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More news in brief as we do a quick tidy up:

‘3’ strikes an interesting deal with easyJet

Mobile network ‘3’ has launched an interesting promotion with easyJet for its ‘pay monthly’ customers.

It is giving its customers free use of easyJet’s ‘hands free’ service.  This allows you to check in your hand baggage at the airport (UK departure airports only) for free.  You also get priority boarding (first group behind those who paid for speedy boarding) and the ‘priority’ return of your bags when you land.

Only ‘3’ customers can do this, for one piece of hand baggage.  Your fellow travellers must pay £5, as do any ‘non-3’ customers who want to take advantage of this.

Is there a market for this?  Not from people like me who take a soft bag on board which would be wrecked if treated as checked baggage.  If you’re the sort of person who takes a small suitcase as hand baggage, it might be worth it.  You’d need to queue up to drop the bag but you wouldn’t have to carry it with you in the airport.

Not sure why you’d give priority boarding to people who do this though …. the whole point of boarding with zero luggage at all must be that you can board last of all?

Full details are on the ‘3’ website here.  Thanks to Daniel for this.

EasyJet Hands Free with 3 mobile

Double Clubcard points on Esso Synergy Supreme+ premium fuels

Tesco and Esso have brought back double Clubcard points with Synergy Supreme + premium fuels.

Until 31st August 2018, filling up your tank with Esso Synergy Supreme+ premium fuels will give you double the standard amount of Clubcard points.  These can be converted into Avios or Virgin Flying Club via the Tesco Clubcard website.

You can read more about this offer and the – complicated – Esso / Clubcard relationship on Shopper Points and on the Esso website.

Heathrow Fast Track

Heathrow Fast Track article

We did an article yesterday on Heathrow now selling Fast Track security access, including Terminal 5.

About once a year I confuse North and South at T5 in an article, and yesterday was the day for 2018 :-).  If you buy Fast Track, you use North Fast Track.  North is the semi-secret one that few people know about, which is directly in front of you when entering T5 from the lifts from the tube.

Sorry for the confusion!

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  1. Grimz says:

    OT, I got a credit limit of just 1500 on my recent BA card but have 6000 on my Gold card, I would prefer it the other way round, has anyone got experience of this the limits being swapped over? Thanks in advance Grimz

    • New Card says:

      You should be able to ask Amex via Live Chat to move £4500 of your credit limit on your Gold card onto your BA card. Can usually do this once every 3 months maximum.

      • Stu N says:

        Yes – but Chat wouldn’t do it for me in May, I had to do it over the phone. They will let you reshuffle your total limit between cards once every six months so have a think about what you want before you call.

  2. David says:

    OT: Paying VAT bill – want to put it on Curve but it’s above my daily limit. Can I pay some today and some tomorrow? Any problems anyone foresees with this? Would get me a decent chunk of HH points if I could start doing this regularly (I know, I’m late to the party…).

  3. Tilly71 says:

    Supposed to be a 50 bonus Clubcard points voucher in the latest esso magazine for purchases of the highlighted fuel, so double points and extra 50 PTS.

    • There is – we’ve tried to find one but can’t, although it is in the online version. Not sure if that is accepted.

      • Peter K says:

        It’s a rubbish offer. You have to buy at least 20l of esso supreme fuel to get the bonus. Not worth it unless you were going to buy it anyway imo.

  4. easyJet have the most generous hand baggage allowance in the business. The main bag is the same size as BA, 56cm x 45cm x 25cm, but with no weight limit plus, for ‘hands free’ customers, a second bag 45cm x 36cm x 20cm, again with no weight limit. The main advantage of checking-in your cabin baggage is liquids! You can pack all your toiletries etc. without the security restrictions and use the second bag for laptop and valuables.

    Anyone like me who has developed many strategies over the years for travelling hand-luggage only with an ‘infinite wardrobe’ appreciate easyJet’s cabin baggage allowance. The ability to check in the main bag for £5 (was £4 when introduced) is the icing on the cake.

    I am with 3 mobile but sadly the promotion does not extend to PAYG customers.

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