Google Flights …. slowly becoming interesting

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A few years ago, Google bought ITA.  ITA is the most comprehensive airline pricing and routing database available, able to run substantially more complex searches across multiple dates, routes and airlines than, say, Expedia.  I explained how to use ITA Matrix to find cheap British […]

Etihad offering double miles AND double tier miles – and a 10% discount code


Etihad has launched a generous promotion which is worth a look if you are locking in any flight plans over the next 10 days. For any Etihad flight booked before October 6th, for travel by December 15th: You will receive double Etihad Guest miles in […]

10% bonus on Starwood transfers to Avios points – is it worth it?

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Every nine months or so, British Airways runs a co-ordinated promotion among all of the major hotel chains, offering a bonus of 25% for converting your points to Avios. The last UK outing for this deal was in June.  Surprisingly, though, Starwood Preferred Guest – […]

Excellent Virgin Atlantic availability to Los Angeles and San Francisco

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Earlier in the month I told you how Virgin Atlantic was cancelling its routes to Cape Town, Tokyo, Mumbai and Vancouver in return for additional flights to North America. Late last week, Virgin loaded up reward availability for these new services.  As with the new […]

£15 rooms at the new Tune hotel in Newcastle


Tune Hotels is a group of low-cost hotels founded by Tony Fernandes, who also founded budget airline AirAsia and is possibly best known in the UK as owner of Queens Park Rangers football club. Tune is already well established in Asia with the UK forming […]

Sign-up bonus on the Emirates credit cards increased – worth applying?

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MBNA has brought back a special sign-up promotion for its two Emirates credit cards. It is an improved version of the promotion that ran in June, which was actually the first time that there had ever been a bonus offered. I will go through the […]

Decent BA / SPG / Gold / Platinum Amex offer – £10 off £30 at WH Smith

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A decent new American Express promotion has appeared in the online accounts of many people.   I have it showing under my Platinum card, although it is not showing for my SPG or BA Amex.  My wife does have it showing for her BA Amex. (EDIT: As […]

How I was ripped off by the Las Vegas taxi drivers mafia

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I arrived at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas at 5.30pm last Thursday, or 1.30am in the morning UK time.  My destination was the Mandalay Bay hotel which is the first property on the Las Vegas ‘strip’.  It is so close to the airport that it […]

British Airways still offering £250 / 50,000 Avios for ‘old First’ – as I found out!

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Back in December 2013 I highlighted the new British Airways policy for people who find themselves in ‘old First’. British Airways had launched a generous (in my view) compensation scheme. On most routes, you were being offered a £250 British Airways voucher or 50,000 Avios points as […]

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By coincidence, two surveys from market research companies have crossed my desk in the last couple of days.  Both imply that changes may be coming to popular reward schemes. and Welcome Rewards The most interesting relates to and its Welcome Rewards loyalty scheme.  […]

Run your own company? Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme and get a free upgrade


PartnerPlusBenefit, previously Star Alliance Company Plus, is the Star Alliance equivalent of the British Airways On Business scheme, aimed at companies in the UK and Ireland. The biggest difference between PartnerPlusBenefit and the old Star Alliance Company Plus is that you can earn points for ALL flights […]

Can you earn cheap Avios points buying Tesco Visa gift cards with a £3.95 fee?

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I ran an article on 3V Virtual Visa gift cards recently, the first one for a while.  These are the £25 Visa gift cards which you can buy for £25 in Tesco, earning yourself Clubcard points and generating some American Express spend.  Unfortunately, the uses […]

VERY generous Accor offer – €160 for three stays

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Le Club Accorhotels, the Novotel / Ibis / Mercure / M Gallery / Sofitel / Pullman chain, has launched a surprisingly generous promotion. If you complete three stays before 31st December, you will receive 8,000 bonus Le Club Accorhotels points.  This is worth €160 of […]