Credit & Charge Card Reviews (1): American Airlines AAdvantage Visa

This is my review of the American Airlines AAdvantage credit card issued in the UK by MBNA. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles […]

How to buy Avios for 0.77p whilst making your next redemption!

When you book an Avios redemption on the British Airways website, you are – unless using a BA Amex 241 voucher or booking with a couple of obscure partner airlines – given the option to reduce the number of Avios needed in return for paying […]

Bits: HMRC miles alternative?, Groupon / Avios deal back, ‘Credit Card Reviews’ returns

News in brief: The only alternative to HMRC’s credit card ban? Earlier in the week I explained how HMRC is banning tax payments on personal credit cards from 13th January (click here). For those of us who make direct PAYE, VAT, corporation tax or self-assessment […]

Flying Blue: WestJet deal, a look at the KLM UK network and latest promo awards

This is, potentially, not the best time to be highlighting the joys of KLM, given our story last week about their Flying Blue loyalty programme potentially going ‘revenue based’ for miles earning. I thought the following analysis was interesting though.  If you want to know […]

Are the seven Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?

If you’re looking to get yourself some hotel status quickly, there is no easier route than getting an American Express Platinum charge card. It comes with SEVEN hotel status cards.  Five of these are given to you directly and two require you to complete a […]

Bits: Atlantis The Palm Avios promo, all food now free at Escape lounges, airberlin closing

News in brief: Up to 25% off and quadruple Avios at Atlantis The Palm Dubai British Airways has launched another Avios promotion in association with Atlantis The Palm resort in Dubai. Atlantis The Palm is one of the major resorts in Dubai with a huge […]

Earn double Avios on all BA flights until 31st December – registration required

British Airways has brought back its ‘double Avios’ promotion for flights booked and taken between now and the end of the year. It is a decent deal and may even work for some leisure travellers as well as business travellers.  You need to be wary […]

New Qatar business sale from £976 – good deals, Avios and 560 BA tier points too

Qatar Airways has launched another sale.  This time, two people need to travel together to get the best deals – although there is an amazing Brisbane deal available for solo travellers. The key details are: You can book for travel until 31st May 2018 You must […]

Vueling Club is live – how to earn and spend Avios on Vueling flights

IAG’s Spanish low cost carrier Vueling (pronounced bwelin) joined Avios yesterday.  This is worth knowing about because of Vueling’s strong regional presence at UK airports. The options are very confusing for me to follow, so heaven knows how members of the public are meant to cope. To […]

Bits: Travelex / Avios reminder, 20% bonus on transfers to Etihad, £4 Manchester passport control fee

News in brief: Off for half term?  Travelex / Avios reminder If you are heading off for half-term next week – or the week after, depending on your school – remember that Travelex has relaunched as an Avios partner.  You can now earn points but only […]

HMRC to stop accepting credit cards on 13th January – no more cheap miles

HMRC has announced that it will no longer accept personal credit cards for income tax, PAYE, VAT or any other payments after 13th January 2018. You can see the announcement on this page of the HMRC website. This is clearly a blow for those people, […]

Bits: Rolling Luggage winner, Avios via Charles Tyrwhitt sale, your new bedtime reading

News in brief: Rolling Luggage competition winner Two weeks ago we launched a great competition in association with Rolling Luggage. Rolling Luggage is the latest company to join forces with Avios and to celebrate the partnership they kindly offered a Cosmolite suitcases set to give […]

Get 1,000 Avios with a new wine deal from Laithwaites

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 and now Wine Explorer. It […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

Valuing miles and points is a thankless task.  I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for October – what are the best deals this month?

It is time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our updated directory of all 23 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]