Bits: Avis comp winners, Star Alliance HEx upgrade is back, Melia sale + new Frankfurt hotel

News in brief:

Did you win 18,000 Avios from Avis?

I heard from six readers yesterday who were among the 100 people who won 18,000 Avios in the recent Avis competition we wrote about.

Do post below if you won but didn’t contact me yesterday.  I would be interested to see how many of us won.

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Star Alliance Gold free Heathrow Express upgrade is back

It seems that Star Alliance and Heathrow Express have kissed and made up.  After a brief hiatus, I have now had a couple of reports that conductors are again now allowing Star Alliance Gold cardholders to upgrade to First Class for free on Heathrow Express.

Air Canada even emailed its elite members about the offer this week so I confident that you won’t be sent down to Standard Class if you give it a go.

ME London strand

Melia Rewards launches Autumn sale

Melia Hotels has launched its Autumn sale with headline discounts of up to 45%.  This includes the ME London, sponsor of our recent competition.  The booking page is here.

Melia has also launched a brand new INNSIDE four-star business hotel in Frankfurt this weeksee here – which has low opening rates at the moment.

You need to book here by 31st October for stays until 31st January.  You must sign up to Melia Rewards to get the full discount – the maximum saving for non-members is 30%.

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  1. I remember a few years ago getting an email from BA for gold cardholders to get a free upgrade. I think in that case you needed to book through a special link but I wasn’t too bothered at the time as I always used a railcard discount at the time and these weren’t eligible for the upgrade. Are you aware whether this offer is still available or was it a limited time promotion?

    Heathrow Rewards gave me a one time upgrade in September. Again no discounts for railcards but I decided to use it as I was travelling in the evening peak and meant I could get a seat.

  2. The Melia book now link 404s for me :(

  3. My wife and I entered the Avis comp every day but no luck here!

  4. Ann Johnson says:

    I also won 18,000 avios points with the Avis competition. Many thanks for the excellent tips and advice on this site.

  5. enter these comps all the time and never win anthing

  6. I won too – thanks for the tip!

  7. I won too, got the email yesterday and I posted a comment back on the original article about the offer.
    Thanks to Anika and Rob for flagging the competition.

  8. Didn’t win, think my card is marked with BA after winning a meal for 2 at L’atelier Rochulon last year via a competition in The Club

  9. I didn’t win either :-( I entered every day and could’ve done with those avios for an upcoming Avis booking ….feeling sad

    • Ditto. With my luck recently I should be happy with wining 35p at Top Cashback Halloween prize.

      OT gives £75 amazon voucher for life insurance which can be bought from £5pm. Voucher is paid after 5th payment.

  10. Hi Rob, I also was lucky enough to win some avios yesterday. Thanks once again to HfP!

  11. chris1922 says:

    Another winner here ! A very welcome boost after the loss of my Diamond Club cards,and also offsets my recent upgrade form F out J return, to F both ways, to Boston. Now the A380 is on the route :)

  12. I won! Recently got a tip from a friend about your site, then read about the competition, entered every day – probably ten/eleven times in all, and yesterday received an email saying I’d been successful. Well chuffed! Thanks for the heads-up… and thanks John!

  13. Nobody in my family won anything but I’m still delighted to see so many HFP readers win :) Last thing I remember winning was a bottle of damson wine at a village fair as a kid decades ago, I’ve never drunk wine since.

  14. Wow seems to be a load of winner from HFP! congrats!

    I entered all days for a family of 5 – nobody has won as far as I know!

  15. Serena Stone says:

    Entered most days but didn’t win. Well done to those HFP that did win x

  16. I was one of the winners of the BA competition 18000 Avios! Nice surprise and only knew about it because Head for Points told me about it thank you

  17. Nothing here, have not won anything for a while now. Did get 1,000 avios back for the buy-on-board food thing though, but I will likely spend more than that on the flight though.

  18. Entered every day, bar the first, and received a winning email yesterday.

  19. I most likely haven’t won but unfortunately I don’t have access to that email address for the next couple of weeks (out of mobile coverage and work computer blocks web mail!) – do you need to respond to them if you have won or do the points just appear in your account?

  20. Emily, no need to respond to the email – if indeed you received one! – and it says the points should appear on your BA Executive Club account within eight weeks.

  21. I won and I never win anything – until now! Entered every day. Thanks so much HFP!

  22. Rob, I won the 18k avios too! I entered (nearly) every day for everyone in my household account! Thanks for posting about the competition!

  23. Just to say thanks to your site I entered for the additional Avios competition and received an email yesterday saying I’d won.

    So many thanks!

  24. melonfarmer says:

    Hi Rob, I won too after entering every day. Thanks for letting me know.

  25. FYI I’ve received 1000 Avios on for collecting somewhere new. Converted £1.34 to 169 Avios.

  26. I’ve also received my 1k bonus. Colour me impressed! I got mine by transferring one Tesco voucher.

    This just goes to show that if the site is on top of these promos, they can award the bonuses QUICKLY.

    Virgin Flying Club take note!

    Now, can BA do the same with their bonus?

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