Can we arbitrage an ‘Aer Lingus Gold Circle miles to Avios’ conversion?

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The on / off takeover of Aer Lingus by International Airlines Group, the Iberia and British Airways holding company, is still in the balance. The Irish Government, with its 25% shareholding in Aer Lingus, is yet to be convinced that the precious Aer Lingus slots […]

Bits: BA hand baggage fares, sale, 4000 free Alitalia miles, Finnair starts Dublin, Virgin sale

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My inbox continues to exceed the space available for full length articles!  So here is a summary: British Airways makes ‘hand baggage only’ fares less attractive You will probably have received an email from BA yesterday regarding ‘hand baggage only’ fares.  Introduced two years, initially […]

Hilton ‘Double Your HHonors’ promo for March-May now active – combines with Avios and Virgin offer

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Hilton HHonors has announced that it is cutting back on global promotions and spending more effort on individual targeted deals for specific customer segments.  The slightly clumsily executed ‘100,000 free points for some but by no means all Diamond members’ offer was part of this. […]

Reminder: Short-haul Avios redemptions now often cheaper when booked as 2 x one-ways

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(EDIT:  I have rewritten this piece to reflect the fact you can see the discounted fares on but only at the payment page) A few weeks ago I wrote a long piece about British Airways removing fuel surcharges from short-haul flights and how it […]

British Airways launches new Club World sale – includes £900 ex-Dublin deals!


British Airways has launched a Premium Leisure sale focussing on Club Europe, Club World and First.  On many routes you can book until 9th February 2016 so you could potentially secure your Easter, Summer, October half term and Christmas holidays now! If you know where […]

3,000 Avios for any Rocketmiles hotel booking

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Rocketmiles is a similar business to and PointsHound.  It offers you a generous pile of airline miles when you book any property through their website. At the time I first covered it, it was working almost exclusively with US airlines.  During 2014 Rocketmiles moved closer to home, partnering […]

Wobbles in Crawley? Unprecedented 50% bonus for buying Avios launches tomorrow

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British Airways will launch a 50% bonus tomorrow for anyone who buys Avios points. 50% is an unprecedented discount as a quick search through the last three years of Head for Points will show you. It still isn’t a fantastic deal, of course. The maximum […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions


Valuing miles and points is a thankless task. I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.5p for IHG, […]

British Airways launches flights out of Cambridge Airport!

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There are some phrases you never expect to be writing and that is one of them.  However, confirmation arrived yesterday that British Airways franchisee SUN-AIR of Scandinavia is launching a service to Gothenburg.  From Cambridge. Services start on March 2nd.  Flights will only depart on […]

Bits: BA returns to Birmingham, £4.20 off a train ticket, new Hyatt status benefits

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Here are three more short pieces as I try to clear my inbox (again): British Airways to return to Birmingham (a teeny tiny bit) (EDIT, March 2015:  There is still confirmation that this story is true and it may not be happening) According to press […]

£50 off selected BA long-haul routes this weekend with ‘Share The Love’


British Airways has entered into the Valentine spirit this weekend with a special £50 per person discount on long-haul World Traveller (economy) fares. This discount is only available under midnight on Sunday. The following routes are included: Abu Dhabi Antigua Barbados Dominican Republic (Punta Cana) […]

It’s bye-bye to Air Passenger Duty on long-haul Avios redemptions from certain UK cities


As I wrote yesterday, a selection of Flybe flights are now available for redemption using Avios points on I was probably a little harsh in that article on the value you can get from these redemptions – it seems I picked a bad example.  Readers […]

Flybe flights now available for Avios redemption on


Since last Friday, selected Flybe flights have become available for redemption on This is the final part of the process which began with the announcement in October that Flybe would be scrapping its own rewards scheme and issuing Avios points instead. There isn’t, as […]

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying on Emirates!

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Here is another of those ‘things you didn’t know you didn’t know’. There are many good reasons to fly Emirates from the UK to the Middle East, Asia, Australasia etc.  They have departures from various UK regional airports and, in Business Class and First Class, […]

Rule change for British Airways household accounts


Buried away in the new Executive Club terms and conditions – which primarily covers the changes required under the Avios devaluation on April 28th – is a small improvement to the way that household accounts work. As I outlined in this article, a British Airways Executive […]

Avios changes 10: are you a winner or a loser?

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Over the course of the nine articles below, I have managed to pick apart the details of the Avios changes that take effect from April 28th.  I thought the best way of drawing all the strands together was a summary of the winners and losers, both […]