British Airways September sale starts TODAY

It is always risky writing about deals which are not yet launched as there is always a chance that they get pulled at the last minute or start late.  So, if it is not live when you read this, don’t blame me!  (EDIT: it is now […]

30% – 50% discount when you buy Hilton HHonors points

Hilton HHonors is currently offering a 30% to 50% discount when you buy points – see this page and click through.  A 50% discount – and it is fairly likely you will get the 50% option – is equivalent to getting a 100% bonus! This may or […]

My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly

My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Manchester Piccadilly was only supposed to be part of a ‘bits’ article.  However, even though the lounge is quite small, I really liked it and it can have a bit more coverage! The Virgin Trains […]

Buy cheap IHG points if you have status via a new promotion

If you have ever tried to redeem IHG Rewards Club points, you will know that IHG offers ‘cash and points’ alternatives when booking.  If a hotel costs 30,000 points (like the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre we reviewed today) you also have the option […]

Bits: 777 Manchester-Munich, Qatar & Vueling codeshare, £1660 London-Melbourne business

News in brief: Last chance to fly a 777 from Manchester to Munich! Singapore Airlines is restructuring its European routes and is about to launch a direct flight from Singapore to Manchester.  This flight will carry on to Houston, creating a new Manchester – Houston […]

My review of the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre

This is my review of the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre hotel. Etihad invited me to Manchester recently for a conference at the Etihad Stadium.  We chose the Holiday Inn in the city centre for my stay in order to check out this new ‘next generation’ property. […]

Does Marriott regret buying Starwood and is hoping the Chinese kill the deal?

The acquisition of the Starwood hotel group – owner of W, Westin, Sheraton, St Regis, The Luxury Collection, aloft etc – by Marriott is running late.  The cause is Chinese competition clearance, with the Chinese authorities recently stating that they require another two months to […]

Bits: pay your car tax on Amex, laterooms.com sale, beat luggage theft with a gun!

News in brief: DVLA now accepts American Express (EDIT: it turns out that DVLA is STILL trialling the use of American Express.  I have been told that you may or may not be given the option of using Amex at random.  This is why some […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The most interesting deal currently running, although it doesn’t close until […]

Bits: New BA Stansted route, HFP in The Economist, new BA / China Eastern codeshares

News in brief: New British Airways route from Stansted Over the Summer, BA has been running a series of routes from Stansted at the weekend.  These use aircraft which would otherwise be flying from London City but which are left idle by the 24 hour […]

My review of the refurbished Virgin East Coast First Class Lounge at Kings Cross

This is my review of the newly refurbished Virgin East Coast trains First Class Lounge at London Kings Cross Until this month I had never been to a lounge at a train station – and now I’ve been to three.  The concept did sound a […]

Register now – IHG brings back its generous ‘Accelerate’ promotion for the Autumn

Remember that you can earn DOUBLE base points on ALL your IHG stays by booking through the special Head for Points link.  This is a world exclusive offer (spookily!).  Visit this HFP page for more information and the link to book. IHG Rewards Club, the […]

British Airways introducing buy on board by the back door!

Regular readers will have seen my various articles recently on the major cuts to British Airways in-flight service, eg here and here and here. Long-haul travellers in World Traveller (economy) have born the brunt.    We have seen the loss of pretzels, removal of cheese […]

BA American Express bonuses increased to 9,000 & 25,000 Avios

American Express has – yet again – increased the sign-up bonuses on the two British Airways American Express cards. The Premium Plus version, with the £195 annual fee, now offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 within three months to receive the […]

Review of my airberlin ‘super low tax’ New York – Berlin Avios redemption

This is my review of airberlin business class on the New York to Berlin service. As I did have to leave New York eventually, despite my best attempts to avoid it, I decided to try out airberlin‘s New York JFK to Berlin Tegel service. Rob […]

Bits: new Hilton in Edinburgh, Night Tube starts, HFP back on Apple News

News in brief: Edinburgh gains a new Hilton The Carlton Hotel in Edinburgh, previously a Barcelo, reopened as the Hilton Edinburgh Carlton hotel last week after a £17 million renovation.  It becomes the 16th Hilton Group property in Scotland. The hotel has 211 rooms and […]

Bits: new BBC ATC series starts tonight, Virgin economy sale, 30 Avios per £1 on flowers!

News in brief: ‘Skies Above Britain’ starts tonight on BBC2 I have been asked by a NATS employee to plug ‘Skies Above Britain’, which I’m happy to do.  Starting on BBC2 tonight at 9pm, this five part documentary focusses on the work of air traffic […]