The hidden jewel in the Qatar Airways sale? Helsinki

I ran an introductory article on the new Qatar Airways sale yesterday. Since then, it has become a little clearer where the good deals are to be found. There are a few things you need to know about Qatar Airways sales: The best deals get scattered […]

My review of the 14th century Hilton Sa Torre, Mallorca – Part 1

This is my review of Hilton Sa Torre, Mallorca. I have split it over two parts, with Part 2 running on Wednesday.  This part is mainly scene setting. We do not usually spend family holidays in Hilton hotels.  Nothing wrong with Hilton – I have […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, 3000 Virgin miles for joining Flying Club, Avios / LOVEtheatre deal

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing this week. Here is two nights in Paris which ends this week, as is this one for two nights in Leeds Castle (which is in […]

STOP PRESS: New Qatar Airways business class sale rolling out

As I was heading for bed last night, Qatar Airways was rolling out its major new Qatar Travel Festival sale. Prices are as low as £601 for Stockholm to Dubai in Business Class, a route that would get you 400 tier points and a large […]

Etihad sale deals: £1500 to Oz ex-Istanbul, £1900 to Oz ex-Dublin and £1200 to Middle East ex-UK

I dropped in an extra article yesterday covering the Etihad sale.  I am partly repeating myself now for the benefit of our 7,000+ email readers although this article also contains some new information. Deal No 1 If you are planning on heading to Australasia anytime […]

Bits: last day to get 2400 Avios with a LEGO purchase, do you have unclaimed BMI miles?

News in brief: Last day to get 2,400 Avios with a £60 LEGO purchase! A quick reminder that today, Monday, is the last day to earn 1,000 Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club) when you spend £60 on LEGO at Tesco Direct. […]

Etihad A380 Business – Sydney, Melbourne from Istanbul for £1,500!

(EDIT: Dublin to Sydney / Melbourne is around £1,900) I dropped this in as an extra article because you only have 36 hours. Etihad launched a major sale this morning.  I will take a look at the offers from the UK tomorrow – they are […]

How holding a 1-hour 1-person meeting at Marriott can get you elite status

I have always struggled to get excited about Marriott Rewards.  It is probably truer to say that I have struggled to get excited about Marriott hotel brands (although, ironically, I will be in one tonight) and therefore the rewards programme has never done much for […]

Last few days: 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription and 7,200 Avios with Tesco home insurance

There are two generous Avios promotions ending on the 31st August.  There is still time to jump in if you haven’t done so yet. 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription As you can see at this link, you can earn 13,200 Avios in Iberia Plus […]

Win prizes with three free competitions from IHG, Starwood and Accor!

As it is a Bank Holiday weekend, news is thin and time is plentiful, I thought it was worth highlighting a few competitions currently running which have the potential to be rewarding: Win daily prizes with Starwood Preferred Guest In the run up to the […]

Bits: free Luxury Travel Fair tickets, BA cancels Westjet codeshares

Some news in brief: Free Luxury Travel Fair tickets The Luxury Travel Fair is back at Olympia in London from 3rd-6th November. To be honest, this is not a hugely exciting event.  It is essentially just a lot of high-end hotels and travel agents in […]

‘CombiFare’ (one-way cash, one-way Avios) may be coming to British Airways, copying Virgin

British Airways appears to be gearing up to launch its own version of ‘CombiFare’, the innovative Virgin Flying Club feature which I have praised in various articles. This is based on a new customer survey which went out to various British Airways Executive Club members […]

Taking a look at the highlights of the new British Airways sale

British Airways launched its September sale on Tuesday with offers in all travel classes. The home page for the sale is here.  You can book until 21st September. Travel dates are all over the place and it would be take me a full article just to list all […]

New – 15%+ return with triple Accor points on UK Novotel, Mercure, Ibis etc stays!

Accor has launched a new ‘triple points’ promotion for stays in the UK. Before I get to that, I want to remind you of the parallel ‘triple Avios’ programme Accor is running.  This allows you to contrast both offers.  It is one of the best hotels […]

Bits: Finnair to increase Edinburgh and Dublin, Starwood and Hilton Autumn promos revealed

News in brief: Finnair increasing Edinburgh and Dublin services Finnair is clearly happy with the success of its new Edinburgh and Dublin routes as both services are being increased for 2017. Remember that Finnair is British Airways partner so you earn and redeem Avios on […]

Bits: 2400 Avios with £60 LEGO spend is back!, BA changes rules on ‘Plus’ short-haul fares

News in brief: 2,400 Avios with £60 LEGO spend (or 1,200 Avios with £30 of LEGO) It’s back – another Lego deal from Tesco Direct! Until Monday night, you will receive 1,000 Clubcard points (worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin Flying Club) when you spend […]

My review of airberlin short-haul from Palma to Innsbruck – my best Avios redemption!

Regular readers may remember that, back in May, I wrote about an Avios redemption I had booked which was – by a large margin – the most lucrative I have ever done. I thought it only fair that I conclude the story with a review […]