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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.  More info can be found here.

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.

Comments (47)

  • Neil says:

    I was in the Escape lounge last week and they were redirecting KLM status people to the 1903 lounge – this has taken a lot of congestion away from Escape and I heard the staff proudly stating that they hadn’t had to turn any Priority Pass people away since the change was made the previous Thursday.

    The Manchester lounges are notoriously difficult to get into with Priority Pass so this is a great move by the airport (for me on my Flybe flights anyway!)

  • Bagoly says:

    Does anybody know how long one actually has to keep the car for these “three day” deals?
    Obviously one has to pay for three days.
    But if one pre-pays, how early can one bring back the car?
    50 hours would work – that get’s charged 3 days.
    But 30 hours? 1 hour??

  • AndyR says:

    OT How long does the Lounge Club card from Amex Gold usually take to arrive? Been 10 days since I received my Amex Gold. PP with Amex Plat is usually very quick.

  • Rob says:

    Thanks, will amend.

  • the real harry1 says:

    O/T anybody got anything decent planned to kick off Shop Small?

    I’m just getting in 3 or 6 pints in a pub & that’s it for today 🙂

    might get the fish & chips in if my wife is prepared to drive us there

    • JamesB says:

      Moderation Harry…you need to stay sober enough to remember which cards you have used when and where.

      • Liz says:

        If you have the same shop in 2 locations does that count as one store or two for SS?

        Been out and done 8 transactions this morning – only 4 emails received. My wee card shop has recently changed hands but they still take Amex and are on the SS list. Will need to see if the credits post.

        • JP says:

          Note that only pin transactions get the email, contactless do not although will credit fine.

        • Choons says:

          Hi, a couple of years ago I did this with a store that had a wine shop and then a kitchen utensils place across the road. It only registered once in terms of the email sent and should normally count as just a single shop. I contacted Amex as I did not know the two shops had the same owner and they gave me the other GBP5 credit, would not want to do that across multiple cards though.

    • David says:

      Wine Barrel in Hove is participating, and the proprietor is more than happy to put each bottle of wine through in separate transactions 🙂

      • Liz says:

        We have a nice wine shop over in St Andrews and they have another store in Cupar. I want to buy for hubby and MIL so wondered if it would be classed as the same shop so I can do more transactions. Might not work.

        • JP says:

          Different branch is a different store for shop small as long as both are listed on shop small individually. So you use all your cards in each branch and qualify.

          Years ago all Hotel Chocolate branches were on shop small when it was spend £5 get £5 back. Just raided each branch for about £30 of chocolate each time… Those were the days, loved the free money amex shop small!

        • Liz says:

          Thanks for that – I just checked and it is only showing in St Andrews so that answers my question!

    • Andrew says:

      Did a quick run around The Covered Market in Oxford today.

      Freshly Ground Coffee from Cardews
      Chocolates from IScream
      & Bambi Pies from Pieminister

  • Gavin says:

    Off topic, saw a Beemer with the number plate FLY747J on the M4 yesterday heading toward Heathrow. Wondered if it belongs to any HFP reader?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT Rocked up to the Centurion Lounge and not booked. There was brunch with Santa for people that booked. They said they would fit us in for 1hr. My boys got to see Santa and present too.

    Staff are very good. Really impressed

    • Louise says:

      Was in there yesterday and was impressed too. I clogged up the hashtag for lots of free pictures!

      • Graham Walsh says:

        I realised that if I used Instagram it would print two out as I have my Instagram linked to my twitter account 🙂

  • Kevin says:

    Download the app and sign up but can’t see any option of refer-a-friend code that I can put your supplied code -robert.bur1