More evidence of BA prioritising Avios bookings for downgrades?

A month ago I ran this article speculating that BA has begun to target Avios ticket holders for downgrades. This would be economically rational.  Under EU regulations, a downgraded passenger is automatically due a 75% refund on that leg of their ticket.  For a cash […]

Good To Go Parking – the secret way to save on Official Heathrow Parking!

When choosing to drive and fly there are quite a few options around Heathrow Airport. There are no shortage of third party companies, operating from sites which are generally a good distance from the airport.  Some of these are fairly sophisticated, some give the impression of […]

My review of the (BA) JAL Sakura Lounge at Frankfurt Airport

This is my review of the Japan Airlines Sakura Lounge at Frankfurt Airport, which is where you may end up if flying with British Airways. This is the last article from my recent review trip which took in Ibiza, Madrid and Frankfurt.  Frankfurt was my last […]

New BA Holidays promo – NYC and other routes from £1,299 Club World including hotel!

British Airways Holidays has launched a special Club World promotion for travel over the Summer, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year on core routes to the US and Middle East. There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday.  The prices are not […]

Higher-than-usual 800 Avios bonus for signing up with e-Rewards

I am not a big fan of earning Avios or indeed any loyalty points via e-Rewards.  That said, when I wrote this article four years ago about the ‘points for questionnaires’ company, I got a mini-backlash from people who were doing quite nicely out it. In […]

$10 of free credit for every HFP reader from LoungeBuddy

We met up with the guys from LoungeBuddy at the Business Travel Show in London yesterday.  It reminded me that it is literally a year since I last mentioned the special deal we have with them – although it is plugged in our sidebar on the desktop […]

Bits: 2400 Avios with £50 of toys, fly to Barbados from Heathrow, Hilton’s APAC resorts sale

News in brief: 2,400 Avios with £50 worth of toys Tesco Direct is offering 1,000 Clubcard points when spending £50 on Nerf, My Little Pony, Play Doh and Hasbro Gaming this week.  This means you get the equivalent of 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club […]

Bits: Hilton changes update, my thoughts on the new United Polaris seat

More news in brief: Hilton Honors ‘points and money’ update We covered the forthcoming changes to the Hilton Honors programme in this article.  A few people asked me what the exact implementation day will be. I got a note from Hilton yesterday confirming that the […]

easyJet Plus gets a sharp price rise with few new benefits

easyJet is rolling out a loyalty scheme, Flight Club, to selected flyers, but it is strictly ‘invite only’ at the moment which is why I haven’t focussed on it.  If you meet the following criteria: You have booked and flown on 20 easyJet flights or more […]

NEW: Book an Avios flight now, earn the Avios later!

Avios has launched, as a trial, ‘Avios Advance’. This has been knocking around for a while on a limited basis but is now popping up for more and more people. This is something new for airline loyalty programmes although Marriott has been doing it for years […]

How is the Marriott / Starwood merger for you? News from Loyalty 2017

As I mentioned yesterday, I am at the Loyalty 2017 conference for three days this week.  The most interesting session from Day 2 was a presentation by the head of Marriott Rewards on the integration between that scheme and Starwood Preferred Guest. Here is a […]

Bits: money off Addison Lee, win Qatar tickets, 20% off Airparks

News in brief: Get money off Addison Lee rides In response to heavy competition from Uber, Gett and Hailo, Addison Lee launched a new app in summer last year. If you didn’t get around to trying the app yet, you can get some money off by […]

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up […]

Some interesting insights into how people use their frequent flyer miles

I am spending three days this week at the Loyalty 2017 conference in London and will be giving a talk on Wednesday. Yesterday a representative from trade group IATA presented some results from their regular survey of frequent flyer programme members.  What is interesting about this […]

Review of the Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport

This is our review of the Causeway Lounge at Belfast Airport. A few weeks ago we asked for your help in completing our collection of UK airport lounge reviews, which you can find on the ‘Favourites’ page here. HFP generally does not accept third-party reviews. […]

Get 30,000 Avios for £300 – if you know someone in Ireland

Here we go – the first generous Avios promotion out of Ireland since AerClub was launched as the new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer scheme. You don’t need to be based in Ireland to join AerClub.  In fact, if you have an account, you […]

How to earn Avios with Budget car rentals

Following a lot of rationalisation over the last couple of years, Avis emerged as the sole British Airways car hire partner. The website offers a range of benefits including free additional drivers for BA Executive Club members and bonus Avios if you pay using […]

Some interesting facts about Hilton Honors and what they mean

When Hilton announced the changes to the Hilton Honors programme recently they included the following slide.  It contains some fascinating statistics about the scheme: It is worth having a look at what some of these numbers mean. 60 million members is a stupidly high number – […]

Big airberlin US Winter expansion means LOTS of new low-tax Avios redemptions

We have run a few ‘the end is nigh’ stories about airberlin recently.  All of the short haul routes which do not touch Dusseldorf or Berlin are being transferred to a TUI-controlled joint venture, and there are rumours that the German Government is encouraging a […]