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News in brief:

50% off mytaxi in London this weekend

mytaxi – the rebranded Hailo app – has been running a ‘weekend only’ promotion over the last couple of weeks giving customers 50% off their rides.

This promotion has been extended to 3rd December which means you can still make the most of this offer this weekend.

Until midnight on Sunday all black cab rides booked via the mytaxi app and paid for with in-app card payment will be half price.

The trip must start and end within London.

If you don’t have a mytaxi account, you will get a £10 first ride credit when you download the app if you use my refer-a-friend code robert.bur1.  You will find an ‘Add Promo Code’ option in the menu.

PS.  It isn’t yet clear when Avios will be returning to mytaxi.  Avios and Hailo had an active partnership before Hailo was sold, and ex-Hailo riders are still receiving Avios for their rides.  mytaxi is not yet allowing new members to earn Avios, however.  It has deals with other airlines in other countries so it is presumably just a matter of time.

1903 lounge Manchester Airport Terminal 3

The premium 1903 Lounge at Manchester Terminal 3 partners with SkyTeam

Earlier in the year, Manchester Airport opened a premium lounge in Terminal 3 called ‘1903’.

Children are banned, groups of more than four people are banned.  It is designed to be a very calm space with high end food and drink.

I reviewed the 1903 Lounge here and liked it a lot.  You can find out more, and book for cash, on the airport website here.

The 1903 Lounge has now done a deal with SkyTeam.  Anyone flying business class on a SkyTeam member airline, such as Air France and KLM, can currently use 1903.  SkyTeam status card holders can also gain access.

It isn’t clear what will happen to any SkyTeam passengers who have children under 16 with them.

This move is a trial for a few weeks due to overcrowding issues at the Escape lounge.

Generous Avis / Emirates Skywards deal launched

Emirates Skywards miles are not so easy to pick up in the UK, so this new deal from Avis is worth a look.

You will receive a whopping 10,000 Emirates Skywards miles when you rent an Avis car for three days or more.  You also get an upgrade on your booking if available at pick up.

There are not many restrictions.  You must book by 10th January and pick up the car by 28th February.  The deal is valid worldwide but you can only earn the bonus once.

If you are collecting Skywards miles, I would value the bonus at £75 – £100.  If you do not normally collect them, the options for smaller sums are more limited.  10,000 miles will get you around £40 of easyJet flight credit or hotel room credit. 

You can also convert them into Heathrow Rewards points, albeit ‘restricted’ points which cannot be converted onwards into other airline miles (6,000 miles = a £20 Heathrow shopping voucher).  An even better option may be for Arsenal football tickets, including the Emirates Skybox.

Full details can be found on this page of the Emirates website.  You MUST book through the dedicated Avis / Emirates booking portal.

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards

How to earn Emirates Skywards miles from UK credit cards (August 2022)

Emirates Skywards does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Emirates Skywards miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

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.

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Emirates Skywards miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Emirates Skywards mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Comments (47)

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  • Keith says:

    O/T is the gold/platinum link still around?

  • Alan says:

    In the Amex Centurion pop-up lounge just now. Fairly busy with Santa photos but plenty of booze and snacks on the go, well worth popping in.

  • Tilly says:

    O/T – how quickly does the companion voucher post to the BAEC once the £10k spend on the card BAPP card is met? My BAPP acct is showing as having met the £10k spend and that I have a companion voucher earnt this morning. How long do I need to wait for it to show in my BAEC acct? The flights I want to book are actually available! Will be just my luck that someone else snaps them up before my voucher arrives.

    • Graham Walsh says:

      It took about a week iirc for it to be in my account.

      • Tilly says:

        Oh dear. Thanks. Someone really will snap up those seats then before i can get in there. They currently have 3 seats available in F outbound on the date we want and 3 available in J on the date we want to return.

    • Tilly says:

      Oh my golly golly gosh! Received an email 1 hour ago, the voucher has already posted to my BAEC! Less than 24 hours I am impressed.

      So have just booked my first ever reward flight. We fly out in F, return in J to Toronto in May.

      Thanks everyone and Rob for all the hints and tips on this site!

      May this be the first of many reward trips.

      Will be looking to book the Hilton or Doubletree on points soon for the trip.

  • Andrew says:

    OT has the band for Mexico changed to band 7? I thought it used to be generously included in band 6 despite being a few miles over.

    • Anna says:

      It might fall into 2 zones depending on which part you’re going to but you’d have to check.

  • Ant says:

    Shop small London. Staying at the Holiday Inn Kensington booked during one of IHG sale and with this stay should now complete all my targets.

    Today used amex at the following, but did not get emails for all:

    Knights Food , Knightsbridge – oyster top
    Vini Italiani, S Kensington – wine
    Rocco Chocs – conveniently have 7 chocolate bars for a tenner
    Venchi on Kings Road and Exhibition Road (used different cards)
    Harleys Pharmacy, S Kensington
    Fernandez & Wells, S Kensington – lunch
    Tabio,Kings Road – socks. I don’t think I received any emails for this
    Amatheus, Brompton Rd – wine
    Handford Wines, S Kensington

    Haynes, Hanson & Clark, Sloane Sqr – wine. This was the only store where we were told Amex was not accepted. But they changed their mind when we said we have no other card or cash.

    anyone has any suggestion for restaurants in the Kensington?

    • Choons says:

      Just out of interest, did you find anything particularly good at Anthony Handford? I’m in town next week and will be making a detour there.

  • Anna says:

    OT – I went to the Post Office today to use the £5 Amex offer. I asked for 20 1st class stamps but they would only sell them in multiples of 12! How can this be right? What if I only wanted one? (I normally get them in books of 6 or 12 from Tesco but surely the main Post Office in town should be able to sell any number of stamps?!)

    • JP says:

      They are talking rubbish you can buy as many or a few as you like. They have pages of all different denominations stamps.

      • JP says:

        Although personally I would buy oneforall cards in the PO and then find corner shops that sell stamps on small shop. 1 book of 6 1st and 1 book of 12 2nd gets you just over £10.

        • Liz says:

          I bought 2 lots of 18 x 2nd class stamps for £10.08 each time. They just tore 2 off the sheet.

    • Pid says:

      Not seen the post office offer on any cards this year, disappointing.

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