Archives for October 2015

20% bonus on Tesco Clubcard conversions to Avios!

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? British Airways Executive Club has announced the first “open to […]

Avios.com halves your earning rate when booking a package holiday or cruise

Avios.com (not British Airways Executive Club) is, technically, a travel agency.  You may not be aware that you can use them to book a package holiday and earn yourself bonus Avios points in the process. The bad news is that the earnings rate has recently been […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (4): British Airways American Express

This review was updated in October 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the free British Airways American Express credit card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards […]

New British Airways Club World (£1,500) and First sale – travel until September 2016

British Airways launched its Autumn premium cabin sale yesterday. Flights are bookable until 12th November. What is interesting about the sale is that you can book until September 2016 on many routes – a substantially larger window than usual.  The absolute latest date is 15th October […]

Bits: BA Gate 365 deals, Gatwick rail closure for 10 days

News in brief: Large bonuses at the ba.com Gate 365 shopping channel Whilst there haven’t been any emails about this, British Airways is currently offering some very large bonuses via its Gate 365 shopping mall. The White Company, for instance, is currently offering 24 Avios […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (3): American Express Platinum charge card

This review was updated in October 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the American Express Platinum charge card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not […]

Bits: IHG’s best sale is coming back, BA launches LHR to Billund, Hyatt to buy Starwood?

News in brief: IHG’s Winter Sale to return on 5th November – rooms from £29? IHG announced yesterday that its Winter sale will be returning on 5th November.  Full details are here. This has, historically, offered excellent deals – as low as £20 per night […]

BA to increase the cost of Avios redemptions in the United States

British Airways announced yesterday that it is to increase the cost of some Avios redemptions on American Airlines and Alaska Airlines flights in the US. You can read the full announcement on ba.com here. For US residents – and UK residents on holiday in the […]

Good Etihad business class deals ex-Paris (eg Maldives £1,070) – valid to September 2016

Today is the last day of an Etihad sale which has been running over the last few days. For some reason I was only sent details of the European fares yesterday. In general, there is nothing to get excited about from most countries, including the UK. […]

15% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers into Virgin Flying Club miles

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Virgin miles?  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? Virgin Atlantic appears to be lining up another Tesco […]

Bits: £1000 PremEco to Sydney, Luxury Travel Diary auctions, Nectar profit falls, Expedia / hotels.com sale

Some news in brief: £1,000 Premium Economy fares to Sydney ex-Dublin Reader Paul dropped me a line to say that he had just booked a very competitive £1,015 Premium Economy fare to Sydney.  This was on British Airways, starting the journey in Dublin. I was […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (2): American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card

This review was updated in October 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (Amex Gold) charge card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards […]

Bits: Qatar adds Birmingham, Tesco ‘double up’ – better than Avios?, AA ‘buy miles’ bonus

News in brief: Qatar Airways to launch services from Birmingham In great news for HFP readers in the Midlands, Qatar Airways has announced that it will launch daily flights from Birmingham to Doha on 30th March. Not content with doing things by half, Qatar is […]

New Vueling routes, bookable with Avios, from Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh

Vueling is the Spanish version of easyJet.  Few people know that it is owned by IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus. Whilst British Airways has essentially abandoned flights from UK regional airports, IAG has decided that Vueling (pronounced bwel-ing) with […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (1): American Airlines AAdvantage American Express & Visa

This review was updated in September 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the American Airlines AAdvantage credit card issued in the UK by MBNA. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK […]