United Airlines and United MileagePlus

These articles cover, from a UK perspective, United Airlines, United MileagePlus and the UK United Airlines credit card issued by MBNA.

Aspire lounge in Terminal 5 confirmed, whilst United says ‘no more Priority Pass’ in Terminal 2

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Heathrow Airport confirmed the story yesterday that I originally ran on Head for Points on April 1st – that an independent airport lounge will open in Terminal 5 this Summer, possibly July. It will be operated by Swissport / Servisair under the ‘Aspire’ brand.  It […]

Bits: bonus on BA/AA transatlantic, hotels.com sale, United ‘buy miles’ bonus, Nectar Hive closing

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More news in brief: American Airlines transatlantic bonus – includes BA flights American Airlines has launched a bonus for flying between the UK and the USA, Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo on either AA or BA. Until April 27th, you will receive 1,000 bonus […]

Bits: LA in PremEco for £1000, Hilton credit card free night, 40% off United miles

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Here are three short stories which didn’t justify a full article: Los Angeles in Premium Economy for £1,000 Air New Zealand is having a flash sale on flights to Los Angeles which ends TODAY.  They sell this route because they fly London Heathrow to Los Angeles […]

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

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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 […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for January – summary of the current top deals

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It is time for our monthly round up of what is new, what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. What’s new? Not much, to be honest.  I was expecting a burst of activity […]

Use your Marriott status on United Airlines (and vice versa) via RewardsPlus

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In 2013 the Starwood hotel group and Delta Airways announced a unique tie-up. This gave Starwood Preferred Guest elite members certain privileges when flying on Delta, and gave Delta top tier members special privileges when staying at a Sheraton / Westin / W etc hotel. One […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

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(This article was updated in April 2015) When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty […]

United to start Newcastle to New York – good for Star Alliance redemptions

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One story that slipped through the HFP net when it was announced in late October was the launch of a United Airlines service from Newcastle to New York Newark. New York becomes the second long-haul destination to operate from Newcastle, which also has an Emirates […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for December – summary of the current top deals

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It is time for our monthly round up of what is new, what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. What’s new? Not much, to be honest.  December is never a good month for […]

15,000 United MileagePlus miles bonus with their free UK credit card

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The United Airlines MileagePlus Amex credit cards (issued by MBNA) have the unique distinction of offering NO sign-up bonus for much of the year. Then, once or twice a year, they run a promotion.  This is one of those times. Via this link, you can […]

United First lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed, with photos

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What is the new United First lounge at Heathrow like? Regular readers of Head for Points will know that we have been covering the lounge options in the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow recently. Here is my review of United Club (the huge lounge in […]

Bonus United and Air Canada miles for flights to the US or Canada

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United Airlines and Air Canada, both Star Alliance members, have launched a joint promotion to offer bonus miles on flight between North America and London. If you tend to fly economy to North America, this is a pretty decent deal as most (all?) fare classes […]

Why I love the new United Club (Priority Pass) lounge in Terminal 2

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(EDIT:  As of May 2015, Priority Pass is no longer accepted at this lounge – or indeed any United Airlines lounge worldwide.) With the Aer Lingus lounge closed when I headed to Dublin last week, I decided to try the United Airlines Club lounge.  This […]

Last chance: Virgin, Etihad and United credit card bonuses!

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There are four big credit card sign-up deals ending in the next 48 hours.  This is your last chance to sign up if you are interested. ALL of these cards are issues by MBNA / Bank of America so bear that in mind if considering […]

What is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme for you?

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I wrote on Monday about the imminent joining of Star Alliance by Air India.  After seven years of delays, the final decision has been taken with a surprising degree of speed and the airline will become a member from July 11th.  This is just three […]

United’s Club lounge confirmed as the Priority Pass option in Terminal 2

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I’m not going to write anything about the opening of Terminal 2 at Heathrow yesterday – I’m sure that there will be enough in the general press.  I wasn’t invited for the press tours anyway! Here is one titbit that you won’t see in your newspaper […]