Virgin America’s great First Class seating – and why BA short-haul will never match it

Virgin America First Class reclined

Yesterday I looked at the Virgin America lounge at Los Angeles and showed you their impressive economy and premium economy short-haul product. I was booked in First Class.  Why?  Because I thought it would be interesting – even though the flight from Los Angeles to Las […]

Join ‘The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ at ‘Loved’ level

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Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury hotels in 70 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 […]

My review of Virgin America – how short-haul business class should be (Part 1)

Main Cabin Virgin Atlantic

My route to Las Vegas took me from London to Los Angeles on a British Airways A380 (review in a couple of days).  From LA, I booked myself onto Virgin America for the short hop to Las Vegas. If you want to get a flavour […]

Easy Star Alliance Gold via Aegean going away …. is it still worth using them?


Tiny Greek airline Aegean has a disproportionately high importance to frequent flyers.  For the last few years it has offered – by a huge margin – the easiest way to earn Gold status with Star Alliance and thus get lounge access and other privileges across 27 major […]

You have NEVER seen a safety video like the Virgin America safety video!

Virgin America

I wanted to run this article last week, but I know that most Head for Points readers during the week are using the site at work.  This is not something that you necessarily want to play at full volume in your office. I will be running […]

My review of the Four Seasons Las Vegas hotel – is it worth the splurge?

Four Seasons Las Vegas pool

Hotels in Las Vegas are b-i-g.  The Mandalay Bay, where my conference was being held, has over 3000 rooms.  If you include the Delano – officially part of the same complex but in its own tower – it has over 4000 rooms. Even that is a […]

Google Flights …. slowly becoming interesting

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A few years ago, Google bought ITA.  ITA is the most comprehensive airline pricing and routing database available, able to run substantially more complex searches across multiple dates, routes and airlines than, say, Expedia.  I explained how to use ITA Matrix to find cheap British […]

£15 rooms at the new Tune hotel in Newcastle


Tune Hotels is a group of low-cost hotels founded by Tony Fernandes, who also founded budget airline AirAsia and is possibly best known in the UK as owner of Queens Park Rangers football club. Tune is already well established in Asia with the UK forming […]

How I was ripped off by the Las Vegas taxi drivers mafia

Las Vegas taxi price from airport

I arrived at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas at 5.30pm last Thursday, or 1.30am in the morning UK time.  My destination was the Mandalay Bay hotel which is the first property on the Las Vegas ‘strip’.  It is so close to the airport that it […]

Win a luxury holiday to Hong Kong

Hong Kong skyline

The London office of the Hong Kong Tourism Board got in touch to point me towards a decent competition they are running on Facebook at the moment. What I liked about this competition is that it is only open to UK residents.  This restricts the […]

10% off Air Canada flights for Autumn travel

Air Canada

To promote its move to Terminal 2 at Heathrow, Air Canada is offering a 10% discount on all flights from Heathrow to Canada. You need to book by September 30th. The valid travel dates are October 1st to December 15th. The discount code you need […]

My review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow T2 (with photos)

Plaza Premium Heathrow bar

I revealed last weekend that the Plaza Premium lounge in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow had joined Priority Pass and Lounge Club.  I didn’t know this when I arranged to have a private tour of the facility last week, but the timing could not […]

Earn 8,000 Avios in one night with new hotel partner Rocketmiles

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I wrote an introduction to hotel booking site Rocketmiles here. It is a small-scale (ie limited selection) business which offers significant airline mile bonuses when you book. At the time I first covered it, it was working almost exclusively with US airlines.  Over the last year Rocketmiles […]