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News in brief:

MyFlights app forced to close

The popular MyFlights app, which I have written about on HfP numerous times, has been forced to close.  Amadeus, the main global flight booking database, has blocked external access to its data – coincidentally on the same day that it launched a new version of its own Check My Trip app.

The problem with the Check My Trip app is that it is rubbish and has only a fraction of the functionality of MyFlights.  You would get a notification from MyFlights within a few hours of any change to your flight (seat number, aircraft type, cancellation, time change) and you would be at the front of the queue to get yourself rebooked.

If Amadeus had any sense it would have bought MyFlights or at least copied its functionality.  What you have now is a toy town app for a market which consists solely of switched on, smart, business travellers.   I feel bad for Chris who had genuinely created something useful here.

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Ride with UberPOOL for just £5

Uber is keen to push its UberPOOL service in Central London.  UberPOOL is where you agree to let another passenger heading in the same direction share your ride in return for a discount on the fee.  You may or may not consider this a great idea ….

On weeknights until 10th June, all UberPOOL rides between 5pm and midnight in Zone 1-2 are just £5.  This means that you could travel from Turnham Green to Finsbury Park for £5, a ride which will take well over an hour.

The good news is that if no-one else is heading in your direction, you still pay the UberPOOL price even though you rode alone. To activate this deal on your Uber account, go to promotions in your Uber app menu and enter the code POOLFIVER.

If you are not already an Uber member, this Head for Points sign-up link gets you a free ride worth £15.  Alternatively, just download the app and enter ‘headforpoints’ on the promotional code page.  Best not to waste your free ride on a £5 UberPOOL trip though ….

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New Avios hotel deals

avios.com has launched a number of new hotel deals.  These are attractive offers and only need a handful of Avios points to book.  Here are a sample:

Carlton Hotel Budapest (4 star), from 2,150 Avios + £235 (Expedia £444)   

Based on 3 nights with breakfast for 2 people in a standard double room

Pullman St Pancras London (4 star), from 7,700 Avios + £395  (Expedia £567)

Based on 3 nights with breakfast for 2 people in a classic king double room

InterContinental Vienna (5 star), from 2,750 Avios + £295  (Expedia £613)

Based on 3 nights with buffet breakfast for 2 people in a classic double room

Le Meridien Al Aqah Beach Resort Dubai (5 star) from 2,350 Avios + £255 (Expedia £406)

Based on 4 nights with breakfast for 2 people in a standard twin room

If you get these prices to work on a date that suits you, these don’t seem at all bad.  Book via the hotel redemption page at avios.com.


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Comments (70)

  • Waribai says:

    I can still open the app and all my flights are showing. Is it new flights which cannot be added?

    • Joe Chapman says:

      It also won’t track any changes made tp existing bookings anymore

      • Genghis says:

        It tracked a change made to a booking of mine yesterday evening. So is My Flights down from today?

    • John says:

      I tried to add a new booking yesterday and it wouldn’t let me. This explains it!

  • McPepper says:

    If you select a trip in the app and then click on check for updates, you’ll get a message saying trip not found.

    If Amadeus had any new sense they’d allow data to be accessed for a fee: I’d have happily paid a nominal sum.

  • Gabriel says:

    The bad news with UberPool is that if nobody is heading in your direction the driver still needs to wait 10-15 minutes to see if such a request appears.

    • Marwan says:

      Is that new? Certainly was not been my experience when I used it a couple of weeks ago. We ended up not sharing with anyone.

    • Danksy says:

      Not my experience when I used it in LA… For a miserly $12 I got from Hollywood to LAX for 2 of us! Compare this to the $65 I spent in a yellow cab from the airport to the same place in Hollywood!

    • Matt says:

      Not true at all.. how would that be a good use of the drivers time?

  • Ralph says:

    Check my trip was updated a week or so ago.

    The problem with the other app was the lack of an Android version ignoring the largest market share. So like many others couldn’t use it.

    Hopefully check my trip will now improve, although not keen on having to set an unlock code for my phone.

    • DV says:

      Stop whinging and tell your Mum to buy you an iPhone next time.

  • Rob says:

    I’ve been using the uberPool in Shanghai (called People’s Uber+), but it’s matching system very rarely works well. If it matches you with another rider you normally end up with a huge detour to pick-up/drop-off that rider, so it can be a lot of extra time for your journey even though uber state it should only mean an extra 5 minutes or so on your journey. I once ended with a 2.5hr trip to the airport which normally takes 40 minutes.

    It’s good of course when it doesn’t match so you just get the discount, so it’s good if you like to gamble! Would be interested to know if the know if the system’s more efficient in London.

    • Alex says:

      It’s not, my normal 15 minute Uber home from Marble Arch to Westminster last night took 40 minutes thanks to trying pool. Never again.

    • Matt says:

      I suspect that the reason Uber is offering £5 UberPOOL rides is to gather data to better optimise the matching algorithm for London. Once fully functional, the discount applied is based on the probability of you getting a match, so if you find that your fare is significantly cheaper than UberX it means you have a pretty high chance of picking up another passenger.

      I’ve used UberPOOL a decent amount in both Chicago and San Francisco, and it has certainly got better over time. For example, they have recently blocked UberPOOL from taking you off a major highway to find a match, lowering the chances of a long detour on journeys to the airport.

  • Ben says:

    That is a real shame about My Flights, it was genuinely so useful. Surprised that they hadn’t secured some longer-term deal for access to the data though.

  • Nick says:

    Devestated that My Flights HD has been forced to cease operations by Amadeus. It was an excellent app contains important information such as Seat Number, Aircraft Type, Frquent Flyer Details etc and crucially it sent notifications of changes to the flight.

    Check My Trip is hopeless in comparison. In one fell swoop, Amadeus has dealt a blow to its end users by reducing the data available to travelers.

    My I suggest that Head for Points readers go to the App Store and give it 1 star and a negative review. Let’s target 100 negative reviews by end of 1st June.

    • ee says:

      +1

      After making our last minute Qatar booking FCO-DOH-KUL the first thing I did was try and add to MyFlights. When it failed I thought there was a problem with the booking because my payment declined 3 times before Post Office unblocked the card and it went through. Sad times!

      • Danny says:

        This is a dreadful loss, especially for anyone with bookings on airlines that allow waitlistings (e.g. Cathay). MyFlights was great at letting you know as soon as a waitlist had been confirmed, something CheckMyTrip doesn’t do. Anyone know of any other apps with this functionality?

    • Jeff says:

      Maybe worth writing to Amadeus as well; I did this when they tried to block MyFlights in 2010 and Amadeus did relent. The CEO, Luis Maroto’s email is [email protected]

      It seems amazing (and very anti-competition) that a technology company like Amadeus can’t provide a better app. They are only used to dealing with other businesses not passengers which is why they are trying to interfere with an excellent app.

      • Daniel says:

        Very disappointing news; My Flights saved myself and my colleagues from nights at airports, bad seats, missing appointments, missing chances to rebook, missing flights and essentially keeping customers happy.

        I just emailed the German MD and the CEO.

        ..”And please consider how this affects your brand and reputation and whether not sharing information and providing interfaces to popular systems has ever been a successful strategy for an IT company.”..

        • Lady London says:

          +1,000. As an individual who doesn’t travel as much as they would like, MyFlights saved me from everything on your list at least once Daniel. And on a relatively low number of flights. MyFlights is that useful.

          Reminds me a bit of how the American airlines and British Airways, so far as I can tell, did everything they could to kill off Freddie Laker, who was offering a cheaper service that customers wanted that the legacy airlines couldn’t be bothered to provide to customers themselves in an equivalent price/quality ratio. No, they preferred to kill off the good guy instead.

          I said it before and here it comes again. Shame on you, Amadeus.

  • Dave says:

    AwardWallet can work as an alternative to MyFlightsApp – I once got an email notification from that when my seat had changed. I guess it found that out by updating my BAEC account in the background and the information had changed in MMB.

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