Archives for February 2014

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

Today I want to review Welcome Rewards, the loyalty programme for hotels.com. I have spent the last four 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 […]

British Airways Club World and Club Europe sale launched, book to February 2015!

BA has launched its latest business class sale covering a wide range of destinations in Club Europe, First and Club World. What is impressive is the booking period, which effectively lets you lock in a sale price for trips over the next 12 months.   […]

Miles & More introduces new benefits – but not if you fly on Star partners

Lufthansa’s Miles & More, the Lufthansa / Swiss / LOT / Austrian / Adria / Croatia / germanwings / Luxair / Brussels loyalty scheme, is a bit of mess. Earning rates have been cut back sharply, especially if you are not on a full fare ticket. […]

Holiday Inn Wembley – the best value redemption in London?

This is my review of the Holiday Inn hotel at Wembley, London. I mentioned a few weeks ago that, post a huge refurbishment the Holiday Inn Wembley was available for just 10,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night. This is astoundingly cheap.  For comparison, most […]

Got 15,000 unwanted Air Canada miles? (or other orphan miles?)

A reader recently dropped me an email to ask if I had any ideas about what to do with some orphaned Air Canada Aeroplan miles he had.  I thought the reply I gave him may be of interest to a few other people. First, some […]

10% off UK Marriott weekend breaks, plus 1,000 bonus points

Marriott Rewards has launched a weekend breaks promotion for the UK, running until April 28th. There are 50 participating hotels.  You will receive a 10% discount on the standard rate as well as receiving 1,000 bonus Marriott Rewards points.  You need to stay at least two […]

1 year of BA lounge access with Amex Platinum … you need to decide soon!

I wanted to gently remind everyone that time is running out if you want to apply for the American Express Platinum card in order to get the free Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold card. The last day to apply for the Cathay Pacific Gold […]

BA gives Euro members ANOTHER year on reduced tier point thresholds

When British Airways Executive Club was restructured in 2011, the biggest losers were members based in Continental Europe.  They had previously enjoyed far lower thresholds for earning Silver and Gold cards.  A Silver card required just 400 points (600 for a UK member) and Gold required just […]

25% bonus when you convert hotel points to American Airlines miles

American Airlines has copied BA’s popular promotion and is offering a 25% bonus when you convert your hotel points into American Airlines miles. You can find full details of this promotion here. The important thing to note is that not all hotel schemes are included.  […]

How Adam got Star Alliance Gold for 3 years in one trip!

A Head for Points reader got in touch with me on 11th December with a question.  Whilst a committed Avios collector, he had to travel to San Francisco for work and was required to fly on United Airlines.  He wanted to know if his miles would […]

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

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

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

In my other post today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme.  This post 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, unrivalled […]

More iPhone and iPad travel apps, chosen by our readers

Last Monday, I ran an article about the travel apps that I had downloaded to my new iPhone.  This brought a fantastic response from Head for Points readers who submitted lots of other ideas for apps to try. I thought it was worth summarising all […]

British Airways long-haul route changes at Gatwick for Winter 2014 (and Singapore ex-LHR goes A380)

British Airways has published its first raft of service changes for London Gatwick for the Winter season, which starts on 26th October.  All in all, it looks positive and reiterates BA’s commitment to the airport. Here are the highlights: Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic […]

2,000 bonus Starwood points for a 2-night Asia stay

Starwood Preferred Guest is running an attractive promotion in Asia to promote the addition of Virgin Australia as an airline partner.  You don’t have to have anything to do with Virgin Australia to take advantage, though! The promotion is straightforward.  You will receive 2,000 bonus SPG […]