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News in brief:

15% off Avis with American Express

Until December 8th, American Express is offering 15% off Avis car hire rentals.  This is valid for rentals in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa which are completed by that date.

Car rental pricing is, of course, a mysterious science and you may still be able to beat this price using other codes to which you have access.  It is a decent place to start though.

Details are on the site here.

Don’t forget the dedicated Avis / BA booking site either – one benefit of booking through that is the free additional driver.

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Earn miles using your mobile phone abroad with Travelling Connect

I have written about Travelling Connect before.  It is a very easy way to earn miles and points in various programmes when you use your mobile phone outside the UK.

Put simply, once you are registered you will earn points whenever your UK mobile is used in certain countries on specific networks.  Some overseas networks pay Travelling Connect a commission for sending them traffic which funds your points.

The company hopes that you will automatically adjust your phone when travelling to use their preferred network.  If that is too much trouble, you should still register as you will receive points should your phone happen to use their preferred network anyway.  My wife and I are both registered and, once in a while, we receive a random amount of IHG Rewards Club points because we used a Travelling Connect partner network without knowing it.

My original article is here if you want to know more.   The point of this update is to highlight the new Travelling Connect app.  The latest version lets you know automatically which networks you should be using in whichever country you are visiting, making it easy to switch.  You will also find local offers, dining recommendations etc based on your location.

Current miles and points partners include IHG, Marriott, Hilton, Qatar, Flying Blue, American and Etihad, although not BA or Virgin. flash sale

Finally, today is the final day of the latest flash sale.  Prices may or may not be much better than you would usually find on the site, based on past experience, but if you are booking a hotel today it makes sense to take a look here.

Hotel offers update – June 2022:

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.

Want to buy hotel points? There is:

  • a 80% to 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 19th July 2022 (buy here)
  • a mystery 40% to 55% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points by 15th July (buy here)
  • a 30% bonus when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points by 1st August (buy here)

Comments (6)

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  • Jen T says:

    While Avis had their 20% off sale last month, their direct prices were beating those I had already booked and paid for on Avis BA. Called Avis who advised that the free additional driver applies however you book (not as suggested here), but you may have to present your BA executive card. Cancelled Avis BA bookings for free and rebooked with Avis – always worth checking sale prices against existing bookings!

  • Jenny says:

    Potentially a stupid question….but do I need to use an amex card to pay for this. I only ask because you get through to the payment page and there’s the option to pay with a visa/mastercard etc…

  • Jason says:

    Does anyway have some tips about how to get cheap internet in th Bahamas?
    Hotel want to charge $21.95 a day for wifi!!!!
    Not too keen to pay that however don’t want to not have access, but if I can’t find something a lot cheaper looks like I may have to!

    • Rob says:

      Buy a local SIM card for your mobile and then tether your laptop, iPad etc to your mobile.

      You can buy these from the UK if you Google but I’m sure you can also get them in the airport on arrival. Cheap SIM with a built in data allowance should see you through if you avoid video downloads.

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