Bits: BA hand baggage fares, sale, 4000 free Alitalia miles, Finnair starts Dublin, Virgin sale

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My inbox continues to exceed the space available for full length articles!  So here is a summary: British Airways makes ‘hand baggage only’ fares less attractive You will probably have received an email from BA yesterday regarding ‘hand baggage only’ fares.  Introduced two years, initially […]

Hilton ‘Double Your HHonors’ promo for March-May now active – combines with Avios and Virgin offer

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Hilton HHonors has announced that it is cutting back on global promotions and spending more effort on individual targeted deals for specific customer segments.  The slightly clumsily executed ‘100,000 free points for some but by no means all Diamond members’ offer was part of this. […]

Reminder: Short-haul Avios redemptions now often cheaper when booked as 2 x one-ways

BA To Fly To Serve

(EDIT:  I have rewritten this piece to reflect the fact you can see the discounted fares on but only at the payment page) A few weeks ago I wrote a long piece about British Airways removing fuel surcharges from short-haul flights and how it […]

Europe is the big winner in the Starwood Preferred Guest category changes

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Starwood Preferred Guest has announced its annual category changes, This PDF document contains a list of all the changes. Most are straight one category moves and, to be fair to Starwood, there are as many properties going up as are going down. Don’t underestimate the size […]

250 free Flying Blue miles for completing one survey (and more for more)

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Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM scheme, has launched a new partnership based around completing online market research surveys. We have been here before, of course, with e-rewards. You can earn 750 free Avios in for signing up with them and completing one […]

My review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio – the bar and food (part 2)

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In Part 1 of my review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio yesterday I looked at the seat and service.  Today I want to look at the food and drink options. You can read more about the Etihad A380 and the new business class product on […]

Bits: more free coffee, Malaysia devaluation, Best Western sale, Regus thefts

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Here are a few more pieces which nearly slipped through the net this week: We’ve done coffee for points …. now try coffee for free! Last Saturday I ran a piece about how to use Nectar points for drinks at Caffe Nero, how to use American […]

Premier Inn becomes the latest hotel chain with free wi-fi

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Budget hotel group Premier Inn has, with immediate effect, implemented a ‘free wi-fi for all’ policy in all of its hotels.  This replaces the previous policy of only offering 30 minutes for free. Over the past couple of months I have reported on how Starwood, […]

My review of the Etihad A380 Business Studio (part 1)

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This is a continuation of my Abu Dhabi review series.  My previous reviews covered the Hilton Heathrow Terminal 4 hotel and the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. London was the launch route for the Etihad A380.  When I flew it in late January, the aircraft […]

Important dates for your diary


Here is the latest edition of our new fortnightly Saturday feature which summarises offers which are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Card Updates and regular article pages. Saturday 28 February (TODAY!) Win 15,000 Starwood Preferred […]

Tesco deals: 360 Avios with a CD, 2400 Avios for £60 Lego spend, 1200 Avios with pink iPod!

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Last week I highlighted a pre-order offer on the new Noel Gallagher CD.  It offered you 100 Clubcard points (240 Avios, 250 Virgin miles) when you bought the £10 CD. The offer is still available here if you are interested.  It is not a good […]

British Airways launches new Club World sale – includes £900 ex-Dublin deals!


British Airways has launched a Premium Leisure sale focussing on Club Europe, Club World and First.  On many routes you can book until 9th February 2016 so you could potentially secure your Easter, Summer, October half term and Christmas holidays now! If you know where […]

In London? Win 15,000 Starwood points (worth £225 or 15,000 Avios) and a free Uber ride TOMORROW

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Yesterday I outlined the new partnership between Starwood Preferred Guest and Uber.   You can now earn 1 SPG point for every $1 or equivalent you spend with Uber anywhere in the world – as long as you have had a paid Starwood stay so […]

Bits: Etihad sale, win Qatar flights, a better Avis deal, 20% off Flybe TODAY


Here are four ‘bits and pieces’ stories as there is a lot going on this week and I am struggling to keep up! Decent Etihad business class sale – and double miles in all classes My A380 Business Studio Etihad flight report starts tomorrow.  If it makes […]

Etihad will match your airline Gold card, including BA, to Etihad Gold

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Abu Dhabi based Etihad has brought back its Gold status match. This allows you to get an Etihad Gold card in return for proof of your Gold status with British Airways or any other major airline. Now, this being Etihad, the offer has a few […]

Virgin East Coast is the BEST Nectar redemption from Sunday @ 0.75p per point!

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It seems that some of the pressure put on Virgin East Coast to save East Coast Rewards has paid off.  Virgin is not keeping East Coast Rewards, of course, but the transition is better than originally expected. On Sunday 1st March, the East Coast Trains […]