25% off Starwood Preferred Guest points means buying airline miles at 1.25p

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 31st May. The link to buy is here. The discount is staggered.  You get 10% off purchases of up to 9500 points, 15% off 10000 to 14500, 20% off 15000 to 29500 […]

Amex USA bans card churning …. UK to follow?

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Follow a number of rumours in recent weeks, American Express’s USA operation has now confirmed that card ‘churning’ will not be allowed from 2nd May. Here is the statement that it issued: In order to ensure fairness and clarity with our Card Members, we will […]

New Amex deal: £50 off £250 spend at Hilton Hotels

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You may remember last Winter that American Express launched a partnership with TripAdvisor.  They were paying £5 to every Amex cardholder who linked their American Express card to their UK TripAdvisor account and wrote one review. This partnership seems to be deepening, as American Express […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

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One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. (It is even less known today than it used to be, as Amex removed the webpage […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

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This is the seventh and last of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes.  Each scheme will be covered over two posts.  One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of particular merit. Starwood […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

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In my other post today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme.  This post is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. The 10-second summary: Strong points – excellent top-tier Platinum benefits, unrivalled airline mile conversion rate, unrivalled […]

2,000 bonus Starwood points for a 2-night Asia stay

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Starwood Hotels is running an attractive promotion in Asia to promote the addition of Virgin Australia as an airline partner.  You don’t have to have anything to do with Virgin Australia to take advantage, though! The promotion is straightforward.  You will receive 2,000 bonus SPG […]

Three new ‘£10 off’ cashback deals from Amex launched

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American Express has launched another couple of cashback offers available exclusively to holders of Amex-issued Amex cards.  For the purposes of Head for Points, that means Gold, Platinum, SPG and BA Amex cards. You need to activate these offers before using them. On a desktop […]

The top UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

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(EDIT:  This article was updated in April 2014, the numbers are current as of 1 April) It is almost a year since I last looked at this topic.  There have been a lot of changes and new launches since then, so I thought it was […]

’3 for 2′ on Starwood hotels in Asia with MasterCard

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If you are heading to the Asia Pacific region (including Australia) this Spring, Starwood is offering a ’3 for 2′ deal on a number of properties when you pay with a MasterCard. The website for the promotion is here. The list of participating hotels is […]

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

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I first ran this analysis back in July 2013.  However, there have been some major changes since then.  This is an updated list. Whilst British Airways has its own partner hotels, Iberia has its own, different, list.  And, with the number of different hotel groupings, […]

Get preferential treatment at luxury hotels using ‘Preferred Partner’ travel agents

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If you ever stay at Mandarin Oriental, Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, Peninsula or similar upscale hotels, you may be surprised to know that you are almost certainly NOT getting the best possible deal if you book via the official website. We are just back from […]

2013 in review – Part 2 – ‘The Year of Devaluations’


This is the second part of my look back at 2013.  Last year I touched on some of my personal travel highlights and looked back at some of the biggest promotions.  Today I want to look at the (unwelcome) trend of the year – devaluations. […]