Two things about Marriott Rewards that I am growing to love

Long-term readers of Head for Points will know that I have not been the greatest fan of Marriott Rewards although I have always acknowledged that people who commit enough to earn top-tier status (75 nights!) are well treated. My main problems have always revolved around: the […]

Bits: BA trialling improved ‘cash for Avios’ with EU261?, Etihad launches A380 from Paris

News in brief: BA trialling improved ‘cash for Avios’ EU261 deals? A few months I wrote a fairly scathing article about British Airways offering people Avios instead of cash when they claimed EU261 compensation. I don’t have a problem with the concept, far from it. […]

Earn and spend Avios on BA’s new baby sister – low-cost airline LEVEL

IAG, the parent of British Airways, announced the name of its new low-cost airline yesterday – LEVEL. The airline will be based in Barcelona, at least initially. LEVEL isn’t really a stand-alone operation – the crews will be Iberia employees and the schedules are being […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The key deal ending this week is the current British Airways premium […]

Bits: Flying Blue improves miles expiry policy, Instamiles update

News in brief: Flying Blue improves its mileage expiry policy (a bit) Flying Blue, the Air France / KLM programme, is popular with a lot of Head for Points readers outside London.  Flying to Amsterdam to connect to a long-haul flights is a lot easier […]

Bits: 1200 Avios for £30 of LEGO, London City Airport launches a Business lounge

News in brief: New Tesco / LEGO promotion launched Tesco Direct has launched a new LEGO promotion, this time with LEGO Disney Princess. As you can see here, you will receive 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points – worth 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club […]

Bits: US flights from Manchester for £1000, 100% bonus when you buy Hilton points

News in brief: Business class US flights from Manchester for £1,000 For reasons no-one quite understands, American Airlines is offering business class flights from Manchester to two US cities: San Antonio Little Rock (and possible other parts of Arkansas) ….. for almost exactly £1,000. You […]

Earn Avios on your energy and telephone bills with Utility Warehouse

avios.com has had a partnership with Utility Warehouse for a couple of years.  This deal allows you to earn Avios points with your energy, telephone and broadband bills. The most generous way to earn Avios via your energy bills was via E.ON.  You needed to […]

See OneRepublic at Abbey Road for 60,000 Hilton points

Hilton @Play, the ‘redeem your points for events’ side of Hilton Honors, has just launched something that, if you are a keen music fan, would be very special indeed. On Saturday 22nd April, OneRepublic will be playing an exclusive acoustic concert at the historic Abbey […]

A BA check-in agent writes about how they select passengers for downgrading and offloading

Regular readers of Head for Points will know that there has been substantial discussion on the site in recent weeks about downgrades.  In particular, the issue is whether British Airways is prioritising Avios tickets, and 241 tickets in particular, because it does not have to […]

Bits: Qatar and Etihad UK sales, Starwood New York sale, Ibiza lounge access

News in brief: Qatar Airways and Etihad launch UK sales Both Etihad and Qatar Airways have launched sales from the UK in both economy and business class. Neither of these sales are exceptional but if you have been looking to lock something in for the […]

How to use ITA Matrix to find cheap British Airways flights from Europe

A comment on HFP earlier in the week about ‘how do I use Matrix?’ made me realise that it is a while since I talked about the ITA Matrix online tool.  This allows you to very quickly discover how you can save money – a […]

Earn Avios or Virgin miles at Duty Free with Instamiles!

A few weeks ago a reader (thank you) sent me an email to ask “Do you know that Instamiles has added Avios and Virgin Flying Club as partners?“. I didn’t, because I had never heard of Instamiles.  Even odder, a search of the entire Flyertalk […]

Bits: 10% off pre-ordered BA duty free, should BA use EU261 as a marketing gimmick?

News in brief: Save 10% on pre-ordered British Airways duty free You have been able to pre-order duty free items for delivery to your aircraft seat on long haul British Airways flights for some time.  Not that I know anyone who has ever done it! […]

What you need to know about Starwood’s ‘Hot Escapes’ weekly deals

There has been quite a bit of Starwood coverage on Head for Points over the last few months as the merger with Marriott beds in.  One thing I rarely write about, however, is SPG Hot Escapes, which is a bit slack of me! SPG Hot Escapes […]

‘What credit cards can I get if I already have certain other cards?’ – your questions answered

A reader asked in the comments yesterday if I could write an easy-to-understand guide to how your current credit card portfolio may impact what other cards you can get.  I thought I would put something together to answer some of the points the reader raised and […]

Bits: great Qatar Airways business deal with a catch, Thistle / Guoman Easter hotel sale

News in brief: Great Qatar Airways business class deal …. with a catch Regular readers of Head for Points will know that Qatar Airways comes up with some exceptional deals from time to time.  As Qatar Airways is a oneworld alliance partner, you will earn […]

Get airport lounge access via The Gourmet Society

Dining discount group The Gourmet Society – which offers discounts on meals in thousands of restaurants across the UK – is also in the airport lounge business. Through a link with DragonPass, Gourmet Society members can buy passes for UK airport lounges for just £18 per […]

Comparing the 13 credit cards that earn you Avios points!

What is the best Avios credit or charge card?  With 13 different cards offering Avios points, either directly or indirectly, and issuers starting to reduce the rewards on Visa and MasterCard products in response to the 2015 EU rules on credit card fees, I wanted to […]