Thanks to everyone who played Fantasy Football Cup and shared £1,780!


With the World Cup now over (leaving the German part of my household very happy!) it is time to see who won the (just for fun!) Head for Points mini-league. This was run by, the train booking website, with the carrot of 3p of […]

New Avios wine deal with Laithwaites

Tesco Finest wine

Wine retailer Laithwaites, the UK’s largest mail-order wine retailer (it runs The Sunday Times Wine Club as well as pretty much every other branded mail-order operation), has been a BAEC partner for many years via The British Airways Wine Club. It has also offered deals […]

New York Stories #5 – All alone in Lufthansa First Class, Munich to Newark

Lufthansa First Class appetiser

I didn’t plan to fly Lufthansa First Class to New York last week.  I knew I would be starting my trip in Hamburg but that still opened up a lot of options.  I looked at Virgin Atlantic from London but there was no availability.  I […]

Win a Radisson hotel stay …. for life!

Radisson Blu berlin

Hotel group Radisson has launched a competition with a twist.  The winner will receive 5 nights in any Radisson hotel ….. every year, for life! It is an odd one.   Whilst the competition is open to countries worldwide (North Korea and Iran are notable exceptions […]

Etihad to launch Edinburgh service next year – and how to redeem


Following the Qatar Airways launch of services from Edinburgh to Doha, Etihad has responded with a daily service from the capital to Abu Dhabi. The service will launch on June 8th next year.  It will be a two-class service on a Airbus A330 with 22 […]

New York Stories #4 – The Lufthansa First Class Lounge at Munich

Lufthansa Munich First Class lounge 3

Lufthansa is an odd airline in many ways.  There is nothing in the least bit exciting about its economy or business class offering – it is only in recent months that they have introduced fully flat beds in business.  Their main lounges are also unexciting, […]

Avios Recycling and Avios from BUPA deals gone?

Avios thumbnail

Two of the partnerships appear to have come to an end. The more popular one is Avios Recycling which let you trade in a mobile phone or other appliance for points. I was never a big fan of this opportunity as I wrote a […]

Virgin Atlantic launches limited Belfast and Glasgow routes

Virgin Atlantic

For reasons not entirely clear, Virgin Atlantic will experiment next Summer with a very restricted service from Belfast and Glasgow. From Belfast, Virgin will be flying to Orlando.  It will fly a grand total of six times – Thursday 25 June and then every Thursday […]

New York Stories #3 – Getting Hilton HHonors benefits on a booking

Hilton Munich City Centre bedroom

The night before I flew to New York, I spent the night at the Hilton Munich City.  This article is both a review of the hotel and an example of what happens when you do NOT book direct. The hotel wasn’t an entirely random choice.  With […]

Hilton / Amex ‘£50 cashback on £250 booking’ offer is back

Hilton St Georges Park

American Express and Hilton Hotels have brought back their generous ‘£50 cashback for spending £250′ promotion. It is restricted to the first 15,000 American Express cardholders to register their card via this website.  This offer should work with any UK Amex card, whether issued by […]

New fare deals: Qatar from Edinburgh, Vueling, Etihad from Paris


A few more fare deals have popped into my inbox.  None are worth pushing on their own but there was a critical mass of them to justify a summary! Etihad – pay for business, fly in first For bookings before July 31st, Etihad is offering a […]

New York Stories #2 – Comparing Lufthansa short-haul to BA’s new tighter leg-room


As I wrote yesterday in my initial article in this series, I am not planning to write a traditional series of trip reports from my travels in recent days.  I am going to focus on a few particular themes which I found interesting and topical. […]

Is the Norwegian Gatwick to New York service really ‘low cost’?

Norwegian Air Shuttle

The Norwegian service from London Gatwick to New York which I originally previewed back in October has now launched.   They have also started flying to LA and Fort Lauderdale from Gatwick, although I am concentrating on the New York service here. The company has been […]