How to earn Avios via Clubcard when filling up at Esso

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The relationship between Tesco and Esso is a complex one which has changed – improved, if I’m honest – as time has gone on. Tesco Express is a major partner with Esso and is the main operator of forecourt convenience stores for them.  You had […]

BA suspending BAEC accounts after suspected hacking attack

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I had a tweet on Friday from a HFP reader who suddenly found himself locked out of his British Airways Executive Club account.  The call centre were not willing to enlighten him further. Over the weekend, more details have trickled out. This email from British […]

Responses to the Avios devaluation: Virgin increases cabin bonus, Qatar cuts BA earning

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The Avios earning and burning changes, which kick in from April 28th and are covered in a series of articles starting here, are beginning to impact other carriers. Virgin Atlantic emailed Flying Club members this week with changes to their cabin bonus structure. As a […]

Do you need travel insurance to cover your redemption ticket?

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I get the occasional email regarding travel insurance for mileage redemption tickets.  To be honest, I have never fully seen the point. With Avios, for example, British Airways allows you to cancel a redemption ticket up to 24 hours before travel.  (BMI used to allow […]

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?

Credit cards

People who drift into this odd hobby of ours often apply for a couple of credit cards almost at random, perhaps because they were on promotion or because they didn’t know any better.  They don’t have a long term strategy at that time, not surprisingly. If […]

Bits: Hilton flash sale ends today, new Danish BA credit card!, Viceroy joins Global Hotel Alliance

Hilton Venice

Some news in brief: Hilton ‘weekend breaks’ flash sale ends today Midnight tonight, Sunday, is the end of the seven day ‘flash sale’ which Hilton has been running this week, It is offering special deals at 250 hotels across Europe (including the UK), Middle East and […]

250 free Virgin Flying Club miles for installing their shopping toolbar

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Virgin Atlantic is currently offering 250 Flying Club miles for free to any member who downloads a special toolbar for their ‘Shops Away‘ shopping portal. They have in the past offered as many as 500 miles for doing this.  I haven’t seen that available for well […]

Two split-ticketing tools to help you find cheaper train tickets

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‘Split ticketing’ has been a niche topic in rail circles for some years – you can save a lot of money on your train travel by using it correctly. What ‘split ticketing’ means is that, instead of buying a rail ticket from A to C (with the train stopping […]

Where can you fly these days with Virgin Atlantic miles?

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The coverage of Virgin Flying Club on Head for Points has increased considerably since the site started almost three years ago.  This has been driven by a few factors: generous credit card sign-up bonuses that let you get started quickly, regular Tesco Clubcard and American Express […]

Hilton and Accor – two hotel schemes where you earn more Avios with Iberia Plus than with BA

Hilton Venice

If you collect Avios points via your hotel stays, there are two hotel schemes which let you earn in Iberia Plus and British Airways, but where Iberia Plus is more lucrative. The origins of this date back to when British Airways and Iberia had their own […]

airberlin status match offers you another route to BA lounge access!

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The Qantas status match ended on the 16th.  This was a tricky one to get, since you needed a New Zealand mailing address to take part, but if that was not a problem then you could have obtained a year of British Airways lounge access […]

Bits: 60% bonus on IHG point purchases, triple Heathrow Rewards, Liverpool SPG hotel deal

Heathrow Rewards

More news in brief: 60% bonus on IHG Rewards Club points purchases IHG Rewards Club is offering a 60% bonus when you buy 5,000 points or more before March 29th. This is not, in itself, a fantastic deal. At its very cheapest, you are paying […]

Thistle Heathrow now offering FREE use of ‘pods’ – and one month left for Thistle ‘£50 off £100′ via Amex

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Back in January, I wrote about the interesting transfer option available if you stay at the Thistle Hotel at Heathrow.  You can transfer to and from Terminal 5 in the driverless pods which take customers to and from the car park behind the Thistle! The only […]

Discounts on redemptions to Spain via

Iberia A330 350 has launched a small low-key sale on selected routes to Spain operated by Iberia. Full details can be found on here.  In summary: Edinburgh to Madrid reduced from 15,000 Avios to 11,250 + £41 London Gatwick to Madrid reduced from 15,000 Avios to […]

How I got very drunk and discovered London hotel ‘day rooms’

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Last Thursday I was at a major London charity event with a friend.  Unfortunately, this event was serving fruit flavoured cocktails which appeared to contain disproportionately large amounts of alcohol.  The net result was that I ended up drunker than I have been for a l-o-n-g time. […]

Bits: Egypt follows India with new visa rules, new BA Gatwick to Vienna route


News in brief: Egypt launches tough new visa regime My article yesterday about the disproportionately tough new visa regime brought in with very little warning by India caused a lot of comment. I hope no-one decided to swap their holiday plans from India to Egypt.  […]