Business Class to Las Vegas on BA, Virgin or American for £1,150 this Summer

Via Flyertalk comes this very interesting fare from Dublin – and possibly other places in Ireland – to Las Vegas this Summer. £1,150 return, give or take, will get you from Dublin to Las Vegas in Business Class. There are a few routing options available. […]

Bits: bad news as Lloyds tries to buy MBNA, bad news as Regus culls Gold cards

Some (bad) news in brief: Lloyds to buy MBNA UK? According to reports yesterday, Bank of America has put the UK operations of MBNA back up for sale following a failed process five years ago. The business has a loan book of £7bn and is believed […]

More petrol – is Virgin / Texaco better than earning Flying Club miles via Tesco petrol?

Yesterday I ran an updated version of one of the more mind-boggling posts I have ever run on Head for Points which discusses how to maximise your Avios points when buying petrol. This is fine for earning Avios, but what about earning Virgin Flying Club miles? […]

PhD Avios: Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?

If anyone ever tells you that they know a lot about Avios, ask them how you should maximise your Avios earning when buying petrol. It is such a painfully complex calculation that most people will collapse in a gibbering heap before getting to the answer. […]

American Express removes the minimum income requirement from its cards

I had advance notice on Tuesday that American Express was about to make changes to the minimum income requirements to apply for its cards. To be honest, I assumed that they were going to go up. Instead, Amex has removed minimum income requirements altogether. These […]

Bits: Flying Blue joins PointsHound, United ‘buy miles’ bonus, PartnerPlusBenefit Vienna bonus

News in brief: Flying Blue becomes a PointsHound partner I get occasional criticism for not covering Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France scheme, more on Head for Points.  For readers outside London, flying long-haul via Amsterdam on KLM is often cheaper and more pleasant than […]

Bits: Hilton cutting UK Diamond benefits, super-cheap InterCon London 02 nights, £15 off Lufthansa

News in brief: Hilton cutting Diamond benefits in UK hotels? A couple of years ago I wrote about Hilton allowing UK hotels to downgrade the offerings in their executive lounges.  It seems that the company is at it again. Hopefully not due to the huge influx […]

Amex says ‘business cards must now only be used for business expenditure’

The repercussions from the EU changes to interchange fees on credit and charge cards continue to filter through the market. One way a card issuer can circumvent the 0.3% cap on fees is to issue ‘business’ cards as these are not capped.  The reason for […]

100 free Heathrow Rewards points (=100 Avios) for downloading their app

Heathrow Airport has launched its very own Heathrow Airport Guide app aimed at helping you find your way to and around the airport and to maximise your use of its facilities. It is available for iPhone, Android and Windows smartphones. This might not sound hugely exciting […]

What should you do with your Curve card now?

Unless you only read Head for Points via email, you presumably saw my extra article yesterday about the decision of American Express to stop working with Curve card. I won’t go back into how Curve works again, but you can find full details in this […]

Tesco to launch a (pretty terrible) £150 Premium credit card

If two sightings of something are enough to be called a trend, we have a new trend in loyalty credit cards – the premium-priced Visa or MasterCard. Last week I broke the news about the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard.  This costs £195 but offers you […]

Bits: Starbucks / Amex offer, 10% off Emirates via HSBC, Iberia / Groupon issues?,

News in brief: Starbucks cashback offer with American Express Over at Shopper Points today are details of a Starbucks / American Express cashback offer. I am delighted to say that the rules are so badly worded that the combined brain power of Anika and myself has […]

Curve card ‘pauses’ Amex functionality

Let’s keep Curve discussion here, please, to stop other threads getting clogged up. I will do an analysis on this tomorrow.  My gut feeling in the short term is that – assuming you can easily spend £1,000 on Curve in the next three months (and […]

Big 40% bonus lets you buy Avios points via Iberia for as low as 1.0p each

(EDIT: This morning, ba.com launched its own 72-hour flash sale for buying Avios.  This is more expensive than the Iberia offer – it gets no cheaper than 1.15p per point – but you don’t have the restriction of requiring an ‘active’ Iberia account which is […]

Heading to New York? I’ve found an IHG Rewards Club bargain

There will be a blitz of New York coverage on Head for Points over the next two months.  Both Anika and myself will be out there on separate trips, and we hope to cover Virgin’s Boeing 787 Upper Class product, La Compagnie and airberlin business […]

Bits: Accor UK hotel deals for the Bank Holiday, those AwardWallet upgrade codes

News in brief: Book a UK Accor hotel for the Bank Holiday from £25 Accor’s ‘Happy Mondays’ is the most generous hotel promotion available for last minute weekend rooms in the UK.  If you find yourself in need of a hotel room for the following weekend, […]

Earn up to 50,000 miles with two transatlantic BA or AA flights this Summer

There are a very confusing number of promotions currently available for anyone planning on flying across the Atlantic on a oneworld airline, including British Airways. The crux of the problem is this – some airlines do not want to throw miles at flyers who would […]

LAST CHANCE: 25,000 miles with the Virgin credit cards and 500 miles with Shops Away

This week is the last week to take advantage of the current generous sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.   Since MBNA seems to have stopped offering enhanced bonuses on its other cards since the new EU interchange rules came in, this one […]

Bits: The Economist on ‘class war in the [BA] airport lounge’, 22 months 0% balance transfer on Post Office credit card

News in brief: The Economist’s 1843 on ‘Class War In The Airport Lounge’ Intelligent Life, the quarterly lifestyle glossy from The Economist, was recently relaunched with a new title 1843. The new edition features, on its back page, an article by Adrian Wooldridge.  It outlines […]