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News in brief:

Read me in National Geographic Traveller this month!

The new July / August edition of National Geographic Traveller (UK edition, £3.95) has a three page article on frequent flyer miles.  It is the most comprehensive article on the topic that I have read in a UK publication for many years.  It starts on page 164.

For better or worse, I feature heavily in the article!

Unfortunately, the article is inaccurate in a couple of places as glossy magazines have a very long lead time.  The interview I did with the magazine was done in December 2014.  When I talk about taking an airberlin flight ‘last year’, I mean 2013.   As this was before the Avios devaluation was announced, some of the numbers quoted in the article regarding the miles needed are now out of date.

There are nuggets of information which the general reader who happens to have a few Avios will find useful.  I cover little-known facts (outside of our circles) such as converting American Express points to Avios and that airberlin and Aer Lingus offer long-haul Avios redemptions with minimal tax.

The article is not yet available on their website but I expect that it will appear over the next couple of months.

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£10 Hailo credit for EVERYONE

If you have taxi app Hailo on your smartphone, dig it out NOW and enter code PREBOOKNOW on the ‘Wallet’ page.

A £10 credit will be added to your account, valid until June 15th.  It does not seem to require a prebooked journey to be valid.

I recommend registering ASAP before all of the codes are used up.  EVERYONE can use this code – it works perfectly well on existing accounts.  Thanks to Thomas for this.

Windsor Castle

From April 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code UBERHEADFORPOINTS via this link, or download the app and add the code via the promo code box on the ‘Payment’ tab.  This gets you £3 off your first ride.

Uber launches in Berkshire

Finally, ride sharing app Uber has launched in Windsor, Slough and Maidenhead.

Only the cheaper (Toyota Prius) UberX service is available at the moment although I would expect the range to be extended in time.

If you haven’t signed up for Uber yet, download the Uber app and use code ‘HEADFORPOINTS’ to receive a free ride worth up to £15.  This code works anywhere in the UK covered by Uber.

Comments (20)

  • Modern Day Sinbad says:

    Hmmm, the Hailo promotion code didn’t work for me. Got an error message that I’ve used that code before, even though the last time I was in a Hailo cab was over two years ago. I prefer Gett (formerly GetTaxi).

  • Paul says:

    Successfully used the £10 Hailo code this morning. Thanks for the heads up, Rob.

  • poincianakings says:

    Odd that Uber have gone for the Slough/Maidenhead/Windsor combo. Would have thought that Reading would have been the much more obvious choice- especially given the hi tech industries (Verizon, Microsoft, Oracle, Hauwei to mention but four)- but maybe thats me being bias. Uber in Reading would help me hugely.

    • Paul says:

      So Uber has ‘officially’ launched in Slough/Maidenhead/Windsor, but I could already hail cars with Uber before the launch, and wait times seem no better after the launch? I think they already had London drivers based in the area so easy to expand.