Travelex replacing Moneycorp at Heathrow – what happens to the BA partnership?


During June, Travelex is taking over the Moneycorp foreign exchange desks at Heathrow. There seems to be a continual merry-go-round here, because it wasn’t too long ago that Moneycorp replaced American Express Currency Exchange. What is not clear at the moment is what happens to […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 150 x 5,000 point hotels below, book on Tuesday

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Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. These rooms are a fantastic deal All of the 150 hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club […]

More potential bargains in the latest Luxury Travel Diary charity auction

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Back in February I wrote about a charity auction being held at at It featured a large number of lots donated by many of the luxury hotels and suppliers featured on the site and yet, because it is a very niche site, there were clearly going […]

SUNDAY is your last day to book BA On Business redemptions at the old rates

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Sunday, May 24th, is your last day to book redemptions via the British Airways On Business programme (their small business loyalty scheme) before it closes for two days in advance of the relaunch. Full details of the upcoming changes can be found here at In some […]

British Airways launches new First, Club World and Club Europe sale


British Airways has launched a new Luxury World Sale focussing on Club Europe, Club World and First. On many routes you can book until 10th May 2016 for Gatwick and 10th April 2016 for Heathrow so you could potentially secure your Summer, October half term, Christmas and Easter 2016 […]

Book review: ‘Skyfaring – A Journey With A Pilot’ by Mark Vanhoenacker


If you are a Radio 4 listener you may – apart from hearing me on ‘You and Yours’ (!) – have recently heard British Airways pilot Mark Vanhoenacker reading his book ‘Skyfaring – A Journey With A Pilot‘. The publishers kindly sent me a copy to review […]

LAST CHANCE! Win an Apple Watch and 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles with HFP and Rocketmiles! Closes at midnight.

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Today is your LAST CHANCE to enter our fantastic competition in association with Rocketmiles. One lucky Head for Points reader will, at midnight UK time tonight (Friday), win a brand new Apple Watch plus 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles! With an Apple Watch selling for […]

Crazy new South Africa travel rules for children really are starting on 1st June

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Last September, I wrote about the ludicrous new rules which impact anyone flying into – or even transiting – South Africa with a child under 18. At the last minute, implementation of the new rules was delayed.  I think people expected them to be quietly […]

I check out the major refurbishment of Crowne Plaza London Kensington

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If you have ever driven from Central London to Heathrow, you will have passed the Crowne Plaza London Kensington on Cromwell Road, somewhat dwarfed by the 1960’s monstrosity that is the Holiday Inn Kensington Forum across the road. Converted from a row of Georgian townhouses, […]

DEAL DEAD: Register for £10 American Express cashback on £30 Amazon spend

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(EDIT, 8pm.  Well done everyone!  We have successfully exhausted the majority of the 8,000 registrations between us in just 6 hours and the deal is now closed.  Please do ensure that you spend £30 on each of the Amex cards you registered, even if you just buy a […]

Earn Avios via Clubcard testing new products for Bzzagent

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I thought I had seen every Tesco Clubcard earning option that there was, but I was wrong!  There are two that I never knew of until reader Karen pointed them out. The first is BzzAgent ( – the second will follow in a couple of […]

Bits: 50% off Singapore Airlines economy redemptions, £20 Uber bonus, £30 HotelTonight credit

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Some news in brief: Singapore Airlines launches ‘50% off’ sale on economy redemptions Singapore Airlines is currently offering selected routes – including London – at a 50% discount for redemptions. The bad news is that only economy seats are included!  You can only get this […]

What SAS taught me about how they decide which new routes to fly

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When I was at the SAS HQ in Stockholm last week (photo from their lobby below), I sat through a lecture on route management.  In particular, how SAS – with a fleet of 12 long haul aircraft – decides which new routes to serve.  I thought […]

Hilton launches Summer Sale with 30% off across EMEA

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Hilton has launched its annual Summer Sale, with decent discounts available across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The sale offers a fixed 30% off the standard Best Available Rate, albeit that sale rates require prepayment and are non-refundable. An additional 5% discount is available […]

I just emptied out my East Coast Rewards account ….

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Well, that is another one I can delete from my Award Wallet home page!  Yesterday I managed to empty out my East Coast Rewards account. I had 956 points remaining, with a big chunk due to expire in June.  I booked a return First Class ticket up […]

REMINDER: Win an Apple Watch AND 50,000 Virgin Atlantic miles with HFP and Rocketmiles!

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Don’t forget that, all week, I am running a fantastic competition in association with hotel booking site Rocketmiles. One lucky Head for Points reader will, at midnight on Friday, win a brand new Apple Watch plus 50,000 Virgin Flying Club miles! With an Apple Watch […]