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- How do I renew my subscription?
Print subscribers can either return the renewal form and payment in the reply envelope provided or you can renew online using the URL provided on your printed renewal form or in your renewal reminder email. You will then need to log in using your registered email and password when prompted. To renew your subscription and change delivery to another country, please contact the customer services team.
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- Why can’t I change my address?
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- Is there a deadline to nominate a friend for a free gift subscription?
No, but as this is a benefit of subscribing, we recommend you nominate your friend as soon as possible.
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- I nominated a friend for a free gift subscription but they have not yet received their issues.
Once you have nominated a friend for a free gift subscription, we would send a letter to your nominee informing them of their free gift. Once we have received their signed acceptance form, we are able to start their subscription. You may need to encourage your friend to return the signed acceptance form. If another form needs to be sent please email our Subscriptions department or call on: +44 (0)1604 828700.
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- Why are the USA/Canadian subscription rates so low compared with the UK, Europe and the rest of the world?
This is because all our USA/Canadian subscribers are managed by our North American fulfilment agency and the cost of USA postal services are hugely competitive.
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