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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.

There is also a separate mytaxi promotion offering 50% off rides after 5pm on Fridays and at weekends, until 3rd September.

LateRooms 18th birthday sale

18% off at TODAY for their 18th birthday

Discount hotel room site 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.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

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

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.

Comments (40)

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  • 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.

    • Rob says:

      As per the article, it is applied automatically at the time payment is taken.

  • 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.

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