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Bits: MyFlights app forced to close, £5 UberPOOL trips, Avios hotel deals

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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.

My Flights

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (70)

  • Ed says:

    O/T just had a Hilton stay room bill was £250 and food and drink was £100, so a total of £350 but I’ve ended up with 4,302 base points. I was expecting more like 5000 base points, am I missing something?

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Base points are earned on spend gross of VAT. Seems you’re about 20% off what you were expecting so is that it?

      • Ed says:

        Dreaded VAT that would explain it, thanks.

        • Guernsey Pete says:

          VAT helps fund things such as the NHS, schools, roads, defence and the general benefits of living in the UK. Guernsey or Jersey or the US might be a good option if you don’t like VAT?! But you’d need to cover your own healthcare. And the roads are pretty narrow in Guernsey, to say the least 🙂

          • Genghis says:

            But such a form of indirect taxation isn’t really a fair tax as it falls disproportionately on the less well off. Not that I’m complaining…

          • harry says:

            However, similar to fuel duty, VAT/ GST is much more difficult to avoid/ evade than many other forms of taxation. Therefore I like it as a taxation method.

          • Lady London says:

            Harry’s right about GST and VAT.

            Yes, John Major said in 1997 that due to the ease with which domiciles can be hard to prove and assets hidden, plus wealthier individuals being able to exploit all advice to avoid tax, taxation in the future would have to switch from being on income/assets to transaction tax i.e. VAT. Technology has accelerated all the reasons for this now and so I predict governments will increasingly resort to transaction taxes…. such as stamp duty on real estate transactions and on other transactions and introducing all sorts of consumption taxes as well as transfer taxes. It’s regressive but how many governments have you ever seen voluntarily lower their tax take? A few, but not many.

            Sorry for the OT.

  • Brainscan says:

    Devastated that my favourite app has been forced to close. I can still add my bookings though. Are there any alternatives to this great app?

  • Alan says:

    Very poor move from Amadeus – lots of users are very sensibly leaving rubbish reviews of the new app on the app store, mentioning how poor it is compared to MyFlights

    • John says:

      The App Store won’t let me post a review- keeps saying the nickname is taken….

      Obviously trying to give it one star

  • Gavin says:

    Big loss. My Lloyds voucher booking to HKG last night didn’t get found.

  • James A says:

    MyFlights noooooo! One of my favourite apps 🙁

  • not happy says:

    @AmadeusITGroup

  • DUS says:

    Amadeus´ own app is shite. I gave it a 1star rating just to vent my anger about their decision to block My Flights and others.

    Ba$tard$!

  • fbrj says:

    Yes, the “new” Amadeus app is poor in comparison to the Myflights offering. (Incidentally, even with Android you could access Myflights by just using a mobile web browser). The Amadeus app misses vital info on seating, type of aircraft etc and requires you to press a link (“More info”) to access additional information that is already contained on the Myflights initial screen. Also, why clutter up 1/3 of the screen with pictures? Poor show from Amadeus.

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