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News in brief:

100% bonus on Etihad Guest transfers

Etihad Guest has launched a special offer for Heathrow Rewards members (the loyalty scheme which gives points for Heathrow Airport shopping, parking in the official Heathrow car parks and for Heathrow Express trips).

Until September 30th, you will receive a 100% bonus when you convert your Heathrow Rewards points into Etihad Guest miles.

Three people who convert will also win an additional 50,000 Etihad miles.

The offer shows on the Etihad Guest page of the Heathrow Rewards website.   Remember that, if you have the UK Etihad credit cards, you also get a free upgrade to the Heathrow Rewards ‘Premium’ tier which doubles your earning to 2 points per £1 if you register here.

(Premium tier members now get FREE super-fast wi-fi at Heathrow – 500% faster than the speed that everyone else gets!)

Thanks to Sam.

Smart Tags

Track your luggage with Smart Tags

HFP reader Kerry sent me some information about Smart Tags, his new luggage tracking business, and I am happy to give it a mention as it looks interesting.

Smart Tags attach to your luggage like standard luggage tags.  They include a QR code, however, which is personalised to you.  If the bag is lost, anyone who scans the code using a smartphone with QR reading software on it will see your contact information.

Importantly, you can control what information is shown.  You may be happy with your full name and address or you may just want a mobile or email address to come up.  It is up to you.

There are NO on-going costs with Smart Tags.  You pay a one-off fee of £10.95 including postage for two tags and the tracking code will continue to work ad-infinitum.  The Smart Tags site is here.

Comments (21)

  • Andy Smith-Thomas says:

    Re: the tags. The only time I’ve ever lost bags is because the airline have out them on the wrong plane. At which point they already have an airline tag that can lead any airline to my contact details, right?

  • Trevor says:

    Tags… I agree, these seem fairly useless as any loss would occur by the airline, and hence tracking would no doubt be done by the airline 2D barcode and I’ve never had these pull off.

    Furthermore, who leaves their bags lying around so that they are likely to get lost and in need of a readable baggage tag – human or otherwise? They’re far more likely to be stolen in which case the thief would be less interested in getting in touch, and would you be wanting to give them your details anyway?

    Finally, since your bags would presumably be in your own possession if not in that of the airline, why would you be trying to hide your details within a QR code that anyone can scan anyway? I certainly wouldn’t waste money on a gimmick such as this!

    But… I can see 1 usefulness of QR coded tags, and it’s unlikely that those for sale would suit the need. I’d want to be able to update my destination information without changing tags.

    So for this and for those who do have other reasons that I fail to see, I’d propose printing your own dynamic QR codes for free. This can be done via accounts with either http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ or https://www.evaunt.com/ As long as you choose a dynamic QR code, you can print it once but update the details on the linked URL before each trip to ensure your destination details are included. Far more useful (if the tags were indeed ever used) than having you bags going home when you aren’t!

    PS Evaunt is an e-business card service, but could easily be used for this purpose.

    • Trevor says:

      Just to be clear, when creating digital business cards with evaunt, you then need to create a QR code using the created URL with either QR code generator above, or their partner site http://www.qrstuff.com/ Either way you have a dynamic QR code and you can create mutiple. With a QR code generator account it says you can only have 1 dynamic code.