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.

Very generous Hilton / Avios promo launched – combines with a Diamond status run?

Hilton has launched an aggressive promotion with Avios to encourage you to move your stays across to them this Summer. You can earn 10,000 Avios from your next five Hilton stays.  Importantly, there are no spend, brand or night caps. It may even be enough to tip […]

Bits: Waitrose / Virgin – up and down, BA to launch airside in-app upgrades

News in brief: Waitrose / Virgin – what’s going on? On Wednesday I wrote an article pointing out that the generous Virgin Atlantic earning rate for shopping in-store at Waitrose was due to end. Giving you 4 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1 was unsustainable as […]

Bits: last day for 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus, £99 / €99 Norwegian sale to the USA

News in brief: Last day to buy Avios with a 50% bonus Today is your last chance to buy Avios points with a 50% bonus. You need to visit ba.com via this page in order to buy. Here are a few price points, although you get […]

What should you do now Travelex is closing Supercard?

Travelex announced yesterday that it is closing Supercard, its 0% foreign exchange fee payment card.  Your card will cease to work on 24th July. Supercard was an innovative payment product which has, I think, been ruined by poor implementation – primarily the high failure rate […]

Bits: SLH scraps The Club, Emirates A380 to Birmingham, Virgin / Malaysia partnership

News in brief: Small Luxury Hotels to launch new loyalty scheme Via Business Traveller, hotel marketing consortium Small Luxury Hotels of the World has announced that it will scrap its current loyalty scheme, The Club, next month. Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a […]

Bits: Should you buy Waitrose gift cards today?, Amex MR and the Heathrow Rewards deal

Deals in brief: What happens to the Waitrose / Virgin Atlantic deal tomorrow? For the last few weeks, the ability to earn 4 Virgin Flying Club miles for every £1 spent in-store at Waitrose has been a good earner for many Head for Points readers. […]

Special offer: 8,000 Virgin miles for opening a Virgin Money ISA

With the new tax year now underway, Virgin Money is currently offering an impressive 8,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who opens a new stocks and shares ISA. See here for full details. This is an attractive offer given that the usual deal is just 5,000 […]

Exclusive: Get 100% bonus using Heathrow Rewards for shopping vouchers

If you have a stack of Heathrow Rewards points sitting around, this is the opportunity you have been waiting for to unload them. (Heathrow Rewards is the loyalty scheme covering the shops, restaurants, money exchange and parking facilities at Heathrow Airport.  You earn 1 point […]

50% bonus when you buy Avios – worth it?

Avios has launched an aggressive ‘buy Avios’ offer. During today the offer has been added to ba.com so it is now available across ba.com, avios.com and Aer Lingus AerClub. It is a short term deal which expires on Friday 26th. You need to visit ba.com […]

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – an attractive Starwood promo for our older readers!

A couple of years ago I was over in Canada, chaperoning my Mum to a family wedding.  The event was at the, frankly underwhelming, Westin in Edmonton (picture below), part of Starwood Preferred Guest. I had been playing around with different deals for this hotel for […]

Generous 1,500 Avios bonus on your next two Accor stays in UK and Ireland

Accor, owner of the Novotel, Ibis, Mercure, Pullman, Sofitel etc brands, has launched a new promotion aimed specifically at its hotels in the UK and Ireland. I mentioned this deal briefly last week in our monthly round-up of the best hotel deals but I wanted […]

How I used Avios for a flat-bed from Japan to China – and other Asian Avios deals

This is my review of Japan Airlines Boeing 787 Business Class, in its regional intra-Asia configuration. Last year I ran an excellent article, written by a reader, on how to use Avios points to travel domestically in Japan.  As Japan Airlines is a member of the […]

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 at the end of the month is the current […]

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained (Part 2, 2017 edition)

This is Part 2 of our look at the British Airways On Business loyalty programme for businesses.  This allows a company to earn On Business points – to redeem for flights or upgrades – at the same time as its travellers earn Avios points. Part […]

How can you get IHG Rewards Club status quickly, and possibly for free?

IHG Rewards Club (the loyalty scheme for InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Indigo etc) status is not hugely rewarding, to be honest. The benefits are very modest – almost nothing is guaranteed – and you certainly won’t get anything as crazy as free breakfast or guaranteed […]