Virgin CombiFare …. a clever option when only half a reward flight is available

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It is, of course, hugely frustrating to find that you can book half of a reward ticket but cannot find seats for other leg.  On short haul flights it isn’t so bad, because British Airways sells one-way fares on its short-haul routes which you can match with […]

Searchable and downloadable versions of our Avios route pricing spreadsheet

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Yesterday I published a table of Avios pricing for all British Airways routes, in all classes.  See here. The article seemed to go down very well.  Some people wanted access to the data so they could keep it for reference, so here are two options […]

Full list of British Airways Avios redemption pricing by route

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It is surprisingly tricky to find out how many Avios are required for a particular route.  You need to go to, track down the ‘Avios Spending Calculator’ page and then type in your destination and preferred travel class.  It is a bit of a […]

How to beat Tesco’s attempt to hide Hilton Clubcard redemption space

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Tesco Clubcard has an interesting redemption option with Hilton Hotels in the UK and Ireland.  You can redeem your Clubcard points directly for a Hilton room rather than using Hilton HHonors points. When I took a look at this again last week, I noticed that […]

Bookable from 2pm-ish: new list of 5,000 point per night IHG PointBreaks (inc HI T5!)

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Just a reminder that, as I originally wrote on Saturday, the latest batch of IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) PointBreaks redemptions will be open for booking this afternoon.  It is usually about 2pm. These rooms are a fantastic […]

Transferring hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?


The American Airlines promotion offering a 20% bonus on transfers from Starwood Preferred Guest is still running until August 7th.   Partly inspired by this deal, and partly by my article yesterday on the value of a Hilton HHonors point, I wanted to consider if it ever […]

How to pre-order your BA duty free for at-seat delivery (and earn Avios!)

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I would be fibbing if I said that I had never bought any duty free items on a flight, but I’m rarely in the mood – especially when trying to keep two children under control.  The pre-order service – known as ‘buy before you fly’ […]

Changes to Head for Points posting over the Summer

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Long-time readers will know that I usually drop the post count from three articles to two during August. This year, as we are away next week, I am bringing it forward by a week and the reduced article rate will start from tomorrow.  Technically, it started […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 160 x 5,000 point hotels (inc HI T5!), book on Monday

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Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All of the 160 hotels below will be available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club […]

What do my recent Hilton redemptions say about the value of a HH point?

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I’ve done two Hilton HHonors redemption stays in the past week – my first visits to Hilton properties since our impressive stay at Hilton St Georges Park when we visited Thomas (the Tank Engine) Land last year! I thought I would look at these two […]

Bits: BA drops routes, Melia sale, cheap Club Europe fares now flexible, Austrian launches MAN


News in brief: British Airways drops Entebbe and Almaty British Airways has announced two route suspensions.  Flights to Entebbe in Uganda will cease on October 2nd as they ‘are no longer commercially viable’.  This is relatively short notice, by airline standards, and will be a […]

£266 Los Angeles returns available on BA in the New Year

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If you like the idea of getting away from a cold English Winter to the sunnier climes of Los Angeles, help may be at hand. British Airways is, yet again, quietly easing out excess capacity by selling heavily discounted tickets from outside the UK. Copenhagen […]

25% bonus Avios on First / Business returns to New York or Los Angeles


British Airways has launched an interesting – and slightly risky! – promotion in association with its transatlantic partner American Airlines. Between now and October 31st, you will receive 25% bonus Avios for any First Class or Club World / Business return flight between London and […]

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – an attractive Starwood promo for our older readers!

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I am over in Canada in a few weeks, chaperoning my Mum to a family wedding.  The event is based at the Westin in Edmonton (picture below), part of Starwood Preferred Guest. I have been playing around with different deals for this hotel for a […]

Bits: more daft BA PR with the ‘moon’ BAEC Gold card, lastminute ‘Top Secret’ London hotel sale

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News in brief: More BA PR silliness …. It is that time of year when the newspapers are desperate for coverage to fill their pages during a quiet Summer.  British Airways is doing its bit with this story – one which, as the picture shows, […]

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles


Being able to upgrade British Airways tickets using Avios is a well known feature of the programme. Whilst upgrades from World Traveller / Economy are restricted to full fare tickets – although this is due to be extended to cheaper tickets in late 2015 – […]