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News: Fever-Tree bar opens at Edinburgh Airport, good Accor promo for its German hotels

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News in brief:

Fever-Tree opens its first branded bar in Edinburgh Airport

If you’re passing through Edinburgh Airport soon, look out for the new Fever-Tree cafe and bar.

You can, we are told, choose from interesting combinations such as:

  • Espresso & Tonic – a double shot of coffee served over Fever-Tree Premium Indian Tonic
  • Chorizo cooked in Fever-Tree Ginger Beer and sherry vinegar
  • Scottish Smoked Salmon Flight: Hendrick’s Gin cured smoked salmon, Glenfiddich cured salmon, lemon crème fraîche, pickles and a selection of bread
Fever-Tree bar and cafe at Edinburgh Airport

Get double or triple Accor points on German stays

This is a niche offer, but if it applies to you then you could nicely out of it.

Accor Live Limitless, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman, Mercure, Ibis etc, is offering a Summer-long bonus points offer in Germany.

You will receive TRIPLE points on 2+ night midweek stays (arriving on a Sunday to Thursday) and double points on a 2+ night stay arriving on a Friday or Saturday. You can register here.

Our article on what we think Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here. 1 point is worth 2 Eurocents off your next booking, although you need to redeem in chunks of 2,000 points.

The standard earn rate at most brands is 2.5 points per €1. Triple base points means 7.5 points per €1. This means 15 Eurocents of free stays for every €1 you spend, pre-tax, which is a decent return. Anyone with elite status will earn even more.

You can also transfer your Accor points to Avios although you lose value compared to using them for a discount on a future stay. Do NOT transfer to BA because the rate is 2:1 – transfer to Iberia Plus at 1:1 and then use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across to the Executive Club.

The offer runs to 26th August and you MUST register before booking via this link. You can only earn the bonus once.

Here is a short review of the funky Pullman Berlin hotel if you’re looking for ideas. If you want to learn more about Accor Live Limitless, our full review of the scheme is here.

Accor Live Limitless update – September 2022:

Earn bonus Accor points: Accor is not currently running a global promotion

New to Accor Live Limitless?  Read our overview of Accor Live Limitless here and our article on points expiry rules here. Our analysis of what Accor Live Limitless points are worth is here.

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from Accor and the other major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Comments (34)

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  • Mjshort says:

    Virgin app wanted £1 booking fee for a collection from the station.
    I don’t think the points are worth it for a cheap journey

    • Mike Ward says:

      But easy to avoid the charge by using an e-ticket or printing at home?

      • John says:

        TVMs just need to be able to print e-tickets and then that will stop all the whiners, they can then “collect” their tickets like normal.

        Note that unlike a traditional ticket where the card or paper is the ticket, and if you lose or damage it you need a new one, an eTicket is a database record and can be printed infinite times as well as displayed on as many devices as you want.

        (An m-ticket is an inferior implementation of a ticket that must be displayed in the app where it was bought, and activated to travel, and if your phone dies so does your ticket.)

        • Nick says:

          E-tickets are also not available on any itinerary that involves London Underground – either a cross-London transfer or a Travelcard. I don’t agree with charging a booking fee when e-tickets are not even available to avoid it.

        • Save East Coast Rewards says:

          That’s how it works in Italy. If I buy a ticket from the machine the paper ticket is actually an eticket and if I scan my loyalty card that ticket will automatically appear in my app so I can use my phone, the paper ticket or even just give the PNR to the guard. If I go to the desk to change the ticket then these changes also automatically appear in the app. GB ticketing is antiquated in comparison

      • ChrisC says:

        Not all tickets can be issued as e-tickets though and have to be printed such as those that include one day travel cards for London.

        And when I looked booking with them last week via their app for two trips it wasn’t possible to combine them into one purchase so that would have been multiple booking fees.

        I used used avanti instead.

    • Rob says:

      It does but etickets are free.

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Why don’t these apps (Virgin, LNER) allow booking flexi tickets with e-ticket option?
    Cross country trains app is the one that works flawlessly so far, with all features.

  • Charles Martel says:

    You can get an 8% rebate on LNER using a card linked to Airtime rewards.

  • dst87 says:

    Seems you can’t buy tickets on Scotrail and use the e-ticket option. Makes this unappealing for journeys in Scotland due to the £1.50 fee.

    • dst87 says:

      For comparison, the LNER app still doesn’t let you get an e-ticket, but at least doesn’t charge you a fee to collect.

    • John says:

      This is because Scotrail doesn’t want to accept e-tickets on Scotrail journeys yet.

      LNER pays 70p to the operator of the TVM where you collect the tickets, but they get 70p when people booking elsewhere collect from LNER TVMs so it should square off in theory. However Virgin does not have any machines so they lose money if they let you collect for free.

      • dst87 says:

        But you can buy e-tickets in the Scotrail app. Albeit not ones you can save to Apple Wallet (for some reason) but you can display them in the app.

        It’s frustrating that my ticket from Larbert to London is in Apple Wallet and accepted, but I can’t buy just the Scotrail part. 🤷

    • Andrew. says:

      It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but I suspect you’d be better off being a member of the 50+ Club, buy direct from ScotRail and get a 20% discount.

      • dst87 says:

        I need a better picture, clearly. I’ll be celebrating my 35th birthday in a couple of weeks! 😂

  • John says:

    Lner still has 10% on my amex offer

    • Save East Coast Rewards says:

      The LNER offer is the best one but I’m not seeing it currently. However when LNER does appear on n my Amex offers I often buy a gift evoucher so I can get the 10% off and use it in the future

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        Interesting. Can you park use them? Eg buy a few thousand and use in multiple txns?

        • John says:

          You probably trigger some fraud alerts

        • Save East Coast Rewards says:

          I think so. It definitely used to be possible to do that. To be sure buy two first and try it. If it’s ok then buy more

  • Andrew. says:

    That’s a very poor rebate at 3pts/£1.

    Currently have 8% on Airtime, 8% with Virgin Money, 10pts/£ with Nectar Connect, 10% with Barclaycard, 10% with Amex, 10% with MBNA options – all with LNER.

    The biggest pest is making sure I don’t “waste” a rebate by buying the wrong ticket with the wrong card.

    • Rob says:

      Only a Government-run train company would deliberately lose money by giving 10% back when its gets 3-4% commission on the sale from another TOC ….

  • Andrew. says:

    MBNA with Airtime and Nectar Connect is closer to 23% rebate.

    Plus 0.5% with Horizon on top.

    • janolabs says:

      Download the app, register and off you go! My ref is XGYPAT9H so you won’t start from zero

  • Mike says:

    I am not that familiar with airtime rewards but hear it mentioned frequently – perhaps an article on it Rob

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