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| Travelzoo Weekly Top 20|
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TOP 20 DEALS -- 15 April 2015
£299pp -- Tunisia: 5-Star Djerba Week fr Manchester, w/Meals
Source: Exclusive Luxury Breaks
£99 -- Suffolk Escape w/Dinner & Cream Tea, Was £186
Source: The Mill Sudbury
£169pp -- Ibiza: All-Inclusive Getaway inc Flights, 53% Off
Source: Broadway Travel
£499pp -- Turkey Gulet Cruise w/Meals; Fly from Manchester
Source: Anatolian Sky
£169 -- London Townhouse: Junior Suite Stay w/Breakfast
Source: The Academy
£599pp -- 'Top 5' Croatian Island: Luxury Holiday w/Meals
Source: Luxury Holiday Collection
£55 -- This Week: 'Dirty Dancing' Top Seat & Bubbly
Source: Liverpool Empire
£159 -- Wales Countryside Mini Break inc Meals, Was £340
Source: Gwesty'r Emlyn Hotel
£449pp -- Sharm: All-Inc Hilton Escape; Fly from Manchester
£513 & up -- Asia, Australia & New Zealand Flight Sale (Rtn)
Source: Malaysia Airlines
£339pp -- Corfu: All-Inclusive 5-Star Getaway, fr Manchester
Source: Travel Interaction
£99 -- North York Moors Stay inc Dinner & Bubbly, Was £160+
Source: The Inn at Hawnby
£1339pp -- 5-Star Mauritius & Dubai Escape, from Manchester
Source: The Holiday Place
£79 -- Devon Coaching Inn Stay w/Breakfast, Save over 40%
Source: The Fox & Hounds Country Hotel
£199 & up -- Fly Last-Min to Cape Verde fr Manchester (Rtn)
£189pp -- Marrakesh Escape w/Meals & Tour; Fly fr Manchester
Source: Fleetway Travel
£39 -- Preston: Italian Cookery Demo w/Wine Tasting & Lunch
Source: The Olive Press
£259pp -- North Cyprus Week w/Meals & Flights fr Manchester
Source: Cyprus Paradise
£43 -- Brussels Stay w/Breakfast, Save up to 57%
Source: Pantone Hotel
£1299pp -- China & Hong Kong 10-Nt Holiday w/Flights & Tours
Source: RT Holidays
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Associate Publisher: Christina Bracewell
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Free £20 mobile charger, 20mths 0% loan, benefits check-up, ISA v Santander 123, £50 off wine code, free Game of Thrones, Cap One cut cashback, cheap pet ins
|Cutting your costs, fighting your corner||Martin's Money Tips Wed 15 Apr 2015|
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Yesterday we learnt inflation's hit 0% for the second month running - so little surprise, borrowing costs are hitting all-time lows. The whole point of the Bank of England's super-low interest rate policy is to discourage saving and encourage borrowing, in order to make people spend more, which boosts demand and the economy.
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| Earn under £46,000? Free 10-min benefits & tax credit check-up calc |
Far more people than they think are entitled to benefits or tax credits, yet millions fail to claim and miss out
We've just started a new tax year, which has seen some changes to the benefits and tax credit system. Use our 10min benefits & tax credit calculator to ensure that you're not missing out. Quick info...
PS, while we're talking benefits, it's worth everyone taking a few minutes to read this: I'm on benefits, but I'm no scrounger.
EE customer? Get a 'free' £20 portable mobile charger from Thurs. Available for contract and PAYG mobile as well as broadband customers. You just get a code to use in-store. Full info in EE charger.
FIGHT: Cash ISAs v Santander 123? Skipton's top easy access cash ISA pays just 1.6%, even Coventry's 4yr fix is only 2.25%. Yet Santander's 123 bank account pays 3% and from next year you can earn £1,000 interest tax-free. Don't write off cash ISAs though, there are 6 reasons they can still be winners - see Martin's new Cash ISAs v Santander 123 guide.
Totally free £100 daily cash prize draw. Sounds too good to be true, but it's legit. The prize has gone up to £100 & forumites love it - purple45 says: "I won a couple of months ago, nearly £500." (The draw rolls over). Postcode Lottery.
| Capital One slashing cashback - get up to 5% elsewhere |
A month ago we predicted new 'EU interchange cap' may hit cashback & rewards cards. Sadly Cap One's now proof
We've been swamped with Cap One customers angry that it's killing or slashing their cashback - many've made £100s/yr. We predicted this when the EU decided that from later this year it'll cap the interchange fees retailers are charged when credit & debit cards are used. This may be a lose-lose for consumers as retailers likely won't pass on the gain either.
Bank fined £20m for mishandling PPI claims - don't let 'em keep your cash, reclaim for FREE. Clydesdale has just been fined £20m for poor PPI complaints handling. This proves yet again the idea banks play fair is a fallacy. Don't just accept your bank's answer - if you're wrongly rejected take it to the free Financial Ombudsman Service. Remember you don't need to pay to reclaim. Full help & free template letters in Reclaim PPI for Free. Related: Clydesdale £20.6m PPI fine
P&O £24 Dover-Calais car day return & 6 bottles of wine. Travel until 10 May. See P&O. Pls be Drinkaware.
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We notice our traffic drops over Easter, so here's a quick catch up to ensure you didn't miss key savings. Last week we told you how to use your new £15,240 cash ISA allowance, we found a Sky TV 40% off and £100+ bill credit newbies deal, gave 20 extreme couponing tips and saw a new 16mth 0% NO FEE balance transfer deal launch. See last week's email.
The week before, we had Martin's Pension Freedom 5-minute briefing, a new free £125 for switching to the No.1 cust service bank account, a hot mobile Sim deal for BT customers, plus 50+ tips on cutting motoring costs as petrol prices creep up again. For the full kit & caboodle see the 1 April email.
Watch ALL Game of Thrones via free 2mth Now TV (norm £14). Newbies only, 5k avail, watch online. Now TV
Good news: student loan interest rates to drop to 0.9% for 4m+ former students from Sept. Every Sept the student loan interest rate is changed based on March's RPI (inflation) - yesterday we learnt RPI was 0.9% (2014, 2.5%). So while not confirmed, from Sept the new rates will likely be... Pre-1998 starters: Drops to 0.9% from 2.5%. 1998-2011 starters: Drops from 1.5% to 0.9%. 2012+ starters: Drops from 5.5% to 3.9%. Full info in Student Loan Repayments.Show Best Buys
Easyjet money back if prices drop: SUCCESS OF THE WEEK: (Send us yours on this or any topic)
| Cheeeep pet insurance - incl £50 Amazon voucher bonus |
Vet bills have risen around 5% in 3 yrs. Pet owners should consider insurance. If you are insured, can you cut costs?
Even a cat's broken leg costs £2,000 at some vets. You can say neigh to pet insurance, but do examine the financial impact if your pet's as sick as a parrot. Our full Cheap Pet Insurance guide can keep a leash on prices. Here are quick tips to avoid a cat-astrophe...
DISCOUNTS: M&S 20%, LK Bennett 25%, Debenhams extra 10% off £30...
FREE The Other Art Fair tix - 500 pairs (norm £18). Unsigned artists display work in London, 24-26 Apr. Art Fair
10 Nectar pts/litre on Sainsbury's fuel (usually 1pt/L). Until 10 May. For this and more see Cheap Petrol guide.
Last chance to register to vote for the General Election. The deadline's 20 April. Voter registration
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This week's poll: Which coalition would you vote for?
The opinion polls suggest we'll have a hung parliament - if so, we could find ourselves with a coalition government again. So for fun, we want to know if you could pick a coalition instead of a party, which would you pick?
Which two-party coalition would you pick (order based on seats in last parliament - the one listed first isn’t necessarily the majority party)?
How old were you when you bought your first home?
37,881 voted. See the full results.
Question of the week
Q: I want to buy return flights from London to Athens in June on BA, paying with Avios points. I know the scheme is changing from 28 April - am I better off waiting until after? Katie, via email.
MSE Sally’s A: You could be - as you're travelling in June, which is largely off-peak, the changes are likely to be good news for you.
If you book now, under Avios' current flat-rate redemptions you'll need 20,000 points. But after 28 April, Avios has introduced peak/off-peak bookings. Book a return off-peak flight to Athens after then and it's 17,000 points (in peak times it's still 20,000 points). Taxes on top for peak and off-peak bookings remain at £35 per return.
However, you need to balance the points saving with availability. Avios-booked tickets are limited so by waiting you're taking a gamble on seats still being available when you want to travel.
And while you're likely to benefit from the changes, some will be worse off (eg, many will earn a quarter of the current miles on an economy ticket). See our rundown of Avios changes winners and losers.
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