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First Deal Post so as ever, be kind!

Dell's offering a free return flight from the UK to the US or Europe with the purchase of a £499 Inspiron 15 or £599 Studio 15. There are limitations such as airports (Heathrow and Gatwick only for trips to the US) and destinations (New York, Boston, DC, Amsterdam, Berlin, Madrid, Lisbon, and a few more city airports) but the offer seems to be a good deal if you're flexible and wanted to fly to any of these cities over the next year anyway. Just don't get too hung up on any one destination when submitting your request:
The Booking Request Form entitles you, the bearer, to one return flight offer as specified, to one of the featured destinations. To obtain the flight you will be required to provide 3 alternative destinations and 3 alternative travel dates. Our booking agent will use all reasonable endeavours to meet your booking requests but this cannot be guaranteed and, in such circumstances, you will be offered an alternative.
Still, if you're lucky enough to grab a coveted LHR to JFK slot, then a spot-check shows flights starting at about £400 in August 2009. In other words, the laptop is nearly free if you were already headed in that direction. So go ahead, you like to gamble, right?

T's and C's here: http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/topics/topic.aspx/emea/topics/footer/terms_conditions_promo?c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&s=dhs
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#2
Whilst the qualifying purchase is somewhat higher (and hence provides higher margins) than previous (discredited) free-flight promotions, it doesn't seem likely that Dell will fund many USA flights.

Will be interesting to hear people's successes with this, but I suggest putting Watchdog on standby.
#3
Beat me by 20 mins. According to the T's & C's it includes taxes and charges so it's a pretty decent deal if you just want a week or 2 away

PS - That looks suspiscously like the engadget article in full....
#4
looks like an awful lot of terms and conditions
banned#5
busted;5464003
looks like an awful lot of terms and conditions

+1

So you want to go to new york and pay £100-£200 extra on the dell laptop and have to provide 3 alternative destinations. So you'll end up going to madrid then!
#6
Interesting offer................

................but then, so was the Hoover one. :whistling:
suspended#7
Ts & Cs state "5. The Flight Promotion is subject to status and credit checks."

Look at the deals and it looks like its only open to folks taking the kit on finance :x
#8
6. The Flight Promotion is available subject to voucher (“Flight Voucher”) availability whilst stocks last. Once the stocks of Flight Vouchers have finished you will no longer be eligible for the Flight Promotion. The Flight Promotion is also subject to flight availability. Customers should be aware that if they submit a Voucher Request Form after stocks of flights are finished they will not be eligible for the Flight Promotion and as a result may not receive a flight ticket.

Sounds mega dodgy. They may only have 100 vouchers... :/
#9
Then choose NYC, BOS and WAS as your destinations.
#10
All travel must be taken between 1st November 2009 and 30th April 2010.
#11
Bit of a concern that you may not get a ticket after buying it!

How good is this laptop for playing games/graphic design?

Could someone who knows about these things tell me if the graphics card is good enough for the top rated games?
#12
Interesting, specially to go and to do some shopping in NY before Christmas.


"All bookings must include a Saturday night stay at the destination. "

As long as you stay one Saturday you could go for a few days and do some nice shopping over there.

Heat added
banned#13
sds1493;5464966
Then choose NYC, BOS and WAS as your destinations.

you have to pick 1 main destination and 3 more alternatives!
banned#14
ReflexReact;5464912
6. The Flight Promotion is available subject to voucher (“Flight Voucher”) availability whilst stocks last. Once the stocks of Flight Vouchers have finished you will no longer be eligible for the Flight Promotion. The Flight Promotion is also subject to flight availability. Customers should be aware that if they submit a Voucher Request Form after stocks of flights are finished they will not be eligible for the Flight Promotion and as a result may not receive a flight ticket.

Sounds mega dodgy. They may only have 100 vouchers... :/

well dodgy. who the hell is voting this hot? :thinking:
banned#15
mitchwales;5465329
Bit of a concern that you may not get a ticket after buying it!

How good is this laptop for playing games/graphic design?

Could someone who knows about these things tell me if the graphics card is good enough for the top rated games?

no chance of playing top games
banned#16
asandino;5465386
Interesting, specially to go and to do some shopping in NY before Christmas.


"All bookings must include a Saturday night stay at the destination. "

As long as you stay one Saturday you could go for a few days and do some nice shopping over there.

Heat added

why heat added? 4 to 1 chance of geting NYC and may get nothing at all if oversubscribed.
#17
csiman
well dodgy. who the hell is voting this hot? :thinking:


Me for one:p

What's the problem? If you want the item and buy it, then you get a free flight. If you buy the item simply to get the free flight then you will probably end up disappointed. That was the Hoover problem.

Dell seem to have thought that through - it seems a promotion targeted to get people to buy their Dell now rather than in weeks or months time. The T's & C's are needed to stop another Hoover fiasco.

If you're in the market for the product, it's a good call:thumbsup:
#18
New to site,was looking for desktop review, saw this thread and thought I had to say something.
I used to work for a travel company who processed these offers.
I wouldn't bother as they will try everything to get out of sending you away, 4th choice or rubbish dates, making you travel for longer than you want etc.
If you don't care where you go, when you go or for how long then it's fine, otherwise steer well clear!!

Any ideas for decent desktop with at least 20" monitor for max £500
#19
csiman
why heat added? 4 to 1 chance of geting NYC and may get nothing at all if oversubscribed.


Maybe people aren't fixated on going to New York? There are plenty of other places to go to while in America you know.

Plus I'm sure if you call up Dell and get them to confirm there are still flights available just before you buy, then request it immediately, you are pretty much guaranteed to get a flight.
#20
guaranteed is a crazy statement to make. you will have to wait for a form, fill it in and then send it off in the most.

don't give people false hope - this is a very risky deal, and not one someone should buy for "the free flight"
#21
Be careful with this type of promotion, I did one a few years back with a wine offer. I chose Boston as first choice and ended getting Chicago. In the end after numerous letters and phone calls got the date I wanted but still ended with the Chicago flight. If I had chosen Chicago as first choice maybe I would have got Boston ;-) Also once you reject the flight they do not have to offer an alternative.

In this modern age of tinternet surely you could log into a web site and chose the date and destination available, why the need for forms? :roll:
#22
csiman
you have to pick 1 main destination and 3 more alternatives!


Which means that even if you do get a free flight it'll almost certainly be to Europe. There's only three North American destinations so you have to choose one European city in your four.

There's probably a handful of American flights and anyone else will. if they're lucky, end up with a flight to Europe that they could probably have got for £50 anyway.

For example, the Norwegian airport they use is Torp which is where Ryanair fly to so there's a more than decent chance you'll end up on a £1 Ryanair special IMO.
#23
ReflexReact
guaranteed is a crazy statement to make. you will have to wait for a form, fill it in and then send it off in the most.

don't give people false hope - this is a very risky deal, and not one someone should buy for "the free flight"


Sorry, yeah guaranteed is too strong - wouldn't call it crazy though. If you call Dell beforehand and they confirm there are still flights available, then its pretty likely you would be able to get it. Plus I read the original post as choose 3 destinations, not choose 4, making it even riskier.
#24
steviewire
Be careful with this type of promotion, I did one a few years back with a wine offer. I chose Boston as first choice and ended getting Chicago. In the end after numerous letters and phone calls got the date I wanted but still ended with the Chicago flight. If I had chosen Chicago as first choice maybe I would have got Boston ;-) Also once you reject the flight they do not have to offer an alternative.

In this modern age of tinternet surely you could log into a web site and chose the date and destination available, why the need for forms? :roll:


Gallo wines by any chance?!! I used to work for the promoter and they gave in to a few people but still not to your first choice!!!
#25
Engadget reader, Karpoozi?
#26
Dorsettravel
Gallo wines by any chance?!! I used to work for the promoter and they gave in to a few people but still not to your first choice!!!


correct , get a free flight for a £30 case of wine. Promoter in Altrincham or Sale I think. In the end got a decent flight on BMI to Chicago, so had a road trip across the great lakes region. I would think twice about buying a product mainly for the offer.
banned#27
callum9999;5465793
Maybe people aren't fixated on going to New York? There are plenty of other places to go to while in America you know.

Plus I'm sure if you call up Dell and get them to confirm there are still flights available just before you buy, then request it immediately, you are pretty much guaranteed to get a flight.

As said previously, I bet no-one will get allocated the USA and everyone will get a £50 madrid flight. The key catch-all is that you have to name 4 places, only 3 are in the USA and the others include what are already cheap destinations like lisbon, berlin and madrid. thats the scam in this deal I reckon.
banned#28
callum9999;5466434
Sorry, yeah guaranteed is too strong - wouldn't call it crazy though. If you call Dell beforehand and they confirm there are still flights available, then its pretty likely you would be able to get it. Plus I read the original post as choose 3 destinations, not choose 4, making it even riskier.

Dell probably have nothing to do with the organisation of the flights.
#29
csiman;5465394
you have to pick 1 main destination and 3 more alternatives!


Right then- do you all think that the destination in the States is the city or the airport? I say this 'cos there are 3 cities (New York, Boston & Washington) but 4 airports ( JFK, Newark, Logan & Dulles).
Really interested in this.
Maybe Dorsettravel's previous experience can help out with this one?
Cheers all.
#30
FireExtinguisher
Right then- do you all think that the destination in the States is the city or the airport? I say this 'cos there are 3 cities (New York, Boston & Washington) but 4 airports ( JFK, Newark, Logan & Dulles).
Really interested in this.
Maybe Dorsettravel's previous experience can help out with this one?
Cheers all.


jfk and newark are both New York airports, same as Gatwick and Heathrow are London airports. Therefore there are only 3 US destinations. If you have to choose 4 destinations then your going to end up with 1 european one and guess where your going??!! Probably on easyjet or Ryanair where you'll have to pay inflated luggage charges. Noticed that one of the destinations was Oslo (Torp). This is where Ryanair fly to for Oslo. In fact it's 110KM from Oslo!!
You have been warned!!
#31
Dorsettravel
jfk and newark are both New York airports, same as Gatwick and Heathrow are London airports. Therefore there are only 3 US destinations. If you have to choose 4 destinations then your going to end up with 1 european one and guess where your going??!! Probably on easyjet or Ryanair where you'll have to pay inflated luggage charges. Noticed that one of the destinations was Oslo (Torp). This is where Ryanair fly to for Oslo. In fact it's 110KM from Oslo!!
You have been warned!!


Strictly speaking Newark is more like New Jersey so you could argue that JFK and Newark are to different cities, doubt you'll get away with it. But still if you are really looking for a laptop then this deal is just making sure you make you mind. :thumbsup:
#32
callum9999;5466434
Sorry, yeah guaranteed is too strong - wouldn't call it crazy though. If you call Dell beforehand and they confirm there are still flights available, then its pretty likely you would be able to get it. Plus I read the original post as choose 3 destinations, not choose 4, making it even riskier.


csiman;5467277
Dell probably have nothing to do with the organisation of the flights.


Dell, like Hoover, have absolutely nothing to do with the organisation of the flights

37. Offer supplied and administered by: TLC Incentives Ltd, PO Box 468, Swansea SA1 1SE. All correspondence regarding travel matters should be directed to this address marked ‘Dell Flights Offer’ at the address above.

They'll not be able to give any information at all about flights, but ultimately they'll have to carry the can if things go wrong - as they may well do.

Hoover UK ended up being sold off as a result of the Hoover fiasco, which is still known as one of the biggest marketing disasters of all time:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3704669.stm
banned#33
asandino;5471567
Strictly speaking Newark is more like New Jersey so you could argue that JFK and Newark are to different cities, doubt you'll get away with it. But still if you are really looking for a laptop then this deal is just making sure you make you mind. :thumbsup:

even so, you have to choose a destination, not an airport, so only 3 US choices and you have to select 4 destinations.

this is a scam of the highest order as the laptop price is well OTT for a dell
#34
csiman
even so, you have to choose a destination, not an airport, so only 3 US choices and you have to select 4 destinations.

this is a scam of the highest order as the laptop price is well OTT for a dell


The Booking Form requires the customer to choose one economy return flight as specified, to one of the selected destinations. Two alternative destinations and three alternative travel dates must also be given or the Booking Form will not be valid and may not be processed.

Destination airports are New York (JFK and Newark International), Boston (Logan International), Washington (Dulles international),

Whats the problem?

You list New York, then Boston or Washington as alternatives and three sets of dates and you're sorted to go to the US for nothing.

What is the problem if you are going to buy the computer anyway?:?

COLORS, PATTERNS, & ARTIST DESIGNS
Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
PROCESSOR
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
FLIGHT PROMO "Includes Flight Promotion, I approve Dell passing personal data to TLC Marketing"
LCD 15.6in Widescreen High Definition (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife
MEMORY 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]

HARD DRIVE 500GB (5.400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
WEB CAM 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
GRAPHICS CARD 512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570



£599 delivered

Point me in the direction of a much better spec. for the money.
banned#35
cheapskate58;5475683
The Booking Form requires the customer to choose one economy return flight as specified, to one of the selected destinations. Two alternative destinations and three alternative travel dates must also be given or the Booking Form will not be valid and may not be processed.

Destination airports are New York (JFK and Newark International), Boston (Logan International), Washington (Dulles international),

Whats the problem?

You list New York, then Boston or Washington as alternatives and three sets of dates and you're sorted to go to the US for nothing.

What is the problem if you are going to buy the computer anyway?:?

COLORS, PATTERNS, & ARTIST DESIGNS
Jet Black Colour with Matte Finish
PROCESSOR
Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor T6400 (2.0 GHz, 800 MHz FSB, 2 MB L2 Cache)
OPERATING SYSTEM Genuine Windows Vista® Home Premium SP1- English
OFFICE SOFTWARE Microsoft® Works 9.0 / English - (Does not include Microsoft® Word)
FLIGHT PROMO "Includes Flight Promotion, I approve Dell passing personal data to TLC Marketing"
LCD 15.6in Widescreen High Definition (1366x768) WLED with TrueLife
MEMORY 4096MB 800MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM [2x2048]

HARD DRIVE 500GB (5.400rpm) SATA Hard Drive
HARDWARE SUPPORT 1 Year Limited Warranty - Collect & Return
WEB CAM 2.0 Mega pixel Integrated Web Camera
PRIMARY BATTERY Primary 6-cell 56 WHr Lithium Ion battery
OPTICAL DRIVE Fixed Internal DVD+/-RW Slot Load Drive including Software
GRAPHICS CARD 512MB ATI Mobility RADEON HD 4570



£599 delivered

Point me in the direction of a much better spec. for the money.

Maybe the OP should amend the title description then as misleading:-

The Booking Request Form entitles you, the bearer, to one return flight offer as specified, to one of the featured destinations. To obtain the flight you will be required to provide 3 alternative destinations and 3 alternative travel dates

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