Archives for December 2013

New Eurostar pre-sale – £59 return to Paris, Lille and Brussels!

Eurostar is running another public sale from January 2nd to January 14th, offering seats to Paris and Brussels for just £59 return. However, if you use this link, you have access to the sale NOW before the general public. Here are the terms and conditions: […]

Last chance to get 12,000 bonus miles with the United MileagePlus credit card

A quick heads up that TODAY, New Years Eve, is your last chance to apply for the United MileagePlus credit card whilst it still has the 12,000 miles sign-up bonus. The United Airlines card, issued by MBNA, had historically been fundamentally ignored by pretty much everyone.  […]

Buy Avios points for 0.83p via Iberia Plus!

A very interesting opportunity has popped up on the Iberia Plus website which allows you to (effectively) buy Avios for 0.83p each! First, let me say that you can ONLY take part in this if you have an Avios balance in Iberia Plus already or […]

‘The Economist’ on ‘A Short History of Hotels’ and, erm, Trowell services!

If you are taking it easy in the office (or at home) today, there is an interesting article on the history of the global, branded hotel industry which is worth a look. It appears in the bumper Christmas double-issue of ‘The Economist’ (£6.95 at a good newsagent […]

Can I get free wi-fi at Heathrow Airport?

Access to decent free wi-fi can make a long airport wait more bearable.  Luckily, Heathrow Airport has invested a lot of money in this area in recent years and you will not be short of options. Free wi-fi is available in all terminals for 45 […]

2013 in review – Part 3 – how credit cards now drive the ‘miles and points’ hobby

This is the last part of my look back at 2013.  Previous articles looked at my personal travel highlights and top promotions and the large number of devaluations this year. Credit card sign-up bonuses have now become a key driver of this hobby.  Whether you like […]

It’s a miracle! BA launches a regional flight – from Edinburgh to Ibiza …

I must admit, I did a major double-take when I received this press release!  It is true, however. British Airways – the airline that does not run a single flight with a non-London origin or destination – is launching an Edinburgh to Ibiza service for the Summer. […]

Hyatt announces its Spring promotion – ‘Endless Possibilities’

If you are planning your hotel stays for the first quarter of 2014, Hyatt Gold Passport has thrown its hat into the ring with details of its Spring promotion. You will need to do a minimum of 5 nights in Hyatt properties between 15th January and […]

2013 in review – Part 2 – ‘The Year of Devaluations’

This is the second part of my look back at 2013.  Last year I touched on some of my personal travel highlights and looked back at some of the biggest promotions.  Today I want to look at the (unwelcome) trend of the year – devaluations. […]

Avios ‘sale’ launching 6th January!

Avios.com sent out an email and tweet yesterday announcing the launch of a redemption flight ‘sale’ on 6th January. On the face of it, it doesn’t seem hugely exciting.  Whilst it will run for 2 weeks, only SIX different destinations will be offered.  They will be […]

House of Fraser ‘30% off’ giftcard orders being cancelled

I posted a few days ago about a discount deal for 30% off House of Fraser giftcards when you paid with an Amex.  This was offered by a company called SVM, who have run ‘discount deals’ on giftcards for Amex cardholders in the past. A […]

2013 in review – Part 1 – Travel highlights and the best promotions revisited

Over the next three days, I am going to take a look back at some of the trends and highlights from 2013.  I will kick off today with some of my own travel highlights and a recap of some of the better promotions of the […]

£20 off £400 British Airways or Virgin ticket with Opodo

Opodo is currently advertising a £20 discount code for British Airways or Virgin Atlantic flights over £400. You must book by 31st December using discount code OPODO20. There are no other BA or Virgin discounts at present for long-hauls from Heathrow, so this is as good as it […]

Air France-KLM to sell CityJet and VLM, likely to leave SkyTeam

Air France-KLM confirmed last Friday that it had agreed a deal to sell its subsidiary CityJet and VLM in the first quarter of 2014. The buyer is a German group, Aviation GmbH, which is an investor-led turnaround group.  (It is the same group that bought Deutsche BA for €1 from […]

Happy Christmas! Head for Points returns on Friday

Happy Christmas to you and your family.  I hope you enjoy a well deserved break, wherever in the world you are. (Do please post below if your travels have taken you anywhere exciting this Christmas!) Head for Points is taking a two day break.  We […]