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Free Uber rides and Uber Eats meals for NHS staff

Uber is offer 200,000 free £10 rides to NHS and HSC staff over the Christmas period, from 23rd to 27th December.

You can see full details on this page of the Uber website. You need to change the email address on your Uber account to an NHS or HSC one by 20th December, so that on 22nd December you can be emailed a promotional code worth £10 off two rides over the following five days.

There are also 80,000 £10 free meals codes available through Uber Eats. Follow the same process in the Uber Eats app and you will be sent a £10 voucher.

You can sign up for both offers, meaning a total of £30 credit.

You can find out more on the Uber site here.

Virgin Atlantic cancels Delhi and Mumbai routes

Virgin Atlantic cancels two Manchester services

Virgin Atlantic has cancelled its upcoming services from Manchester to Delhi and Mumbai. The two routes, after various bits of jiggling, were finally due to launch in January but Virgin has now pulled the plug.

On the positive side, the new Manchester to Islamabad route launched successfully last week. There were rumours that the service was struggling to get clearance from the Pakistan Government but this seems to have been unfounded.


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Comments (18)

  • Baji Nahid says:

    Oh no, why would they drop DEL and BOM? Thought they would be able to capture the market to America through MAN? Though i wonder, has VS started their flights to America from MAN yet? (aware about the US border closure though) though MAN needs an indian link and VS could have bridged that gap.

    • Rhys says:

      Clearly far less demand to India. I’ve been told the Pakistan routes are doing very well, though.

    • Bob says:

      2 months ago did LHR to DEL on Virgin and only 70 people in economy. Good service and flight as bearable as could be.

  • Jonathan says:

    VA must’ve thought that there was more demand for these routes than what there actually was. Although given the way things have been for most of 2020, it’s a tough estimate to make on how many of their seats will be filled

    • Nick says:

      I doubt Virgin Australia gives a fig how these routes are doing. Virgin Atlantic (VS) has much more to care about.

      • RussellH says:

        Perhaps we should annotate – VA(abbr) / VS(iata) for you?
        It is always quite clear from the context which airline is being talked about.
        🙂
        Much more annoying (I find), is people who use LH for longhaul when (obviously) it really means Lufthansa.
        But, being intelligent, I can usually work out the meaning.
        We all have far more important things to wory about.

  • ben says:

    israel to start flights to morocco soon, so good stopover

  • twoclicks says:

    Regarding Royal Air Maroc, tbh, I am a bit worried. Social media posts are just a litany of complaints about them losing luggage with less than impressive responses. Is this just a bad impression? Or any truth in it?

  • Alastair says:

    To update some of the Royal Air Maroc info in this article…

    It looks like these new Agadir and Marrakech routes are being sold as Gatwick, not Heathrow. This makes a little more sense, as I would imagine they are leisure-heavy. It isn’t clear to me if there is a BA codeshare, or if BA will ever resume LGW-RAK in addition. RAM operates from North at Gatwick, which is useful as it’s the terminal that’s currently open; again, unclear if that was the reason for the decision or just a happy coincidence. Oddly, BA does list LGW-AGA in its Tier Point calculator earning (80 each way) Tier Points but zero Avios which is presumably a mistake.

    The published RAM fares are still wildly uncompetitive, although I notice the welcome addition of a new fare description “Business Essential” for discounted I class. However, at £450 roundtrip they are still not remotely in Tier Point run territory. And at £160 in W class you’d be better off booking easyJet with all the trimmings. Still, a step in the right direction.

    I imagine RAM is keeping some LHR slots warm for BA with is CMN-LHR and will return to LGW at some point in the future for all its routes, but who knows.

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