Archives for July 2017

Low-cost NYC with, erm, Primera Air from B’ham and London – book or avoid?

One thing about getting older is that you get a better sense of perspective on news announcements.  This is why I wasn’t rushing to write an article when that well-known airline Primera Air announced low-cost flights to New York and Boston from Birmingham and Stansted. […]

Bits: changes to HFP August posting, three offers closing today, United launches Denver

News in brief: Changes to Head for Points posting for August As is now traditional, Head for Points will be dropping the ‘three posts per day’ schedule for August. History shows that there isn’t a great deal of news about this month.  If there are […]

BOOKABLE THIS AFTERNOON: New IHG PointBreaks list of 100 x 5,000 point hotels

I ran the list of new IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) PointBreaks redemptions on Saturday.  I am running it again today for those people who don’t check the site over the weekend, and as a reminder to everyone […]

Why you shouldn’t waste Avios on Club Europe redemptions from London City

If you are a newcomer to the world of Avios, I generally recommend that you try Club Europe business class on short-haul redemptions from Heathrow or Gatwick. I know that this view is not universally shared! But, if you aren’t used to premium class travel, it opens […]

Bits: win with The Times and The Telegraph travel awards, no more Nectar points on easyJet

News in brief: Win great prizes with The Times Travel Awards Voting is now open for the annual Times / Sunday Times / Sunday Times Travel Magazine awards.  It is worth taking a look because entering gets you into a prize draw with some very, […]

500 Virgin miles for joining IHG Rewards Club – no stay required!

(EDIT: despite how this promo is described, both on the IHG and Virgin sites, the small print says that you must sign up AND stay to get the 500 miles. I assume that is correct and that the main pages on the offer, which I […]

BA Holidays Flash Sale – New York in Club World with hotel from £1293!

British Airways Holidays has launched another special Club World promotion for travel over Christmas or in 2018 on some routes to the US and Canada. There are some decent prices here but you need to book by Monday 31st July. The prices are not as […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 100 x 5,000 point hotels released, book on Monday

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All of the hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points […]

Bits: new low tax Toronto Avios redemptions on airberlin, Pine Cliffs with SPG Moments

News in brief: airberlin launches new Toronto service As I wrote in this long article, airberlin offers an excellent way to fly to North America with Avios without paying much in the way of taxes and charges. When Anika flew from New York to Berlin […]

Air France KLM buys 31% of Virgin Atlantic – and you will be able to redeem Flying Club miles on them

A complex merry-go-round of corporate activity was announced last night which will lead to …. well, it isn’t fully clear. You can find full details on the Virgin Atlantic website here. In the first transaction, Delta Air Lines and China Eastern Airlines have each agreed to buy […]

Bits: IHG 5,000 points PointBreaks preview – with a London-ish hotel!, HFP on Rip-Off Britain

News in brief: Shock as London-ish property hits IHG PointBreaks! IHG Rewards Club will be releasing the list of new ‘5,000 point per night’ PointBreaks redemptions during Friday. We will run it on HFP on Saturday and the rooms will become bookable on Monday afternoon. […]

No conversion bonus, but win a share of 1 million Avios with Clubcard

Anyone who was hoping for a conversion bonus of Tesco Clubcard points to Avios this quarter (but is anyone still that optimistic?!) will be disappointed. We don’t know what the ba.com offer will be yet, but avios.com has launched another competition. This is how it […]

Bits: New BA First Liberty washbags, trick when earning Avios with SriLankan

News in brief: New Liberty washbags for British Airways First Class If you are flying in British Airways First Class from the end of the month, you should get the latest version of the Liberty wash bag which features a new print.  They contain lip […]

Last chance to earn Avios with Business Traveller – and get free GHA Platinum status

Business Traveller magazine is ending its partnership with Avios on 30th September.  If you didn’t think there was any reason to subscribe, because you always pick one up in the airport, read on …. Until 30th September, new subscribers will earn: 400 Avios on a […]

Get 3000 Flying Club miles with Virgin Money International Money Transfer

When we wrote about the new Virgin Money partnership with Virgin Atlantic yesterday, we mentioned that Virgin used to offer miles on money transfers but the deal had now ended. It turns out that it was quietly brought back on 1st July.  Virgin Money International Money Transfer […]