News in brief:
10% off a 16-25 Railcard until tomorrow
If you are in the right age group or are a full time student of any age, or have one in the family, you can get them a 16-25 Railcard with a 10% discount until the end of the month.
You need to enter code SAVE10OCT on the Railcard website here. The price will be £27 instead of £30.
Alternatively, you can also redeem Clubcard vouchers. This Shopper Points article explains how to use Tesco points for Railcards.
Monarch in trouble?
Low cost airline Monarch, now run by the ex-Avios Group CEO Andrew Swaffield, may reach the end of line today if it does not receive a cash injection from its 90% shareholder Greybull Capital.
All airlines have to convince the Civil Aviation Authority on a regular basis that they have the required funds to operate. Monarch’s license expires tonight and press reports suggest that it does not currently have enough liquidity to meet CAA requirements.
Monarch transitioned from a charter airline into a low cost carrier in recent years and appeared to be making a decent job of it. Competition is clearly fierce, however, and it may not have had the financial discipline or cost structure needed to compete.
If the airline does collapse it will be interesting to see if it is acquired by IAG – who could merge it into Vueling – or potentially Eurowings which is in the process of buying chunks of airberlin. I would be surprised if easyJet or Ryanair would be interested given that they already have the assets required to take over the most attractive routes if Monarch disappears.
Monarch is an Avios redemption partner but only when you book via avios.com. Details of that relationship are in this article.
A HFP reader wins big!
Finally, I was delighted to receive this email from a reader this week:
I just thought I’d drop you a note to say that I have heard that I won the Hilton World Tour competition that you mentioned on headforpoints back in June:
[The prize is two tickets to a concert ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD of your choice, with travel and accommodation thrown in!]
I mention it because I undoubtedly wouldn’t have entered had it not been for your site. This is just the sort of competition which usually passes me by, but getting your emails every morning makes it easy to just click the link and enter. So thanks very much for the service.