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.

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 3rd February 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and […]

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

Since British Airways devalued its On Business scheme for small and medium sized companies last May, it has become irrelevant for many SMEs. The fact that £30,000 of BA spending is required to get off the basic membership tier – which is a lot of […]

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 […]

Bits: free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Gold, bonus points with Official Heathrow Parking

News in brief: Free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Alliance Gold members I wanted to run a reminder about this offer as it appears to be running indefinitely now.  If you are have Star Alliance Gold status via any of the 21 Star Alliance frequent flyer […]

Bits: Flying Blue joins PointsHound, United ‘buy miles’ bonus, PartnerPlusBenefit Vienna bonus

News in brief: Flying Blue becomes a PointsHound partner I get occasional criticism for not covering Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France scheme, more on Head for Points.  For readers outside London, flying long-haul via Amsterdam on KLM is often cheaper and more pleasant than […]

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

A couple of weeks ago I looked at the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme.  I thought today that I would take a look at the best Star Alliance credit card for a UK resident. When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around […]

10 UK travel credit cards hike their interest rates sharply

I was updating the credit card database page on Head for Points yesterday and noticed some shocking changes to the interest rates charged on many popular travel credit cards. Since the EU capped credit card interchange fees at 0.3% in December, it has become hugely […]

Run your own company? Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme and get a free upgrade

Since British Airways devalued its On Business scheme for small and medium sized companies last May, it has become irrelevant for many SMEs. The fact that £30,000 of BA spending is required to get off the basic membership tier – which is a lot of […]

New ‘buy points’ deals with United, Carlson, American, Hyatt, Melia … and a Flying Blue deal coming

Buying miles and points is rarely a great deal at the standard pricing although it can (as with the IHG Rewards Club flash sale last week) make sense during special offers. Of course, if you only need a few thousand points to ‘top off’ an account […]

Why I still think the United Club in Terminal 2 is the 2nd best business lounge at Heathrow

…… after the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, of course. I am down in Istanbul this week, seeing whether Turkish Airlines has got what it takes to challenge the Middle Eastern ‘big 3’ as a global hub airline. This meant an early morning run out to Heathrow […]

Bits: 500 free United MileagePlus miles, Ramada London Docklands now a DoubleTree by Hilton

News in brief: 500 free United MileagePlus miles (EDIT:  If you do NOT have a US mailing address, there appear to be issues with changing your address to the US and then changing it back – see the comments.  Do not do this unless you […]