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News in brief:

Aer Lingus to stop storing payment cards

I got an interesting email from Aer Lingus yesterday saying that it was deleting the credit card details that I had stored in my Aer Club account profile.

It said:

We are making changes to how we store account holder’s payment card details across and the Aer Lingus app.

As of 7th April, you will no longer be able to use saved payment card details to make purchases with us or save new payment card details to your account in the future.

These changes are being made to meet the highest industry standards in payment card fraud prevention and to meet our commitment to PCI (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) compliance.

I’m not entirely clear if Aer Lingus is actually saying: “our IT is rubbish and doesn’t meet modern security standards, so we can’t look after your credit card details any longer” or if it is genuinely taking a pragmatic stance that the risk vs reward trade-off is no longer worth it.

The large fines dished out to British Airways and Marriott over data breaches may be a factor here. I would imagine that a company is less likely to face major punishment if a breach only revealed frequent flyer and email details as opposed to payment card numbers.

Dell XPS discounts

A quick deal for any American Express Business Gold or Platinum cardholders who have yet to use their Dell cashback.

Until 12th April, there are additional discounts on the new 2021 versions of the flagship XPS series, as used in the HfP office by Rhys and Anika:

There is no specific offer on the XPS 15 but you should get the standard 14% sale discount using code SAVE14SB.

This discounts will stack with your £50 (Business Gold) or £75 (Business Platinum) cashback, plus – if you are targetted – the additional Amex offer of 10% back on any Dell purchase up to £750. It will add up to a decent saving.

Remember that you MUST opt-in to the Dell £50 / £75 half-yearly rebates via this page of the Amex website.

Comments (18)

  • Charlie says:

    Dell XPS 13 is standard issue laptop at my work, they recently deployed hundreds of them to staff.

    Really really good screen, not touch screen but the very large touchpad allows gestures that let you zoom and scroll easily like an iPad.

    • patrick C says:

      You can get it with touch as well, but less battery life due to 4k
      Easily yje best laptop on the market bar none and an excellent alternative to mac where the hardware is overpriced and the OS is really a decade behind…

      • Rob says:

        I have a 15 incher and never got on with it (Rhys and Anika are very happy with theirs). First reason is that they are tediously dull pieces of equipment, giving you the look of a photocopier salesman. I subsequently bought multiple HP Spectre laptops which are substantially funkier.

        Second reason is that the rubbery carbon fibre-style surround picks up oil from your fingers and never comes fully clean. Can’t knock the build or screen quality though.

  • Lynn says:

    I have just received an email notifying me that the World Premier Credit card fees are being waived this year

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