Thank you for visiting Head for Points, the UK’s largest frequent flyer blog. This page will explain more about the site, about me, and about what you will find here if you choose to become a regular reader (which I hope you do!).
What is Head for Points?
Head for Points is the only widely-read UK site dedicated exclusively to collecting airmiles and hotel loyalty points.
If you have an Avios account or are an enthusiastic British Airways Executive Club, Virgin Flying Club, Hilton HHonors, IHG Rewards Club, Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, Heathrow Rewards, American Express Membership Rewards etc etc member, then this is the place you have been looking for!
In a good week, Alexa.com ranks Head for Points as one of the 5,000 most visited websites in the UK.
Who writes it?
My name is Raffles. Well, not my real name (which is Rob) but the name I use on various online travel forums such as Flyertalk, Milepoint and TripAdvisor.
I launched Head for Points in mid 2012. The time seemed to be right for a dedicated UK site focussed on collecting Avios points.
In November 2013, Head for Points generated 452,000 page views (WP numbers) from 69,000 unique visitors to this website. A further 151,000 posts were distributed via email and 209,000 post summaries were sent out via Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin. 79% of readers are UK based.
What qualifies you to write Head for Points?
Posting as Raffles, I have been a leading contributor to Flyertalk since 2004.
More importantly, I have redeemed over 4 million airline miles and hotel points over the last decade. I currently have over 2.5 million Avios points and 10 million airline, hotel and credit card points in total.
You don’t get to those sort of numbers without learning a few tricks of the trade, which I hope to share here.
What do you write about?
There are usually three new posts each day. About 50% of the posts on Head for Points are about Avios points – how to earn them easily and cheaply and how to spend them most effectively. This means we cover:
- British Airways Executive Club
- Iberia Plus
We also cover other loyalty schemes which allow you to convert your points into Avios:
- American Express Membership Rewards
- Heathrow Rewards
- Tesco Clubcard
The other 50% of posts cover other airline, hotel and rail loyalty schemes of interest to someone based in the UK. These include:
- Virgin Atlantic Flying Club
- Miles & More
- Club Carlson
- Hilton HHonors
- Hyatt Gold Passport
- IHG Rewards Club
- Marriott Rewards
- Starwood Preferred Guest
- Avis Preferred
- Hertz Gold Plus Rewards
- East Coast Rewards
- Eurostar Frequent Traveller
… although, in reality, I will write about any scheme if it is offering a special promotion that I don’t want you to miss.
The blog also contains the UK’s leading loyalty credit card guide – click on ‘Credit Cards Update’, our comprehensive directory of UK airline and hotel credit cards, in the menu bar.
If you are a new reader to Head for Points, you can catch up with some of the most useful articles published over the last year by clicking on the ‘Favourite Posts‘ tab.
How can I receive Head for Points each day?
The best to way to read Head for Points is to bookmark www.headforpoints.com and check back daily to see what is new. New posts are usually uploaded by 7.45am UK time, seven days a week.
Alternatively, you can receive each new post by email. Simply fill in your email address in the box marked ‘Subscribe to New Posts’ that you will find in the right hand margin.
If you use an RSS reader such as Newsblur or Feedly, you can add us to your RSS feed by clicking on the icon in the sidebar.
If you visit the site in the morning, or take the RSS or email feed, it is worth popping back to the website later in the day to see the comments left by other readers. These often add valuable extra information (or correct my mistakes!).
You can also follow us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin. You will receive a summary of each new post in your feed and you can click through to read the full article if it sounds interesting.
Over 3,800 people currently subscribe to the email, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Linkedin feeds, so you will be in good company.
How can I contact you?
See the ‘Contact Me‘ page in the black menu bar
How is Head for Points funded?
Head for Points is funded via three routes – advertising on the site, our affiliate partners and via credit card referrals.
None of the content on Head for Points is reviewed, approved or endorsed by any of the companies with which I have a commercial relationship.
Advertising on the site
Our main affiliate partners – whose logos you will see in the right hand margin – are Amazon, ebay and InterContinental Hotels Group (InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo). Clicking on those logos will take you through to the relevant site.
Our aim at Head for Points is to always offer you the best value deal in every circumstance. InterContinental Hotels Group, ebay and Amazon are not available on cashback sites such as Quidco or the Avios e-store so you will not be losing out by using our links.
With InterContinental Hotels Group, we receive a commission on any hotel booking.
With Amazon, we receive a commission on all orders placed through the UK site. (Please note that a small number of niche Amazon product categories are offered on Quidco, but they represent only a tiny percentage of Amazon’s product lines.)
With ebay, we receive a commission for any action you complete. This includes buying an item, listing an item or just placing a bid.
I also have a referral link to cashback site TopCashBack. This is an exciting new way of collecting Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles, as you can now choose to have your cashback sent to Tesco Clubcard, from where you can convert it into miles. More information on earning Avios points via TopCashBack can be found here.
I may also receive a commission if you use some of the links on the site to American Express, Quidco, the Post Office, Hilton, Hyatt, Radisson and Marriott.
American Express, Virgin Flying Club and Tesco MasterCard card referrals
I am happy to refer readers who want to apply for the British Airways American Express credit cards, the American Express Platinum or Preferred Rewards Gold charge cards, the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card, the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club White or Black credit cards or the Tesco MasterCard.
I receive some Avios points, Membership Rewards points, Starwood points, Virgin Flying Club miles or Clubcard points in return for referring you, and you receive a bigger sign-up bonus than you would otherwise receive. Further details on card referrals can be found on the ‘Credit Cards Update‘ page.