Bits: Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza taken over by Chinese group, Radisson’s new family package

Two bits of Club Carlson news today: Carlson Rezidor taken over by Chinese conglomerate Carlson Hotels, parent of the Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza brands, has been acquired by HNA Tourism Group, a major Chinese conglomerate.  HNA, amongst other things, is an investor in […]

Review of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills – a good LA redemption with no car?

Earlier this month I (Anika, not Rob) spent a week in Los Angeles.  It was my first visit and as I wanted to see as many places as possible – without renting a car, which is virtually a necessity there – I decided to hotel hop. […]

My day out at London Southend Airport!

Back in the 1960s, apparently, Southend was London’s official ‘third airport’.  The growth of Stansted sidelined it until 2008 when it was purchased by the Stobart Group.  They have added a new terminal, a new control building, extended the runway and – most importantly – […]

30% off IHG hotels in Europe until December 2017

IHG, owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and Staybridge Suites brands, has extended its generous discount promotion in association with MasterCard for another year. This deal DOES seem to offer genuine discounts. The special booking page for this offer is […]

Bits: A380s to Iberia and Aer Lingus?, Qatar Airways raises stake in IAG

News in brief: Aer Lingus and Iberia to be A380 customers? In this interesting article, Willie Walsh – Chief Executive of BA’s parent IAG – says that he is considering A380 aircraft for both Iberia and, as a one-off, Aer Lingus. The last of the […]

The Curve card and its new ‘acceptable use’ policy

The Curve card is an innovative new payment card which is currently in beta mode.  I reviewed the Curve card in detail here but, put simply: branded as a MasterCard, it allows you to recharge transactions to an American Express card – great for places where Amex […]

Double Avios on long-haul flights until 31st July – registration required, fails for some

British Airways has launched a ‘double Avios’ promotion covering both BA and American Airlines this Spring. It is a decent deal and may even work for some leisure travellers as well as business travellers if they can pick up a bargain in the current BA […]

My review of The May Fair Hotel in London

This is my review of The May Fair Hotel in London which is operated by Radisson Edwardian, albeit unbranded, and is part of the Club Carlson loyalty scheme. You may wonder why I was in a hotel that is three tube stops from my house.  Last […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 140 x 5,000 point hotels bookable NOW

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a  new list of PointBreaks redemptions. There is usually some pre-publicity for the list but, this time, IHG released it without any teasers. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All […]

Up to 35,000 Avios for NEW Marriott Rewards members

British Airways and Marriott Rewards have teamed up to offer a potentially attractive Avios promotion to anyone who is not already a Marriott Rewards member. (I accept that this is not necessarily a lot of HFP members, but if you are travelling with your partner […]

Bits: Is the Dubai Priority Pass / Virgin lounge better than BA?, double PPB points on Austrian

News in brief: Is the Dubai Priority Pass lounge better than the BA one? I reviewed the new British Airways lounge in Dubai’s new Concourse D recently and was not hugely impressed. Reader Alastair was in Dubai a week later and decided to visit the Marhaba lounge […]

MONDAY ONLY: 2,400 Avios (1,000 Clubcard points) with £60 LEGO Star Wars spend

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? I’m not sure how many HFP readers are keen LEGO […]

Last day for the great Qatar sale deals – and Etihad launches its own UK sale

Today is the last day to book the excellent deals currently available in the Qatar Airways UK sale.  For certain destinations, the pricing is unprecedented for UK-departing business class flights. Don’t forget the bad news though.  Qatar Airways flights earn British Airways Avios and tier points. Fly with […]

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained (Part 2, 2016 edition)

This is Part 2 of our look at the British Airways On Business loyalty programme for businesses.  This allows a company to earn On Business points – to redeem for flights or upgrades – at the same time as its travellers earn Avios points. Part […]

Bits: £15 off £200 Opodo flight, new UK KLM destinations, Radisson & Park Inn Nordic sale

News in brief: New Opodo discount code launched Until the 29th (Friday), Opodo is offering a £15 saving when you book a flight for £200 or more.  You need to be careful about any fees they add which may reduce the value of the bonus […]

Need a UK Bank Holiday hotel? Accor Happy Mondays (£25+) available Fri-Tue and bookable now

Accor’s ‘Happy Mondays’ is the most generous hotel promotion available for last minute weekend rooms in the UK.  If you find yourself in need of a hotel room for the following weekend, it is definitely the best place to look. It is nice and simple, and […]

30% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use ‘Miles Booster’ – good deal?

When I wrote about the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club “30% off Economy miles redemptions” sale yesterday, I said that I would do a follow-up article on their parallel offers. The Virgin redemption sale has two other promotions attached to it. The first is a 30% […]

SPG Moments: Review of an evening at the O2 with Muse

When Rob asked me if I wanted to review the SPG Suite at the O2 and I saw that one of the options was Muse, I didn’t think twice.  Muse are one of the best live bands I have ever seen (and I’ve been to many concerts). […]

New British Airways sale launched – includes decent First deals

British Airways has launced a new sale with offers in all travel classes. The home page for the sale is here.  You can book until 17th May. On most routes you can travel up to 27th April 2017 which is 10 days after Easter Monday.  It […]