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Bits: Amex Platinum ends Royal Academy partnership, Homebase drops Nectar

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News in brief:

American Express ending Royal Academy partnership

For the last year or so, it has been possible to get free access to exhibitions at the Royal Academy in London with your American Express Platinum card.  It also allowed you to access the private bar and restaurant in The Keepers House before 4pm when it opens to the public.

According to the Platinum website, this partnership ends on 30th June.  If you were planning to catch the Summer Exhibition for free you will need to get along in the next three weeks.

MyFlights is saved

Last week the exceptionally useful MyFlights app went off the air after Amadeus blocked access to its flight data.

If you’ve never head of MyFlights, read this HfP article here and then download it instantly.

The great news is that MyFlights is back.  Author Chris has reached a deal with Amadeus to turn the data tap back on temporarily and the two are now trying to agree a long-term deal.

It isn’t yet clear if this will involve money changing hands – and so a fee for the app or for certain features – but it is good news anyway.  And, frankly, once this app has saved your bacon for the first time over an equipment swap, time change or seat change, you’ll be more than happy to pay a few pounds for it.

Homebase drops Nectar points

Finally, if you didn’t see this on our Facebook or Twitter feed yesterday, Homebase is dumping Nectar following its recent takeover. 

This is another big blow and I think the obvious way out now is for Sainsburys (which now owns Argos, remember) to buy the company and to start making proper use of its data.

Comments (41)

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  • Metatone says:

    Shame about the RA. Only used it a couple of times, but it was a pleasant benefit.

  • Ahop says:

    OT but any ideas for the best transfer to make for under 100 MR points. Any partner of worth requires multiples of 100.

  • Capecam says:

    Just signed up for myflights, interestingly amadeus / myflights is not recognizing the QR R class discounted business class bookings as being business class. They show as economy, although the booking code and seating is correct. A glitch somewhere – otherwise a great app

    • Frankie says:

      Hi. There is no glitch in myFlights it’s in Amadeus. I’ve already asked Chris about this a few weeks ago and he replied immediately to tell me that Amadeus is not get updated to recognise the R class as business. myFlights is just reading data from Amadeus so until Amadeus is correct…. Great to have myFlights back. Great job Chris

      • Rob says:

        SAS told me last year that Amadeus requires 18 months notice (!) of changes to fare classes in order to implement them properly!

    • sohan says:

      I booked business class on swiss a few weeks ago, on the amex plat travel website. Didn’t notice til departure that my p class booking was being labelled as “economy”. Phoned Amex and they confirmed was indeed business class but the system wrongly tags it…

      btw swiss business was amazing on a short haul from Zurich to Athens – proper lie-flat seats, great IFE with large screens, and of course amazing food and champagne. Wondering how many routes they do this on as I may need to book future holidays via Zurich… 🙂 Other business class short haul cabins just don’t compare.

  • James A says:

    Wonder if the suddenly flurry of negative reviews for checkmytrip helped? 🙂

  • Bob says:

    Re Amex – interesting article in this month’s Fortune magazine:

  • Scallder says:

    Certainly off topic, but the BBC showed the first part (of three) of a series called City in the Sky looking at the aviation industry. Quite interesting viewing and perhaps of some interest to others here!

    • Alan says:

      Agree, quite enjoyed it – watched it in-flight too, which only seemed appreciate! Am guessing LHR tied up with ITV documentary, hence lots from other locations. Some good behind the scenes stuff, eg with DXB luggage system.

  • harry says:

    O/T benefits of booking T-355 – maybe Raffles could do an article sometime?

    So I got 4 tickets out to our place in Europe, 2 days ago, timing: May half term next year, T-355. On the day my RFS redemptions were worth 1.5p/ Avios vs cash – today, 2 days later – they are worth 2p/ Avios vs cash price of ticklets. People like us don’t have that much choice on dates as dates are dictated by school hols. So tickets are selling & prices have already gone up. Avios redemption availability still looks good though of course I have knocked off the 4 seats available on 1 particular flight timing.

    I’m sure other posters go to far more exotic and long distance destinations eg Maldives, Australia etc & get up @ midnight to secure the old T-355 redemption. Must be a few anecdotes in it?

    But we don’t often see it mentioned on HFP – is it worth an article – with examples of savings by getting in early? Probably a lot of people never even thought about T-355?

    Plus the old heart palpitations when you don’t know if you’re going to get a flight back lol

    • Rob says:

      Get up at midnight? What time do you go to bed?!

      • harry says:

        Unfortunately I have to get up @ 6am so in the absence of a siesta…

        • James67 says:

          Good morning Harry…further to your comment I have now narrowed down your secretive place in Europe to most likely being someplace in Spain!

      • Genghis says:

        For the early bird to catch the worm, he needs to go to bed early!

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