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.

ARCC: a new way to keep your Amex points when cancelling Gold or Platinum

One of the downsides of cancelling an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum charge card is that you are required to empty out your Membership Rewards points account. The Preferred Rewards Gold card is free in year 1 and comes with a sign-up bonus […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary deals, bargain at the new IC Perth, Etihad business sale

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions ending soon The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped us a line about a new wave of its auctions that are closing within the next 48 hours. Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the standard […]

Club Carlson family room redemptions …. a good deal or not?

If you have kids, hotel reward redemptions can be a bit messy.  Most programmes only make standard rooms available for redemption and, especially in big cities, these are small with a maximum occupancy of two people. (There are exceptions – in London, Holiday Inn Mayfair, […]

Virgin Flying Club – what are the best partner awards, whilst we wait for Air France / KLM?

Potentially the biggest upheaval in the UK frequent flyer game in 2018 is going to be the addition of Air France and KLM as Virgin Atlantic Flying Club partners. As I wrote here, Air France and KLM are, subject to regulatory approval (which will take […]

How to swap points between programmes with www.points.com

If you have ever bought Avios, IHG Rewards Club points or various other miles, you may have noticed that your credit card statement showed ‘points.com’ as the merchant. points.com is a 2-legged business, half of which is handling ‘buy points’ requests for various frequent traveller schemes. […]

Great deal: Qatar Business Class, Prague to Shanghai, for £885 return with 560 BA tier points!

(EDIT:  Availability at this price has dried up considerably since we published this article on Saturday morning, but there are still pockets of availability.) Qatar Airways has launched an excellent sale fare between Prague and Shanghai. (Qatar Airways has a history of launching random sale […]

Get a 35% bonus on hotel transfers to Avios – but is it a good deal?

It was due a return and now it is back.  I’m talking about the ‘bonus when you transfer your hotel loyalty points to British Airways Avios‘ promotion. The ba.com page for the offer can be found here. As with the last two versions of this offer, which […]

Do you know that Amex has a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena?

Yesterday I told you about the long list of new conerts at the O2  Arena in Greenwich which are now bookable with Starwood Preferred Guest or Marriott Rewards points.  These allow you to see your favourites artists from the comfort of the SPG Suite, including […]

Good deal – earn 6,000 Avios or €120 credit for 3 x 2-night Accor stays

Accor Hotels, which own Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman etc, has brought back its potentially generous promotion to earn 6,000 bonus Avios or €120! You will earn €120 of Accor hotel vouchers or 6,000 Avios (or a variable […]

My trip to the Austrian Airlines maintenance hangar!

I am spending this week shuttling between Vienna, Brussels and Mallorca as part of an organised trip for aviation enthusiasts who want to get a closer look at the workings of an airline. On Wednesday I got to visit the Austrian Airlines technical facility at Vienna […]

I try out the amazing new Qatar Airways Qsuite (without flying anywhere)

This is my review of the Qatar Airways business class Qsuite ….. sort of. We covered the launch of the brand new ‘closing doors’ Qatar Airways business class Qsuite product at the ITB travel show in Berlin back in March – see here. It is […]

Which is the best hotel at Vienna Airport? NH or Moxy?

This is my review of the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel. I wasn’t actually planning to review the two nights I spent at the NH Vienna Airport Conference Center hotel this week.  However there is a new MOXY (Marriott brand) hotel directly behind the NH […]

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 […]