British Airways announces its in-flight service cuts for August!

It is hard to believe, but British Airways has now started making a regular monthly anouncement of the latest cuts to its in-flight service. From early July, as you may remember, we saw: First Class: Amuse bouche removed from the meal service Blanket removed from day […]

Holiday Tips 3 – earning miles when ordering foreign currency

This is third part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series this week, covering ways of earning miles and points from every aspect of your holiday planning.  Earlier articles covered earning miles from your credit card abroad and earning miles from airport car parking. Even if you […]

Hilton tightens up on its Gold and Diamond status match

Hilton HHonors has been running an official status match programme for a few months. This is a fantastic opportunity to leverage your existing status in another hotel scheme to get Gold or Diamond status until March 2018. However, if you haven’t applied yet, your life has just […]

VERY generous Avios promo from Accor (at least 9 Avios per £1!) – and why you should credit to Iberia

Le Club AccorHotels, the loyalty scheme for Sofitel, Ibis, Novotel, Mercure, M Gallery and Pullman, has launched an interesting ‘triple Avios’ promotion with Iberia Plus and British Airways Executive Club. The offer runs until 12th October although you need to book by 12th September. Existing bookings made […]

Holiday Tips 2 – the best ways of earning miles with your credit card abroad

In Part 1 of Holiday Tips on Wednesday, I looked at ways to earn points when booking airport car parking.  Today I want to provide an updated look at the best ways to earn points when using your credit card abroad. Something I stress on Head for […]

Heading to Dubai or Abu Dhabi? Get discounts at Jumeirah properties with isme

If you are tempted by the current ‘25% off Avios redemptions to the Middle East’ promotion or Etihad’s sale fare of £1,179 in Business Class to Abu Dhabi, this offer will be of interest. Jumeirah is the Dubai-based hotel group which owns some of the […]

Avios withdraws the Lloyds Premier Avios credit card

Avios has withdrawn the £140 Lloyds Premier Avios credit card (not the £24 Lloyds Avios credit card) to new applicants.  The final day to apply was 13th July. I honestly don’t know why the card has gone.  I doubt it is linked to the imposition […]

25% off Avios redemptions to the Middle East – but NOT with a BA Amex 241 voucher

British Airways Executive Club and avios.com are offering a 25% discount on Avios redemptions to the Middle East booked via their respective websites.  Full details can be found here. (EDIT:  I reworked this article when it became clear that this deal cannot be combined with […]

Bits: Etihad sale (Abu Dhabi A380 from £1179), please Like our Facebook articles!

News in brief: Etihad launches UK sale from £1,179 Etihad is running a short sale which carries on until 24th July. If you can’t find the dates you want in the ‘Avios 25% discount’ promotion (see my other article today) then this is a decent […]

Holiday Tips 1 – how to earn Avios and get the best deals on airport car parking

With the schools having broken up, over the next few days I will running updated versions of my annual travel planning series.  This will cover the best ways of earning or redeeming miles and points to get the best value from your Summer travel. “How to get a discount […]

Are ‘Your Rate’ and cheap breakfasts undermining the InterContinental Ambassador free night voucher?

InterContinental Ambassador is a special loyalty scheme which is ONLY valid at InterContinental hotels.  It works alongside IHG Rewards Club and you still receive points for your stay as usual. Ambassador has two differences to the usual loyalty scheme: First, you need to pay to […]

Bits: £10 cashback at Manchester Airport, double PartnerPlusBenefit points, Dinner In The Sky

News in brief: Travelex offering £10 cashback to spend at Manchester Airport Travelex is offering travellers flying from Manchester Airport an interesting deal over the Summer. If you pre-order £500 of currency from Travelex to collect at the airport, they will reimburse you any purchase you […]

Why Hotels.com Rewards may be better for you than hotel loyalty schemes

Yesterday I reviewed a stay at the Park Hyatt Hamburg which I paid for using a Hotels.com Rewards free night. I said that I would take a longer look today at Hotels.com Rewards and why, for some people, it may be a better option than focussing on […]

Random thoughts: T5 Fast Track, Zipcar by the mile, why I’m moving to Paris for 5 days!

Here are a few random observations from the last couple of weeks which you might find useful! Try the new Fast Track security channel at Heathrow Terminal 5 At some point in the last year, a new – totally separate – Fast Track security channel […]

Bits: Dublin Airport opens US preclearance lounge (with photos), South African Airways sale

News in brief: Dublin Airport opens a new US preclearance lounge One benefit of booking an Avios redemption to the United States on Aer Lingus is the incredibly low taxes.  These are usually around £75 return in Business Class, compared to £500 on British Airways – […]

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com

If you are looking to redeem for Avios points for flights to South America, you may end up redeeming on BA’s sister airline Iberia.   With its flat bed seating now in place and new aircraft coming on stream, Iberia is a perfectly good option these days.  […]

Using my Hotels.com Rewards free night at the Park Hyatt Hamburg

This is my review of the Park Hyatt Hamburg hotel. There are only two hotels in the world that I book by default whenever I have to go to that city.  One is the InterContinental Le Grand in Paris which as I wrote here is, […]

LAST DAY: up to 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

This is a reminder that TODAY, 18th July, is the last day to buy IHG Rewards Club points with the current ‘up to 100%’ bonus. My wife has ‘purchase IHG Rewards Club points’ as one of her targets for the current Accelerate promotion.  If you […]