British Airways and BA Executive Club

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LAST CHANCE: Apply for the BA Amex cards before the sign-up bonus drops

A quick reminder that the ‘higher than usual’ bonuses on the British Airways and British Airways Premium Plus American Express cards end at midnight on Wednesday 8th.  I wouldn’t leave it until the last minute, however, in case the offer switches off early. The Premium […]

Bits: Gatwick lounges (partly) open, Clubcard competition, use Avios with Amazon Echo

News in brief: New British Airways Gatwick lounges now open The two new British Airways lounges at Gatwick had a soft opening over the weekend.  I understand that there is no table service food offering yet in the First / Gold lounge.  It seems that […]

Bits: Airportr ski equipment offer, BA refusing to budge on ‘two tickets’ baggage transfer

More news in brief: Airportr offering free transfer of ski equipment this winter We’ve covered Airportr a few times on Head for Points.  This is the luggage collection service whereby your suitcases can be collected from your home or office and taken to the airport […]

Bits: Kimpton Amsterdam on points, BA dropping and starting routes at City

News in brief: Amsterdam’s forthcoming Kimpton bookable on IHG points OK, if you’re not a bit of a hotel geek the headline above might not mean much.  However, fans of Kimpton Hotels – the cult US boutique hotel brand now owned by IHG – have […]

Bits: 10% Tesco bonus to Virgin, 20% off CityJet, Bink / Curve double pizza bonus!

News in brief: 10% bonus on Virgin Atlantic transfers from Tesco Clubcard Virgin Atlantic has launched a 10% bonus on transfers of Tesco Clubcard points to Flying Club miles. However … this is only valid if you have never transferred to Virgin before.  This makes […]

Bits: BA credit card fee change delayed, up to 3000 Avios from Europcar, AA article update

News in brief: British Airways credit card fee change delayed again British Airways has announced a further, but possibly final, delay to its plan to restructure credit card charges. This was originally meant to take effect on 14th December but was later delayed until 31st January. […]

50% bonus on Heathrow Rewards transfers to Avios – sign-up promo now worth 4,500 Avios

Heathrow Rewards, the loyalty scheme for shopping at Heathrow, has quietly launched a 50% bonus on transfers to Avios. The offer is clearly flagged on the Heathrow Rewards site when you log in.  This offer ONLY applies to Avios and does not apply to: Emirates […]

New BA Manchester flights now bookable – and new Stansted routes too

Last week we wrote about the new routes from Manchester Airport that British Airways is launching for Summer 2017. These flights were not bookable at the time.  However, the routes were officially launched yesterday and you can now book for both cash and Avios at […]

It’s back: Get up to 10,000 Avios for investing in an ISA with Nutmeg

Wealth management group Nutmeg has brought back its generous Avios offer, just two months after the previous offer closed. You will receive up to 10,000 Avios points when you open a Stocks & Shares ISA or a pension with Nutmeg before 19th February 2017. Full […]

Bits: Luxury Travel Diary auctions, new BA strikes, new Finnair long haul routes

News in brief: Luxury Travel Diary auctions The Luxury Travel Diary site dropped me a line about another wave of its auctions closing soon. Most of the items offered tend to go for far less than the standard retail price.  Interesting options closing in the next 48 […]

Earn 13,200 Avios with an Economist subscription for £179 (or less!)

Regular readers will know of the regular generous deals offered by Iberia Plus and The Economist for taking out a subscription. has now jumped on the bandwagon. As you can see at this link, you can earn 13,200 Avios in if you take out […]

Bits: 2400 Avios with a Nerf gun, Virgin joins TSA pre-check, Radisson / Park Inn sales extended

News in brief: 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with a Nerf gun Until tomorrow night, Tesco Direct is offering 1,000 bonus Clubcard points – worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles – with selected Nerf toys. The minimum spend is £40.  Full details are […]

Good Heathrow Rewards sign-up deal – 2,500 Avios, Virgin, Lufthansa, Etihad or Emirates miles!

(EDIT: has just launched an even better version of this offer with 3,000 points for £150 spend.  See here for details.) Heathrow Rewards – the loyalty scheme for Heathrow’s duty free shops – has launched a new sign-up promotional bonus in association with Etihad […]

Earn up to 15,000 Avios booking hotels via Agoda PointsMAX

Avios has teamed up with hotel booking site Agoda to offer additional points on hotel bookings made via their PointsMAX scheme. Agoda is a hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to […]

Review of BA’s (temporary) Speedbird Lounge at Gatwick South

This is my review of the British Airways temporary Speedbird Lounge in Gatwick’s South terminal. As I wrote in my companion article to this one, British Airways has not been allowed to open its new Gatwick South lounge complex on safety grounds.  It isn’t clear […]

Farce as new BA Gatwick South lounge remains closed due to failed ‘life safety’ test

Wednesday was the day that British Airways moved its Gatwick operations over to the South Terminal. The good news is that check in seemed to be working fine when I was there, with no sign of delays.  To be honest, using a bit of wood to […]

Do you know short-haul Avios redemptions are often cheaper as 2 x one-ways?

As it’s January, and the site has a lot of new readers looking to get more value from their travel this year, I wanted to take another quick look today at something which even old hands can forget. Before booking a RETURN European redemption with […]

British Airways to launch Manchester weekend flights to Europe

According to reports on Flyertalk, and whilst these flights are NOT yet available for booking at, it appears that Manchester Airport prematurely announced that British Airways will be running weekend services from the airport this Summer. The details now appear to have disappeared from the airport […]

Bits: 1200 Avios via Tesco PayQwiq, Emirates launches Athens to NYC, HFP on the radio

News in brief: 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin miles for trying Tesco PayQwiq – now nationwide From yesterday, you can now use Tesco’s mobile payment app PayQwiq in EVERY Tesco store.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you can earn 120 Avios (50 Clubcard points) […]