Will Airbus drop the A380?

Emirates A380

I don’t normally cover general aviation news on Head for Points but this story is of interest.  At a conference in London last week, the Chief Financial Operator of Airbus said that the company may be forced to discontinue the A380 super-jumbo as early as 2018. Not […]

New options to Philadelphia with both Avios and Virgin miles


Both American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have announced new services from London to Philadelphia this week. American already runs a daily flight to Philadelphia and will be doubling this to two flights per day from March 29th.  The downside is that American will be […]

Not had your free Shangri-La meal yet? Avios conversion now an option

Golden Circle logo

A lot of Head for Points readers earned 1,000 – 1,200 Shangri-La Golden Circle points in a promotion they ran last October.  The reason this offer was so popular is that 1,000 points could be turned into a $100 Shangri-La food and drink voucher and, […]

Virgin Flying Club makes its cancellation policy WORSE – and doesn’t tell anyone

Virgin Atlantic

For many years, a lot of frequent flyers gave Virgin Flying Club a wide berth.  The reason was its archaic cancellation policy. These were the rules which existed until September 2013: Cancel your mileage flight and you lose 25% of the miles used Cancel your mileage […]

Do you know the expiry rules for your airline miles?

Expiry date

There is nothing more frustrating than finding that your miles have expired when you finally come to use them or add to them. This is most likely to happen with secondary programmes where you once dropped a few miles from a one-off promotion and then […]

Virgin Atlantic launches ‘double miles on economy flights’ promotion

Virgin Atlantic

It is always good to see a generous promotion aimed at travellers in economy rather than premium classes.   Virgin Atlantic has just launched a deal offering double Flying Club miles on selected routes until the end of 2014. The promotion only applies to flights in […]

Last chance to get 10,000 – 25,000 Virgin miles with the Virgin credit cards

Virgin card

Just a quick reminder that Friday 31st October is the last day to apply for the current special offer on the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club credit cards. Here is a quick overview of the Virgin credit cards. If some of the text sounds familiar, it is […]

3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles for a 3-day Hertz rental

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From November 1st, it will no longer be possible to earn Avios points via Hertz.  Whilst British Airways dropped Hertz as a partner some years ago, they retained a partnership with Iberia Plus.  And, of course, you can transfer Iberia Plus Avios points to BA or […]

Virgin Little Red closure – cheap redemptions, big flight bonuses, who gets the slots?

Little Red

The announcement of the closure of the Virgin Little Red domestic routes to Manchester, Aberdeen and Edinburgh was badly timed for Head for Points – I was sitting in a departure lounge at Heathrow waiting to take a six hour flight!  The extra 24 hours […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for October – summary of top deals

Credit cards

I have updated the ‘Credit Cards Update‘ page at the top of the screen for October. What’s new? The latest special offer on the British Airways American Express cards ended in September.  However, the excellent deal on the two Virgin Atlantic cards runs until the […]

Virgin Atlantic to launch in-flight wi-fi from 2015

Virgin Atlantic

When I flew Virgin America last week (review to follow) I was very impressed by their in-flight wi-fi service.  It was fast and at $3 for 30 minutes – more than enough for a 50 minute flight – not expensive. The wifi provider was Gogo which […]

Excellent Virgin Atlantic availability to Los Angeles and San Francisco

Virgin Atlantic LA availability

Earlier in the month I told you how Virgin Atlantic was cancelling its routes to Cape Town, Tokyo, Mumbai and Vancouver in return for additional flights to North America. Late last week, Virgin loaded up reward availability for these new services.  As with the new […]

Earning airline miles with ‘2nd tier’ car rental companies

Car rental montage

Last month I published a long piece on earning Avios points for car rentals. In summary, whilst the ONLY partner for British Airways Executive Club members is Avis via the special avisba website, this is not your only option.  Iberia Plus has deals with Hertz, […]

The Aer Lingus (and Virgin Little Red) lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed

Aer Lingus Virgin Little Red lounge Heathrow flower

On Wednesday I reviewed the new Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2.  On the same day, I also got the chance to review the other lounge in the main terminal – here is my review of the Aer Lingus Gold Circle lounge.  Remember that British […]