News in brief:
American Express ending Royal Academy partnership
For the last year or so, it has been possible to get free access to exhibitions at the Royal Academy in London with your American Express Platinum card. It also allowed you to access the private bar and restaurant in The Keepers House before 4pm when it opens to the public.
According to the Platinum website, this partnership ends on 30th June. If you were planning to catch the Summer Exhibition for free you will need to get along in the next three weeks.
If you do go to the Summer Exhibition, you can buy the sculpture below which I photographed last night at the preview party.
Looks familiar? This is a version of Slipstream, which Richard Wilson designed for the forecourt of Heathrow Terminal 2. There are 12 for sale at the bargain basement price of £26,400 each, of which 30% goes to support the Royal Academy.
My Flights is saved!
Last week the exceptionally useful My Flights app went off the air after Amadeus blocked access to its flight data.
(If you’ve never head of My Flights, read this HFP article here and then download it instantly.)
The great news is that My Flights is back! Author Chris has reached a deal with Amadeus to turn the data tap back on temporarily and the two are now trying to agree a long-term deal. It isn’t yet clear if this will involve money changing hands – and so a fee for the app or for certain features – but it is good news anyway. And, frankly, once this app has saved your bacon for the first time over an equipment swap, time change or seat change, you’ll be more than happy to pay a few pounds for it.
Homebase drops Nectar
Finally, if you didn’t see this on our Facebook or Twitter feed yesterday, Homebase is dumping Nectar following its recent takeover.
The full story is on Shopper Points here. This is another big blow and I think the obvious way out now is for Sainsburys (which now owns Argos, remember) to buy the company and to start making proper use of its data.