New Amex Platinum hotel benefits launched! But a shock exit too ….

Back in October, I wrote about the new deal that American Express had done with Hilton HHonors to offer status as part of the American Express Platinum benefits package. It had been slowly rolling out globally but had not yet reached the UK. However, a […]

Bits: exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals, 50% bonus miles on Virgin West Coast, BA to Tehran

News in brief: Exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals I have agreed with Avios that they will tip me off about their most aggressive hotel redemption deals.  You can book these hotels via avios.com using your points, but you can also pay in cash if necessary. […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. Here are the best deals closing over the next couple of […]

Bits: video of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in Singapore, IHG sale ending, new Amex cashback offers

News in brief: Check out ‘The Concorde Bar’ on YouTube Back in October, I published a brief reader review of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in the new British Airways lounge in Singapore. This is a new model which BA is rolling out.  Instead of a separate […]

Amex Platinum insurance pays me again – this time for car hire

Last August, I wrote a piece about how American Express Platinum travel insurance had paid out for a medical bill we incurred in Singapore.  This was the third time that Amex had paid me over the years – and on every occasion I had failed […]

The ever-expanding tentacles of Expedia …. do you know everything it owns?

A reader forwarded me an email from HotelClub, a small but fairly well known booking website, last week. The business was originally part of Orbitz, which was recently acquired by Expedia. From 16th February, it is effectively being closed down by merging it into hotels.com. […]

What I learned when I met all the big players in UK travel credit cards

I spent Tuesday at a conference in London focussed on travel loyalty credit cards.  Whilst I don’t like taking a day out of my schedule, I felt it would be good to get a feel for how the industry is responding to the EU-imposed fee […]

20% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers into Virgin Flying Club miles

The same day that I questioned whether Virgin would launch a Tesco promotion this quarter, a rash of emails landed to confirm that Virgin Atlantic has lined up another Clubcard transfer bonus. It does not yet appear on the Tesco to Virgin page but I assume it is […]

British Airways launches new ‘Visit California’ campaign in run up to San Jose launch

British Airways announced a new route yesterday – to Tehran.  I will cover this later in the week, but for most people the highlights of the expanded BA route network in 2016 will be Lima, Costa Rica and, from 4th May, San Jose in California. […]

11 good reasons to go back to Los Angeles this year (preferably flying BA!)

During the first two weeks of February, British Airways is running a special ‘Visit California’ offer to promote three key routes to the area – Los Angeles, San Francisco and – launching on 4th May – San Jose. Rather than buy some advertising space on Head […]

An avios.com and Tesco competition – but no sign of a BA or Virgin bonus

(EDIT:  Virgin has now announced a bonus, full analysis tomorrow) There is, so far, no sign on any British Airways Executive Club or Virgin Flying Club transfer bonus for Tesco Clubcard collectors this quarter. To be fair, this doesn’t mean there won’t be one.  It […]

Check the exchange rate carefully when your hotel points post

The majority of the major hotel loyalty schemes work on the basis of how many $ you spent on your trip.  The main outlier is Accor which is € driven. This means that, for the majority of your stays, the value of your stay will […]

Triple points for UK Accor weekend stays – should apply to Happy Mondays too!

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Novotel, Ibis, Sofitel, Mercure etc, has launched a triple points offer for weekend stays in the UK.  You can register here. Accor is already your best bet for UK weekend hotel bookings as long as you are happy […]

British Airways now using the No 1 Traveller lounge at Gatwick North – feedback?

(EDIT:  BA has confirmed that the terminal switch is delayed with a new target date of 25th January 2017) In early January, the British Airways lounge complex at Gatwick closed.  This is part of the preparation for the terminal switch which is due to take […]

Bits: Uber scraps fixed London airport fares (our £15 code still applies!), 80% ‘buy Hilton points’ bonus

News in brief: Uber drops fixed London airport fares London taxi / minicab / ride-sharing / call it what you want group Uber has announced that it has dropped its fixed fares to London airports. All airport trips will now be priced using the standard […]

Crediting your Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is looking attractive

Last week, I revealed that IHG Rewards Club is offering Spire Elite members status with Hertz. What I didn’t know at the time is that IHG and Hertz have relaunched and improved their existing partnership.  ALL IHG Rewards Club members, irrespective of status level, can earn […]