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Bits: £30 4* and 5* London hotels, double Avios at London City, got a Tesco Bank account?

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News in brief:

£29.99 London hotels deals with is running a promotion called ‘The Big Pink Sale’Part of this is selling a number of hotels for just £29.99.

Some of the hotels have been identified:

These are all very nice places, especially Theadneedles.  The £29 rate seems to be available on selected Fridays, Sundays and Mondays between now and the end of October, although the website is broken and won’t display anything after the end of June.  For later dates you need to plug in dates via the box at the top, one at a time.  You really can’t go wrong at this price – the Park Plaza properties come with free internet for everyone, I think, and if you have Club Carlson status you may even get upgraded.

You need to book via this page by 10am on April 7th.

Park Plaza Westminster Bridge

Double Avios on British Airways flights from London City

British Airways is offering double Avios points on flights to Edinburgh, Dublin and the Isle of Man from London City Airport.  Discount economy tickets are NOT included – applicable booking classes are J, C, D R and I for Club Europe, Y and B for Euro Traveller and J, C, D, R, I, B and Y for domestic flights.

You can earn until May 31st but you MUST register by April 27th.  Full details and the registration page are here.

British Airways BA London City Airport

Did you open a Tesco Bank current account?

I wrote about the Tesco Bank current account last July when it launched.  It seemed underwhelming – you earn 1 Clubcard point for every £8 spent on the DEBIT card, but payments to ‘bank and financial institutions’ do not count, according to the rules.  This means that you can’t settle your credit card bill with it.

Following an interesting email from a reader, I’d be interested to know if anyone else has any experience of this rule in practice.  Thanks.

Comments (39)

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  • Tom says:

    12%! Not to be sniffed at

  • Tom says:

    I think “Exceptional 5-star hotel located by the River Thames” is the Grange City Hotel

  • Tony says:

    The £29.99 top secret hotel described as being on Oxford St is The Cumberland.

  • Gerry says:

    Thanks, Rob. I managed to get a midweek night at the Threadneedles in August – amazing!

  • Chris says:

    The 4* Edinburgh with parking for £29.99 is HI Edinburgh next to the zoo.

    No plans to go to London soon but a cheeky night out the house up here for £29 wasn’t to be sniffed at. The promo code said it had expired but managed to get it through a cash back portal so it’s all good. Thanks again and have a good weekend

  • Hilly says:

    Two rooms at Threadneedles booked for end of July for less than £60, a great schools-out-for-summer treat. Very pleased. Thank you Rob, and thanks also to Waribai for convincing me to keep trying ways to wangle dates beyond June 🙂

    • Rob says:

      If you’re taking kids, the Bank of England Museum is only a minute or so away.

      • Waribai says:

        Yes, also reasonably close to the Museum of London. One of my favourites with kids! One New Change is also quite close with good eating and shopping options and a great view from the top towards St Pauls!

  • George says:

    Arg, I am too late for Threadneeles, aren’t I?

    🙁 and for the discount code…

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