Avios withdraws the Lloyds Premier Avios credit card

Avios has withdrawn the £140 Lloyds Premier Avios credit card (not the £24 Lloyds Avios credit card) to new applicants.  The final day to apply was 13th July. I honestly don’t know why the card has gone.  I doubt it is linked to the imposition […]

25% off Avios redemptions to the Middle East – but NOT with a BA Amex 241 voucher

British Airways Executive Club and avios.com are offering a 25% discount on Avios redemptions to the Middle East booked via their respective websites.  Full details can be found here. (EDIT:  I reworked this article when it became clear that this deal cannot be combined with […]

Bits: Etihad sale (Abu Dhabi A380 from £1179), please Like our Facebook articles!

News in brief: Etihad launches UK sale from £1,179 Etihad is running a short sale which carries on until 24th July. If you can’t find the dates you want in the ‘Avios 25% discount’ promotion (see my other article today) then this is a decent […]

Holiday Tips 1 – how to earn Avios and get the best deals on airport car parking

With the schools having broken up, over the next few days I will running updated versions of my annual travel planning series.  This will cover the best ways of earning or redeeming miles and points to get the best value from your Summer travel. “How to get a discount […]

Are ‘Your Rate’ and cheap breakfasts undermining the InterContinental Ambassador free night voucher?

InterContinental Ambassador is a special loyalty scheme which is ONLY valid at InterContinental hotels.  It works alongside IHG Rewards Club and you still receive points for your stay as usual. Ambassador has two differences to the usual loyalty scheme: First, you need to pay to […]

Bits: £10 cashback at Manchester Airport, double PartnerPlusBenefit points, Dinner In The Sky

News in brief: Travelex offering £10 cashback to spend at Manchester Airport Travelex is offering travellers flying from Manchester Airport an interesting deal over the Summer. If you pre-order £500 of currency from Travelex to collect at the airport, they will reimburse you any purchase you […]

Why Hotels.com Rewards may be better for you than hotel loyalty schemes

Yesterday I reviewed a stay at the Park Hyatt Hamburg which I paid for using a Hotels.com Rewards free night. I said that I would take a longer look today at Hotels.com Rewards and why, for some people, it may be a better option than focussing on […]

Random thoughts: T5 Fast Track, Zipcar by the mile, why I’m moving to Paris for 5 days!

Here are a few random observations from the last couple of weeks which you might find useful! Try the new Fast Track security channel at Heathrow Terminal 5 At some point in the last year, a new – totally separate – Fast Track security channel […]

Bits: Dublin Airport opens US preclearance lounge (with photos), South African Airways sale

News in brief: Dublin Airport opens a new US preclearance lounge One benefit of booking an Avios redemption to the United States on Aer Lingus is the incredibly low taxes.  These are usually around £75 return in Business Class, compared to £500 on British Airways – […]

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com

If you are looking to redeem for Avios points for flights to South America, you may end up redeeming on BA’s sister airline Iberia.   With its flat bed seating now in place and new aircraft coming on stream, Iberia is a perfectly good option these days.  […]

Using my Hotels.com Rewards free night at the Park Hyatt Hamburg

This is my review of the Park Hyatt Hamburg hotel. There are only two hotels in the world that I book by default whenever I have to go to that city.  One is the InterContinental Le Grand in Paris which as I wrote here is, […]

LAST DAY: up to 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

This is a reminder that TODAY, 18th July, is the last day to buy IHG Rewards Club points with the current ‘up to 100%’ bonus. My wife has ‘purchase IHG Rewards Club points’ as one of her targets for the current Accelerate promotion.  If you […]

My review of the Virgin Clubhouse at London Heathrow Terminal 3 (part 1)

This is my review of the Virgin Clubhouse lounge in London Heathrow Terminal 3. Confession time.  The last time I flew Virgin Atlantic Upper Class was 1997 when I was in Johannesburg working on the financing of a toll road.  That is a bit of […]

My review of the Virgin Clubhouse at London Heathrow Terminal 3 (part 2)

This is part two of my review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3.   Part 1 of my Virgin Clubhouse review can be found here. There are four other corners of the Clubhouse lounge that I didn’t cover in part 1.  This is the […]

Bits: LAST DAY for 480 Avios on £8 HP ink cartridges, Virgin places big A350-1000 order

News in brief: Last day to earn 480 Avios on HP ink cartridges Here is a quick reminder that Tesco Direct is offering 200 extra Clubcard points with selected HP ink cartridges bought before midnight tonight (Sunday). The cheapest cartridge available is the HP 301 Black Original Ink […]

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?

The general view of hotel loyalty programmes is that Starwood Preferred Guest is the only scheme where it is is worthwhile trading your points for airline miles. There are a couple of reasons for this.  The first is that – since the conversion rate for […]

Bits: double Avios at Gate 365 this weekend, 80% bonus when you buy Hilton points

Here are two limited time deals which are only running this weekend.  Both have already started: Double Avios at Gate 365 For this weekend only, until tomorrow night, you can earn double Avios points on EVERY purchase at the British Airways Gate 365 online shopping […]

Bits: Starwood / Marriott vs Hilton for luxury, Good To Go – insurance for 65+ and ill travellers

News in brief: Why the combined Starwood and Marriott should be a focus for upmarket travellers My main article today draws on a huge analysis of the major hotel loyalty schemes from Travel Expert. One other interesting nugget from this research work sprang out. Starwood has 750 […]