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British Airways and BA Executive Club

British Airways Executive Club is the main reason that Head for Points exists!

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My review of the Cathay Pacific (and BA) lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle

Rather than take the train back to West London from Southend Airport last Monday, I decided to fly!  I took an easyJet flight to Paris and then came back on British Airways. This is my review of the Cathay Pacific lounge at Paris Charles de […]

Bits: BA ‘enhancing’ First Class menus, final call for Azimo £10 Amazon voucher and ‘buy SPG points’ deals

News in brief: British Airways reducing First Class food options According to reports on Flyertalk from a well regarded BA cabin crew member, the ‘tasting menu’ is being withdrawn from First Class on the A380 routes.  It will disappear from Vancouver from tomorrow and from […]

Using Cathay Pacific for low-tax Avios redemptions to Asia (Part 1)

A couple of week ago I wrote an article on how to save Avios and lower your taxes when flying to the Middle East. Today I want to take a look at how you can make substantial tax savings – although not Avios savings – […]

Double Avios on long-haul flights until 31st July – registration required, fails for some

British Airways has launched a ‘double Avios’ promotion covering both BA and American Airlines this Spring. It is a decent deal and may even work for some leisure travellers as well as business travellers if they can pick up a bargain in the current BA […]

Up to 35,000 Avios for NEW Marriott Rewards members

British Airways and Marriott Rewards have teamed up to offer a potentially attractive Avios promotion to anyone who is not already a Marriott Rewards member. (I accept that this is not necessarily a lot of HFP members, but if you are travelling with your partner […]

Bits: Is the Dubai Priority Pass / Virgin lounge better than BA?, double PPB points on Austrian

News in brief: Is the Dubai Priority Pass lounge better than the BA one? I reviewed the new British Airways lounge in Dubai’s new Concourse D recently and was not hugely impressed. Reader Alastair was in Dubai a week later and decided to visit the Marhaba lounge […]

New British Airways sale launched – includes decent First deals

British Airways has launced a new sale with offers in all travel classes. The home page for the sale is here.  You can book until 17th May. On most routes you can travel up to 27th April 2017 which is 10 days after Easter Monday.  It […]

How do BA’s new short-haul fare classes (Basic, Plus, Plus Flex) price up?

Back in February, British Airways announced an overhaul of its short haul economy fare structure yesterday. Then it all went quiet although the fares were available for purchase. This was because someone at BA decided that the names for the three fare classes – ‘Hand Baggage Only’, […]

Bits: Avios / Nutmeg offer extended, full list of new HMRC credit card fees, £10 Amazon voucher with Azimo currency transfer

News in brief: Nutmeg / Avios offer extended to the end of April Nutmeg is an innovative online wealth management service which offers a fully managed, discretionary, investment service at a far lower cost than its competitors.  If you are using St James’s Place, Hargreaves […]

Qantas follows Virgin in allowing ‘status hold’ for new parents …. but not BA

Last year I wrote an article about ‘status holds’ for new parents.  I have a couple of young children and, on both occasions, my wife lost her British Airways status when she went on maternity leave.  I have never been very happy with this state of […]

Revealed … the peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2017

We now have full visibility of the peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for both British Airways and Iberia for 2017. The big change, as eagle-eyed HFP readers booking for February half-term had already realised, is that Tuesday and Wednesday flights will no longer automatically be […]

Amex unveils £195 fee on the BA Premium Plus – plus increased sign-up bonuses

American Express unveiled its first response to the new 0.3% cap on retailer interchange fees yesterday.  It increased the annual fee on the British Airways Premium Plus card from £150 to £195. To be fair, this increase was arguably overdue – the fee has remained steady […]

Bits: new Avios / Avis promo, South America bargains, flights to St Helena launched

News in brief: New British Airways / Avis promotion Until 30th June, you will earn 750 bonus Avios points when you rent a car for 2+ days from Avis. This is on top of the standard minimum earning rate of 500 Avios per rental, meaning […]

How much money does Avios make and how many are sold each year?

When IAG published its last set of financial results, it promised to give a presentation to City analysts in early 2016 about how Avios works and – more relevantly – about a change in accounting policy regarding Avios income and liabilities. That presentation took place […]

New 2,500 Avios or other miles Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus

Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up bonus which is worth up to 2,500 points. This is as good a sign-up bonus as you will ever see for Heathrow Rewards although the minimum spend this time is higher than in […]

First photos of Gatwick North Clubrooms for BA First and Gold passengers

If you are heading out of Gatwick on a British Airways flight in the near future, and have a Gold card or are travelling in First Class, there is some good news. The No 1 Traveller Clubrooms are now open. This means that – as […]

A reader writes about how HFP has helped improve his travel experiences

I recently received a very kind email from a Head for Points reader thanking for me for helping improve his travels. He offered to convert his email into an article and I agreed, and as it is a Sunday I feel less guilty about giving […]