News in brief:
Virgin Atlantic shopping bonus via Shops Away
Until Sunday 20th December, Shops Away is offering double miles at Apple Store, Selfridges, NET-A-PORTER, John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Argos, notonthehighstreet.com and Currys. Smaller bonuses are on offer from other retailers.
My wife, who has never used Shops Away, was also offered an extra carrot. She will receive 1,000 miles if she makes any purchase via the site before 20th December. This offer is not mentioned on the Shops Away site so, if you didn’t get the email, you should assume that you are not targetted.
Free London travel with MasterCard and Apple Pay
If you have an iPhone 6 with Apple Pay, you can travel for free on public transport in London on Monday 30th November, Monday 7th December and Monday 14th December. It was also valid this Monday.
You need to set a MasterCard as your main Apple Pay card and use it for your contactless travel on Monday. You will be charged as usual but MasterCard will refund your fare back to your card. It covers the tube, buses, tram, DLR, London Overground and most National Rail services in London.
More details can be found here. Thanks to Joel.
More Luxury Travel Diary auctions closing
Finally, the Luxury Travel Diary site has another wave of its luxury auctions closing this week. These are often worth a look as there are often deals to be had.
The current auction includes a large number of Hyatt and Park Hyatt packages in cities as diverse as Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Jakarta, Mainz, Singapore and Doha.
If you fancy something different, there is also a four night yacht charter for six in the Caribbean – the highest bid was just £404 last night.