An introduction to Macdonald Hotels ‘The Club’ – and how to get £15 of vouchers

Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, the 40-strong UK hotel group, receives very little coverage on Head for Points.  This is despite the fact that it runs one of my favourite hotels, the Bath Spa Hotel (below), a surprisingly impressive property that I used to visit a […]

My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly

My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly was only supposed to be part of a ‘bits’ article.  However, even though the lounge is quite small, I really liked it and it can have a bit more coverage! The Virgin Trains […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The most interesting deal currently running, although it doesn’t close until […]

My review of the refurbished Virgin East Coast First Class Lounge at Kings Cross

This is my review of the newly refurbished Virgin East Coast trains First Class Lounge at London Kings Cross Until this month I had never been to a lounge at a train station – and now I’ve been to three.  The concept did sound a […]

My review of La Compagnie’s all-business-flight from London to New York (Part 1)

Whilst Rob settles down to his holiday, I will be running a selection of flight and hotel reviews from my trip to New York last month. First up is my review of low-cost ‘all business class’ airline La Compagnie. In July 2015 HFP reader Sam […]

My review of La Compagnie’s all-business-flight from London to New York (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my review of the La Compagnie ‘all business class’ London Luton to New York Newark service.  Part 1 which is here looked at the seat and the background to the service.  Here I want to look at the amenities, IFE, […]

Garage bits: 60 Avios buying a coffee from Shell!, £5 off £50 at Esso from Amex

Petrol station news in brief! Triple Shell Drivers Club points for buying a coffee Shell Drivers Club points can be converted into Avios at a ratio of 2:1.  This isn’t necessarily the best use of them, given that they can also be redeemed for gift […]

The Leaders Club entices me back with a freebie …. where should I go?

I don’t mention Leading Hotels of the World much on Head for Points.  10 years ago it was quite a force in luxury hotel marketing – and they threw some fantastic events in London to prove it. Leading Hotels of the World is a marketing group […]

If you missed my interview on CNBC on Wednesday ….

I am assuming that the majority of Head for Points readers were in front of the TV and watching CNBC’s ‘Squawk Box’ at 6.30am on Wednesday. Just in case you weren’t, you missed me talking about the current state of the frequent flyer business. If […]

Amex cuts the rewards on its cashback cards – a sign of things to come?

American Express relaunched its two Platinum cashback cards yesterday with reduced rewards. Whilst this is not strictly relevant for Head for Points, because the cards do not give miles or points, it is an interesting indication of how Amex is thinking.  This is because these […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The key offer closing this week is the British Airways 25% discount […]

Join ‘The Club of Small Luxury Hotels’ at ‘Loved’ level – and get TRIPLE Avios

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury hotels in 80 countries. These are primarily independent properties, many of which are well known in their respective markets. SLH has its own free loyalty programme called The Club. It is a no-brainer […]

Review of the surprisingly good James Martin food on Virgin East Coast – plus the new seat

This is my review of the brand new menu and relatively new seat in Virgin Trains East Coast First Class. I had to dash up to York and back yesterday which gave me my first exposure to Virgin East Coast trains since the seating and […]

Swissport lounge in Heathrow T3 closing and an update on LoungeMiles

If you remember my ‘five lounges in three hours’ tour of Heathrow last year, you will remember my review of the Swissport Terminal 3 lounge. It was my most depressing UK lounge visit since the bad old days of the Servisair lounge in Heathrow Terminal 1! […]

Changes to Head for Points posting during August

Long-time readers will know that I usually drop the post count from three articles to two during August. This year is no exception and the reduced article rate will start from tomorrow.  Technically, it started today if you don’t count this as a proper article! I […]

Get £20 for free when you load £50 on a Moneycorp prepaid MasterCard

Foreign exchange group Moneycorp, who you will be familiar with if you travel from Gatwick, Stansted, Southampton, Southend or Bristol on a regular basis, has launched a new prepaid explorer MasterCard for holidaymakers. As a special offer, Moneycorp is offering a £20 bonus to new customers […]

London City Airport expansion approved

London City Airport won final planning consent this week for its major expansion scheme. The approval was given by the Government after Boris Johnson had initially blocked the scheme during his time as mayor. Coming in at a modest – by airport standards – £344m, […]