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News in brief:

Rolling Luggage competition winner

Two weeks ago we launched a great competition in association with Rolling Luggage.

Rolling Luggage is the latest company to join forces with Avios and to celebrate the partnership they kindly offered a Cosmolite suitcases set to give away to one of our readers.

The lucky winner is: Adrian L.

Happy travels with your new set of suitcases!

As a reminder you can collect Avios with every purchase online and in Rolling Luggage’s UK stores.

Customers must be members of British Airways Executive Club, AerClub or Avios Travel Rewards Programme (including Flybe)

You will earn 5 Avios per £1 spent

Customers will be awarded 1,000 bonus Avios on their first purchase at Rolling Luggage online or in store with a minimum spend of £100.

If the customer makes a second purchase online or in store within 12 months of the first purchase, 750 bonus Avios will be awarded with a minimum spend of £50.

You can check out their impressive selection on their website here.  If you entered the competition and asked to be added to the Rolling Luggage email list, you should be receiving your 10% discount code in the next couple of weeks.

Up to 15% off Charles Tyrwhitt shirts – and earn Avios

Shirt company Charles Tyrwhitt – also an Avios partner – is offering up to 15% off everything until Sunday.

15% off minimum spend £100 with code JUMP

12% off minimum spend £75 with code MOVE

10% off minimum spend £50 with code STRETCH

These offers expire on Sunday 15th October and are only valid once per customer.

Tyrwhitt is an Avios partner and you will also earn 4 points per £1 on your shopping, either instore or online – add your number on the checkout page.  The site is here and the current clearance offers are here.

Avios Charles Tyrwhitt

Some bedtime reading ….

If you’re looking for something to read in bed this week, there is an interesting new paper out from the Oxford Internet Institute, part of the University of Oxford.

It is called “Hacking Code/Space: Confounding the Code of Global Capitalism”.  At least one of the authors is a HfP reader I believe.

It starts off sounding quite fun:

It is based on over ten years experience that both of us have in ‘hacking’ frequent flyer systems. In the paper, we draw on examples as varied as the time that I bought about 50 kilos of cheese (picture below to prove it), or Matt bought 2000 $1 coins: all just to accumulate frequent flyer miles.

Although it soon becomes clear that it could be a tougher read than you imagine:

In the paper, we argue that while these sorts of practices are fun (and allowed us both something approaching unlimited mobility over the last few years), they have important (and more sinister) implications for what Doreen Massey refers to as ‘power geometries’. 

And then, frankly, gets a little confusing:

The global airline network is a key code/space of contemporary global capitalism and, like other core networks, relies upon a heavy degree of algorithmic (albeit non-hegemonic) governance. Crucially this analysis shows that the encoded rules and algorithms of airlines are potentially malleable via the practices of hackers that “offer an abstract negation that doesn’t already fit into a binary computation” (Shaw and Graham 2017); they refuse to act in the ways that algorithms and systems define as normal. These efforts demonstrate that the very complexity of code/spaces can render systems designed for hegemonic control porous and susceptible to subversion by those it was meant to restrict. The diverse and colorful examples from airline hacking highlight both the myriad ways a system has been turned towards unintended purposes and the creative (and time consuming) methods some will use to manipulate code/space for their own goals. In short, these transgressions demonstrate that we need not do everything that the machines tell us to do.

To be clear, the case of airline hackers is not necessarily a subversive or even democratic activity as the motivations and effects are focused on personal gain. Encoded rules often exist for good reason, and thus, hacking is not inherently emancipatory (Mott and Roberts, 2014) and has the potential to undermine well-intentioned and socially beneficial systems. However, our analysis demonstrates how playful, trangressive, and mischievous approaches can repurpose and recreate the code/spaces of airlines and beyond.

You can download the full paper, free, here.

Comments (68)

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  • Rash says:

    OT: We’re Considering a Feb trip to Bali with two young ones. Can I ask folks who have been before for hotel recommendations? The only hotel status I have if it helps is Hilton Diamond.

    Thanks in advance:)

    • Genghis says:

      We did the Conrad at Easter which is excellent. Hook up with me on twitter or FT @genghis1232 and I’ll send you the link to my TA review (or just find it – it’ll be one of the more detailed ones from May 17 where I detail Diamond benefits).

    • Leo says:

      We were at the IC and the Alila Ubud in March. Both great hotels but the weather was rubbish. Check the historic forecasts for Feb before you book. I didnt check this assuming it would be similar to Thailand wrong! It’s a long way to go to sit in the rain. I also found Bali weirdly expensive.

      • Rash says:

        Thankyou Leo, this was an issue also worrying me. I’ll research a bit more before committing.

  • Paul says:

    O/T for general information if people do not know. I ordered a phone from the Eitihad shop as I had points expiring I knew this was not the best use of the points but got a lot worse when I got a DHL request for 128 pounds tax. The pre installed card would have been much better
    Live and learn

    • AS1 says:

      Oh you must have selected UAE as the country (or it is pre-selected). You need to change it to the UK. I ordered a phone as well but it came from a UK company so no tax

  • AS1 says:

    I have an expiring Melia hotels offer on my platinum card. Has anyone managed to trigger this offer with a prepaid reservation? Looking unlikely I would be able to stay before the offer expires.

  • Scott says:

    Grumpy me, but fed up reading hints and tips described as “hacking”.
    Getting into Avios’ systems and transferring loads of points to your account is hacking, taking advantage an offer is not!

    • the real harry1 says:

      ‘hack’ can often be used these days in the sense of ‘life hack’ so is probably not as OTT as you might think

      but you’re not wrong… rather silly usage

      • Rob says:

        It also annoys me and I kept away from it. However …. you need to move with the times and I do use it on a couple of pages of the site. It doesn’t appear in the articles though.

  • Scottydogg says:

    OT , does Gatwick South arrivals not have any arrivals lounge for BA Club europe / Club World ? i done a quick google search and read how they closed one down in 2013 . Is there anything else in place now ?

    • Rob says:


    • Alan says:

      Sadly they closed down their nearby arrival hotel deal a few years ago. Nothing now, which is annoying for those of us connecting to a domestic flight rather than just going home. Presumably BA assume only London-based leisure travellers from LGW…

  • rams1981 says:

    OT new Amex layout a disaster. Still not worked out how to copy over offers from other cards. Anyone know?

    • Genghis says:

      Yes. Offer added just this morning. Just use Steve’s advice from last Tue but copy and paste the first bit from an account (a supp) using the old look.

      • the real harry1 says:

        [Our informant’s first point is emphasizing the need to keep the fare secret; there are cracks in code/space but if they are pushed too wide and used by too many people, they will cease to exist.]

        @Genghis – ran into small problem with PayPoint/ Co-Op/ Halifax/ c/b – till refused to do £150+£150, most it could do was £200 so I settled for that, strange as I have done more than that elsewhere – £20 to me 🙂

        @rams1981 – you got a HUKD a/c for PM?

        Also, 500 bonus Avios has been redeemed on my Gold card, try finding them though – today’s £5 should be fine on any a/c

      • Temp says:

        Genghis – how do you get back to the old look? I can only see new site with no ability to copy offer ids (I don’t have any supps).

        My twitter is tempcheck01 if best offline. Cheers

    • Rob says:

      Can’t be done AFAIK

    • Scott says:

      I’ve been moved to the new layout today for both my Amex Gold and BAPP. I had previously manually ‘forced’ the Tesco 500 Avios offer onto both cards, and had made a qualifying spend on the BAPP, albeit had received no confirmation the offer had been successfully redeemed (this may be explained by the fact it was a contactless transaction.)
      However, today on the new layout, although the offer still shows as applied to my Gold card, it’s gone completely from the BAPP. Do I contact Amex, and risk blowing this “hack” (!) wide open?

      • Alan says:

        I’m not quite sure why you would contact Amex to say that an undocumented quirk of the system you made use of didn’t work for you?!

        I must say nothing posted for me from redeeming offer on SPG card, but not planning to chase!

        • Genghis says:

          You win some, you lose some.

        • Scott says:

          But would Amex know I had forced the offer on, if I just told them I had it and it’s now disappeared? Funny it’s gone from the card I used it on, but still there on the one I hadn’t used yet.

          • Alan says:

            If it’s an Avios offer on a non-Avios card they would. Personally I take the view that it’s a bonus if it works but not something to go chasing if it doesn’t.

  • Kipto says:

    BA Amex clarification. If upgrading from the free BA card to the BA Premium Plus Card I take it you apply for the card online and Amex will know you have free card and transfer the, in my case £9900 of qualifying spend for the companion voucher, over to the Premium Plus Card ? I will then cancel in a few weeks and revert back to the free card.

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