Head for Points frequent flyer articles by Rob

Rob is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on business travel, air miles, travel loyalty programmes and loyalty credit cards. He is regularly featured in the media and speaks at travel, loyalty, credit card and performance marketing conferences. He also acts as a consultant to merchants looking to design attractive reward or benefit programmes.

He currently has over 2 million Avios points and over 7 million airline, hotel and credit card points in total, and has redeemed over 10 million airline miles and hotel and credit card points over the last decade. He is an ex-City of London private equity and venture capital investor.

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own

18 months ago I ran this post on ‘What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?‘.  This was fundamentally about which cards you should, long term, end up keeping in your wallet and generated a lot of discussion.  I will run an updated version soon. […]

How to convert Marriott or SPG points into Hilton or IHG points

Because most frequent traveller currencies can either be converted into a different one, or can be earned by converting something else, there are always odd opportunities that get thrown up. Sometimes you can do a conversion which you logically would not expect to be possible. […]

Get 2,500 Avios or other miles with a Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – launched a generous sign-up bonus in April worth up to 2,500 points. I thought it was worth reminding you about this deal today as the code is still valid until the end of […]

PINNED TO MONDAY: Earn 3,600 Avios with £75 LEGO City spend

If you spend £75 on LEGO City toys at Tesco Direct before midnight on Monday you will receive 1,500 extra Tesco Clubcard points. These will transfer into 3,600 Avios or 3,750 Virgin Flying Club miles – plus the miles from the Clubcard points on your base […]

Bits: whopping 3600 Avios with new £75 LEGO deal, Sunday Times £30 deal working again (perhaps)

News in brief: 3,600 Avios with £75 LEGO City spend Tesco Direct has launched a fantastic new LEGO deal. As you can see here, you will will earn 1,500 bonus Clubcard points (worth 3,600 Avios or 3,750 Virgin Flying Club miles) if you spend £75 […]

Fascinating article on the Imperial Airways Empire Air Terminal at Victoria

A month ago I ran this article on the West London Air Terminal which elicited a lot of positive feedback. Despite having passed the massive Sainsbury’s supermarket on Cromwell Road many, many times, I never knew that it was originally the check-in terminal for Heathrow. […]

How to earn miles when using your mobile abroad, with ‘Travelling Connect’

Travelling Connect is a nifty mileage earning opportunity for – primarily – the travelling business person who uses their phone heavily outside the UK. It is, if nothing else, genius in its simplicity. All you need to do is register your mobile number and then […]

British Airways announces New Orleans ….. Avios redemptions wide open

As I predicted the other day, British Airways has announced a new route to New Orleans. The first flight will depart on 27th March 2017. There will be four flights per week departing on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The aircraft to be used will […]

Swap your Avios for beer … or wine …. or Bollinger!

Not many people know that British Airways Executive Club has a service, in association with their wine partner Laithwaites, to allow you to trade your Avios for beer, wine or champagne! The good news is that the alcohol is genuinely free.  You don’t need to pay […]

Bits: Win 1 million Amex Membership Rewards points, win a trip to New York with Hotels.com

News in brief: Win 1 million Membership Rewards points! American Express launched a competition yesterday to win 1 million Membership Rewards points …. but it comes with a catch. 1m Membership Rewards points would get you 1 million Avios points, 2 million Hilton HHonors points, […]

American Airlines First Class Avios redemptions to get cheaper but tier points cut

For people who look to earn British Airways status via a tier point run – booking a specific flight primarily because of the number of tier points earned – it seems like the biggest gravy train is pulling out of the station. Two class American […]

Bits: 20% bonus converting Marriott to American, 25% hotel to United bonus, Hilton / Flying Blue bonus

News in brief: Marriott launches conversion bonus to American Airlines Marriott Rewards is currently offering a 20% bonus if you convert your points into American Airlines miles. Full details are on the American Airlines site here.  The offer runs until 14th November. This includes miles transferred […]

What are the best ‘first’ loyalty credit cards to get?

Head for Points was due to be featured in The Daily Mail today, although at the last minute it was pushed back to next Wednesday’s Money Mail.  I had written this as an intro piece for Mail readers – I will need to repeat it […]

How to use SPG and Marriott points for a cheap African holiday

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member who now finds that they can convert their points into Marriott Rewards, you might not be aware of the great value deals that Marriott has in Africa.  Even some Marriott Rewards members may not know about the […]

Bits: Avis comp winners, Star Alliance HEx upgrade is back, Melia sale + new Frankfurt hotel

News in brief: Did you win 18,000 Avios from Avis? I heard from six readers yesterday who were among the 100 people who won 18,000 Avios in the recent Avis competition we wrote about. Do post below if you won but didn’t contact me yesterday.  I would […]

British Airways scraps Chengdu, to launch New Orleans?

British Airways announced yesterday that it is closing its route to Chengdu in China after three years. I have been calling out this route since it launched.  I was told by a BA employee that the plug was very nearly pulled before a single flight […]

Bits: bonus Heathrow Rewards points on ‘collect on return’, Thistle London deals

News in brief: Bonus Heathrow Rewards points on offer Heathrow Rewards has launched two new bonus point offers, one of which is very easy to achieve. The first bonus is 250 Heathrow Rewards points (=250 Avios or other miles or a £2.50 shopping voucher) for […]