EXCLUSIVE: Aspire (Servisair) to operate the ‘Priority Pass’ Terminal 5 lounge

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I have been told by a well-placed source that the tender to operate the new independent lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5 was won by Swissport / Servisair. Despite the word ‘exclusive’ in the headline, I should stress that this story remains unconfirmed.  I asked PR contacts at […]

Earn Avios on your energy and telephone bills with new partner Utility Warehouse

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avios.com announced a new partnership with Utility Warehouse yesterday.  This allows you to earn Avios points with your energy, telephone and broadband bills. It is not a hugely lucrative deal, to be honest.  Think of it as an inducement to take a look at Utility Warehouse […]

What is the best hotel loyalty scheme? – an introduction

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Starting tomorrow and continuing over Easter, I am running updated versions of our overviews of the major hotel loyalty schemes. Each programme will be covered in two posts on consecutive days: The first will look at ‘the facts’, such as the number of nights required […]

First ever Virgin Atlantic flight from Manchester to Atlanta cancelled after water cannon salute goes badly wrong ….

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This is not your typical Head for Points article but I couldn’t help slotting it in! To selectively quote from the Daily Mail (original story here): A Virgin Atlantic passenger jet was grounded after a botched ‘water cannon salute’ by airport fire tenders clogged up […]

30% transfer bonus from Hilton HHonors into Avios!

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This is a first, as far as I can remember. Until April 30th, Hilton HHonors is offering a 30% transfer bonus if you transfer your points from Hilton and across to British Airways. This offer is not showing on the Hilton website but it was […]

150 free Avios for joining avios.com

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Most Head for Points readers will already have an avios.com account to sit alongside their British Airways Executive Club account. There are various reasons for doing this.  It lets you collect via more partners (eg the Lloyd Avios Rewards credit cards, e-Rewards) and it lets […]

BA offering home luggage delivery from London City from £15

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Following an initial trial, British Airways has fully launched its luggage delivery service from London City Airport.  This is available to passengers on all BA flights into City. The service is very simple. At any point until the departure of your inbound flight to London […]

Earning Avios for paying your council tax – and other utilities

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Your council tax bill for 2015/6 will have dropped through your letterbox in the last few days. Earning Avios or other points by paying your day-to-day bills is something that a lot of people ignore. Unfortunately, because of the huge range of utility companies, it is […]

Iberia’s new status chart is live – should you start crediting BA flights to Iberia Plus?

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The first phase of the Avios changes kicked in on March 1st when Iberia Plus published its new earning chart for both Avios points and Elite Points. What I wanted to know was this – going forward, will it be more worthwhile crediting BA flights to Iberia […]

Another discount route for Sofitel Heathrow Terminal 5 and a Sofitel Gatwick deal

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I wrote last week about how the Sofitel Heathrow hotel, the five-star directly connected to Terminal 5, was being offered cheaply via lastminute.com and their ‘top secret hotels’ programme.  You can read about that deal here. If the lastminute.com deal is not available for your […]

Hilton London Syon Park (the kid-friendly out-of-town one) now two categories cheaper for redemptions

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Hilton HHonors announced last week that 14 hotels globally are changing reward categories, impacting the number of points needed for a free night.  These changes kick in from April 8th – until then, any booking you make will be at the old price. Three of […]

Bits: Accor 3-4-2 sale returns, Qatar offers from Manchester, good Aer Lingus availability, 15% off HotelTonight

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Some news in brief: Accor 3-4-2 global sale returns Accor, parent of Ibis, Novotel, Sofitel (Sofitel St James pictured below), Mercure, Pullman, M Gallery and other chains, has brought back its occasional ‘3 for 2′ sale. This covers 2,500 hotel globally and offers 3 nights […]

Get a free Pret coffee, free wi-fi and more via the new myGatwick website

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Gatwick Airport has replaced the old Gatwick Voucher Passport coupon scheme with a new website – myGatwick. The new site is tailored to your travel plans, allowing you to input details of your forthcoming flights from Gatwick and receive details nearer the time of special […]

I’ve nothing to add to the BA hacking saga, but feel free to add your comments here!

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A huge percentage of Head for Points readers, including myself and my wife, are currently locked out of their Avios accounts. Changing the password simply shows a zero Avios balance which BA appears to have confiscated ‘for my own good’. I don’t know anything more […]

British Airways Gatwick First lounge to close at 3pm … and permanently from November?

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In what amounts to another slap in the face for British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders, BA announced yesterday that the First Class lounge at Gatwick Airport will now be closing from 3pm daily. The rationale for this is that this is the departure […]

Important dates for your diary

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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. The most important ones for me are: […]