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.

Bits: win a Heathrow T2 lounge pass today, 75% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points

News in brief: Win two passes for the United Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 A reader has generously given me two United Club lounge passes that he does not need.  This is good news for anyone flying out of Heathrow Terminal 2 before 30th […]

Earn Avios or Virgin miles at Duty Free with Instamiles!

A few weeks ago a reader (thank you) sent me an email to ask “Do you know that Instamiles has added Avios and Virgin Flying Club as partners?“. I didn’t, because I had never heard of Instamiles.  Even odder, a search of the entire Flyertalk […]

Bits: New Starwood O2 concerts bookable, double PartnerPlusBenefit points to USA

News in brief: Starwood launches more O2 concert tickets Starwood Preferred Guest launched a new batch of O2 concert tickets yesterday. For just 15,000 SPG points (or 45,000 Marriott Rewards points if you convert them across) you can get two tickets for any of the […]

Bits: Hilton changes update, my thoughts on the new United Polaris seat

More news in brief: Hilton Honors ‘points and money’ update We covered the forthcoming changes to the Hilton Honors programme in this article.  A few people asked me what the exact implementation day will be. I got a note from Hilton yesterday confirming that the […]

Eight Avios earning and spending tips you might not know about

Don’t panic, we are not switching to clickbait headlines for 2017!  However I was struggling to find something more suitable to describe the article today. I was updating the ‘Welcome’ page on Head for Points over Christmas.  This is a page which 80% of regular […]

Lloyds buys MBNA and its airline credit cards ….. good news or bad?

Lloyds Bank announced yesterday that it was the winner of the auction to acquire the UK operations of credit card group MBNA from Bank of America.  It paid £1.9bn as well as taking over MBNA’s existing debt book. MBNA is the leading UK player in […]

Bits: United cancels Manchester-Washington, Iberia Plus Avios refunds, change in HHA rules for kids?

News in brief: United cancels Manchester – Washington United Airlines has announced that it will drop its Manchester to Washington route for Summer 2017 after six years. The airline has already announced its intention to drop its Belfast to New York service. Demand for flights to […]

NEW: Earn Avios when flying United – at higher rates than BA for Economy!

This other article today looks at the new Aer Lingus AerClub programme in more detail. As this scheme is now Avios driven, it helps to be aware of any new ways to earn or spend points that it throws up. I wanted to run this feature as […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (21): United MileagePlus American Express & Visa

This is my review of the United Airlines MileagePlus credit cards issued in the UK. This article was updated on 1st April 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards […]

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

The merger between Starwood and Marriott – and the fact that you can now status match between the two chains – means that members also have access to a couple of interesting airline tie-in deals. In 2013 the Starwood hotel group and Delta Airways announced a […]

HFP EXCLUSIVE: 3,000 BenefitPoints for joining the Star Alliance small business scheme

(EDIT:  The special sign-up bonus for HFP readers mentioned in this article ended on 31st December 2016 and is no longer available.  You can still join via the link below, however.  You will receive the normal bonus of 1,500 points.) Since British Airways devalued its […]

Bits: 20% bonus converting Marriott to American, 25% hotel to United bonus, Hilton / Flying Blue bonus

News in brief: Marriott launches conversion bonus to American Airlines Marriott Rewards is currently offering a 20% bonus if you convert your points into American Airlines miles. Full details are on the American Airlines site here.  The offer runs until 14th November. This includes miles transferred […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

Agoda launches PointsMAX – a Kaligo-style miles earning booking site

You may never have heard of Agoda.  It is a hotels.com-style hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to booking.com. The reason that Agoda has become interesting is that it has started to offer […]