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News in brief:

50% off mytaxi in London

The Hailo taxi network has recently been rebranded as mytaxi following its acquisition by Daimler.

In theory mytaxi will be relaunching as an Avios partner soon although I haven’t seen any movement yet.  If you previously earned Avios via Hailo then you should still be getting points via mytaxi but new customers are not being allowed to collect.

Whilst you’re waiting for that to happen, try this.

Until 30th September, you will get a 50% discount on black cab rides booked via the mytaxi app to or from:

  • London Heathrow
  • London City
  • London Stansted
  • London Gatwick
  • London Luton

As there is a fixed fee option of £50 from Zone 1 to Heathrow, this means that – after applying the 50% discount – you can get to Heathrow for just £25.  There is no limit to how many discounted rides you can take.

Full details are on their site here.

There is also a separate mytaxi promotion offering 50% off rides after 5pm on Fridays and at weekends, until 3rd September – see here.  Thanks to Mark for this.

LateRooms 18th birthday sale

18% off at LateRooms.com TODAY for their 18th birthday

Discount hotel room site LateRooms.com is 18 today, amazingly.  To celebrate, they will be offering 18% off a wide range of hotels for today only.

I haven’t seen a list of the properties included, but if you need to book something at the moment it is worth a quick look.  The 18th birthday event is here.

7,200 Avios with a £199 Lenovo tablet

Tesco Direct was offering 3,000 bonus Clubcard points (worth 7,200 Avios or 7,500 Virgin miles) with a £199 Lenovo tablet last week.

Unfortunately they had messed up their website and you couldn’t complete check out unless you ordered two tablets!  This has now been fixed but the offer closes today, Monday 14th.

If you’re interested, take a look at this Shopper Points article.

(Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Promos’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

Comments (40)

  • Stuart says:

    Lenovo tablet can be found easily for £50 less, some really poor customer reviews, so that’s bad value and quality for what will be overpriced Clubland points.

  • dom says:

    Hi Rob. I tried to transfer some membership rewards to emirates last night and this morning online, on chat and on the phone but there seems to be a problem as it keeps coming back “Rejected by Participant” . Amex and emirates keep telling me it’s not their fault . I don’t suppose you have any advice on how to resolve this as i would like to book the arsenal box before they are all taken?

    • Rob says:

      No, I did it years ago and can’t remember what happened. Such a situation is often due to the need to add additional zeros to the front of the account number, or to remove the first few digits or remove any letters.

      Amex shows my Emirates account has having 9 characters, so that means ditching the EK at the front of the number.

      • dom says:

        Thanks Rob. I asked amex to change it to 9 digits and it looked like the link was (accepted) but when i tried to make the transfer on the phone and online it kept getting rejected by emirates

  • Graham Walsh says:

    O/T Random note. I needed to get a flight to Seattle this week and I usually book on VA directly online. Looking at the horrendous pricing to the US, I looked on skyscanner and saw a flight £600 cheaper with Virgin and a direct flight. Looked up the company and it was registered in Dublin, so wasn’t comfortable. So started to book the £2.1k Econ Virgin flight and had a thought, what about Amex Travel. They had the same flight and price, so I couldn’t justify the extra £600 by booking directly, so went for the Amex option. Seems that I’m on a U ticket on the way out and L on the way back. Means I’ve no chance of upgrading on the way out, but could do on the way back. Let’s see.

  • DV says:

    mytaxi is a horrible App compared to Hailo which was excellent. I used it twice to book cabs to take me to the station to catch a train. On both occasions the driver cancelled the booking about 15 minutes before he was due to collect me. There was no notice other than a text message, which you may well miss first thing in the morning. Check the reviews for the app on the App Store. It’s a nasty app run by a nasty company, which has effectively eliminated a decent competitor in Hailo. I’ve switched to Gett, which is OK so far.

  • Boon Koh says:

    Tried the Mytaxi from Canary Wharf to City Airport on Tuesday morning. Quoted £20 fixed fare. When I got the receipt, I was charged he full £20.

    An email to customer services resolved it and I was refunded £10 to my credit card.

    Now using it back to Canary Wharf from City, hopefully they have fixed the issue and the discount is automatic…

    • Boon Koh says:

      Just got the email receipt from mytaxi. Automatically included the 50% discount! Bargain price for an airport transfer.

  • Louise E says:

    Well just tried to use the offer at Heathrow and twice had my taxi request cancelled despite 50+ black cabs sitting there. The app also drained my battery. Not impressed and couldn’t find any contact details to let them know. Back to uber it is!

  • Jason says:

    Does anyone know when the 50% mytaxi discount is applied? I can get a £50 fixed fare from LHR T5 to SE1, however no discount is every shown.

  • Wolfy says:

    Could anyone advise how this will work when arriving into Terminal 5 at LHR.

    How does the process work. I book the cab then where do I meet the driver? Does he call me? Has anyone tried going for the 6 seater option?

    Thanks for any help, just a bit nervous whether it will be a nightmare process after arriving from long flight.