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.

Some lessons in redeeming miles and points from our Easter trip to Asia

If all goes to plan, we will be flying to Hong Kong next week for a whistle-stop tour of Asia over Easter.  Whilst there will, at some point, be a slug of flight and hotel reviews published, I thought I would do an introductory piece […]

Bits: new BA flights with Avios seats to LA and Rio, The Westbury on Bond Street joins SPG

News in brief: New British Airways services announced British Airways announced a number of new services yesterday for the Winter timetable. As usual, what is important here is that the two guaranteed Club World and four World Traveller Avios seats are available on each flight. […]

Get 25% off ALL Iberia Avios redemptions! eg NYC Business for 51,000 + £159

Iberia Plus is, apparently, 25 years old. To celebrate, Iberia has launched a genuinely valuable promotion. Until 11th April, you will receive 25% off all Iberia Plus Avios redemptions, in all classes. You must fly between 27st March 2017 and 15th June and between 1st October […]

Your photos of BA’s new Club Europe food

I wrote on Saturday about the introduction of the new ‘improved’ British Airways Club Europe food service.  This began yesterday. In reality it is a mixed bag: almost all routes now have a choice of meal where previously there was often no choice some routes have […]

Bits: last day for 2,400 Avios from LEGO, see the French Open Tennis with Emirates Skywards

News in brief: Last day for 2,400 Avios with £60 of LEGO Friends Today (Monday) is the last day for the latest Tesco Direct / LEGO promotion.  If you still haven’t filled up every birthday wish list for the rest of the year, you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard […]

Should you use your Avios for BA’s ‘Experiences’ rewards?

You may not know this, but British Airways Executive Club has a range of ‘Experiences’ redemptions.  Available in most major cities in the world, you can redeem your Avios points for local attractions or sightseeing tours. There is a tiny bit of explanation about the programme […]

10am update: First pictures of the new Club Europe breakfast!

You can’t say we’re not on top of things here!  It’s only 10am and we already have some photographs of the new Club Europe breakfast.  Remember that the new ‘improved’ food service launches today.  Full details of the changes are in this article. Thanks to […]

Buy Avios for 1p via a French deals website

I hesitated before running this article, because similar ‘buy Avios via a third party website’ deals in Spain via Groupon have proved a bit messy.  Not for everyone, but for a noticeable percentage of people who either never got what they ordered or suffered a […]

Bits: new British Airways Boston lounge open, Hilton sale last call, BA Lima cancellations

News in brief: New British Airways lounge at Boston now open The new British Airways lounge at Boston Logan opened earlier this week.  It was constructed as part of the expansion of Terminal E to include A380 gates and sees BA move into a new […]

Is IHG Business Rewards – the small business and PA scheme – worth a look?

Not many people know that IHG – owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc hotel brands – has a scheme aimed at travel bookers and small businesses, IHG Business Rewards. I thought it was giving it another push today because, slightly late in the […]

Get up to 50,000 Avios when you open an ISA or SIPP via Nutmeg

With the end of the tax year approaching, wealth management group Nutmeg has brought back its generous Avios offer for opening a SIPP or ISA. The deal is a little different this time around.  Instead of giving you a flat amount of Avios, you will receive one […]

New BA Club Europe catering starts Sunday – with some hot meals scrapped

The much heralded improvements to British Airways Club Europe catering begin tomorrow, Sunday. That said, it certainly isn’t improvements all round – some popular routes are having their hot meals removed. Let’s look at what is happening. Club Europe flights are currently grouped into four […]

50% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Virgin – sign-up promo worth 4,500 miles

Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for shopping at Heathrow, has launched a 50% bonus on transfers to Virgin Flying Club. The offer is clearly flagged on the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.  This offer ONLY applies to Virgin Flying Club and does not apply […]

How to save on UK Hilton Hotels using Tesco Clubcard vouchers

Whilst many Head for Points readers using Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles, one of the other interesting redemptions is for UK Hilton Hotels.  You can see details on this page of the Clubcard website. Tesco and Hilton made some positive […]

Bits: Avis £9.99 one-way rentals, Zipcar one-way rentals, Hilton Visa / Uber deal

News in brief: £9.98 one-way Avis car rentals to London Regular readers will remember our article last year on Europcar offering £1 one-way car rentals to London.  Europcar uses this to cheaply reposition cars that need to be taken back to London – letting you […]

InterContinental trialling ‘Club InterContinental Experience’ at non-lounge hotels

InterContinental, the luxury brand inside the IHG Rewards Club portfolio of hotels, has been trialling a new product since January called the ‘Club InterContinental Experience’. This is aimed at hotels without a private club lounge and is an attempt to offer some of the same […]

Why I think BA should reform the Gold Priority Reward

VERY long-term readers of Head for Points may remember that, three years ago, I promoted my great idea for improving British Airways Executive Club for elite members – reforming the Gold Priority Reward. This was such a great idea that British Airways totally ignored it and […]

Why I just lost £104 (and nearly £416) to BA’s stupid new baggage policy

As I have mentioned a few times before on Head for Points, the oneworld airline alliance changed its rules on baggage handling late last year.  They told member airlines that they no longer had to check through baggage between member airlines when the flights were […]

Earn Avios when you buy your shirts at Charles Tyrwhitt, online or instore

Shirt maker Charles Tyrwhitt has launched a new partnership with avios.com and British Airways Executive Club. What is interesting about the deal is that it covers their stores as well as online. The standard earning rate is 4 Avios per £1.  However, until 31st March, […]