Happy Christmas! Head for Points returns on Tuesday

Happy Christmas to you and your family. I hope you enjoy a well deserved break, wherever in the world you are.

(Do please post below if your travels have taken you anywhere exciting this Christmas.  I am in London with the in-laws!  Anika is in Hamburg with her family.)

Head for Points is taking a two day break. We will be back on Tuesday 27th with a review of my travel highlights and lowlights of 2016.

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If you want something to read in the meantime, take a look under the ‘Favourite Articles‘ tab where you will find my pick of the most relevant pieces published in 2016, including our ‘Avios Redemption University‘ series and all of our credit card reviews.

If you collect Avios via Tesco Clubcard, you may also want to take a look at the recent articles over at our sister site Shopper Points.

Thank you for your support over the past year.

(And thanks to Charles who created the above image for me four years ago!)

What were my travel highlights and lowlights of 2016?
Bits: free Uber rides tonight, buy Concorde seats, beat AwardWallet's price hike
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  1. Happy belated Christmas all.

    In HKG right now using three free IHG accelerate nights at IC HKG. Used 241 for PEK out, HND back. Off to Macao next then Seoul for New Year and then finish in Tokyo. Using Hilton Status all the way!

    Definitely some great tips and help from here including the comments!

  2. Merry Christmas! We’re at the IC Samui then heading to Conrad for New Year. All thanks in part to HFP. Enjoy a well deserved break Rob and Anika!

  3. Merry Christmas from Tokyo!

  4. Belated Happy Christmas to Rob, Anika and all HfPers! Currently in the BA (ex-bmi) lounge at GLA – first time in many years flying from this side of the Central Belt. Journey’s end is Goa, India (first visit to the country), via LHR and HYD. Amex 2-4-1 in use on the l/h sector.

  5. Andrew Clark says:

    Hmmm, just been credited for my car rental a couple of weeks back. Says 700 Avios rather than 18700. I wonder if the additional points will post or what this is….. anyone seen anything yet?

    • Same here wierdly I just checked out the blue and only saw 700. I’m sure they’ll post eventually.

      Merry Christmas rob and all off for a cheeky 3 days in Brussels tommorow. Sofitel Europe in a luxury room and club Europe flights for two adults and a 3 year old all for £546 in the sale a few weeks seemed a bit of a steal. Upgraded to a Suite at the sofitel Heathrow to start with aswell and I’m only Accor silver…Could be worse…

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Same here

      however, it said 8 weeks so will give it a while longer. Base points sometimes post quicker than bonuses.

      On another note anyone know who I contact to get my triple Base BA points for the offer that is on until end of Dec. Flew Finnair

  6. OT my Amazon order using the same Amex to use the £15 off £25 offer on 7th Amazon account was cancelled as it’s one per person. Thankfully got 6 through. Just need my dad’s card details to get one more offer.

    • Has anyone had 2 different Amex MR accounts work on the same Amazon a/c or can the AMEX16SWP only be used once per Amazon a/c?

      • I tried 2 different cards on the same account and it didn’t work the second time. It worked using a different amazon account but it sounds like if I’d used the same initial card on the second amazon account it would also have worked.

        • I did the later of those on my wife’s a/c. Can’t complain though same card got £15 off on 2 Amazon accounts.

  7. A belated Merry Christmas from A very sunny Lisbon on board the Ventura.

  8. Does anyone use their rewards card abroad irrespective of the fee?

    I recently got back from Germany and made several payments with my amex and paid substantially less than I would have in cash.

    Take one payment for example of €202.24 which I used my amex for. This cost me £178.10 which included a fee of £5.17. When I changed my money I literally received €1 for £1 in a high street travel agency. This, therefore, was nearly £25 cheaper than it would have been if I had used the cash I exchanged.

    Additionally, on my points statement I received 178 points, which included points for the fee which I didn’t realise amex did.

    • It’s still OK value but a fee free card saves another 3%. Or go with Lloyds for fee free plus Avios. Different if you need the spend to hit a bonus though, that then changes the equation.

    • It is, absolutely, cheaper to use a credit card with a 3% FX fee than taking out the equivalent in cash via a bureau de change.

      However, it is still 3% more expensive than using Supercard, Lloyds Avios Rewards, Halifax Clarity, Post Office and 2% more than using Curve.

    • What FX shop are you using to get £1:€1?!

      My go-to place (Covent Garden FX) is selling €1.15 for £1 today…

  9. Happy holidays from sunny Puerto Rico. Semi TP run booked in ex-Germany J sale for £900. Outbound in AA 77W via JFK to see friends and Xmas lights in NYC. Inbound via PHL in ex-LUS Envoy Class and BA 787-9 mini-cabin followed by 23hr in London for NYE countdown and fireworks. Free night certificate and 5-for-4 HHonors points redemption on Conrad New York and Caribe Hilton San Juan, respectively; both upgraded with Diamond status.

  10. Ailsa Gunn says:

    Hi we are in Naples, Florida. Flew BA to Miami on a very turbulent flight :(. Having a great time and fly home on 29th Dec to the cold weather of Leeds. Slowly trying to collect those points for a club trip soon and planning the next holiday to California in Summer. BA Sale is on but the flights in Summer are the same price as they were last week, so not sure if its a great sale – 286 each way. Happy Christmas everyone 🙂

    • Alisa I was seeing good WT+ fares to CA which potentially could be upgraded using Avios to Club. Don’t forget to try OAK as well as SAN as CA options for BA