Bits: more free coffee, Malaysia devaluation, Best Western sale, Regus thefts

Malaysia A380

Here are a few more pieces which nearly slipped through the net this week: We’ve done coffee for points …. now try coffee for free! Last Saturday I ran a piece about how to use Nectar points for drinks at Caffe Nero, how to use American […]

Free Qantas Gold (ie BA Silver) if you have any other Gold card …. with a catch

Qantas A380

Australian airline Qantas is offering to match Gold cards issued by any other airline into the Gold level of its Qantas Frequent Flyer programme. Because Qantas is a member of the oneworld alliance, your Qantas Frequent Flyer Gold card will have the same benefits as a […]

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel loyalty programmes?

Hotel logo 3

Almost all hotel loyalty programmes let you transfer you points into certain frequent flyer schemes.  What is far rarer is for a frequent flyer scheme to let you transfer your points INTO a hotel programme. This didn’t used to be the case.  If you go […]

Three outstanding Avios earning airfares … all with a catch!

Cathay A340 business class

If you chasing cheap British Airways tier points, or are simply looking for a good deal for your next holiday flight, there are three interesting deals with oneworld partner airlines which crossed my desk this week. As they are on oneworld airlines, you will earn […]

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying on Emirates!

Emirates A380

Here is another of those ‘things you didn’t know you didn’t know’. There are many good reasons to fly Emirates from the UK to the Middle East, Asia, Australasia etc.  They have departures from various UK regional airports and, in Business Class and First Class, […]

Cathay Pacific launches Dusseldorf to Hong Kong – a new Avios option

Cathay business class

Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific has announced a new service from Dusseldorf starting on September 1st. The service will initially operate four days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.  The outbound leaves Dusseldorf at 12.35pm which would make it possible to connect the same day […]

Avios changes 9: what will happen to partner airline earning rates?


Executive summary:  BA has not yet released its new partner earning rates but we know that changes – for the worst – are coming to certain airlines Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on, ‘Club Changes’ page on (If you are new to Head for Points, […]

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, […]