News in brief:
£5 Uber code not working?
Last weekend we published a code, publicly showing on Uber’s Facebook page, offering £5 off your next two rides.
There were no issues with registering and the offer showed (and still shows) in your Uber account as active. The code was disabled for new registrants on Monday, however.
I’ve had a few emails from readers this week saying that the £5 code is not triggering. It isn’t clear why – is there a secret minimum spend? Has Uber made an IT error? Did they pull the code after it was circulated more widely than expected? One reader was told that it had reached the target number of uses.
Whatever the answer, I do not recommend taking an Uber trip purely because you have a £5 coupon showing. If you are taking a trip anyway and the code works, great, but do not go out of your way to use Uber until we have some clarity.
Virgin Atlantic boosts services from Manchester to Barbados
Following our piece the other day about Virgin Atlantic putting a new A350 – with the new Upper Class Suite – on the Heathrow to Barbados route from December, there is more news.
Manchester to Bridgetown will increase to four weekly flights from 23rd December, and to five weekly flights from 5th January.
Remember that you do not need to quarantine on your return from Barbados, and at present there are no restrictions on entry as long as you arrive with a negative covid test.
If you do not want to pay for a test in the UK, you can take a free test on arrival as long as you stay at participating hotels and do not mix with others for 24 hours.
The Barbados hotel deal I mentioned on Thursday still seems to be available (EDIT: Now SOLD OUT, sorry.) Travelzoo has a very strong offer for the Fairmont Royal Pavilion – see here, and there is a picture above. You save over 50% and suites are included. I stayed here about 15 years ago and it is on a lovely stretch of beach. The voucher is fully refundable if you end up not going. Click here to learn more.
PS. Virgin Atlantic is also boosting services from Heathrow to Montego Bay in Jamaica. From 23rd December, flights will increase from three to five per week. The route uses a Boeing 787-9, so you will get a new aircraft but with the old style Upper Class seat.
Large new Pret opens in Heathrow Terminal 2
If you are flying through Heathrow Terminal 2 soon – and this includes Virgin Atlantic passengers for the time being – you can now get a snack at a large new branch of Pret which opened this week.
I can’t tell from the picture exactly where it is. It could have taken over the John Lewis unit which was being closed down.
I am in Terminal 2 on Tuesday so I will take a look.