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Bits: 75% off a £20 mytaxi voucher with Groupon, Tesco / LEGO Avios deal, back at Hilton Bournemouth

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News in brief:

Good Groupon deal: 75% off your next mytaxi ride

There is a good deal on Groupon at the moment from London taxi app mytaxi.  For £5, new and existing customers can get £20 of mytaxi credit.

The website description is not very well written.  The deal is not just for new users.  I bought a voucher on Friday and applied it to my existing and heavily used mytaxi account and it processed OK.

The small print states that the credit expires on 31st July 2018 (when you redeem it actually says 1st August) and is limited to one code per person.  You can, however, buy a further 10 as gifts.

The code is available for immediate use once you have paid.  The credit is used in full against your next ride so be careful – you won’t get the full £20 of value if you use it for a short trip.

The Groupon deal is here.


New Tesco Direct / LEGO offer

Tesco Direct has brought back its Tesco Clubcard bonus deal with a large selection of LEGO which gives you a chance to pick up Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles along with the toys.

Until 14th May you will get:

  • 500 extra Clubcard points (1200 Avios, 1250 Virgin miles) when you spend £30+
  • 1000 extra Cubcard points (2400 Avios, 2500 Virgin miles) when you spend £60+

Full details in this Shopper Points article.

Hilton Bournemouth

Back at Hilton Bournemouth …..

I reviewed the new(ish) Hilton Bournemouth last year – see here.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend I went back, taking the family this time.

After another three days there, I want to repeat that this is an excellent hotel and, by the standards of UK seaside hotels, a minor miracle.

I didn’t get a suite upgrade this time but they had arranged interconnecting rooms for us which were as pleasantly decorated.  As a Hilton Honors Diamond we got access to the decent Executive Lounge and free breakfast in the restaurant.  A Hilton Gold would get free breakfast.

I also got to try the swimming pool this time.  With a depth of 1.2m it is just right for older kids (my 7-year old is 1.4m) and there is a connected jacuzzi.  The pool was heated and warmer than 90% of hotel pools I have used.

The only thing I would say is that the rooftop bar – which I only saw in darkness last year as it was October when we went – is a bit less impressive in daylight.

The location remains EXCELLENT.  You are two minutes walk to the pier and beach.  If you can’t face the Bank Holiday crowds there is plenty of other stuff to do such as the excellent Russell-Cotes museum and gallery and, if you get the bus to Poole from the pier, boat trips around Sandbanks, Brownsea Island and Poole Harbour.

And the great benefit of a points redemption, of course, is that it can be cancelled at short notice should the Bank Holiday weather not prove to be as pleasant as it was last weekend!  The Hilton Bournemouth website is here.

How to earn Hilton Honors points via UK credit cards

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Hilton Honors points.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for the latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios from current offers and promotions.)

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  1. Lady London says:

    Good tip about the “by the standards of UK seaside hotels, [the Hampton Bournemouth is… ] a minor miracle. If you think Bournemouth is a test of the standards of UK seaside hotels, wait till you try Blackpool. Luckily if anyone’s interested, Hampton are building one in Blackpool too. I do have to go to Blackpool once or twice a year, so I can’t wait.

    • xcalx says:

      Always stay at the Preston Marriott when visiting Blackpool. Would never consider the Hilton due to it seen as the UKs worst Hilton. No lounge but free breakfast and a couple of drinks vouchers for golds.

  2. Darren says:

    Myself and my wife both have PRG Amex charge cards and are about to cancel both. Is the Platinum upgrade for 20,000 MR still available with the change from charge to credit? Can’t find a link on my acc.

    Is there a better strategy for maximising points?

  3. We’ve now got mytaxi in Nottingham and upon using them with their 50% off for the fist month that they are in cooperation with the city council and only use Black cabs. The normal fare on our hackney cabs is about £2.00 at least more expensive than the private firms and they are always reluctant to turn on the heating in the back.
    So we used them for the first month but I then deleted the app.
    I’ll stick to Uber and use my Tesco Clubcard points to get 3 times the value

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