Archives for July 2013

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 8 – Low tax Avios redemptions on Iberia

(This is Lesson 8 of the Avios Redemption University series, aimed at answering the eternal question – ‘What is the best Avios points redemption?’. Click here for links to earlier posts on redeeming Avios for hotel rooms, redeeming on Aer Lingus, using Avios to upgrade, […]

Credit card companies team up with mobile companies to cut travel fraud

A couple of months ago I met a Head for Points reader who worked for a major mobile phone company who told me about an exciting new security product he was working on for the credit card industry.  MBNA has now launched this in the UK, in […]

BA tightens up on baggage rules for Gold and Silver cardholders

I posted last week about the new benefit for Bronze members of British Airways Executive Club – the ability to board via the Priority Boarding line. At the same time, it seems that BA has quietly downgraded one of the benefits of Gold and Silver […]

My review of the InterContinental Boston hotel

This is my review of the InterContinental Boston hotel. It is a continuation of my US trip report. I have already covered the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal, the Swiss First Class lounge in Zurich and Swiss First Class inflight service. It is […]

Lufthansa solves the ‘can I bring my whole family into the lounge?’ problem (or does it?)

In airport lounges around the world over the Summer, the same scenario plays out time and time again.  Road Warrior Dad (or Mum) finally hopes to show the rest of the family that there is some upside to his constant travelling and time away from […]

Last chance to convert Amex points to Jumeirah Sirius (and a look at other Amex hotel partners)

A quick reminder that July 31st is the last possible day to transfer American Express Membership Rewards points to Jumeirah Sirius. Amex has been very sneaky (or very stupid) over publicising this. On the US Amex website, they have been publicising this for many months. […]

Avios to launch ‘redeem your points for a discount on a cash ticket’?

I have mentioned before that I have it on decent authority that Avios will launch a scheme later this year to allow you to pay for all or part of a cash ticket with your Avios points.  I was there interested to see that some people […]

Amex Plat holders – are you getting mysterious double and triple points?!

When three people email me about something, then something is definitely ‘up’!  For the last few weeks, some American Express Platinum card holders have been mysteriously receiving bonus Membership Rewards points on transactions. Travel (of any sort) is going through at 2 points per £1 Bars […]

Club Carlson launches three Summer bonus promotions

Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza hotel group, has launched three special Summer deals for members. These promotions are only for hotels in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) region. To quote from their email: Stay 1 night, get 2,000 Gold […]

My review of Swiss First Class, Zurich to Boston

This is my review of Swiss First Class, flying from Zurich to Boston. It is the next installment of my current US trip!  I have already covered the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport hotel, the Lufthansa First Class Terminal and the Swiss First Class Lounge. After having been driven from the […]

Last chance to apply for the BA Amex cards before the sign-up bonuses drop

A quick reminder that the ‘higher than usual’ bonuses on the British Airways and British Airways Premium Plus American Express cards end on July 31st. The Premium Plus version, with the £150 annual fee, is offering 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. The basic, free, […]

HSBC Premier to bring in mileage rewards for UK credit card customers?

Now here is an interesting bit of news, especially if you are a HSBC Premier customer. If you already have a HSBC Premier credit card, then you may see this message when you log in to online banking: “‘Rewards For Miles’ – an exclusive new […]

Why the EU is planning to take away your Visa and MasterCard reward cards

This is a guest post, written by Andrew Seftel (although the sensationalist headline is mine!) to whom I am grateful.  You may recognise his name from the comments pages of Head for Points.  His background makes him the ideal person to explain why the potentially dull subject […]

1,000 Membership Rewards points for adding a Plat supplementary cardholder

American Express emailed me last week to offer 1,000 Membership Rewards points (= 1,000 Avios, amongst other things) for each new supplementary cardholder added to my Platinum charge card account. Full details and the application link can be found here. It is not clear if […]

Iberia still offering up to 30% bonus when you buy Avios – ends 4th August

A quick reminder that August 4th is the last day to buy Avios points via Iberia Plus for a bonus of up to 30%. Here is the Iberia page for buying Avios.  Note, though, that you need to log in to see the details of […]