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News: Biden scraps US vaccination mandate, DFDS to stop awarding Nectar points

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News in brief:

Biden drops the US vaccination mandate for air arrivals

With unfortunate timing for us, President Biden announced overnight on Sunday (UK time) that he was dropping the covid vaccination mandate from 11th May.

Anyone entering the US by air from this date will no longer need to show proof of vaccination.

This overrules the decision taken by the CDC last week – which we covered in an article yesterday, written before the change – to keep the existing rules in place, albeit with some tweaks to reflect the new bivalent vaccines.

Apologies for any confusion caused by our article yesterday. There is always a slight risk with everything we publish that the situation changes overnight before the article goes live in the early morning. The biggest problem is usually companies who promise us that an offer will go live at midnight and it doesn’t ….

DFDS dropping nectar points

DFDS to stop awarding Nectar points

Ferry company DFDS has become the latest partner to walk away from Nectar. It joins an increasingly long list – it is only a matter of time now before the only Nectar earning partners will be businesses owned by Sainsbury’s, such as Argos and Habitat.

You have been able to collect Nectar points at the rate of 2 per £1 (equivalent to a 1% return) on all online DFDS bookings. Regular bonus promotions could see this increase.

The partnership will end on 17th May. Bookings made by this date will earn points even if they are for travel afterwards.

Comments (46)

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  • David says:

    Try that again: If the Uber Avios post immediately, can any non-recipient of the offer e-mail report successfully booking a ticket and receiving the bonus?

    • Rob says:

      T&C say bonus Avios will post in arrears.

      • David B says:

        Ah. Thanks. Booked the Lichfield adult trip at £1.10. We shall see.

  • WillPS says:

    Ebay and Esso are still pretty keen on Nectar it seems?

    • Nick says:

      I tend to plan Esso fuel spends around their 10X Nectar points offers, which crop up every couple of months or so. Alternatively, they just had 250 bonus Nectar for a 25 litres+ purchase.

      • Scott says:

        I only usexthem if there’s a really, really good bonus offer, or for a small fill if nothing else around.
        I find they’re generally 12-18p a litre more than Sainsbury, so possibly paying £8-£12 more to get something like £1.50 back doesn’t work for me.

        • Gordon says:

          I Always make sure I have a nearly empty fuel tank for when I regularly pass a Costco fuel station. Costo fuel all the fuel additives as all the main stream fuel stations. Unleaded at present is £1.36 Per litre and diesel is £1.42. Per litre I am lucky to pass 2 stores regularly on my travels.

    • Rob says:

      200 Esso stations are still part of Clubcard and don’t issue Nectar points!

      eBay is the one bright hope at the moment I agree.

      • RussellH says:

        All the Esso stations around here are EG, which means that we get Nectar on shop purchases as well, at double the Sainsbury’s rate.
        Given that the shops are all slowly converting to ASDA, though, I can see that changing in the future.

  • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

    Currently 5% on MBNA

    And 5% on Airtime – but the t&c for that are now a minimum £75 spend.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      £70 I think but watch out for this, min spend is a new one on me

      • BA Flyer IHG Stayer says:

        Yes 70.

        But yes the minimum spend is definitly new. But easily got round by bouying vouchers and locking the cash back in rather than relying on there being no offer when you need it.

  • James says:

    Anyone else always getting a “technical difficulties” message when they try to link uber/BA? Been trying for months and always the same message.

  • ADS says:

    “Remember that all train operators, except Eurostar, can be booked via the LNER website”

    Sadly the Sail Rail fares to Dublin don’t appear on the LNER website – the destination does, but no fares ever show up.

    I know it’s an edge case, but damn annoying to have to trek over to Kings Cross to get the 10% discount with an in person booking!

    If anybody knows any staff at LNER who can get the Sail Rail fares loaded – please do ask them!

  • johnny_c-l says:

    Made some bookings for the offer but can’t say I was impressed with the functionality of it. Visibility of some ticket choices seemed limited (or at least forced a decision based on timetable rather than showing all ticket types).

    Worth it for the credit and avios, but not a winner for me ongoing.

    • MPC says:

      I found the interface was average but the real pain is there’s no way to add the ticket to Apple Wallet. That’s basic functionality in 2023 and an instant no deal from me!

  • Nick says:

    It might be worth booking an adult ticket for £3.00, just to make sure the T&C’s are adhered to. The first clause on the email states “This offer is open to users that are 18 or over, and who have an active British Airways Executive Club (“BAEC”) and a valid Uber account”.

    I suspect it won’t matter, but just to be safe!

  • Ali B says:

    Best have a word with the person who has their hand up his back making his lips move 😂😂

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