No Tesco / Avios conversion bonus … but a competition instead

The current Clubcard collection quarter ended on 21st July.  Your vouchers will start to drop through your letterbox, or into your online account, very soon. Anyone holding out for a ‘Tesco to Avios’ conversion bonus is going to be disappointed (again). British Airways has dug […]

Bits: double Avios with LOVEtheatre, Atlantis The Palm Avios promo, double SPG points at Tribute

News in brief: Double Avios with LOVEtheatre, the new Avios theatre ticketing partner, is offering double Avios points on all tickets booked before 31st August.  It doesn’t matter when the event takes place. Double Avios means 6 Avios per £1 spent.  As well as […]

Hailo taken over by mytaxi – so claim your 1,000 Avios whilst you can!

London taxi app Hailo is to be taken over by mytaxi, the European taxi app owned by Daimler. ‘Taken over’ is perhaps not the right word, since the CEO of Hailo will become the new CEO of mytaxi.  Hailo shareholders will be in the minority […]

How I maximised the value of an IHG reward night, including free lounge access

I have just finished three nights at InterContinental Le Grand in Paris, a hotel which I rate highly for its frankly epic public areas – including the most astounding ballroom you will ever visit – and great location. I successfully pulled off one of the […]

What is the best credit card for foreign spend when someone else is paying?

I ran an article last week on the best credit card options when travelling abroad this Summer with a focus on those which minimise the 2.99% foreign exchange fee added to most credit and debit card transactions. One reader raised a fair point, though – when […]

Bits: BA schedule changes for Winter, free Etihad Gold with a £500,000 deposit!

News in brief: British Airways announces more Winter schedule changes British Airways has announced a new batch of schedule changes for the Winter season.  These kick in from 30th October and are, in terms of the cancellations, pretty short notice. These are the changes, all […]

BOOKABLE NOW: New IHG PointBreaks list of 135 x 5,000 point hotels, including Paris

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a new list of PointBreaks redemptions. There is usually some pre-publicity for the list but, this time, IHG released it without any teasers. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All […]

Bits: Groupon / Priority Pass deal, Finnair formalises A350 on Heathrow to Helsinki

News in brief: Groupon offering 50% off a Priority Pass If you have been thinking of purchasing a Priority Pass airport lounge access card, Groupon is running a deal at the moment.  You will find it here. It is a little fiddly.  You pay Groupon […]

(Now fixed) Tesco glitch – 3,600 Avios or 3,750 Virgin miles for £60 LEGO spend!

Tesco Direct launched two new LEGO promotions on Monday: 1,000 Clubcard points (2,400 Avios) for a £60 LEGO spend 500 Clubcard points (1,200 Avios) for a £30 LEGO spend These are both attractive deals if you have any lovers of little plastic bricks in your household. […]

My review of Virgin Upper Class on the new Boeing 787-9 (part 1)

This is my review of Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class seat on the new Boeing 787-9 service. I reviewed the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 here.  After a merry couple of hours eating, drinking and, erm, getting my hair trimmed, I wandered down […]

My review of Virgin Upper Class on the new Boeing 787-9 (part 2)

This is Part 2 of my review of the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class seat and service on its new Boeing 787-9 fleet.  Part 1 of this review can be found here. I have flown a few Boeing 787 aircraft now so I am becoming a […]

Singapore Airlines launches Manchester – Houston and Manchester – Singapore

Singapore Airlines made a surprising announcement last week when it launched a new route from Manchester. Starting from the end of October, Singapore Airlines is launching a new Singapore – Manchester – Houston service. It will run five days per week and use a three […]

Holiday Tips 4 – earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals

This is the final part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series which I have updated and re-run this week in preparation for the Summer season.  Earlier articles looked at the best credit card to use abroad, the best way to earn miles when ordering foreign currency […]

‘Kids Fly Free’ on BA until November to/from Leeds, Newcastle, Inverness and Belfast

British Airways has brought back, bigger and better, the ‘Kids Fly Free’ offer which it has run in the past.  This is a genuinely good deal with no catches or small print. Until 1st November, two children under 12 will fly entirely free when accompanied […]

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. The key offer closing TOMORROW is the 50% – 100% bonus when […]

British Airways announces its in-flight service cuts for August!

It is hard to believe, but British Airways has now started making a regular monthly anouncement of the latest cuts to its in-flight service. From early July, as you may remember, we saw: First Class: Amuse bouche removed from the meal service Blanket removed from day […]

Holiday Tips 3 – earning miles when ordering foreign currency

This is third part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series this week, covering ways of earning miles and points from every aspect of your holiday planning.  Earlier articles covered earning miles from your credit card abroad and earning miles from airport car parking. Even if you […]

Hilton tightens up on its Gold and Diamond status match

Hilton HHonors has been running an official status match programme for a few months. This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage your existing status in another hotel scheme to get Gold or Diamond status until March 2018. However, if you haven’t applied yet, your life has just […]