New British Airways hand baggage policy (ie less) and boarding plan announced

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You may have noticed that British Airways has been carrying out a number of trials at Heathrow over the last few months to smooth the boarding process. Fundamentally, there have been three issues (as I see it): The introduction of the Bronze tier means that […]

Hilton offering free Gold status after three stays – open to everyone

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Hilton HHonors has launched a new ‘fast track to Gold’ promotion in association with airberlin. Unlike many similar promotions run by Hilton, this one is open to everyone.  It is even being openly promoted on airberlin.com – click on ‘topbonus’ and ‘news and special offers’.. (In […]

New IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus of 50% – 100% could be a good deal

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Last month, IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – ran a hugely generous bonus of 100% bonus points when you bought points. For some people – but not all – this offer is now back. Until August 31st, you will receive […]

Tesco again imposing the 30,000 points (72,000 Avios) per quarter cap on Clubcard earning

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About four years ago, Tesco changed the rules of the Clubcard scheme.  A cap was brought in, with the maximum number of points you could earn per quarter capped at 30,000 (so 72,000 Avios or 75,000 Flying Club miles). This cap was rarely enforced. Everyone assumed […]

Virgin CombiFare …. a clever option when only half a reward flight is available

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It is, of course, hugely frustrating to find that you can book half of a reward ticket but cannot find seats for other leg.  On short haul flights it isn’t so bad, because British Airways sells one-way fares on its short-haul routes which you can match with […]

Searchable and downloadable versions of our Avios route pricing spreadsheet

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Yesterday I published a table of Avios pricing for all British Airways routes, in all classes.  See here. The article seemed to go down very well.  Some people wanted access to the data so they could keep it for reference, so here are two options […]

Full list of British Airways Avios redemption pricing by route

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It is surprisingly tricky to find out how many Avios are required for a particular route.  You need to go to ba.com, track down the ‘Avios Spending Calculator’ page and then type in your destination and preferred travel class.  It is a bit of a […]

How to beat Tesco’s attempt to hide Hilton Clubcard redemption space

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Tesco Clubcard has an interesting redemption option with Hilton Hotels in the UK and Ireland.  You can redeem your Clubcard points directly for a Hilton room rather than using Hilton HHonors points. When I took a look at this again last week, I noticed that […]

Bookable from 2pm-ish: new list of 5,000 point per night IHG PointBreaks (inc HI T5!)

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Just a reminder that, as I originally wrote on Saturday, the latest batch of IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) PointBreaks redemptions will be open for booking this afternoon.  It is usually about 2pm. These rooms are a fantastic […]

Transferring hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?

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The American Airlines promotion offering a 20% bonus on transfers from Starwood Preferred Guest is still running until August 7th.   Partly inspired by this deal, and partly by my article yesterday on the value of a Hilton HHonors point, I wanted to consider if it ever […]

How to pre-order your BA duty free for at-seat delivery (and earn Avios!)

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I would be fibbing if I said that I had never bought any duty free items on a flight, but I’m rarely in the mood – especially when trying to keep two children under control.  The pre-order service – known as ‘buy before you fly’ […]

Changes to Head for Points posting over the Summer

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Long-time readers will know that I usually drop the post count from three articles to two during August. This year, as we are away next week, I am bringing it forward by a week and the reduced article rate will start from tomorrow.  Technically, it started […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 160 x 5,000 point hotels (inc HI T5!), book on Monday

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Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All of the 160 hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club […]

What do my recent Hilton redemptions say about the value of a HH point?

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I’ve done two Hilton HHonors redemption stays in the past week – my first visits to Hilton properties since our impressive stay at Hilton St Georges Park when we visited Thomas (the Tank Engine) Land last year! I thought I would look at these two […]

Bits: BA drops routes, Melia sale, cheap Club Europe fares now flexible, Austrian launches MAN

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News in brief: British Airways drops Entebbe and Almaty British Airways has announced two route suspensions.  Flights to Entebbe in Uganda will cease on October 2nd as they ‘are no longer commercially viable’.  This is relatively short notice, by airline standards, and will be a […]

£266 Los Angeles returns available on BA in the New Year

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If you like the idea of getting away from a cold English Winter to the sunnier climes of Los Angeles, help may be at hand. British Airways is, yet again, quietly easing out excess capacity by selling heavily discounted tickets from outside the UK. Copenhagen […]