Archives for January 2014

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 15 – Using Avios for non-stop flights from the UK regions

EDIT:  This article has NOT been updated to reflect the Avios changes which took place on 28th April 2015.  A revised version of the article will be published on Head for Points in late May. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for […]

An email from a villa at the Conrad Koh Samui (or, why the Hilton credit card is great)

A couple of Sundays ago, I received an email from Head for Points reader Nick who was sunning himself in his villa at the luxurious Conrad resort in Koh Samui, Thailand. It looks good.  Exhibit A: Exhibit B: He didn’t email me to show off.  He emailed […]

Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza ‘2-4-1 special rates’ disappearing?

Last September I wrote this long piece on the special discount codes which allowed you to save money at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, InterContinental etc hotels. The discounts discussed in that post had been around for a number of years.  Unfortunately, […]

My £1 night at the new Qbic Hotel in London!

This is my review of the new Qbic Hotel in London. Last year, I promoted the £1 room sale being offered by the new Qbic Hotel in London.  A few Head for Points readers managed to grab the £1 rooms, including myself.  Last Monday, I […]

Last chance to get 25,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the Starwood Amex

Just a quick heads up that tomorrow is the last day to apply for the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card with the current 20,000 point bonus.  This can be transferred into 25,000 airline miles with most airlines including BA and Virgin. Full details of […]

Triple Avios (900-1,350 per day) with Hertz rentals!

There is only one way to earn Avios points when renting with Hertz and that is to credit them to Iberia Plus.  Hertz is not a British Airways partner. (Once in Iberia Plus you can easily move your Avios across to British Airways Executive Club […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 13 – Redeeming Avios for ‘no tax’ US domestic flights

EDIT:  This article has NOT been updated to reflect the Avios changes which took place on 28th April 2015.  A revised version of the article will be published on Head for Points in late May. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for […]

How to pay your January tax bill with an American Express card

If you are self-employed, 31st January is the day that you will need to make your final tax payment for the 2012-2013 tax year. HMRC now accepts credit cards for tax payment.  However, they do not accept American Express – only Visa and MasterCard.  And […]

Virgin Flying Club reducing transfer rate to Hilton HHonors – still worth it?

I made a throw-away remark in my post on Virgin and Tesco yesterday that Virgin Flying Club is reducing the transfer ratio of miles to Hilton HHonors points.  I want to look at that more closely today. The first thing to say is that it […]

A good deal? 30% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (www.shopperpoints.co.uk), which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? Tesco has launched a 30% bonus on transfers of Tesco […]

Last chance for the Hilton ‘Any Weekend, Anywhere’ sale

A quick reminder that the Hilton “Any Weekend, Anywhere” sale is coming to an end on Friday. What is interesting about this deal is that it is valid until the END of 2014, although you need to book before January 31st 2014.  Bookings must be prepaid and cannot […]

‘3 for 2’ on Starwood hotels in Asia with MasterCard

If you are heading to the Asia Pacific region (including Australia) this Spring, Starwood is offering a ‘3 for 2’ deal on a number of properties when you pay with a MasterCard. The website for the promotion is here. The list of participating hotels is […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 12 – How to redeem on Air Malta, Aurigny, Monarch and Flybe

EDIT:  This article has NOT been updated to reflect the Avios changes which took place on 28th April 2015.  A revised version of the article will be published on Head for Points in late May. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for […]

Reminder … IHG PointBreaks bookable from this afternoon

On  Saturday, I posted the list of hotels which will be bookable for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points in the latest round of PointBreaks. This is just a reminder that these hotels will open up for booking this afternoon, probably 2pm-ish as we hit […]

500 Avios, Miles & More or Virgin miles with new Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in conjunction with British Airways, although you can redeem the bonus with any of their partners. These sign-up bonuses come and go. This one is certainly not as […]