British Airways launches new route to the Seychelles – but Avios seats snapped up

(EDIT: the comments below suggest that more Avios seats, including some in First Class, have opened up overnight so you might still get lucky!) British Airways has confirmed the rumours we discussed yesterday about a possible (re)launch of a direct flight from London Heathrow to […]

Bits: avid hotels confirmed as a new IHG brand, how to save £68 tax on Avios flights to Cape Town

News in brief: avid hotels confirmed as the new IHG hotel brand Back in June IHG announced plans for a new midscale brand.  It has now confirmed the name and concept, although it doesn’t seem as if they will be in Europe for a few […]

Bits: new SLH scheme with free Amex upgrade, who buys Air Berlin?, currency converter app

News in brief: Small Luxury Hotels launches new INVITED loyalty scheme I mentioned back in May that hotel marketing consortium Small Luxury Hotels of the World was scrapping its loyalty scheme, The Club. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury […]

REMINDER: Get exclusive benefits on luxury hotel bookings via Head for Points

I wanted to give our luxury hotel booking service another mention today.  Since I relaunched this eight months ago with Emyr Thomas of Bon Vivant, the feedback from Head for Points readers has been excellent.  Over £500,000-worth of rooms have been booked so far. Here […]

How to get a better Avios Oz / New Zealand deal using the multi-partner chart

I get a steady stream of emails asking about how to book Avios tickets to Australia or New Zealand.  My honest answer is – don’t bother.  Use cash. There are three reasons for this: Avios availability, if using a 2-4-1 voucher, is exceptionally hard to […]

Bits: BA launching Seychelles today?, new Avios and Virgin in-store partners, new Hilton Curio in South of France

News in brief: British Airways (re)launching the Seychelles today? (EDIT:  This is now bookable, on Wednesday and Saturday from 24th March 2018.  A lot of Club World redemption availability seems to have gone already!) According to the rumour mill, which includes tweets from BA pilots, […]

2 odd routes to oneworld (=BA) status – pay £190 per month or match via airberlin or Lufthansa

Two slightly obscure alternatives have come up if you are looking to earn British Airways status. To be honest, the easiest way to get Silver status in British Airways Executive Club – which is the one to aim for, because it gives lounge access and […]

How to pay (almost) ANY bill with an Amex or other card, with Billhop

A couple of Head for Points readers have contacted us recently suggesting that we take a look at Billhop as an easy way of running up credit and charge card spending by paying your day-to-day bills.  It does seem interesting and, for some HFP readers, […]

Bits: last day for our Scotland competition, Qatar sale and 10% off code, Cathay sale, HFP on mobile

News in brief: Last chance to enter our Scotland competition If you haven’t entered already, today is the last chance to enter our Chivas Regal whisky competition. One reader will win an exclusive VIP visit to the Strathisla distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the home […]

Earn double Avios on restaurant bookings for the rest of the year

Back in April, Avios launched Restaurant Circle, a new restaurant booking portal that would let you earn Avios when making a reservation. You will earn 250 Avios every time you make a restaurant booking through the portal. How does it work? You need to create a Restaurant […]

Bits: why BA changed the Club World bedding, pigeons in the BA lounge, 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus

Some slightly trivial news in brief! New PR shot of the improved Club World bedding I was sent a new PR photo of the improved ‘The White Company’ Club World bedding which is soon to be rolled out on the JFK route – see below. […]

Bits: Lufthansa Asia sale, 1000 Heathrow Rewards from Rocketmiles, Virgin sale extended

News in brief: Good Lufthansa sale to Asia from UK Whilst the current Qatar Airways sale is a weak, as I will run through tomorrow, Lufthansa has launched some surprisingly decent deals to Asia.  You can also travel on SWISS on some routes. Based on […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly 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. The key deal closing week is the VERY easy ‘500 or 1,000 […]

Bits: Qatar launches Cardiff with a 787, last call for 500 Avios with £25 Amazon spend, Charles Tyrwhitt sale

News in brief: Qatar Airways to launch Cardiff with a Boeing 787 I must be honest.  When Qatar Airways announced its plans to launch flights from Cardiff, I assumed that it would use a short-haul aircraft.  This is what it does out of some other […]

New travel (and High Street) cashback deals launched for HSBC and First Direct customers

Both HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have jumped on the cashback statement credit bandwagon.  This is excellent news for readers who bank with either of these groups – which includes myself – as there is a good opportunity to save some money on your […]