Coming on Monday …. a great Air New Zealand competition!

Air New Zealand 777-300

Monday will see the ‘back to work’ season in full swing.  You may well have a full office for the first time in two months.  You may also have some proper work to do …! To take your mind off it, Head for Points will […]

Best ever Virgin credit card bonus back – 32,000 miles on Black and 10,000 on White

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Virgin Atlantic has boosted the sign-up bonus on its credit cards again.  This is not entirely surprising given that British Airways increased the bonus on its cards recently. This new offer is as high as the sign-up offer on the Virgin cards has ever been. […]

IHG launches ‘double miles’ promo as alternative to IHG Accelerate

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I wrote a long article on the new Accelerate promotion from IHG Rewards Club a fortnight ago.  If you got lucky with the offer they targetted you for, it is likely to be the most generous hotel offer this Autumn.  My own personal target would […]

Alitalia still offering SkyTeam status match to BA Silver and Gold

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Given that it is two months since I first mentioned this, it is worth a reminder.  Alitalia is currently offering a status match to British Airways Executive Club Gold members as well as other top-tier and middle-tier status holders with other airlines. Full details can […]

Starwood gains a London hotel – and insight into hotel economics

Great Northern Hotel

If you are a Starwood Preferred Guest member (the loyalty scheme for Sheraton, Westin, Aloft, W, St Regis, Le Meridien etc) you will be pleased to know that they have added a new London hotel. The Great Northern Hotel in Kings Cross station is joining […]

Excellent deal with E.ON for power – and get 1,500 Clubcard points (3,600 Avios)

E.ON

Back in May I ran an introduction to earning Clubcard points with gas and electricity provider E.ON.  E.ON is one of the lesser known Tesco Clubcard partners. This is because, since the end of 2013, you do NOT earn Tesco Clubcard points directly from them. […]

Tesco MasterCard rate slashed – what is the best Avios Visa or MasterCard now?

Tesco Mastercard credit card

Tesco Bank accounced yesterday that it is halving the earning rate on the Tesco Clubcard MasterCard from December. Spending outside Tesco will only earn 1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios points) for every £8 spent.  Spending in a Tesco store retains the current rate of 1 […]

Win daily prizes with Starwood’s ‘Open The World’ competition

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To celebrate its association with the US Open tennis tournament, Starwood Preferred Guest (the Sheraton, Westin, Le Meridien, St Regis, W etc chain) is running a daily online competition called ‘Open The World’. The website to play is here. The competition is open to UK […]

Sheraton launches the first 10 of its ‘Grand’ hotels – these should be worth staying in!

Sheraton Grand Dubai

I wrote a piece recently about Starwood’s attempts to resurrect the Sheraton brand.  Whilst there are some stunning Sheraton properties in Asia and the Middle East, the brand is desperately ‘tired’ in North America and parts of Europe. Part of this new strategy is the […]

Breaking: Tesco to halve earning rate on Tesco Clubcard MasterCard

Tesco MasterCard

I will write a full article on this topic tomorrow.  However, I thought you would be keen to see this story from the Daily Telegraph today as soon as possible. Read it here. From December, Tesco is to halve the earning rate on the Tesco […]

More American Express High Street cashback deals launched

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American Express has launched a new wave of cashback offers. To see what you have been targetted for, log in to your American Express account and click on ‘Offers’ on the statement page.  You should do this for EACH card you have as you will […]

Bits: Etihad business sale with triple miles, SPG / Amazon deal, hotels.com sale,

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Some news in brief: Etihad business class sale Etihad is running a business class sale until Thursday – see here for full details. Alongside it, they are offering double miles in economy and triple miles in business class and first class. Both the sale and […]

New! Earn Avios with taxi app Hailo

Hailo

British Airways Executive Club launched a new partnership yesterday with taxi hailing app Hailo. If you register your BAEC number in the Hailo app, you will earn Avios for every ride you take in London.  You will earn 1 Avios for every £1 spent. Until […]

No free suitcase on domestic US Avios redemptions – and what to do

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I don’t know if this is a new policy or if it is simply a coincidence.  However, two Head for Points readers contacted me recently to make the same observation. Economy Avios redemptions on US Airways and American Airlines for domestic travel no longer come with […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 7 – Is it worth using Avios for hotel redemptions?

Avios Redemption University

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.  These article now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a […]

Delta to launch Edinburgh to New York and Heathrow to Salt Lake City (redeem via Virgin)

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Delta Air Lines, the US airline which is a 49% shareholder in Virgin Atlantic, has announced two new routes from the UK for 2016. Delta is a member of the SkyTeam alliance, which would usually mean crediting their flights to their own SkyMiles programme or KLM’s […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 6 – Using your BA Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher

Avios Redemption University

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series. These article now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series […]