British Airways and BA Executive Club

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I’ve nothing to add to the BA hacking saga, but feel free to add your comments here!

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A huge percentage of Head for Points readers, including myself and my wife, are currently locked out of their Avios accounts. Changing the password simply shows a zero Avios balance which BA appears to have confiscated ‘for my own good’. I don’t know anything more […]

British Airways Gatwick First lounge to close at 3pm … and permanently from November?

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In what amounts to another slap in the face for British Airways Executive Club Gold card holders, BA announced yesterday that the First Class lounge at Gatwick Airport will now be closing from 3pm daily. The rationale for this is that this is the departure […]

BA suspending BAEC accounts after suspected hacking attack

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I had a tweet on Friday from a HFP reader who suddenly found himself locked out of his British Airways Executive Club account.  The call centre were not willing to enlighten him further. Over the weekend, more details have trickled out. This email from British […]

Responses to the Avios devaluation: Virgin increases cabin bonus, Qatar cuts BA earning

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The Avios earning and burning changes, which kick in from April 28th and are covered in a series of articles starting here, are beginning to impact other carriers. Virgin Atlantic emailed Flying Club members this week with changes to their cabin bonus structure. As a […]

Do you need travel insurance to cover your redemption ticket?

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I get the occasional email regarding travel insurance for mileage redemption tickets.  To be honest, I have never fully seen the point. With Avios, for example, British Airways allows you to cancel a redemption ticket up to 24 hours before travel.  (BMI used to allow […]

Bits: Hilton flash sale ends today, new Danish BA credit card!, Viceroy joins Global Hotel Alliance

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Some news in brief: Hilton ‘weekend breaks’ flash sale ends today Midnight tonight, Sunday, is the end of the seven day ‘flash sale’ which Hilton has been running this week, It is offering special deals at 250 hotels across Europe (including the UK), Middle East and […]

Bits: Egypt follows India with new visa rules, new BA Gatwick to Vienna route


News in brief: Egypt launches tough new visa regime My article yesterday about the disproportionately tough new visa regime brought in with very little warning by India caused a lot of comment. I hope no-one decided to swap their holiday plans from India to Egypt.  […]

Save on BA short-haul flights by throwing in a car or hotel!

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Reader Theo recently emailed me to explain how he had saved a decent amount on a weekend break in Rome by adding a car to his booking via  Similar savings can be made by throwing in a hotel. The key point is this – you don’t […]

Bits: Free helicopter with BA Monaco holidays!, Holiday Inn Heathrow rebrands, Avios app for Apple Watch, BA sale ends

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Some news in brief: British Airways offering a free Nice-Monaco helicopter transfer with ‘flight and hotel’ packages! I think I’ve only ever been in a helicopter twice, and one of those times was to transfer from Nice Airport to Monaco.  (This was a corporate jolly, […]

British Airways flight discounts (£100+ per year possible) for VitalityHealth customers


I first mentioned last year that British Airways had agreed a deal with VitalityHealth, the rebranded health insurance arm of Prudential, to offer flight discounts to customers. Full details are now available on the VitalityHealth website. You will receive a discount of 5%-40% based on […]

British Airways economy and holiday flash sale launched

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British Airways has launched a very limited ‘flash sale’ for travel in World Traveller (economy). Full details can be found at here. The headline prices released by BA look acceptable but not groundbreaking: Tel Aviv £314 Miami £489 Barbados £515 Singapore £539 (KLM was £396 […]

Bits: BA transatlantic promo, 12,000 Avios with a Hotpoint washer, Uber launches in Wakefield!, South West Trains £15 tickets

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More news in brief: British Airways transatlantic promotion launched Yesterday I mentioned a transatlantic bonus from American Airlines.  I suspected a British Airways version would be around somewhere and now I have found it. Full details are here on  Once registered, you will receive […]

EXTENDED TO FRIDAY: 1,000 extra Avios on every hotel booking


(Offer extended to FRIDAY due to IT problems on Wednesday night!  If all of the hotels you see when searching are offering over 1000 Avios, you can be sure it is still working.) Just a quick reminder that the EXCLUSIVE Head for Points promotion with […]

Bonus Avios when you shop at Bicester Village

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British Airways Executive Club is a partner with Bicester Village, the designer shopping outlet mecca in the Chilterns. The link to the BA earning deal is here (click on Chic Outlet Shopping).  You earn 5 Avios points for every £4 you spend. You need to take your receipts […]

Bits: Qatar business sale (Oz £1785, Dubai £659!!), Avios shopping deals, East Coast 10% discount gone?, Etihad double miles

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Some news in brief: Qatar Airways business and economy class savings Qatar has launched a big new 5-day promotion which can be found here. You must book by March 13th for travel between April 14th and July 10th. The business class deals are aggressive. Dubai […]

3 DAY HFP EXCLUSIVE: 1000 extra Avios with every hotel booking


Today I am launching a special 3 day promotion with hotel booking site which is EXCLUSIVE to Head for Points readers! I have written before about the current and British Airways offer which runs until March 31st. You will earn: 3,000 bonus Avios […]