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.

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good (but airline miles are bad)

Most frequent flyer schemes allow you to pay to transfer miles to a friend.  It is usually a terrible deal.  The price is often only modestly cheaper than buying miles outright but no new miles are being created – you are paying a high fee simply for […]

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

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature – although we got a little out of sync over Christmas – 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. […]

How to get 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles from Virgin Wines

Looking at the latest batch of Flying Club deals, I was reminded of this long-running offer of 3,000 Flying Club miles for your first wine order from Virgin Wines. Virgin Wines used to be part of Laithwaites, which runs most of the mail-order wine clubs under […]

Two hotel schemes where you earn more Avios with Iberia Plus than with BA

In this article yesterday I asked for your help in confirming whether Accor had cut their transfer rate into Avios or whether it was a typo.  It seems to be a typo on their website, luckily. This means that, if you collect Avios points via […]

Bits: SPG / Uber earning rate cut, 80% bonus when you buy Hilton points

News in brief: Uber cuts Starwood earning rate (but it is still points for nothing) For the last two years, I have been earning a steady stream of free Starwood Preferred Guest points via their partnership with Uber. Unfortunately, Starwood has just halved your earning […]

LAST CHANCE: Get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with the FREE Tesco MasterCard

If you are looking for a way to give your Avios or Virgin Flying Club a little free boost for the new year, this deal is worth a look. Tesco Bank is still offering a ‘secret’ sign-up bonus on the Tesco Clubcard MasterCard. This deal […]

£10 off a £50 Amazon order TODAY ONLY – stacks with £15 Amex Membership Rewards code

To celebrate being named Britain’s No 1 retailer for consumer satisfaction, Amazon is having a one day sale today. Long term readers may remember that they did a similar deal last year. You will receive £10 off any order of £50 or more using the […]

BA launches ‘part pay with Avios’ special offer – but is it worth it?

Ever since ‘part pay with Avios’ was launched, British Airways has been experimenting …. and experimenting …. and experimenting.   There have been constant changes to: the classes in which you can use it the value given per point and the maximum number of points […]

Bits: the facts on EC261 when downgraded, Etihad sale launched, good Miles & More hotel offer

News in brief: Recent court judgement on how you receive compensation when downgraded I ran an article about EC261 downgrade compensation on Wednesday.  I said in that piece that some parts of the regulations were unclear. Reader Coby sent me a link to this court […]

Bits: important Accor promo update, Accor / Iberia transfer rate changed?

News in brief: Important Accor promotion update Yesterday I wrote about the new Accor promotion.  This offers you potentially 6,000 Avios or €120 of hotel credit for making 3 x 2-night stays. What I did not point out clearly, although it is stated on the […]

Good new Accor promotion – 6,000 Avios or €120 credit for 3 x 2-night stays

(EDIT:  the T&C’s of this offer now say it is valid for bookings from the 23rd January.  This could be an error, as the site is available for registration, but for safety you may want to return to this page on Monday and book then.) […]

Forbes magazine asks “Did British Airways make one cut too many?”

The website of Forbes magazine published an interesting article yesterday on the current state of British Airways.  It is surprisingly accurate – by the standards of mainstream publications when reporting on airline and frequent flyer issues – and worth a read. Here are a couple of […]

Bits: ACT NOW to beat AwardWallet’s price hike, £1500 UK to Sydney / Melbourne still bookable

News in brief: Last chance to beat AwardWallet’s sharp price hike There is only one miles and points tool that I use every day – and have done for a number of years – and that is AwardWallet.  There has always been a link to […]

Would BA prioritise the downgrading of Amex 2-4-1 passengers?

Long term readers of Head for Points will remember my trip home from the Middle East at Easter 2013. Despite having four Club World tickets booked, we arrived at Dubai Airport to find that an aircraft swap meant that the aircraft had a smaller Club […]

Bits: €100 status credit for an Avis rental, Qatar sale extended, airberlin restructuring

News in brief: €100 status credit with any Avis rental A reader sent me a link to this new Avis offer.  If you are signed up to Avis Preferred and make a booking in the current Avis sale, for collection at any point up to 6th […]

ENDING SOON: £15 off £25 at Amazon for ALL Amex Gold and Platinum holders

If you missed this offer when I wrote about it just before Christmas, or you simply forgot about it in the whirl of the festive season, it isn’t too late. You still have time to save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or […]

What are the best credit card bonuses for LONG TERM spending?

The majority of the credit card posts on Head for Points are focussed on exploiting sign-up bonuses.  Get a card, spend the minimum required to trigger the bonus, cancel the card, move on.  After a couple of years, you can re-apply for the first card […]

Today only: Accor ‘Blue Monday’ bargains for UK hotels for next two weekends

Accor (Sofitel, Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Pullman etc) has the best ‘last minute’ scheme of ANY UK hotel chain. Every Monday and Tuesday, it makes rooms available for the following two weekends at aggressively low prices.  Ibis hotels outside London are just £25 per night.  At […]