British Airways still offering £250 / 50,000 Avios for ‘old First’ – as I found out!

British Airways compensation

Back in December 2013 I highlighted the new British Airways policy for people who find themselves in ‘old First’. British Airways had launched a generous (in my view) compensation scheme. On most routes, you were being offered a £250 British Airways voucher or 50,000 Avios points as […]

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By coincidence, two surveys from market research companies have crossed my desk in the last couple of days.  Both imply that changes may be coming to popular reward schemes. and Welcome Rewards The most interesting relates to and its Welcome Rewards loyalty scheme.  […]

Run your own company? Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme and get a free upgrade


PartnerPlusBenefit, previously Star Alliance Company Plus, is the Star Alliance equivalent of the British Airways On Business scheme, aimed at companies in the UK and Ireland. The biggest difference between PartnerPlusBenefit and the old Star Alliance Company Plus is that you can earn points for ALL flights […]

Can you earn cheap Avios points buying Tesco Visa gift cards with a £3.95 fee?

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I ran an article on 3V Virtual Visa gift cards recently, the first one for a while.  These are the £25 Visa gift cards which you can buy for £25 in Tesco, earning yourself Clubcard points and generating some American Express spend.  Unfortunately, the uses […]

VERY generous Accor offer – €160 for three stays

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Le Club Accorhotels, the Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman chain, has launched a surprisingly generous promotion. If you complete three stays before 31st December, you will receive 8,000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points.  This is worth €160 of […]

Bonus United and Air Canada miles for flights to the US or Canada

United Airlines

United Airlines and Air Canada, both Star Alliance members, have launched a joint promotion to offer bonus miles on flight between North America and London. If you tend to fly economy to North America, this is a pretty decent deal as most (all?) fare classes […]

Don’t forget IHG Rewards Club ‘Friends & Family’ rates for cheap hotels

IHG Rewards Club

Back in 2009, when the hotel business was in real trouble, IHG Rewards Club launched a special deal for stays at Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo, InterContinental, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites hotels. It was called ‘Friends & Family’ and was nominally […]

Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards hotel partner?

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American Express Membership Rewards has three hotel partners in the UK, assuming you want to redeem for points instead of a voucher for a free room: Hilton HHonors, with a conversion rate of 1:2 Starwood Preferred Guest, with a conversion rate of 2:1 Club Carlson, […]

Win a luxury holiday to Hong Kong

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The London office of the Hong Kong Tourism Board got in touch to point me towards a decent competition they are running on Facebook at the moment. What I liked about this competition is that it is only open to UK residents.  This restricts the […]

Earning airline miles with ‘2nd tier’ car rental companies

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Last month I published a long piece on earning Avios points for car rentals. In summary, whilst the ONLY partner for British Airways Executive Club members is Avis, this is not your only option.  Iberia Plus has deals with Hertz, Sixt, Europcar and Budget – […]

£5 off £25 iTunes gift cards at Tesco – plus 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) for £50-worth

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Tesco is running another promotion on iTunes gift cards for the next week or so, until October 5th. You will save £5 on every £25 iTunes gift card purchased. There is NO discount on the lower value cards. This combines very nicely with the ‘150 bonus […]

IHG Rewards Club launches digital rewards via its app

IHG Rewards Club

IHG Rewards Club, the InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn loyalty scheme, has launched a range of exclusive digital rewards. Products can be downloaded directly via its Android and iOS apps, although Apple restrictions mean that some items are not available via the iOS app.  In […]

Earning Avios with Shell – and win 10 x 50,000 Avios prizes

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I haven’t mentioned Shell Drivers Club on Head for Points for a while, so I thought it was worth doing a quick recap.  Their new competition is a good enough excuse. Shell Drivers Club is the loyalty scheme for Shell garages in the UK.  Joining is […]