Archives for December 2015

Review of the Al Safwa First Class lounge at Hamad Airport, Doha – one of the most impressive structures of our time

This is a continuation of my recent Middle East trip report.  Regular readers will remember that I spent the night in The Airport Hotel inside Doha’s Hamad International Airport. This is my review of the new Al Safwa First Class Lounge at Hamad International Airport, […]

Bits: got Shangri-La points expiring today?, Lufthansa and SWISS sale ex-Dublin, AwardWallet 3-month Premium codes

The final bits of news in brief for the year: Do you have Golden Circle points expiring today? If you earned a pile of Shangri-La Golden Circle points from their big 2013 promotion, they will be expiring today if you failed to use them. It […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (18): Starwood Preferred Guest / SPG American Express

This review was updated in September 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) American Express credit card issued in the UK. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major […]

A devaluation or a bargain? IHG drops purchase price of points to 0.6c

In general, when I write about IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental scheme), I say that I value their points at 0.5p. This is based on my tendency to redeem 50,000 points for five-star hotels which would otherwise cost £250 per night. […]

Bits: Business Traveller charity Christmas auction bargains, Virgin extends leisure routes

News in brief: Get a bargain in the Business Traveller charity auction Business Traveller magazine is once again running its annual online charity auction. This year the cause is The Royal Hospital for Neuro-Disability in Putney. BT has an unbeatable contact list in the industry and they […]

35 AwardWallet 6-month upgrade vouchers (worth $10 each) to give away today

There is only one miles and points tool that I use every day – and have done for a number of years – and that is AwardWallet.  There has always been a link to them from the “I Also Recommend …..” section at the bottom […]

320 free Avios for everyone via Iberia’s e-shopping mall

(EDIT:  both of these offers have been pulled by Iberia!) Iberia, BA’s sister airline, recently launched its own online shopping mall called Iberia PluStore.  This is very similar to the British Airways Gate 365 operation, allowing you to earn a few Avios by funnelling your […]

Bits: worst value IHG redemption ever?, get missing Accor points reinstated, travel agency ditches card fees

News and musings in brief: The worst IHG redemption I’ve ever seen – is this where Istanbul is now? In February I will be heading down to Istanbul for a couple of days to check out Turkish Airlines long haul aircraft and their widely applauded […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (17): Lufthansa Miles & More American Express & Visa

This review was updated in October 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the Lufthansa Miles & More UK credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and […]

Bits: No 1 Traveller lounge deal, more sales and Luxury Travel Diary auctions

More news in brief: No 1 Traveller deal on Groupon Airport lounge group No 1 Traveller, whose facilities I have reviewed positively many times on HFP, has an offer on Groupon for the next few days. For £22.50, you can buy a pass for one […]

My review of The Airport Hotel inside Hamad Airport, Doha

This is my review of The Airport Hotel, situated inside Hamad Airport in Doha. I think I am safe in saying that this is the only hotel in the world where you can look out of your window and see a 23 foot high teddy […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (16): Lloyds Choice Rewards American Express & MasterCard

This review was updated in September 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the Lloyds Choice Rewards credit cards. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether […]

Bits: Avis airport car rentals now £2!, 100 free Heathrow Rewards points, Tesco deals summary

News in brief: Avis now offering one-way car rentals from London airports from £2! On Christmas Eve, I wrote about how Avis is offering car rentals from Gatwick, Heathrow Terminals 2-4, Heathrow Terminal 5 (separate pick-up area), Luton and Stansted for £20. This deal was obviously not met […]

Important dates for your diary – year-end edition!

Here is a special edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. This list looks at just one day – deals which are ending […]

My review of the Qatar Airways First Class …… bus!

On Christmas Eve I reviewed my First Class flight on Qatar Airways from Abu Dhabi to Doha.  It was, clearly, a ‘splurge’ in terms of an Avios redemption – it cost 18,000 points vs 4,500 for economy. However, there was one thing that happened right at the […]