The ‘rogue’ Starwood resorts in Dubai finally join Starwood Preferred Guest

Westin Dubai

On paper, Dubai should have been the ideal place to redeem Starwood Preferred Guest points for a beach holiday.  The group has four beach resorts in the Emirate: The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina […]

How to use Avios for tax-free flights on Alaska Airlines (good for Hawaii)

Alaska Airlines logo

This article will become Part 17 of our “Avios Redemption University” series.  The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. Most readers of Head for Points […]

British Airways Winter Sale ends tomorrow, reminder of the more interesting deals

BA To Fly To Serve

This is your final reminder that the British Airways Winter Sale ends at midnight tomorrow, Tuesday. The ‘travel by’ date varies based on a complicated matrix of travel class, departure airport and destination.  In general, your last date to travel will be between September 2015 to […]

Bits: 250 Accor points via eRewards, Melia sale bargains, new Avios Suitcase stickers

Gran Melia Rome

Here is my final batch of odds and ends from my inbox! 250 Accor points (€5) for joining e-rewards Market research group e-rewards has teamed up with Le Club Accorhotels. My general view on e-rewards is well known – I don’t think their surveys offer […]

End of ‘mistake’ Membership Rewards points for Amex Gold holders

Amex Gold 350

There has always been something odd about the way that American Express awards Membership Rewards points at certain retailers if you have an Amex Gold. As a reminder, Amex Gold gives double points on all foreign spend transactions.  (It also gives double points on travel […]

Bits: Hilton Paris Opera opens, new Post Office FX-free cards, more on Virgin / Hilton promo, IAG / Aer Lingus

Hilton Paris Opera exterior

Here are some more summaries as I try to empty my inbox! Hilton Paris Opera opens It is hard to believe that, for the last couple of years, Hilton has not had a single property in central Paris.  There was the hotel at La Defence […]

Good hotels deals in Canada, US and elsewhere with BA / Fairmont promotion

Fairmont Banff Springs 350

British Airways has launched a promotion in association with Canadian hotel group Fairmont.  It is offering a discount of up to 25% or a free night, depending on where and for how long you stay. Fairmont is probably best known for its two iconic hotels in […]

What is the best FREE Visa or MasterCard for earning miles and points?

Credit cards

The best miles and points credit and charge cards come from American Express.  It is unfortunate, however, that they are not accepted everywhere.  You will need a Visa or a MasterCard as a back-up card. The big question is ‘Which one?’. This article looks at the ‘no […]

Bits: Virgin Trains cuts Traveller, Amex airport cashback, 20% off ALL Flybe routes, Iberia Avios via HEx

Flybe London City

I continue my attempt to empty my inbox by running various short pieces on items which don’t justify a full article! Virgin Trains puts the breaks on Traveller Hot on the heels of news that the generous East Coast Rewards loyalty scheme will be wound up at the […]

Virgin Flying Club’s new Hilton promo – triple miles on EVERY stay

Virgin Atlantic 350

In recent weeks I have written about new airline miles promotions that Hilton HHonors is running with British Airways Executive Club and Lufthansa Miles & More. The BA version is generous – 1,500 bonus Avios on your first stay and 2,000 bonus Avios on the […]

Use Emirates miles for VIP Arsenal tickets – a good value Amex MR redemption!

Arsenal Emirates

Just when you think you know most of the tricks in this game, something comes along to prove you wrong!  I owe this one to Tom at euflyer.com who also comments at Head for Points on a regular basis. Emirates Skywards miles used to be totally […]

Bits: exclusive £10 HFP code for Kabbee, €999 business class Dublin to China, double Rocketmiles

KLM

I am determined to clear my inbox this week so here are a few news stories in brief: £10 sign-up code for minicab app Kabbee – exclusive to Head for Points I wrote about Kabbee a few days ago.  Kabbee works with 70 individual minicab […]

Decent airline miles alternative for Marriott MegaBonus promotion

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Back in December I wrote about the Marriott MegaBonus promotion which runs from February 1st to April 30th. There are several versions of this offer but the most common is 2,500 bonus points per stay, starting with your second stay. This is not a terrible […]