Hilton HHonors will match your existing hotel status with another chain!

A few days I wrote about the exceptionally generous status match programme launched by Hyatt Gold Passport.  Hyatt is willing to match your top tier status in certain other hotels schemes to its own Diamond level – and that comes with guaranteed suite upgrades at […]

Bits: impressive Accor ‘Black Friday’ sale, 25% off Iberia tickets, £10 Amazon cashback last call

Two new Black Friday deals, which are still running over the weekend, came to my attention yesterday.  These are worth a look. Accor offering ‘Happy Mondays’ prices up to three months in advance! Until Monday, Accor is selling Ibis, Novotel and Mercure rooms at exceptionally […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. (It is even less known today than it used to be, as Amex removed the webpage […]

Club World from £495 + 30,000 Avios – exceptional British Airways Black Friday deals

My attempts to make Black Friday go away by putting my fingers in my ears and going ‘nah nah nah nah’ (a trick I picked up from my 4-year old) have failed as the articles today show.  The good news is that British Airways is […]

Other Black Friday travel deals you should check out ….

As well as the British Airways deal covered in my lead article today, here are some other Black Friday travel offers. This is by no means a comprehensive list – I have only listed deals where the company involved got in touch to tell me what […]

Bits: InterContinental at the O2, Marriott Rewards at Protea Hotels, Madonna with Hilton

News in brief: Bookings open for the new InterContinental London – The O2 The new InterContinental London – The O2 is now taking bookings from 19th December. This is a slightly risky hotel project but the owners have had the sense to include what they […]

Did you win 100,000 Avios in our Kaligo.com competition (I haven’t told the winner yet!)?

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition last week, sponsored by hotel booking site Kaligo.com, to win 100,000 Avios points.  There was a fantastic response. I picked a winner yesterday and the name has been verified with Kaligo.com.  I haven’t told this person yet, […]

Bits: redeem 1 Emirates mile for football tickets!, new hotels coming to Terminal 4

News in brief: Buy football tickets for 1 Emirates Skywards mile! I have written before about using Emirates Skywards miles for executive box seats at Arsenal or the other football clubs around Europe sponsored by Emirates. Emirates is now the lead sponsor of the FA […]

Alitalia now using Etihad lounge in T4 – get free status with your BA Silver or Gold card!

Etihad took pseudo control of struggling Italian flag carrier Alitalia earlier this year. If you need to fly to Italy on a regular basis, the good news is that from 1st December you can now use the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. I reviewed the […]

‘Secret’ IHG weekend sale – save 50% on regular rates this Winter

(I have revised this post since it was originally published, including changing the validity dates.) IHG, owner of Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, HI Express, Indigo, InterContinental and other brands, has launched a ‘partners’ 50% off sale for hotels in the UK and Europe. You need […]

Bits: 1000 Virgin miles with Shops Away, free London transport with Apple Pay, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic shopping bonus via Shops Away Shops Away is the Virgin Flying Club equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 or the avios.com e-store.  Use it for your shopping this Christmas and you earn miles back. Until Sunday 20th December, Shops Away is […]

3 hours, 5 lounges (part 4): Review of the American Airlines lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3

This is my review of the American Airlines lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3. I flew to Helsinki a fortnight ago to test drive the new Airbus A350.  As Finnair fly from Heathrow Terminal 3, I had five lounge options: No 1 Traveller (via Priority Pass) […]

Bits: Black Friday deals already launched, my first hotel pancake machine!

News in brief: Black Friday deals I am not a fan of Black Friday deals, to put it mildly.  However, I get a feeling that the travel industry will be hitting it hard this year given the impact on bookings from the recent events in […]

Another one bites the dust – HSBC Premier MasterCard cuts its rates (but is still the best Avios card)

The devaluation of loyalty credit cards, at least those with a Visa or MasterCard logo on them, continues.  This is driven by the new EU regulations on interchange fees, which will cap the amount shops can be charged for accepting Visa or MasterCard at a pitiful 0.3%. […]

50% off Las Vegas hotels with IHG Rewards Club points – 24 hours to 5pm Tuesday

Between 5pm on Monday 23rd and 5pm on Tuesday 24th, IHG Rewards Club is offering its two luxury Las Vegas properties – The Venetian and The Palazzo – for a 50% discount on points. Instead of 50,000 points per night, you can book them today for just 25,000 […]

Bits: Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping deal, Virgin / Moneycorp promotion

Today is a big ‘news in brief’ day as quite a bit piled up last week! Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping bonuses If you are starting your Christmas shopping, the British Airways Executive Club ‘Gate 365’ shopping portal has some special deals if you […]