Nectar is running an offer for 50% off advance fares between London & Doncaster or Leeds on Virgin Trains East Coast. Good news is you don't have to be a Nectar cardholder to benefit. Read on...
It's not really news now as it was announced a few days ago but the new owners of Homebase have decided to pull out of the Nectar scheme at the end of the year. If they withdraw from the scheme successfully that could see others pull out too.
There's signs currently in stores saying that it will be no longer possible to earn or spend points in stores after 31 December 2016.
Beam is a video on demand service for both Virgin Trains East Coast and West Coast accessible via an iOS or Android app for both mobiles and tablets.
Sainsbury's Bank Travel Money has a Nectar offer even more insulting than Virgin Trains East Coast. Convert £800 of money and earn 25p in points.
Today (18 May 2016) Android Pay launches in the UK and I believe this is a great thing for mobile payments in the UK. One of the main benefits of mobile payments is security as fraud is reduced by the retailer not getting your actual card number.The BetterRewards article Apple Pay - if you can you should addresses the reasons why it's better to pay with your mobile, it was based on Apple Pay but the same reasons also apply to Android Pay.
For all journeys from 16 May 2016 onwards Virgin Trains East Coast are offering a free WiFi code if you book your tickets direct. This is only in standard class as WiFi is free to all in first class. If you've booked your tickets already you should still receive a WiFi code via email. This only applies if you book your tickets direct on virgintrainseastcoast.com
It was announced today that FirstGroup would be allowed to run an open access operation from London to Edinburgh calling additionally at Stevenage, Newcastle and Morpeth. This service has been said to be a budget service with average fares under £25. There will be no first class service on this train.
The franchise consultation for the InterCity West Coast franchise (currently operated by Virgin Trains) is now open. This is the opportunity to have an influence for what goes into the official invitation to tender when the government invites bidders to put forward their proposals later this year.
There's a competition called #VOOM 2016 (formerly called 'Pitch to Rich') where people submit pitches to a public vote, and the top teams then get to pitch their idea to a panel of judges, including Richard Branson. Recently some of us have been thinking of ways that we could use technology to improve loyalty schemes and also make it easier for the small business to have something more sophisticated than the stamp card.