Bits: InterContinental at the O2, Marriott Rewards at Protea Hotels, Madonna with Hilton

News in brief: Bookings open for the new InterContinental London – The O2 The new InterContinental London – The O2 is now taking bookings from 19th December. This is a slightly risky hotel project but the owners have had the sense to include what they […]

Did you win 100,000 Avios in our competition (I haven’t told the winner yet!)?

Thank you to everyone who entered our competition last week, sponsored by hotel booking site, to win 100,000 Avios points.  There was a fantastic response. I picked a winner yesterday and the name has been verified with  I haven’t told this person yet, […]

Bits: redeem 1 Emirates mile for football tickets!, new hotels coming to Terminal 4

News in brief: Buy football tickets for 1 Emirates Skywards mile! I have written before about using Emirates Skywards miles for executive box seats at Arsenal or the other football clubs around Europe sponsored by Emirates. Emirates is now the lead sponsor of the FA […]

Alitalia now using Etihad lounge in T4 – get free status with your BA Silver or Gold card!

Etihad took pseudo control of struggling Italian flag carrier Alitalia earlier this year. If you need to fly to Italy on a regular basis, the good news is that from 1st December you can now use the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4. I reviewed the […]

‘Secret’ IHG weekend sale – save 50% on regular rates this Winter

IHG, owner of Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, HI Express, Indigo, InterContinental and other brands, has launched a ‘partners’ 50% off sale for hotels in the UK and Europe. You need to have a MasterCard to take part in this promotion. At the moment, I cannot […]

Bits: 1000 Virgin miles with Shops Away, free London transport with Apple Pay, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic shopping bonus via Shops Away Shops Away is the Virgin Flying Club equivalent of BA’s Gate 365 or the e-store.  Use it for your shopping this Christmas and you earn miles back. Until Sunday 20th December, Shops Away is […]

3 hours, 5 lounges (part 4): Review of the American Airlines lounge, Heathrow Terminal 3

This is my review of the American Airlines lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3. I flew to Helsinki a fortnight ago to test drive the new Airbus A350.  As Finnair fly from Heathrow Terminal 3, I had five lounge options: No 1 Traveller (via Priority Pass) […]

Bits: Black Friday deals already launched, my first hotel pancake machine!

News in brief: Black Friday deals I am not a fan of Black Friday deals, to put it mildly.  However, I get a feeling that the travel industry will be hitting it hard this year given the impact on bookings from the recent events in […]

Another one bites the dust – HSBC Premier MasterCard cuts its rates (but is still the best Avios card)

The devaluation of loyalty credit cards, at least those with a Visa or MasterCard logo on them, continues.  This is driven by the new EU regulations on interchange fees, which will cap the amount shops can be charged for accepting Visa or MasterCard at a pitiful 0.3%. […]

50% off Las Vegas hotels with IHG Rewards Club points – 24 hours to 5pm Tuesday

Between 5pm on Monday 23rd and 5pm on Tuesday 24th, IHG Rewards Club is offering its two luxury Las Vegas properties – The Venetian and The Palazzo – for a 50% discount on points. Instead of 50,000 points per night, you can book them today for just 25,000 […]

Bits: Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping deal, Virgin / Moneycorp promotion

Today is a big ‘news in brief’ day as quite a bit piled up last week! Gate 365 / Avios e-store shopping bonuses If you are starting your Christmas shopping, the British Airways Executive Club ‘Gate 365’ shopping portal has some special deals if you […]

Bits: HMRC to stop accepting prepaid cards, 25% off selected Etihad redemptions

More news in brief as I try to clear my inbox! HMRC to change the rules on accepting credit and debit cards When cards were still available, using them to pay any HMRC liabilities was smart.  They were treated as a debit card, so […]

Exclusive Head for Points £15 Uber sign-up code launched

Uber, the ever-expanding taxi / ride sharing / call it what you want car service, is spreading across the UK at a furious pace. I was amused to see last week that it has now launched in Rotherham (Rotherham is generally not an early adopter […]

12,000 Avios for £60 via Tesco Life Insurance – closing soon

I first covered this offer back in August when it launched.  It was scheduled to run for over three months and it has probably slipped the minds of many readers, so I thought it was worth another push before it closes on 1st December. You […]

Hyatt appears to be offering a very generous TOP TIER status match

It’s not clear whether this is a mistake or a social media marketing strategy.  However, a couple of days ago, Hyatt Gold Passport posted on their Twitter feed that they were willing to match some top tier hotel status card to their own top tier […]

30% – 50% discount when you buy Hilton HHonors points

Hilton HHonors is currently offering a 30% to 50% discount when you buy points – see this page and click through.  A 50% discount is equivalent to getting a 100% bonus! This may or may not be a great bargain as it depends how you redeem them. […]