Favourite Articles

The daily articles 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 pieces are a good place to start.

Articles are usually not updated after being published unless specifically stated, so double-check any important information before relying on it.

The ‘Avios Redemption University’ series:

Whether you are a new Avios collector or an old hand, you will learn something new from this series of articles on how to get the most from your points:

1. The beginners guide to redeeming Avios

2. How to benefit from Reward Flight Saver

3. How to upgrade with Avios

4. How and when to use ‘Avios and Money’

5. Understanding BA and avios.com household accounts

6. How to use your BA Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher

7. Is it worth using Avios for hotel redemptions?

8. What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points?

9. How to redeem on Flybe, Aurigny, Air Malta and Monarch

10. Using Avios for non-stop flights from UK regional airports

11. Low tax long-haul Avios redemptions on Iberia

12.  Saving tax on US and Canada redemptions with Aer Lingus

13.  Lowering taxes by redeeming on airberlin

14.  Redeeming Avios for low tax US domestic flights

15.  Using Avios for tax-free flights on Alaska Airlines

16.  Saving tax on Asian redemptions with Cathay Pacific

Key reference articles:

Full list of BA Avios redemption pricing by route

Full list of BA and Iberia peak and off-peak redemption dates

What is an Avios point worth?

What airlines can I use Avios points on?

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

The ‘Credit & Charge 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, IHG Rewards Club Premium, Lloyds Avios Rewards, Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards, Lloyds Choice Rewards, Lufthansa Miles & More, Starwood Preferred Guest, Tesco, TSB Avios, TSB Premier Avios, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic White, Virgin Atlantic Black

Hotel loyalty scheme reviews:

Club Carlson – Part One and Part Two

Hilton HHonors – Part One and Part Two

Hyatt Gold Passport – Part One and Part Two

IHG Rewards Club – Part One and Part Two

Le Club Accorhotels – Part One and Part Two

Marriott Rewards – Part One and Part Two

Starwood Preferred Guest – Part One and Part Two

Best Western Rewards

My Millennium (Millennium & Copthorne)

Flight reviews:

First Class:  British Airways A380 FirstEtihad A380 First Class Apartment, Etihad 777 First Class SuiteLufthansa A340 First, Lufthansa 747 FirstQatar A380 FirstSingapore Airlines A380 First Suite, Swiss A330 First, Virgin America First,   Business Class:  airberlin A330 business, British Airways 787-9 Club WorldEmirates A380 business, Etihad A380 businessFinnair A350 businessIberia A330 business, Lufthansa short-haul businessQatar 777 business, Qatar 787 business, Qatar A380 businessSingapore Airlines 777-300ER business, Turkish 777 business  Domestic / regional:  American Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domesticQatar short-haul First

Key credit card articles:

Comparing the 13 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?

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?

What is the best use of Amex Membership Rewards points?

Travel tips:

Earning miles from car rental

Earning miles when buying foreign currency

Earning miles from airport parking

Earning miles and reducing fees when using your credit card abroad

Other interesting articles:

Anika gives Airbnb a try …..  (30th April)

Using Cathay Pacific for low-tax Avios redemptions to Asia  (29th April)

Review of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills  (29th April)

My day out at London Southend Airport!  (28th April)

30% off IHG hotels in Europe until December 2017  (28th April)

My review of The May Fair Hotel in London  (27th April)

SPG Moments: Review of an evening at the O2 with Muse  (24th April)

How do BA’s new short-haul fare classes price up?  (22nd April)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained  (20th April)

How to fly to the Middle East in Business Class for £49 tax  (19th April)

Qantas follows Virgin in allowing ‘status hold’ for new parents  (16th April)

The peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2017  (15th April)

How much money does Avios make and how many are sold?  (14th April)

The 2-4-1 voucher with the Virgin credit cards gets easier to use  (14th April)

So, Marriott has bought Starwood …. what should your strategy be?  (13th April)

How to open up extra Avios economy reward seats via Iberia Plus  (12th April)

First photos of Gatwick North Clubrooms for BA First and Golds  (11th April)

How to get a discount on Heathrow Express  (10th April)

The new Millennium & Copthorne scheme reviewed  (9th April)

What would a new British Airways look like?  (8th April)

My interview with Frantz Yvelin, CEO of La Compagnie  (7th April)

What is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme for you?  (4th April)

Is the Costco Amex the most generous UK travel credit card?  (4th April)

HMRC cuts credit card fee to 0.4% which means VERY cheap points!  (2nd April)

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free BA Amex card  (1st April)

printed.com – the Avios partner you have never heard of!  (1st April)

How to use Avios for domestic Japanese flights – with no taxes!  (31st March)

Five frequent flyer perks I still get but you can’t!  (30th March)

How to match your existing hotel status to Best Western Diamond  (30th March)

Is the Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport worth a look?  (29th March)

The ‘other’ Avios redemption chart you never knew about  (28th March)

How to avoid Hotel Hoppa by travelling on local buses for free  (28th March)

Have we been too harsh on Avios for economy redemptions?  (27th March)

Comparing UK lounge networks of Priority Pass and Lounge Club  (27th March)

Do you know you can apply for BOTH Virgin credit cards?  (26th March)

Major blow to the BA Amex as FCA imposes fee cap  (25th March)

How to use ITA Matrix to find cheap BA flights from Europe  (24th March)

My review of InterContinental Bordeaux – Le Grand Hotel  (22nd March)

My Lounge at Gatwick North reviewed  (20th March)

My review of the Hampton by Hilton London Gatwick Airport  (19th March)

My review of the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al-Khaimah  (17th March)

wheretocredit.com – a handy resource I never knew existed  (15th March)

My review of the new Hilton at Amsterdam Schiphol  (14th March)

Is this the best round-the-world routing using Avios?  (11th March)

Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme and get a free upgrade  (11th March)

My review of Qatar Airways impressive A380 business class  (9th March)

Why I still love the Qatar Airways lounge at Heathrow  (8th March)

Why do people like the Turkish lounge in Istanbul?  (4th March)

Review of the refurbished Aspire lounge at Luton Airport  (2nd March)

How a reader used 52,500 Avios for a £1,500 Iberostar hotel  (1st March)

My review of the impressive St Regis Istanbul hotel  (29th February)

Review of Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Business Class  (28th February)

Pictures of the new No 1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick South  (27th February)

200 seat Plaza Premium lounge to open in Heathrow Terminal 5  (25th February)

My review of the Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel  (25th February)

Review of Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow T2  (24th February)

How to convert Virgin Flying Club miles to Avios points  (22nd February)

How to get a discount on Stansted Express  (22nd February)

How to get Waitrose gift cards from Amex MR points  (21st February)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?  (19th February)

Curve – the radical card that lets you use Amex ANYWHERE  (18th February)

Club Carlson family room redemptions …. a good deal or not?  (18th February)

Don’t forget IHG Rewards Club ‘Friends & Family’ rates  (17th February)

Virgin Flying Club – what are the best partner awards?  (17th February)

Amex has a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena  (17th February)

When a BA Gold should book a ‘Gold Priority Reward’  (16th February)

Check your full credit report online, for FREE, with Noddle  (16th February)

How to swap points between programmes with www.points.com  (15th February)

The new Amex Platinum Hilton, Melia and Shangri-La benefits  (12th February)

Why the United Club in T2 is the 2nd best lounge at Heathrow  (10th February)

The rules on booking an ‘open jaw’ redemption using Avios  (9th February)

What I learned when I met the big players in travel credit cards  (4th February)

Crediting Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is attractive  (2nd February)

Review of the Amba Hotel Marble Arch  (27th January)

For Sale: Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza  (26th January)

Short-haul Avios redemptions cheaper as 2 x one-ways  (20th January)

Iberia launches low-tax Avios redemptions to Tokyo and Shanghai  (19th January)

Get free Accor Gold status with an ibis Business Card  (18th January)

Sneaky ways to fly to the USA on Avios for minimal taxes  (16th January)

Upgrade discounted economy BA flights using Avios  (15th January)

Daily Mail writes about a HFP reader buying Royal Mint coins for Avios  (10th January)

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong  (9th January)

New Avios earning partner – Direct Ferries  (6th January)

My review of the Novotel London Blackfriars  (4th January)

My review of the Holiday Inn Brent Cross  (3rd January)

InterContinental New York Barclay opening 1st May  (1st January)

Review: Al Safwa First Class lounge, Hamad Airport, Doha  (31st December)

IHG drops purchase price of points to 0.6c  (30th December)

My review of The Airport Hotel inside Hamad Airport, Doha  (38th December)

My review of the Qatar Airways First Class …… bus!  (27th December)

Qatar SHORT-HAUL First Class from Abu Dhabi to Doha  (24th December)

Review: InterContinental Abu Dhabi  (23rd December)

My review of Etihad’s A380 First Class Apartment  (22nd December)

The Government turns the screw further on reward credit cards  (18th December)

The My Flights app saves my bacon again  (18th December)

Review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Terminal 4  (17th December)

Use Accor points at the Paris AccorHotels Arena and in London  (14th December)

How Brad circles the world for 112,000 airline miles and just £173!  (13th December)

Review of Conrad Maldives – the best Hilton redemption  (11th December)

Should you swap the Tesco MasterCard for IHG’s Premium Visa?  (4th December)

My review of the Hilton Helsinki Airport hotel  (4th December)

Flying the new Finnair Airbus A350 XWB – Part 1  (1st December)

How Amex MR members can buy miles for 50% off  (28th November)

Get an Alitalia status with your BA Silver or Gold card  (26th November)

Review of the American Airlines lounge, Heathrow T3  (25th November)

HSBC Premier MasterCard cuts its Avios rate  (24th November)

Exclusive Head for Points £15 Uber sign-up code launched  (23rd November)

American Airlines devalues sharply  (19th November)

Aer Lingus announces AerClub  (18th November)

Review of British Airways Galleries Club, Heathrow T3  (18th November)

Marriott to buy Starwood for $12bn – what do I think?  (17th November)

Review of Swissport lounge, Heathrow T3  (15th November)

Review of No 1 Traveller, Heathrow T3  (14th November)

New ‘no tax’ US and Cuba Avios redemptions from airberlin  (13th November)

Redeem Avios from Doncaster Sheffield Airport  (12th November)

First review of the new British Airways 787-9 Dreamliner  (9th November)

The Emirates Air Line cable car reviewed  (7th November)

American Airlines slashes BA earning rate  (4th November)

Design Hotels now “the 11th Starwood brand”  (2nd November)

BA to increase the cost of domestic US Avios redemptions  (29th October)

Dubai – where Hilton HHonors points have value!  (26th October)

pay.com – an easy Avios earning opportunity closes  (24th October)

Major changes coming to Best Western Rewards  (24th October)

Sneaky airport parking deals with JustPark.com  (23rd October)

The refurbished Aspire lounge at Luton Airport  (22nd October)

Review of the new Emirates lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3  (21st October)

Book UK Accor hotel rooms every weekend for £25-£60  (20th October)

Air Canada Maple Leaf lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed  (20th October)

How to book cheap Virgin Atlantic tickets from Dublin  (19th October)

Jurys Rewards – is the Jurys Inn scheme any good?  (19th October)

Is it worth converting Virgin miles to Hilton or IHG?  (11th October)

Transfer your Shell Drivers Club points for free  (10th October)

The BA First Class ‘Concorde Bar’ in Singapore, including photos  (7th October)

My day exploring airline food with Virgin  (30th September)

Should you re-assess the Lloyds Avios upgrade vouchers?  (29th September)

How to get a discount on Gatwick Express  (29th September)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?  (28th September)

Your own private lounge at Gatwick from £37.50!  (23rd September)

New Avios partner: Abercrombie & Kent  (23rd September)

Club Carlson 2-4-1 and 4-4-2 rates – a great deal  (20th September)

‘Airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link  (20th September)

Heathrow Express now £5.95+ for advance bookings!  (15th September)

My review of Trump International Hotel Toronto  (14th September)

First images of First Class on British Airways Boeing 787-9  (9th September)

Hilton rolls out its low cost ‘day rooms’  (9th September)

My thoughts on Air Canada’s Boeing 767 business class  (8th September)

Hilton London Syon Park review – the most luxurious Hilton?  (6th September)

Tesco MasterCard rate slashed – what is the best alternative?  (3rd September)

No free suitcase on domestic US Avios redemptions  (1st September)

“The Concorde Bar” – the new BA First Class lounge concept  (30th August)

What we know about the new British Airways 787-9 fleet  (28th August)

Handy hint for domestic Avios redemptions with Qantas  (24th August)

Redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for hotel rooms  (23rd August)

Which BA Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points return?  (18th August)

Benefiting from Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts  (16th August)

My review of the Hyatt Regency hotel, Dusseldorf  (13th August)

Room with a view: Embassy Suites, Niagara Falls  (12th August)

Getting the cheapest price and maximum rewards on trains  (11th August)

Why Wyndham Rewards is now worth knowing about  (11th August)

The Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Toronto International Airport  (11th August)

American Express Nectar credit card – in-depth review  (10th August)

Don’t waste Avios on Club Europe from London City  (10th August)

‘Miles and points’ for the solo traveller  (9th August)

How and why to transfer SPG points to another person  (8th August)

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points  (7th August)

Amex Platinum insurance pays up again  (7th August)

New non-travel Tesco Clubcard redemption ideas worth a look  (5th August)

Use Avios to reach Easter Island or the Galapagos  (5th August)

Aspire lounge in T5 – official photos  (4th August)

Why you should avoid new hotels  (4th August)

What can you do with Amex Membership Rewards points?  (3rd August)

First review of Reichshof hotel in Hamburg, Hilton’s Curio Collection  (2nd August)

American Express Platinum Cashback Card (UK) – in-depth review  (1st August)

Virgin messes up ‘Miles Plus Money’  (1st August)

Virgin CombiFare – for when only half a reward flight is available  (28th July)

How to beat Tesco’s attempt to hide Hilton redemption space  (27th July)

Transfer hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?  (26th July)

How to pre-order your BA duty free for at-seat delivery  (26th July)

What do my Hilton redemptions say about the value of a HH point?  (25th July)

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – an attractive Starwood promo  (24th July)

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles  (23rd July)

Is the Virgin / Texaco partnership better than Avios / Shell / Tesco?  (22nd July)

Can you transfer Amex Membership Rewards when you cancel a card?  (21st July)

British Airways clamping down on dropped legs of ex-EU tickets  (20th July)

Earning free Avios points with pay.com virtual Visa gift cards  (15th July)

How I obtained IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite without any stays!  (14th July)

Review of La Compagnie’s £500 business class flights to New York  (11th July)

How can you earn 75,000 points for IHG Rewards Club ‘Spire Elite’?  (10th July)

Our crowdsourced list of Amex Membership Rewards transfer times  (5th July)

Some amazing redemptions on Etihad partners  (2nd July)

My review of Melia’s new INNSIDE hotel in Manchester  (29th June)

How AwardWallet helped me notice my stolen Tesco vouchers  (28th June)

Should you credit BA economy flights to American Airlines?  (27th June)

Using your Starbucks card for free foreign currency conversions!  (27th June)

Jumeirah Hotels relaunches Sirius – what has changed?  (23rd June)

Got the Etihad credit card? Get the Heathrow Rewards premium tier  (20th June)

British Airways vs Aspire – which is the best lounge in Amsterdam?  (18th June)

My experiences with using my Travelex Supercard  (15th June)

How to access the Amex Centurion airport lounge network in the US  (15th June)

Hilton HHonors stops status benefits on Expedia etc bookings  (15th June)

Finding luxury at InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam  (14th June)

My review of the new My Lounge at Gatwick North  (13th June)

Don’t be caught out by the new DVLA rules on car hire  (13th June)

Marriott lets you book free nights without having the points  (12th June)

My review of the Virgin Trains First Class lounge at Euston  (12th June)

Why British Airways On Business now has fewer redemption seats  (10th June)

Singapore Airlines business class lounge at Changi T3 reviewed  (10th June)

Melia Rewards unveils new member benefits  (10th June)

Using your Avios points to fly to Chile with LAN  (9th June)

Singapore Airlines business class lounge at Heathrow reviewed  (7th June)

When another British Airways ex-Europe trip goes wrong …..!  (6th June)

Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4 opens  (5th June)

Etihad Guest announces a big devaluation from July 8th  (4th June)

Avios launches partnership with No 1 Traveller lounges  (3rd June)

How do you solve a problem like Sheraton?  (3rd June)

Now you can earn Avios points from your estate agent!  (1st June)

When a British Airways ex-Europe trip goes wrong …..  (31st May)

Hilton hotels which cost just 10,000 points per night  (31st May)

Hilton hotels which cost just 5,000 points per night  (30th May)

The new BA lounge in Amsterdam Schiphol reviewed  (29th May)

Inside the United First Class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2  (28th May)

Inside the Lufthansa lounges at Heathrow Terminal 2  (25th May)

Book review: ‘Skyfaring – A Journey with a Pilot’  (22nd May)

Crowne Plaza London Kensington reviewed  (21st May)

How SAS decides which new routes to launch  (20th May)

Inside the Singapore Airlines First Class lounge at Heathrow  (18th May)

How to earn Avis taking gas or electricity from E.ON  (17th May)

My tour of an empty Singapore Airlines A380  (16th May)

Hear Head for Points on Radio 4’s ‘You and Yours’  (11th May)

Review of Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London  (10th May)

Some Emirates A380 business class photos  (9th May)

Welcome Rewards relaunches as Hotels.com Rewards  (6th May)

Convert Emirates miles into Heathrow Rewards  (6th May)

Eurostar introduces ‘part pay with points’  (5th May)