending for triggering the signup bonus.

The Visa and Amex Miles & More creditcard issued by MBNA

Miles and More Visa and Amex cards for the UK

Miles & More is the loyalty programme of Lufthansa but it is also the ‘home’ loyalty programme for fellow members of LH Group: Swiss and Austrian, along with some others Brussels Airlines, LOT, etc.  Plus you can earn with their other Star Alliance partners.

This post is NOT about M&M itself, it is not even about their UK credit card offer itself, but rather it is about why – if you are thinking of signing up for it – May 2013 might be the month to make sure you have the card by.

Keep reading to the end of this article for why I have identified May 2013 as possibly THE month to have this card.