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Bits: No more Avios from Pizza Express?, Primera drops Birmingham-Boston, use your luggage allowance for a good cause

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News in brief:

Pizza Express removed from Avios and BA site

The direct partnership between Avios and Pizza Express seems to have been a short one.

Pizza Express was originally working with loyalty app Bink to allow you to collect Avios via their platform.  Avios then dropped Bink and allowed members to collect Avios directly at Pizza Express by simply registering their credit card via the Avios estore.

It looks like this partnership has come to an end.  You can still find the dedicated Pizza Express page on but once you click the link to register the company is no longer there. We could also not find anything on the BA website.

PS.  Debenhams appears to have disappeared as well …..

Primera drops Birmingham – Boston before it even launches

Before the route even launched, Primera has dropped its proposed low-cost Birmingham – Boston service.

The four times weekly service was set to launch on 22nd June 2018 but if you look at the Primera website now, you can no longer book.  It looks like you can still book Birmingham – Newark as well as Birmingham – Toronto.

Primera also seems to have had second thoughts about their food pricing (meals are not included).  Primera was charging a ludicrous amount for their on-board dining with the premium fish meal being £60 and a standard infant meal £30.  A quick look at their website shows that the airline has come to its senses with the fish meal now £30 and the infant meal £12.  Not that I think there will be many takers at £30 either.

Use your spare luggage allowance to help others

Next time you have some space left in your luggage you can use it to help community projects around the world.

One of our readers sent us a link to the non-profit organisation Pack for a Purpose which lists projects and specifically requested items in various locations all over the world.  You are encouraged to pack a few items in your hold luggage – often school supplies such as crayons, maps, calculators etc – when travelling to these destinations to hand over on arrival. It’s definitely something worth considering next time your suitcase is only half full.

A list of all destinations supported by Pack for a Purpose is here.

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  1. OT – I introduced my BAPP to ALDI this morning, can confirm it’s now accepted even in my Northern backwater!

    • Sorry, Powerhouse ????

    • Popping in today so will give it a try. Their coffee beans aren’t too bad and cheaper than elsewhere so I have an Aldi latte each morning 🙂

  2. O/T but am I the only one who has a partner who hates airport lounges? We have platinum cards so have access to priority pass lounges but my OH prefers to walk around the shops and eat in either the restaurants or fast food places in the airport. He doesn’t drink alcohol so that doesn’t draw him to lounge and the food offerings are usually very poor.

    • Mrs W sometimes actively avoids anything to do with points & miles depending on how much she wants to annoy me at that particular time.

    • If you ever go to USA try him in a Centurion Lounge, of which there are few. They are in a completely different league; I agree most lounges are disappointing (on a small sample).

    • If they are too crowded I prefer to walk around too, or find a quiet empty gate area to sit in peace. On a short connection to/from a longhaul flight I also prefer to walk around to rushing to a lounge only to spend more time sitting.

    • I love them for a sit down and diet coke…. My wife prefers to shop for every moment before boarding. Because we struggle to find things to buy living in London and having superfast wifi.

    • Give him your shopping list then! My OH loves alcohol and massages so would never turn down a lounge visit.

      • I like a wee glass of wine so I sit in the lounge and rest my legs while he shops = win win 🙂

  3. Jovanna says:

    OT: Avis bonus Virgin Flying Club. I did a 6 day rental (Group C) with Avis recently from Heathrow. I was expecting 6000 miles under the current Virgin promotion but only the standard 1000 + 100 miles have posted. Will the difference post later or I have missed something? I booked through my App, so didn’t follow any particular link. Was there a specific AWD that I should have entered? I think there was one already applied – 20% off winter promotion. Has that messed things up?

    • I would wait a week and then submit a claim to Virgin.

      • jovanna says:

        I put my hands up – I’ve made a mistake. These mikes are for a Hertz rental that I made a day or two before.

        • I’m trying my first Avis/virgin promo rental tonight and I’ll let you know how they post

        • Michael Jennings says:

          Yes, me too. I’m in Portugal and a two day group C rental cost 21 euros. Absurdly good deal if the points post.

  4. OT – when using Tesco Clubcard vouchers to make a booking on, after you click on the link to the website, make sure you log into your account before making the booking. You will then be able to access any discounted prices you have been offered as a member (this has just saved me another £20 on a booking). If you don’t log in, you will be charged the higher prices open to non-members.

  5. Scallder says:

    OT – there’s an offer in BA’s Club (online) magazine this month for the Intercontinental in HK. 4 nights for 3 and a guaranteed upgrade to Harbour views with Club access for 2. Valid from 1st March to 29th December (with some blackout dates). Haven’t looked at full T&C’s but might help some people out here…

    • That is a decent deal with the harbour view and Club, to be honest, despite the construction on both sides.

  6. oOOH! Thank you Anna.

  7. OT: Sadly, still no tesco conversion bonus, clubcard to avios is ‘win a share of 1 million avios’ , expires in 25 days.

  8. Great tip, thanks Anna.

  9. O/T again, I need to contact IHG about an accelerate query. What is the best contact email or phone number? I am spire elite if that makes a difference?

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