Generous 40% or £100 cashback deal launched by American Express and FREE NOW / mytaxi

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Of all the pointless rebrands I’ve seen recently, the clear winner is FREE NOW.  For some reason, the mytaxi black cab app – owned by BMW and Daimler – decided that being called mytaxi was clearly too obvious and easy to remember, so switched to FREE NOW …..

I know this is now a pan-European brand, but I’m not sure that FREE NOW necessarily works better in multiple European languages than mytaxi.  I didn’t even have a problem with Hailo, the original UK name.

It looks like the bodged rebrand has an upside, however.  In an attempt to win your business from taxi apps with more sensible names, FREE NOW is offering many Amex customers either 40% cashback on all rides OR £100 for taking 10 rides until 14th December.

FREE NOW 40% american express discount

You need to see if either of these offers is showing on the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page, and save it to your card.

I have both versions.  My Platinum card has ‘40% cashback on an unlimited number of rides’ and my British Airways Premium Plus card has ‘£100 back when you take 10 rides’.  The latter is better for us as we do a lot of £10 – the minimum fare – rides to school and back.

With two months to take advantage, this could work out very nicely indeed.  It could even swing regular Uber X users over to black cabs.

If you don’t already have a FREE NOW account, using Rhys’ promo code of ‘rhys.jon’ after downloading the app will earn you £5 credit.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the 10 best reasons to get the free American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card.

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  1. The BA173 is showing as a B744 in January instead of a B772. Maybe the flight changes or the timetable hasn’t been updated fully?

    • TGLoyalty says:

      I actually thought it was meant to be the 1.30 flight which arrives around 4pm but perhaps there was a last min change.

    • Just checked EF and it seems that the B772 with the Club Suite changes to the BA177 from 31 October and then to the BA175 from December.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        This is the info from Fylertalk

        “London Heathrow – New York JFK
        eff 27OCT19 BA177/174 Various frequencies
        eff 02NOV19 BA115/176 1 weekly (Except Feb 2020)
        eff 09DEC19 BA175/116 Various frequencies
        02JAN20 – 20FEB20 BA173/112 2 weekly
        eff 23FEB20 BA179/182 1 weekly”

  2. for some reason it doesn’t recognise my old ID and password and the AL competition sign up from last week wasn’t recognising my password either. But attempting to reset password on site doesn’t yield any reset emails. Anyone else having this problem?

  3. OT: can anyone suggest how to get back to the midlands on a Sunday evening at 9pm from London city?
    I’d hire a car but I am not sure if anything is open at 9pm at LCY?
    Any suggestions greatly received, it’s 2 adults and 2 children

    • Virgin Trains operate a regular service from Euston.

    • Lady London says:

      Hire a car on your outward journey and leave it at lcy ready for your return?
      Arrange with someone like Enterprise that will, for a fee, deliver the car to you?
      Stay a night in a hotel there and continue on next morning with car from airport or delivered to/ arranged by hotel?
      Or… gasp… bring own car to airport?

    • Where in the Midlands?

      It’s a vast area from Oxford in the South through to Derby in the North, Hereford in the West and Grimsby in the East

      The Tube runs all through the night from Victoria to Oxford.

      • Mary Berry says:

        Grimsby in the Midlands?!!! lol Never heard of coastal Yorkshire and the Ridings and east of england being called the midlands before.

  4. Received an email from IHG offering to double my Accelerate bonus points if I complete all of my offers. Is this new or did I miss something?

    • My bonus is equal to the sum of the individual offers.

      Would be nice if it were doubled again!

    • Nice, no such luck here; probably doesn’t pay to lock in reservations required to complete accelerate before we have to.

  5. OT: Amex Marriott offer is cumulative. I have two transactions at the same hotel summing up to £200+ and the offer now says “redeemed” in the app.

  6. OT – IHG Accelerate. Do accelerate bonus points count towards Spire target? Seperately, if I have booked two rooms for the same night will this count as two nights for accelerate targets? Thanks

    • No

      • To both questions?

        • No to the first. The second is more interesting and complex (see but in connection with accelerate I would say No.

          • Thanks – will see how it plays out. Stayed last night with a colleague hence the two rooms. Welcome points credited already for both rooms (and drinks vouchers received at check-in) Shows as effectively two reservations in my online account and two lots of base points and elite points to be credited. Will keep an eye on Accelerate as it would mean hitting 3 of the targets and triggering 10K bonus points.

          • Interesting, please report back on this Grant. Accelerate targets now updating remarkably well on same day as stay points post so I guess you will know as soon as tomorrow.

    • No to both questions, had two rooms last week, got welcome bonus and Spire bonus for both rooms but only one Accelerate night. Overlapping stay that what they call it.

  7. Shoestring says:

    Gatwick-Antalya (Turkey) just added to the BA summer 2020 schedule

    great availability on Avios bookings though there are some noticeable gaps esp May half term 23-31 May, unless you pinch a day (these dates are not available for cash either, so I think they are genuine gaps)

    or pay cash from £64 EW, including peak summer if you get in quick

  8. Shoestring says:

    Wow – cheap week (or a few days) self catering in a beautiful part of Cornwall, a week works out £23/ day for 2 sharing (£23 is the price for 2) –

    Still very warm down here if you can get down in October

    • Shoestring says:

      and spring comes a month earlier in Cornwall compared to (say) the Midlands up, so the same price in March looks a steal, it can be very pleasant weather most years and all the great houses & NT properties will be in full spring flower by w/c 16th March

    • Seems too cheap – book 7 nights for £23/nt?

      Any experience with the discount website? If the property is available at such a discounted rate, it would make me worried they were in financial trouble and may not be around to fulfill my booking.

      • Shoestring says:

        just book on a credit card, over £100, great protection

        smaller amount: chargeback should see you OK

        it’s cheap but these places need to keep ticking over in the off season

  9. O/T: Did we have a winner of 1M Avios in the Monese competition?

  10. Can you use an Argos gift card in a Argos store to purchase other gift cards?

    Also, can this be done with a boots gift card in a boots store?

    • Charlieface says:

      Boots definitely not (who remembers 3V??). Argos probably not but not tried.
      Would love to know about the supermarkets though.

  11. Mark of a great rebrand: having to put the old brand in brackets…

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