Bits: amazing deals at InterCon New York, BA cuts Philadelphia, inside Cathay’s Gatwick A350

News in brief: Stupidly cheap deals at InterContinental New York Barclay I reviewed the newly reopened InterContinental New York Barclay back in July.  Situated just around the corner from the Waldorf-Astoria and in front of Grand Central Station, the hotel had just emerged from a […]

Up to 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points – four days only

IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is the best offer you will see for IHG points although the fall in the value of Sterling means it is more expensive than […]

Another benefit for Marriott members joining Starwood – dining discounts

If you are a Marriott Rewards members who has just signed up with Starwood Preferred Guest in order to benefit from status matching and points transfer, you may not know about this deal. Starwood runs a range of dining discounts for its members under the title of ‘SPG Cravings‘. […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

250 free Avios still available if you pre-register for Aer Lingus AerClub

Aer Lingus is still offering 250 free Avios points if you pre-register for its new, much delayed, loyalty scheme AerClub.  If you didn’t jump in when I mentioned this back in April, you can still do it. First a bit of history.  Following the acquisition […]

Is easyJet Plus worth the money to you? Save 10% if it is!

easyJet has recently started to roll out a loyalty scheme, Flight Club, to selected flyers, but it is strictly ‘invite only’ at the moment which is why I haven’t focussed on it.  If you meet the following criteria: You have booked and flown on 20 […]

25% bonus on TopCashback transfers to Avios – and get 625 Avios when you join for free!

TopCashback is a site which allows you to earn a small amount of cashback from your day to day shopping by clicking through to participating online shops from its site. It is very similar to Quidco if you are a member of that site.  British Airways and Virgin […]

Why Marriott Travel Packages are exceptional for Avios if you have lots of SPG points

In my discussion of the implications of Marriott’s decision to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points into Marriott Rewards at the ratio of 1:3, I said that Marriott Travel Packages looked a very good deal. Today I want to go into this in more detail. Marriott […]

Bits: bonus Heathrow Rewards points, Coutts credit card changes, South African Airways sale

News in brief: Bonus Heathrow Rewards points on fashion purchases Heathrow Rewards is offering bonus points on purchases at selected retailers until 31st October.  No registration is required this time. The bonus points on offer, which convert 1:1 into various airline miles including Avios and […]

REMINDER: Win a share of £1,000 of Amazon vouchers by testing a new rewards app!

I wanted to give 3More another mention today as there are still a few days – until the end of the month – to qualify to win your share of £1,000-worth of Amazon vouchers. Over the last few months I have been doing a bit […]

Last chance: Avios from Tesco gift cards, Avios from LEGO, Avios from Diamond Club credit card

We will shortly be saying goodbye to three generous Avios collection opportunities.  If you want to take advantage, this weekend is the time to do so. Last day for 360 Avios per £50 Tesco gift cards On Sunday, Tesco is ending its longest running – […]

Fascinating article on the forgotten West London Air Terminal

A HFP reader sent me a link yesterday to a truly fascinating article on the West London Air Terminal. If you have ever driven from London to Heathrow, you will have passed a huge Sainsburys supermarket on your right, close to the large Marriott hotel […]

Available NOW – instant status match from Marriott to Starwood or vice versa

The merger of the Marriott and Starwood hotel groups completed this morning.  It creates the largest hotel company in the world with a – frankly crazy – rota of 30 brands and 5,700 properties. Some details of how the merger of Marriott Rewards and Starwood […]

Bits: share your HEx upgrade code, Finnair launching San Francisco, extra BA Tenerife flights

News in brief: Share your Heathrow Express upgrade codes Heathrow Express emailed its database on Wednesday with a free First Class upgrade code. These are valid for one person on a ticket (one-way or return) booked in advance via the Heathrow Express website or app. […]

Why the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card remains the best UK travel card for long-term spending

With the sign-up bonus on the British Airways American Express Premium Plus (BAPP) card increased to 25,000 Avios until February, I thought it was worth taking another look at why I rate this card for long term spending.   I have a BAPP and my wife has […]

Has the Starwood to Marriott conversion ratio been leaked?

I thought I’d drop this in during the afternoon as something to think about …. This morning a Mandarin-speaking reader, who I know fairly well via previous emails, sent me a document which has been doing the rounds on Chinese frequent flyer sites today. It appears […]

1000 FREE Curve Cards, worth £35000, to give away to HFP readers – and details on Curve Rewards

The Curve Card got a lot of coverage on Head for Points this year, for better and worse.  It launched as an intermediary payment card which, among other things, allowed you to recharge Visa and MasterCard payments to an American Express card. This was clearly very […]