News in brief:
Free Uber rides on Christmas Eve
As part of a promotion with Budweiser, you can travel for free with UberX tonight between 4pm and midnight.
This offer is good for both new and existing Uber clients.
You need to register your details at this website. At 4pm today – and not before – you will be emailed a code. Plug this into the Uber app and it will be good for a £15 credit towards any UberX ride taken before midnight tonight.
If you are new to Uber, remember that you can get another £15 ride credit – valid on ANY day against ANY car type – by entering promo code HEADFORPOINTS after downloading the app.
Buy two Concorde seats at Christies
If your living room needs sprucing up, Christies in South Kensington will be auctioning two Concorde seats on 11th January.
AwardWallet announces sharp price hike
There is only one miles and points tool that I use every day – and have done for a number of years – and that is AwardWallet.
AwardWallet allows you to store the log-in and password details for pretty much all of the loyalty programmes you are in. It isn’t just travel, either – Nectar, Boots Advantage, Tesco Clubcard, Harrods Rewards …. they cover over 680 programmes from across the world.
Across their entire membership, they are tracking over 93 BILLION miles and points.
You can store programmes for various different people inside one AwardWallet account. When I log in, I see over over 60 different accounts across my family.
You can sit and back and do nothing with AwardWallet if that is how you want to play it. Once a week, AwardWallet will automatically log in to each of your programmes and update your balance. It will then send you a weekly email with all of your balance changes.
For the more obsessive, like myself, you can log in to AwardWallet and simply click ‘Update’. AwardWallet goes off and updates all of your ‘active’ balances immediately (it takes 3-4 minutes to check my active ones). On a PC you can leave it running in another window. Even faster is the impressive app.
If you are not already a member of AwardWallet, you can sign up for free here.
From 1st February, AwardWallet will be increasing the charge for its premium service from $5 every six months (ie $10 per year) to $30 per year. Premium members get the expiry date of their points tracked, and email warnings sent out if miles are heading towards expiry. The app also runs faster as it searches for multiple results in parallel rather than one scheme at a time.
If you upgrade to AwardWallet Plus before 1st February you will be grandfathered onto the ‘$5 every six months’ plan for life.
If you have a free AwardWallet subscription I would recommend paying $5 to upgrade to Plus NOW. You may or may not find the added benefits useful but you have six months to decide before your next $5 is due and you will have secured yourself grandfather rights to the $5 fee.
For clarity, if you are currently on Plus due to redeeming a free code then you will NOT be grandfathered onto the $5 plan. You need to pay $5 before 1st February to push out the expiry of your current membership.