Bits: pay your car tax on Amex, sale, beat luggage theft with a gun!

News in brief:

DVLA now accepts American Express

(EDIT: it turns out that DVLA is STILL trialling the use of American Express.  I have been told that you may or may not be given the option of using Amex at random.  This is why some people have reported not being able to pay with it.)

Long-term readers of HFP will know that the ability to pay your road tax with an American Express card has come and gone over the last couple of years as the DVLA has trialled new payment systems.

The new system is now permanently in place and Amex is accepted.  The fee for using American Express is £2.50 which will be up to 2% of your fee depending on which band you are in.

This may not be a great deal if you own a low-tax vehicle.  It would however count towards the spending target for a sign-up bonus or towards your British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.

DVLA hotel sale sent me details of a 10 day sale that is running from today until 31st August, although you can book for stays until June 2017.

Selected properties are offering 30% off, based on one or two night stays, or free breakfast.  Full details are here.

It might be worth a look for the Bank Holiday, although I would hold off until Accor releases its list of hugely discounted £25+ Happy Mondays offers tomorrow, as that will cover the Bank Holiday weekend too.

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Stop luggage theft in the US … with a gun!

Finally, I was reading Business Week on my airberlin short-haul flight yesterday (more on that to come) when I found a handy tip for stopping airport employees breaking into your luggage when flying in the US.

A quirk of US aviation law means that guns must be flown in bags which cannot be accessed by a third party.  All other suitcases must have locks which can be opened by TSA staff.  Declare your gun at check-in (you must show that it isn’t loaded) and your suitcase – with non-TSA compliant locks – will be allowed through!

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  1. No Amex taken for my car tax over the phone! Amex credit avios after ring there customer service.

  2. Paid VED online at the end of July with AMEX (Virgin Atlantic MBNA) without trouble.

  3. Can confirm DVLA website does accept Amex.
    managed to tax vehicle with £2.50 CC fees but works if you are working towards sign up bonus.