Why BA agreed to pay £1m every year to build a door in T5 and why they are paying for another one

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The story of ‘the £1m per year door’ at Terminal 5 is sometimes believed to be an urban myth.  It isn’t. The door in question is the one on your right-hand side when you pass through South Security (the far end, by the First Class […]

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

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It is time for my annual update of the full list of hotel chains which let you collect Avios points when you stay. (I ran a sister article to this in January which listed hotel chains which do NOT award Avios points but DO give Virgin Flying […]

The Gourmet Society launches an airport lounge product!

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Dining discount group The Gourmet Society – which offers discounts on meals in thousands of restaurants across the UK – has moved into the airport lounge business! Through a link with a group called DragonPass, Gourmet Society members can now buy passes for UK airport […]

Aspire lounge in Terminal 5 confirmed, whilst United says ‘no more Priority Pass’ in Terminal 2

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Heathrow Airport confirmed the story yesterday that I originally ran on Head for Points on April 1st – that an independent airport lounge will open in Terminal 5 this Summer, possibly July. It will be operated by Swissport / Servisair under the ‘Aspire’ brand.  It […]

Bits: 5% off Emirates, Google Street View on SAS, Hotel Tonight promo

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Some news in brief: 5% off all Emirates bookings Until 31st May, Emirates is offering 5% off all of its UK departures – apparently in all classes – with promotional code UKVOUCH. 31st May is the final booking date and not the final travel date, […]

Global Hotel Alliance drops Avios as a partner – 31 fewer hotel chains to earn at

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On 31st March, Global Hotel Alliance dropped all of its airline partnerships except for Lufthansa Miles & More. As I wrote in this article last month, Global Hotel Alliance is currently focussed on rolling out its own loyalty scheme, GHA Discovery.  As part of this, […]

How many BA passengers with status use Terminal 5 in a day?

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A Head for Points reader was passing through Terminal 5 over Easter when he found a copy of the daily British Airways ‘Premium Brief’ document on the floor, so he sent me a photo of it! It is for a Saturday, so it is not representative of […]

Can ‘The Autograph Collection’ finally make Marriott Rewards exciting?!

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When we were down in Dubai last week, I noticed that there is a new Marriott Rewards redemption option.  Having a collection of Marriott Rewards points did not previously serve you well in Dubai if you wanted a beach resort.  There is, of course, the […]

The alternative to hotel loyalty schemes – hotels.com and Welcome Rewards

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Today I want to review Welcome Rewards, the loyalty programme for hotels.com. I have spent the last two weeks analysing the ‘big seven’ hotel loyalty programmes (all of the links are on this page). Each of them offers a different mix of status benefits, points earning […]

£75 return tickets to New Zealand – tomorrow (Thu) only!

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I dropped this in as an extra article as it is a very, very good deal – although it will require some effort! Air New Zealand is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.  In association with STA Travel, they are selling 100 return economy flights […]

Changes to IHG Rewards Club …. but no need to panic!

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IHG Rewards Club has slowly started to email members about changes to the programme which start from July 1st. Full details can be found here at the IHG site. The important news, before you start to worry, is that the 50,000 point cap on the […]

More amazing sub-£800 Qatar business class fares from European airports

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Qatar Airways has launched another one-week-only promotion on economy and business class seats from London.  Some of the fares are not bad, such as Abu Dhabi for £310 (£305 from Manchester).  Business class fares start around £1700 and you can get as far as Bangkok […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

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In my article yesterday, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme. This article is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. The 10-second summary: Strong points – excellent top-tier Platinum benefits, unrivalled airline mile conversion rate, good […]

The REAL facts about credit card interchange fee capping

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A couple of articles appeared in the UK press over the weekend linked to the decision by Capital One to scrap, completely, the rewards on its cashback cards.  The Daily Mail one is here.  This has led to a number of emails from readers asking […]

Bits: Interesting Crowne Plaza refund guarantee, Etihad 4-day sale, Jersey Travel


Some news in brief: Interesting Crowne Plaza money-back guarantee One of our readers sent me information on Crowne Plaza’s ‘Sleep Advantage‘ guarantee.  These applies to all hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The key benefit is this – if you book a wake-up call […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

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This is the seventh and last of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes. Each scheme will be covered over two posts on consecutive days.  One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what […]