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Some news in brief:

Finnair launching Edinburgh to Helsinki

This was mentioned in the discussion of the latest Finnair flight deals last week, but it is worth a separate piece.

Finnair is launching flights from Edinburgh to Helsinki next Summer.  The service will operate three times per week (Sunday, Monday and Thursday) between 19th April and 27th October.

As well as being an attractive weekend break option – you can get over to Tallinn on the ferry once you’ve seen Helsinki – it also opens up Finnair’s long-haul network into Asia to Scottish travellers.

You can redeem these flights with Avios points.   Avios redemptions are already bookable on – economy flights are 15,000 points + £95 return whilst business class is 30,000 points + £108 return.  Cash tickets can be booked on the UK Finnair site here.

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London taxi app Gett launches fixed fares

In an interesting move, London black cab taxi app Gett has launched fixed fares for off peak trips in Central London.

For trips on weekdays taken between 10am and 4pm, 8pm to 11pm and 2am to 6am, you are now able to select ‘fixed fare’ in the Gett app.

Input your destination, ensure your account is set to pay by credit card and not cash, and you will be given a guaranteed fixed price for your trip.

Journeys of over six miles will be discounted by 30% making the ‘fixed fare’ option ar cheaper than paying the meter fare, even in clear traffic.

If you have not already tried Gett, you can get £10 of credit via our referral code GTSZFWS.  Click here for download options.  If you prefer Hailo, it is now offering Avios points on every ride in London – find out more in this article.

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Finally …. a good use for Nectar points for the next month

Until 9th September, you can redeem 50 Nectar points for an e-code which gets you a free drink at Caffé Nero.  You simply quote the code at the till, they type it in and your free drink is validated.  The comments below suggest you can only use these for small hot drinks, unlike usual Nero redemptions.

You have 28 days to use your code from the date you redeem.

This is worth 4p to 5p per Nectar point which is clearly a major boost to the usual return of 0.5p.  Full details are on the Nectar website, to which I can no longer link as you now need to be logged in.

This page on our sister site Shopper Points shows the best value Nectar redemptions – ie everything which gets you more than the standard 0.5p per point!

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INNSIDE Manchester promotion

You may remember that I reviewed Melia’s new INNSIDE hotel in Manchester back in June.

I was very positive about the property which seems to be a good addition to the business hotel scene in the city.   It is also a good sign for the future rollout of the INNSIDE brand in the UK.

I was emailed with details of rate reductions which are currently running as the hotel continues to build up occupancy levels.  You will need to join Melia Rewards to get the full discount, otherwise you are only offered 30%.  Looking at a few dates in September, it takes rooms down to around £100 midweek.

You will also receive £15 of credit per day towards your spending in the hotel (not valid towards breakfast) when you book at

Given that you can also collect Avios via Iberia Plus when you stay at Melia Hotels and credit your stay to Melia Rewards, it is worth a look if you are heading to Manchester this Autumn.  The hotel website is here.

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express

How to get MeliaRewards Gold status from American Express (June 2022)

Do you know that holders of The Platinum Card from American Express receive FREE MeliaRewards Gold status for as long as they hold the card?  It also comes with Marriott Bonvoy Gold, Hilton Honors Gold and Radisson Rewards Gold status.

We reviewed American Express Platinum in detail here and you can apply here.

You can discover the benefits of MeliaRewards Gold status on the Melia website here.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners may want to consider American Express Business Platinum instead:

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American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (19)

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  • Anon says:

    Another wee Scottish update…

    Icelandic Air fly from Aberdeen next March, potential for route to US via stopover in Iceland

  • mark2 says:

    Argos cash back is now on Amex Cardmember Offers website for supplementary cards and if you have not been offered on your account.
    (Click on small squares at bottom of Gap picture)

  • Paul says:

    The T&C on the Nectar app state the Nero deal is only valid for hot drinks so no gloopy cold stuff or fruit boosts

    • Jason says:

      Any idea how many codes, you can get! per person?
      Not back in the UK until tomorrow

      • Flyoff says:

        The terms don’t indicate a maximum. I know someone who has ordered 10 codes

        • Rob says:

          I think the limit is the amount of coffee you can drink in the next 28 days!

          I used to be in Nero five days a week but the one on our road closed down due to redevelopment of the building. It requires a bit of a diversion now to get to one.

          That said, I have 105 points and I’m sure I could drink 2 coffees there over the next month!

      • Brian says:

        No limit, I think. I’ve got 9 so far and might go for more. Given that you get 25p off at Sainsbury’s for 50 points, you’re effectively paying 25p for a coffee, which is great. And you even get a loyalty stamp!!!

        I know somebody who is responsible for the Nectar website and she tells me that they are planning more of these offers to try to make Nectar more attractive.

        • David Butcher says:

          They desperately need something to make Nectar more attractive. It should have been such a good idea but has deteriorated to almost an irrelevance.

    • Rob says:

      Boo! Obviously different rules to the normal vouchers.

      • Kai says:

        The normal voucher is valid for hot drinks only too.

      • Ollie says:

        The T&Cs say any size?

        “2. Your chosen Hot Drink can be any size and you can either drink it or take out.”

  • Jim says:

    FYI you can get £30 credit for Gett with code GETT30

  • Ollie says:

    The T&Cs say any size:

    “2. Your chosen Hot Drink can be any size and you can either drink it or take out.”

    • Chris says:

      Just used the Gett30 code yesterday , when I added my credit card,as required,it wiped the code! Quick call to customer services and they sent me 3 x 10 codes which Expire 2020. I used it yesterday with the fixed price rates, first trip to London ever and not used the tube!! It was great…

  • darrenf says:

    The Hailo sentence doesn’t contain a link.

    Not happy with Gett. Where i live they quote a £34 difference in fares from addresses on opposite sides of the same street. Contacted their CS in July, they said they’d investigate, never heard back and the issue remains.

    • darrenf says:

      And in fact a £44 discrepancy in price if I get a quote from my house to T4 vs T5.

  • Andrew says:

    Perhaps I missed out on a stamp for my Nero coffee then – but yes, it certainly says any size in the terms and conditions…
    Not sure if they technically cover decaf option for coffee drink, but the store didn’t ask me for the residual 10p on the screen…
    I ordered one of these codes at first, then another 5 more – they’ll keep for 28 days and as noted, best use of Nectar points in ages…

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