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The daily posts on Head for Points are a mixture of news, interesting links and in-depth articles on specific topics of interest to the keen miles and points collector.

This page contains links to some of the most useful reference articles published over the last 12 months. If you are a new reader to Head for Points who is looking to learn some inside secrets, these posts are a good place to start.

Articles are usually not updated after being published, so double-check any important information before relying on it. However, I do delete posts from this list if I know that the deal discussed no longer works. This page will next be updated on August 1st and does not currently include articles published after July 1st.

The ‘Avios Redemption University’ series:

1. The Beginners Guide to Redeeming Avios

2. Using Reward Flight Saver

3. How to upgrade with Avios

4. When to use ‘Avios and Money’?

5. The pros and cons of using household accounts

6. Using your BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher

7. Saving taxes on US redemptions with Aer Lingus

8. Lowering taxes by redeeming Avios on airberlin

9. Lowering taxes by redeeming Avios on Iberia

10. Lowering taxes to South America by redeeming on TAM

11. How to save Avios flying to Asia with Malaysia Airlines

12. Redeeming on Air Malta, Aurigny, Monarch and Flybe

13. Redeeming for ‘no tax’ US domestic flights

14. Non-stop reward flights from UK regional airports

15. Is it worth using Avios for hotels?

16. The cheapest ways of buying Avios points

Key reference posts:

What is an Avios point worth?

What airlines can I use Avios points on?

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

Hotel loyalty schemes reviewed:

Club Carlson – Part 1 and Part 2

Hilton HHonors – Part 1 and Part 2

Hyatt Gold Passport – Part 1 and Part 2

IHG Rewards Club – Part 1 and Part 2

Le Club Accorhotels – Part 1 and Part 2

Marriott Rewards – Part 1 and Part 2

Starwood Preferred Guest – Part 1 and Part 2

The 2014 ‘Credit Card Reviews‘ series:

American Airlines, American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, American Express Platinum, British Airways American Express, British Airways Premium Plus American Express, Emirates, Emirates Elite, Etihad, Flybe, Hilton HHonors, HSBC Premier, IHG Rewards Club (relaunch July 2014), IHG Rewards Club Black (relaunch July 2014), Lloyds Avios Rewards, Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards, Lloyds Choice Rewards, Lufthansa Miles & More, Marriott Rewards, Ryanair (relaunching later in 2014), Starwood Preferred Guest, Tesco, TSB Avios, TSB Premier Avios, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic White, Virgin Atlantic Black

Key credit card posts:

Comparing the 12 (!) credit cards which now earn you Avios

The top 15 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

What are the best credit card bonuses for LONG TERM spending?

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping just for their benefits?

Which is the best miles card with NO foreign exchange fees?

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own

Paying council tax and other utility bills with a credit card

What is the best Avios credit card?  Part 1 and Part 2

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

What are the best credit cards for earning Star Alliance miles?

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?

Other interesting posts:

Air India finally cleared to join Star Alliance on July 11th  (30th June)

A new Avios travel app for iOS – Avios Flight Finder  (28th June)

It’s back – £10 of free London taxi credit with GetTaxi  (27th June)

Heathrow Hoppa now £5 one-way …. and how to travel for free instead  (27th June)

Five frequent flyer perks I still get as an old-timer but you can’t!  (25th June)

97 billion (yes, billion) Avios issued in 2013 …. and what that means  (23rd June)

Leverage your existing hotel status into Best Western Diamond  (23rd June)

Report your American Express cancellation counter-offers!  (22nd June)

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free BA Amex card  (21st June)

Lots of stories about IHG Rewards Club closing accounts for ‘code abuse’ ….  (18th June)

British Airways launches new short-haul seats – Club Europe legroom slashed  (17th June)

Using Avios for domestic Japanese flights – with no taxes!  (16th June)

A HFP reader takes a Hilton ‘timeshare’ marketing trip!  (15th June)

Travelling to Thailand? Big savings with the Hilton Premium Club  (10th June)

Do you know your ‘secret’ British Airways CIV score?  (9th June)

No. 1 Traveller lounge at Gatwick North – I love it!  (6th June)

Why does BA sell seats VERY cheaply whilst blocking off Avios availability?  (3rd June)

New Iberia Avios redemption options – Dominican Republic and Montevideo  (31st May)

Are fuel surcharges coming to US Airways redemptions with Avios?  (30th May)

I finally stay at the 10,000 IHG Reward Club points Holiday Inn Wembley!  (29th May)

Qatar flights start from Edinburgh – redeemable on Avios, lower tax than BA  (28th May)

Is the new Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport worth a look?  (25th May)

Is using Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Hilton Hotels a good deal?  (23rd May)

United reveals its impressive lounges for Heathrow Terminal 2  (23rd May)

Now MY Tesco Clubcard points get stolen!  (22nd May)

Have we been too harsh on using Avios for economy redemptions?  (21st May)

New Summer sun Avios redemption opportunities for 2015  (19th May)

Redeeming Avios on new partner Meridiana – where can you go?  (18th May)

Big news – you can now transfer ALL TopCashback money to Avios  (14th May)

You can apply for BOTH the Virgin White and Virgin Black credit cards!  (12th May)

Was star economist Ha-Joon Chang right to ditch his Amex Platinum?  (8th May)

Is it worth redeeming Avios on Japan Airlines? Trip report with photos.  (6th May)

Why the growth of oneworld means you’ve never had it so good  (4th May)

The Haynes manual for Heathrow Airport is launched!  (4th May)

An easy way to improve BAEC – reform the Gold Priority Reward  (2nd May)

How to find cheap British Airways fares starting in Europe  (1st May)

SriLankan Airlines available for Avios redemptions from today  (1st May)

Free transfer of Avios – Golds do NOT need to be in a household account  (29th April)

20% discount at Melia hotels with their Business Travel programme  (29th April)

Amex opens a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena  (28th April)

BAwayday – cheap weekend day trips – extended to more cities  (25th April)

IHG Rewards Club has paid me back for my ‘Best Rate Guarantee’ stay!  (24th April)

What credit card should I use to pay for my holiday?  (23rd April)

Should you use your Avios for BA’s 2,000 new ‘Experiences’ rewards?  (22nd April)

Getting the maximum rewards for train travel – Part 1 and Part 2  (21/22 April)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained – Part 1 and Part 2  (18/19 April)

My review of the Emirates lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3  (17th April)

Why I don’t write about hotel Best Rate Guarantees  (16th April)

Review of Eurostar lounge at Gare du Nord in Paris  (14th April)

Finnair to launch Phuket and Krabi – good Avios redemption options  (14th April)

Why InterContinental LeGrand in Paris is my favourite city hotel  (13th April)

The dire state of Eurostar food in 2014  (12th April)

Cathay Pacific heads to Manchester – new Avios routes to Asia  (11th April)

My review of Eurostar’s London St Pancras lounge  (11th April)

Should BA Golds book ‘Priority Rewards’ for double Avios to avoid fees?  (8th April)

How I made £3.80 out of useless Korean Air miles  (4th April)

BA increases change fees 40% to £35 … and Gold members must pay  (1st April)

US Airways joins oneworld today  (31st March)

BA extends ‘Part-Pay With Avios’ – gets a bit more interesting  (29th March)

Club Carlson now offering family room redemptions …. good deal or not?  (29th March)

Relax in a Virgin Upper Class seat in your nearest Virgin Money lounge!  (28th March)

Amex USA bans card churning …. UK to follow?  (27th March)

Finnair reveals timetable for fully-flat seats on your Avios redemptions  (26th March)

Tracking Lufthansa’s new fully flat business class seats  (23rd March)

12% off Heathrow Express discount code launched!  (21st March)

Join InterNations, the worlds largest online community for expats, for free  (21st March)

Cheaper Avios redemptions as Air Passenger Duty cut in budget  (20th March)

Excellent article on redeeming miles for travel with lap infants or babies  (19th March)

British Airways adds First Class to its upcoming Boeing 787 orders  (18th March)

Air France launches its new fully-flat business class seat  (16th March)

Lufthansa introduces Premium Economy, 20 years after Virgin!  (15th March)

Understanding the rules when booking an ‘open jaw’ redemption  (14th March)

What is the best seat on British Airways?  (12th March)

Introducing BAwayday – a new, super cheap, last minute flight ticket!  (11th March)

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off  (11th March)

My thoughts on the Delta Airways revenue-based SkyMiles changes  (10th March)

Check out Head for Points on the American Express travel blog  (9th March)

How I flew to Manchester for 0 Avios and £0 tax, return!  (7th March)

New low-tax Avios redemptions to the Caribbean with airberlin  (7th March)

How to convert Virgin Flying Club miles to Avios points  (6th March)

Regus business lounge to open in Terminal 5 – get your free pass  (4th March)

New ‘Two Together’ railcard launched, gets 33% off Heathrow Express  (4th March)

Free Stansted lounge access with Stansted Express …. at a price  (3rd March)

Should you add a different frequent flyer number to your reward flights?  (2nd March)

British Airways launches new lounge in Belfast  (2nd March)

The alternative to hotel loyalty schemes – hotels.com and Welcome Rewards  (28th February)

Holiday Inn Wembley – the best value redemption in London?  (27th February)

Got 15,000 unwanted Air Canada miles? (or other orphan miles?)  (27th February)

BA gives Euro members ANOTHER year on reduced tier point thresholds  (26th February)

How Adam got Star Alliance Gold for 3 years in one trip!  (25th February)

More iPhone and iPad travel apps, chosen by our readers  (24th February)

£30 of free credit for Hotel Tonight  (22nd February)

Big Club Carlson devaluation announced, but it’s not all bad  (20th February)

Sign up your SME to Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit and get a FREE upgrade  (19th February)

New benefits from Hertz Gold Plus Rewards   (19th February)

I bought an iPhone and this is what I learned ….  (17th February)

UK hotel rooms from £25 with Accor ‘Happy Mondays’  (17th February)

Earning Avios by recycling cans at Tesco Recycling Centres  (17th February)

How and why to do a back-to-back BA connection in Amsterdam!  (15th February)

Earn bonus Accor points each stay via their Facebook app  (15th February)

Etihad Silver (lounge access) and other travel benefits for £60!  (14th February)

One of the best Avios redemptions gets twice as easy to find!  (13th February)

An important lesson in miles and points, courtesy of Wyndham Rewards  (8th February)

Is Hilton quietly improving “Premium Room Reward” pricing?  (8th February)

Virgin Flying Club – what are the best partner awards?  (6th February)

How to get Waitrose vouchers from Amex Membership Rewards points  (3rd February)

Airport lounge access and cheap travel insurance via Barclays Premier  (1st February)

An email from Conrad Koh Samui (or, why the Hilton credit card is great)  (31st January)

Holiday Inn / Crowne Plaza ’2-4-1 special rates’ disappearing?  (31st January)

My £1 night at the new Qbic Hotel in London!  (30th January)

How to pay your January tax bill with an American Express card  (29th January)

Virgin Flying Club reducing transfer rate to Hilton HHonors – still worth it?  (28th January)

Earn Starwood points when staying at a Caesars property in Las Vegas  (26th January)

Regus tightening up on free BusinessWorld Gold cards  (25th January)

Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 rates – a great deal for Gold members  (24th January)

Earning miles and points from Hertz – a beginners guide  (22nd January)

How to get a discount on Gatwick Express  (17th January)

Decent ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link  (9th January)

New Star Alliance small business scheme launched  (9th January)

How to get a discount on Heathrow Express  (8th January)

Discounts at luxury hotels using ‘Preferred Partner’ travel agents  (7th January)

Is Lloyds Avios Rewards now the best credit card for FX spend?  (3rd January)

‘The Economist’ on ‘A Short History of Hotels’ and Trowell services!  (30th December)

Earn 25 Clubcard points (60 Avios) every month with Tesco Views  (24th December)

£250 or 50,000 Avios if BA flies you in ‘Old First Class’!  (23rd December)

New US Avios options from MAN / EDI / GLA in 2014 with US Airways  (22nd December)

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 and Part 2  (19/20 December)

BA launches its new Galleries lounge at Edinburgh (with photos!)  (18th December)

How to earn Avios buying and recycling ink cartridges with Tesco  (17th December)

My review of the Park Hyatt, Zurich  (17th December)

BA changes Household Account rules – now redeem for ANYONE  (12th December)

How to transfer Starwood Preferred Guest points to another for free  (9th December)

Earn miles when using your mobile abroad, with ‘Travelling Connect’  (8th December)

When is Sterling credit card spend treated as foreign, for double points?  (7th December)

Swap your Avios for beer … or wine …. or Bollinger!  (6th December)

Interesting anomalies in Avios reward pricing to exploit – more examples!  (5th December)

Cheaper foreign currency for Heathrow Rewards cardholders  (2nd December)

Qatar announces a new Edinburgh service  (1st December)

Virgin to Hilton (or SPG to Virgin to Hilton, or Tesco to Virgin to Hilton!)  (1st December)

Converting TopCashBack cash to Tesco Clubcard to Avios  (28th November)

Interesting anomalies in Avios reward pricing you can exploit  (26th November)

Is SPG Flights a good use of your 21,000 points SPG Amex bonus?  (23rd November)

Miles for the solo traveller – do you need a different strategy?  (18th November)

Trip report:  Emirates A380 Business Class review, Dubai to London  (16th November)

Using Vueling to fly to Spain with Avios from the UK regions  (3rd November)

‘Part-Pay with Avios’ launches today – discounts on cash tickets  (29th October)

Earn Avios and Virgin miles getting your energy from E.ON  (28th October)

Best Marriott redemptions at 7,500-10,000 points per night  (28th October)

Paying your car tax on an American Express card  (22nd October)

Which are the best ’5000 point per night’ Hilton redemptions?  (21st October)

Petrol – is Virgin / Texaco better than Avios / Shell or Avios / Tesco?  (17th October)

How to upgrade BA flights using American Airlines miles  (17th October)

Virgin CombiFare – how to combine a redemption and a one-way cash ticket  (14th October)

My Amex Plat free night at the Grand Melia Fenix, Madrid  (13th October)

Flying Iberia’s new fully-flat business class seat  (12th October)

Another 24,000 points of IHG Rewards Club bonus codes!  (10th October)

Use Servisair / Aspire lounges?  Cash in with LoungeMiles  (9th October)

Redeem Avios for No 1 Traveler lounge access (8th October)

Transferring hotel points to airline miles – when is it worth it?  (2nd October)

BA devalues the OnBusiness corporate rewards programme  (2nd October)

Amex introduces ‘fixed price’ redemptions at Melia hotels  (30th September)

How I got free membership of Eurostar Frequent Traveller, saving £250!  (28th September)

How to use Amex Membership Rewards points to book Eurostar  (27th September)

Using Avios points to book Eurostar – is it a good deal?  (25th September)

Understanding Eurostar’s frequent traveller programmes  (24th September)

Getting discounts at Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza and InterContinental hotels  (21st September)

Are Amex and Tesco bonuses a reason to start collecting Virgin miles?  (19th September)

Confession time …. how I just used a pile of Clubcard points  (18th September)

Is cashing out points for cash EVER a good deal?  (17th September)

The farce that is booking UK-Spain reward seats with Avios  (11th September)

Why the right redemption is ALWAYS a good redemption   (9th September)

Virgin has changed its archaic reward cancellation policy at last!  (7th September)

Why earning Avios with Moneycorp at Terminal 5 is not a great idea  (28th August)

Earn miles when booking hotel stays with RocketMiles and PointsHound  (26th August)

How to get Star Alliance Gold for life with Aegean  (23rd August)

Clubcard points now available from standalone Esso garages  (21st August)

Why ‘what is the best frequent flyer programme?’ is never an easy question  (20th August)

Why you should book hotel rewards one night at a time  (18th August)

Tesco now imposing the 30,000 points per quarter cap  (7th August)

My airberlin NYC-Berlin flight with the new fully-flat seat  (5th August)

My review of InterContinental New York Times Square  (3rd August)

My bargain 4,500 Avios + £1 tax AA flight (Boston to NYC)  (1st August)

My review of InterContinental, Boston  (30th July)

Flying Swiss First Class, Zurich to Boston  (28th July)

Why the EU is planning to take away your Visa and MasterCard reward cards  (27th July)

My visit to the Swiss First Class lounge, Zurich  (26th July)

Back in the Lufthansa First Class terminal  (24th July)

How I ended up in the Sheraton Frankfurt Airport  (23rd July)

‘Frequent Flyer – The Video’ – why we do what we do  (22nd July)

United and Marriott launch RewardsPlus for cross-earning and redeeming  (22nd July)

Earning Avios with Bupa – is it a good deal?  (21st July)

50% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance with an Amex IDC card!  (16th July)

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO earn Virgin Flying Club miles?  (15th July)

Why I pay for InterContinental Ambassador  (14th July)

How Will achieved Hilton Diamond status for £68 of Tesco vouchers!  (13th July)

Virgin improves Flying Club – should BA flyers switch?  (8th July)

Earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals  (7th July)