Head for Points frequent flyer articles by Rob

Rob is regarded as one of the UK’s leading experts on business travel, air miles, travel loyalty programmes and loyalty credit cards. He is regularly featured in the media and speaks at travel, loyalty, credit card and performance marketing conferences. He also acts as a consultant to merchants looking to design attractive reward or benefit programmes.

He currently has over 2 million Avios points and over 7 million airline, hotel and credit card points in total, and has redeemed over 10 million airline miles and hotel and credit card points over the last decade. He is an ex-City of London private equity and venture capital investor.

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up […]

Some interesting insights into how people use their frequent flyer miles

I am spending three days this week at the Loyalty 2017 conference in London and will be giving a talk on Wednesday. Yesterday a representative from trade group IATA presented some results from their regular survey of frequent flyer programme members.  What is interesting about this […]

Get 30,000 Avios for £300 – if you know someone in Ireland

Here we go – the first generous Avios promotion out of Ireland since AerClub was launched as the new Aer Lingus Avios-based frequent flyer scheme. You don’t need to be based in Ireland to join AerClub.  In fact, if you have an avios.com account, you […]

How to earn Avios with Budget car rentals

Following a lot of rationalisation over the last couple of years, Avis emerged as the sole British Airways car hire partner. The avisba.com website offers a range of benefits including free additional drivers for BA Executive Club members and bonus Avios if you pay using […]

Some interesting facts about Hilton Honors and what they mean

When Hilton announced the changes to the Hilton Honors programme recently they included the following slide.  It contains some fascinating statistics about the scheme: It is worth having a look at what some of these numbers mean. 60 million members is a stupidly high number – […]

Big airberlin US Winter expansion means LOTS of new low-tax Avios redemptions

We have run a few ‘the end is nigh’ stories about airberlin recently.  All of the short haul routes which do not touch Dusseldorf or Berlin are being transferred to a TUI-controlled joint venture, and there are rumours that the German Government is encouraging a […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The key deal ending TODAY is 5,000 – 10,000 Avios for opening […]

Introducing Best Western Rewards … and how to get a guaranteed status match

When I ran a reader survey a couple of years ago on which hotel chains you used, Best Western performed surprisingly strongly.  It is worth knowing about Best Western Rewards, especially as they have a generous status match scheme AND offer points and airline miles […]

LAST CHANCE: Get up to 10,000 Avios for investing in an ISA or SIPP with Nutmeg

Time is running out to take advantage of the current Avios promotion organised by financial services group Nutmeg.  You will receive up to 10,000 Avios points when you open a Stocks & Shares ISA or a pension with Nutmeg before Sunday (19th February). Full details can […]

Bits: BA launches Dublin and Edinburgh flights, new BA Milan routes, new BA strike dates

Some BA news in brief: BA announces weekend routes from Dublin and Edinburgh British Airways has announced another two random European weekend routes using aircraft freed up by the weekend closure of London City Airport. First up is Dublin to Ibiza.  This will operate from […]

EXCLUSIVE: Launch information for Club Europe on BA domestic flights

I’ve managed to get my hands on the details of the changes to British Airways domestic flights.  As was first flagged in a BA investor presentation last year, domestic flights are going to be split into a two cabin service. This is what is going […]

Is it worth buying hotel points TODAY to transfer to Avios for the 35% bonus?

(EDIT: there was a mistake in my Starwood calculation which is now fixed, apologies.) Until 8th March, British Airways is offering a 35% bonus if you transfer hotel points from seven major loyalty schemes into Avios – click for my article on that deal. Since most […]

Bits: Virgin Flying Club / Kaligo offer, Atlantis The Palm Dubai Avios promo

News in brief: 50% bonus Virgin miles with Kaligo.com Hotel booking site Kaligo.com is offering 50% bonus Virgin Flying Club miles on bookings between now and 31st March. Both new and existing Kaligo.com customers can take part.  The only condition is that bookings are made via […]

My review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South (Part 1)

This is my review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick Airport’s South Terminal. Following a false start two weeks ago, when I went over to see the new BA operation at Gatwick only to find the new lounges closed, I finally got to […]

My review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South (Part 2)

This part 2 of my review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick Airport.  Part 1 can be found here. Inside the First Class lounge The First lounge can be accessed by British Airways Gold members, and oneworld equivalent members, as well as ticketed […]

How to earn points and get the best deals on Gatwick Airport car parking

Now that British Airways has moved into the South terminal at Gatwick, and you have a brand new check-in area, impressive new lounges and no need to use the monorail any longer, I thought it was worth a look at the various Gatwick Airport parking […]

What is the best value Avios redemption per minute of flying time?

I had lunch with a reader last week and he gave me an old spreadsheet he had put together.  I agreed to update it and tweak it, and we now have a comprehensive list of the flying time of British Airways long-haul routes compared with the Avios […]

BA and Hilton launch confusing ‘up to quadruple Avios’ promotion

British Airways Executive Club and Hilton Honors have launched a new mileage deal for the Spring. For some people – but not many – this may be more attractive than the main Hilton Honors ‘2000 bonus points per night’ promotion.  I outlined the ‘2k Every Day’ deal in […]

100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points – THREE DAYS ONLY

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points. The page to buy points is here.  The deal […]