Flying long-haul planes on short-haul redemptions!

LAN 787 business class

This article is about how to fly – often redeeming your Avios – on short haul European flights which are flown by long-haul aircraft (ie a 747, 777, A380, A330, A340 etc). Why would you want to do this? Well, for fun! European business class flights are rarely […]

£1,100 business class fares ex-Scandinavia across all alliances to US West Coast

Los Angeles

Just after Christmas I wrote about some of the excellent deals available in the British Airways sale in Club World if you were willing to start your trip in Dublin.  Prices are (they are still bookable) as low as £1,100 return to Hawaii. Something odd is […]

How to fly to Dubai with Finnair with Avios for just £127 tax

Finnair A350 350

Finnair announced on Thursday that it was removing fuel surcharges on redemption flights for travel in Europe, to Dubai and to Tel Aviv. Why is this interesting?  Because Finnair is a member of the oneworld alliance, like British Airways, which means that you can use […]

Qatar launches Amsterdam to Doha – and why it is not the best Avios redemption

Qatar double Avios

Qatar Airways is continuing its expansion in Europe with the launch of services from Amsterdam on 16th June. Flights will operate daily and will use a new Boeing 787 which features Qatar’s latest business class seating (photo below).  This is an impressive 1-2-1 fully-flat arrangement […]

Which 37 airlines can I use my Avios points on?


I occasionally get asked for a full list of Avios airlines, or whether there is somewhere online that has a full list of Avios redemption partners. The bottom line is that there isn’t one, because each of the three main Avios programmes has their own […]

Impressive new First Class BA / oneworld lounge opens in Los Angeles

Qantas British Airways first class lounge Los Angeles 3

Back in June I shared some pictures of the very impressive new Qantas business class lounge which had opened in Los Angeles International Airport.  This is the new lounge for Qantas, BA, airberlin, Iberia, Japan Airlines and LAN.  It is not used by American or US Airways […]

Decent Finnair sale to Thailand, Asia, India …. earns BA tier points and Avios

Finnair A350

Finnair is a British Airways partner, courtesy of its membership of the oneworld airline alliance. This means that you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on Finnair flights. The new Finnair long-haul sale is therefore worth a look. You can see full details […]

Finnair launches Chicago – a new Avios redemption option – and buys more A350’s

Finnair A350

Finnair, a fellow oneworld alliance member alongside British Airways, has announced a new Summer service to Chicago. Flights will operate from 13th June to 17th October 2015. Services will operate three days per week (Monday, Thursday, Saturday in both directions) using an Airbus A330. As well […]

New benefits across all oneworld airlines for BA Silver and Gold card holders


British Airways is one of 15 major airlines in the oneworld alliance, alongside American, Qatar, Qantas etc.  For you as a customer, the key benefit is that you can earn and spend Avios points on all 15 members.  If you have status with one airline, […]

Got Cathay Gold? Did you know about these hotel benefits?

Marco Polo Gold

Many Head for Points readers hold a Cathay Pacific Marco Polo Club Gold card.  This is because, until March 2014, American Express was giving them away as part of the benefits package with the Amex Platinum charge card. This was an outstanding deal since Cathay […]

How to fly to Oz/NZ in Business for 63,000 Amex Membership Rewards points

Malaysia A380

This deal is probably the most generous mainstream redemption you can get.  After all, we are talking about flying all of the way to Australia or New Zealand in business class for not a lot more than an economy flight to California. This is not […]

Qatar launches new ‘2 for 1′ business class sale

Qatar Premium Lounge capuccino

Qatar Airways has launched another batch of ‘2 for 1′ business class deals from the UK.  These are well priced but are only valid when two people travel together. You need to book these before Friday 28th November, for return travel from 1st December to 26th March. […]

Use Avios on the new AA Birmingham and Edinburgh to New York routes

American Airlines

In a major boost for anyone looking to use Avios points for long-haul flights from regional airports, American Airlines has announced new routes from Birmingham International and Edinburgh to New York. Flights will launch on May 8th next year and will operate daily. From Birmingham, […]