Bargain Hunter: You can unearth good deals in the wasteland of royal baby offers

Deals include a free cab ride and money in a savings account while Ibis hotels has an offer of €45 (£34) a night across its hotels in Spain, Portugal and Italy

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Lots of firms have tried to get in on the royal baby act with offers this week, but that shouldn't stop Bargain Hunter fans trying to profit from their blatant attempts at exploitation.

A deal that Londoners could use to their advantage is a free ride up to the value of £15 from the cab firm Hailo. Passengers need to type the code CHARLOTTE15 into their in-app wallet to activate the free journey.

Meanwhile Virgin Money is giving away Young Saver accounts loaded with £25 to the first 1,000 children named either Charlotte or Charlie, and aged under 16, who open a new account with the company. You can get full details at

Finally, five brand new parents could win £2,000 in an online account with the investment manager Nutmeg, if their baby shares the same Saturday 2 May 2015 date of birth as the new princess.

The offer is open to the first five parents who send a copy of their new baby's birth certificate to within 40 days.

Code to a light-bulb moment for energy efficiency

Here's an exclusive discount code giving Bargain Hunter readers a fifth off the price of a new range of glamorous-looking energy-efficient lights. You can use the code to get 20 per cent off LED Hut's LUMiLife vintage-style range. The code is HUNT20 and you can use it at The code is valid until 31 May.

Switch to First Utility and help vulnerable children

The independent energy company First Utility will donate £2 a month for two years to the children's charity NSPCC for all new customers switching to First Utility in May.

It says the £48 raised per customer will pay for 12 children to speak to a ChildLine counsellor. The chief executive, Ian McCaig, hopes the campaign will raise £250,000 to help at-risk kids. Find out more details at

Rewards if you travel with Flybe using London City

Flybe is offering triple Avios points on its six London City routes to anyone making a booking in May, and travelling during May and June. The airline flies to London City airport from Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Belfast City, Dublin, Edinburgh and Exeter.

Cheap stays with Ibis in Spain, Portugal and Italy

Ibis hotels has an offer of just €45 (£34) a night across all of its hotels in Spain, Portugal and Italy. You must book at by the end of May for stays between 1 June and 31 August.

Take the confusion out of choosing a mobile phone

Confused about mobiles? has launched a new service. It offers simple comparisons of new phone contracts, filtering options by budget, phone type, usage and contract length.

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