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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 Aurigny and Air Malta

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

17.  How to earn and redeem Avios points with Flybe

Key credit card articles:

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

Comparing the 13 credit cards which now earn you Avios

The top 14 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 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 credit card to use abroad when someone else is paying?

What is the best use of Amex Membership Rewards points?

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 (BA Amex), British Airways Premium Plus American Express (BAPP Amex), Emirates, Emirates Elite, Etihad, Flybe, Hilton Honors, HSBC Premier, HSBC Premier World EliteIHG Rewards Club, IHG Rewards Club Premium, Lloyds Avios Rewards, Lloyds Choice Rewards, Lufthansa Miles & More, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG Amex), Tesco, Tesco PremiumUnited Airlines, Virgin Atlantic White, Virgin Atlantic Black

Flight reviews:

First Class:  British Airways A380 First, Emirates A380 FirstEtihad A380 First Class Apartment and again, 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, La Compagnie business, LAN / LATAM 787 businessLufthansa short-haul businessQatar 777 business, Qatar 787 business, Qatar A380 businessSingapore Airlines 777-300ER business, Turkish 777 business, Virgin Atlantic B787 Upper Class

Domestic / regional:  Air Nostrum businessAmerican Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domesticQatar short-haul First

UK airport and rail lounge reviews:

Heathrow: Club Millesime T5 Arrivals, British Airways Concorde Room T5, British Airways Galleries First T5, British Airways Galleries Club T5B SatelliteBritish Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T4, Etihad T4, SkyTeam T4, Qatar Airways T4, Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), American Airlines T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounge T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Aer Lingus T2, Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines T2

Gatwick: No 1 Lounge North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Clubrooms North, British Airways South (and a video), No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South

Other: London City: First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video), Business Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video)  London Luton: Aspire London Stansted: Escape London Southend: SkyLife  Belfast City: British Airways  Belfast International:  Causeway  Birmingham: No 1 Lounge, Aspire  Bristol: AspireAspirePlus  Cardiff:  Executive Lounge  Edinburgh: No 1 Lounge, British Airways, Aspire  Exeter:  Executive Lounge  Glasgow:  British Airways, Upperdeck  Inverness:  Aspire  Isle of Man:  Rendezvous  Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier  Liverpool: Aspire  Manchester:  Escape Lounge T3, British Airways T3, 1903 Lounge T3  Newcastle:  British Airways, Aspire, Aspire Plus  Southampton:  Breeze Priority

Trains:  EustonKings Cross, Paddington, LiverpoolManchester Piccadilly  Eurostar:  St Pancras, Paris – new lounge (and a video)

Travel tips:

Earning miles from car rental

Earning miles when buying foreign currency

Earning miles and saving money on airport parking at Heathrow and at Gatwick

Earning miles and reducing fees when using your credit card abroad

How to get Heathrow Express discounts, Gatwick Express discounts, Stansted Express discounts

Hotel loyalty scheme reviews:

Club Carlson – Part One and Part Two

Hilton Honors – 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

World of Hyatt – Part One and Part Two

Best Western Rewards

My Millennium (Millennium & Copthorne)

Other interesting articles:

Is IHG surpressing negative reviews on its website?  (29th April)

BA unveils its refurbishment plans for New York JFK  (26th April)

Is the Tesco Premium Card worth £150?  (23rd April)

Why Hilton Honors points may be getting more valuable  (23rd April)

Is Hilton Garden Inn the most convenient budget hotel at Heathrow?  (23rd April)

Do you get BA lounge access on Vueling, Aer Lingus, Flybe and AirBaltic?  (19th April)

Airport lounges that you never knew Amex Platinum got you into  (19th April)

Inside the Emirates First Class Lounge (or ‘floor’) in Dubai  (16th April)

How we got into China without a visa last night  (15th April)

How Brad is flying around the world for 116,000 airline miles  (14th April)

In the Etihad First & Business Class lounge, Heathrow Terminal 4  (10th April)

The new First Wing at Heathrow T5 reviewed  (8th April)

The #bainvesting4U press day  (7th April)

Get 1p per SPG point when redeeming for flights  (2nd April)

Is Virgin Atlantic’s new ‘Miles Plus Money’ feature a good deal?  (1st April)

American Express Platinum gains a SEVENTH hotel status partner  (31st March)

Is Eurostar Frequent Traveller ‘part pay with points’ a decent deal?  (31st March)

Why Norwegian Reward is a more valuable scheme than it first appears  (30th March)

Some lessons in redeeming miles and points from a trip to Asia  (29th March)

How to use Avios for a summer sun holiday with Iberostar  (28th March)

Should you use your Avios for BA’s ‘Experiences’ rewards?  (27th March)

Is IHG Business Rewards worth a look?  (26th March)

How to save on UK Hilton Hotels using Tesco Clubcard vouchers  (24th March)

Why I think BA should reform the Gold Priority Reward  (23rd March)

Why I lost £104 to BA’s stupid new baggage policy  (22nd March)

Waitrose lets you earn airline miles when you shop in-store!  (21st March)

Two things about Marriott Rewards that I am growing to love  (19th March)

Why January 2013 was an amazing sweet spot for a free Maldives holiday  (19th March)

Earn and spend Avios on low-cost airline LEVEL  (18th March)

How to use ITA Matrix to find cheap flights from Europe  (16th March)

Earning Avios for paying your council tax – and other utilities  (12th March)

The amazing new Qatar Airways Qsuite  (9th March)

Can you transfer Amex Membership Rewards when you cancel?  (5th March)

Where can you fly with Virgin Flying Club miles?  (28th February)

Review of the Upperdeck lounge at Glasgow Airport  (28th February)

Review of the British Airways lounge, Glasgow Airport  (26th February)

Good To Go Parking – the secret way to save at Heathrow  (25th February)

$10 of free credit for every HFP reader from LoungeBuddy  (24th February)

Book an Avios Advance flight now, earn the Avios later!  (22nd February)

Review of Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport  (22nd February)

How to earn Avios points with Budget car rentals  (20th February)

How does Best Western Rewards work?  (19th February)

How I claimed €250 EU261 compensation from British Airways  (17th February)

Review of the Executive Lounge at Cardiff Airport  (16th February)

Review of the new British Airways lounges at Gatwick South  (16th February)

How to get the best deals on Gatwick Airport car parking  (16th February)

What is the best Avios redemption per minute of flying time?  (15th February)

How to use ‘part pay with Avios’ to book Iberia flights  (14th February)

How to earn airline miles from your Airbnb stays  (14th February)

Iberia launches a new Avios reward chart  (13th February)

My review of the Element Frankfurt Airport Hotel  (11th February)

My review of LATAM 787 Business Class Madrid to Frankfurt  (10th February)

Review – Sala Velazquez Iberia VIP Lounge, Madrid Airport  (9th February)

My review of The Westin Palace hotel, Madrid  (8th February)

Review – new Eurostar Business Premier Lounge in Paris  (6th February)

Review – Gran Meliá Palacio de los Duques in Madrid  (3rd February)

My chat with the head of Hilton Honors about their changes  (1st February)

Review of the Sala Lounge Cap Des Falcos at Ibiza airport  (1st February)

Join the Automobile Association and save ££££’s on hotels!  (31st January)

Review – Gran Hotel Montesol Ibiza – Curio Collection by Hilton  (31st January)

Two split-ticketing tools to help you find cheaper train tickets  (29th January)

Are cashback credit cards an alternative to miles and points cards?  (28th January)

Review of the Aspire Lounge at Birmingham Airport  (27th January)

Get discounts at Gatwick via the myGatwick website  (25th January)

Review of the No 1 Lounge, Birmingham Airport  (25th January)

Even more things you need to know about the BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher!  (24th January)

Everything you need to know about the BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher  (23rd January)

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good  (22nd January)

Two hotel schemes where you earn more Avios with Iberia than BA  (21st January)

Review of the Aspire Lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport  (21st January)

Review – Yorkshire Premier Lounge at Leeds Bradford Airport  (18th January)

What are the best credit card bonuses for LONG TERM spending?  (17th January)

Can you still ring BA at 12am to use a BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher?  (16th January)

Review of the AspirePlus lounge at Bristol Airport  (16th January)

Happy 30th Birthday London City Airport!  (15th January)

Expedia launches their loyalty scheme in the UK  (14th January)

Review – British Airways Terraces Lounge at Berlin Tegel Airport  (11th January)

A clever Avios trick to unlock extra Iberia business class seats  (9th January)

What points credit cards have 0% interest on purchases?  (8th January)

How to find a British Airways office open NOW  (3rd January)

Eight Avios earning and spending tips you might not know  (2nd January)

How to use your Avios for car hire excess insurance  (31st December)

Plaza Premium lounges launch a loyalty scheme  (31st December)

Avios drops 3 redemption partners – Monarch, Air Malta, Aurigny  (30th December)

What were my travel highlights and lowlights of 2016?  (27th December)

A painful change to Virgin’s policy on infant redemption tickets  (23rd December)

American Express secretly changes its refer a friend scheme  (23rd December)

Why Amex Gold is the ideal Amex for a miles and points newcomer  (21st December)

BA to run a 777 to Madrid, offering Club World and First!  (19th December)

How to fly long-haul planes on short-haul redemptions!  (18th December)

Review – new Club Aspire lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3  (17th December)

I finally book the UK’s best value frequent flyer redemption!  (15th December)

New Cathay Pacific lounges at Heathrow Terminal 3 reviewed  (14th December)

My review of The Gainsborough Bath Spa Hotel  (13th December)

British Airways offering you EU compensation as Avios  (11th December)

Which 34 airlines can I use my Avios points on?  (8th December)

Do you need travel insurance to cover your redemption ticket?  (7th December)

All you need to know about Avios in Aer Lingus AerClub  (6th December)

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?  (4th December)

How to earn Avios via Clubcard at Esso  (4th December)

Review: Great Western First Class lounge, Paddington Station (30th November)

Review: Sheraton Grand London Park Lane hotel  (29th November)

Is Amex Platinum Cashback an alternative to points cards?  (23rd November)

The Element Amsterdam hotel reviewed  (21st November)

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO earn Virgin miles?  (20th November)

New Club Aspire Lounge now open in Heathrow T3  (20th November)<

Earn bonus Accor points every stay with ‘Places’ app  (19th November)

BA moves card fee to a flat 1% ….. as Virgin scraps them  (18th November)

First Class domestic redemptions on American half price  (17th November)

Use Avios for low tax Miami redemptions with Aer Lingus  (16th November)

‘Frequent Flyer – The Video’ – why we do what we do  (15th November)

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is a great Amex Platinum benefits  (14th November)

‘World of Hyatt’ to replace Gold Passport in 2017  (13th November)

Review: CityJet from London City  (11th November)

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel programmes?  (10th November)

What are the best ‘first’ loyalty credit cards to get?  (9th November)

Why I pay for InterContinental Ambassador  (8th November)

My review of City Airport’s First Class Lounge – get driven to your plane!  (7th November)

How to earn Marriott or SPG points with every Uber ride!  (3rd November)

Understanding the Virgin Flying Club changes – Part 1, earning  (1st November)

Understanding the Virgin Flying Club changes – Part 2, spending  (2nd November)

Should the collapsing £ make me re-assess my points valuations?  (31st October)

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status?  (27th October)

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over the last year  (26th October)

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own  (24th October)

How to convert Marriott or SPG points into Hilton or IHG points  (24th October)

Why I spent £1052.84 on LEGO Friends – Confessions of a reader  (23rd October)

Discover the Imperial Airways Empire Air Terminal at Victoria  (22nd October)

Earn miles using your mobile abroad with ‘Travelling Connect’  (22nd October)

Swap your Avios for beer … or wine …. or Bollinger!  (21st October)

American Airlines First Class Avios redemptions to get cheaper  (20th October)

What are the best ‘first’ loyalty credit cards to get?  (19th October)

How to use SPG and Marriott points for a cheap African holiday  (19th October)

Should you get Flying Club miles or Nectar points from Virgin Trains?  (13th October)

I get legged over with MBNA’s replacement for Diamond Club!  (8th October)

Avios added as reward option with hotel booking site Agoda PointsMAX  (6th October)

Etihad, Alitalia etc aligning loyalty schemes  (6th October)

Why the Hilton HHonors Visa is the ideal first loyalty credit card  (5th October)

Is the Amex Platinum ‘UK Hotel Collection’ a good deal?  (3rd October)

My review of the Hilton Paris Opera hotel  (1st October)

British Airways ‘buy on board’ menu published  (30th September)

Amex Platinum now gets you Marriott Rewards Gold  (28th September)

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance  (26th September)

Is easyJet Plus worth the money? Save 10% if it is!  (26th September)

Why Marriott Travel Packages are exceptional for Avios  (25th September)

Fascinating link on the forgotten West London Air Terminal  (24th September)

‘The First Wing’ comes to Terminal 5 in April  (20th September)

How to earn SPG points flying Emirates  (20th September)

Do you know the expiry rules for your airline miles?  (19th September)

My review of the InterContinental Vienna  (17th September)

Inside No 1 Lounge Gatwick South  (16th September)

What happens to your Avios points when you die?  (16th September)

My review of the new JW Marriott resort, Venice  (14th September)

What is your experience with the BA ‘Best Price Guarantee’?  (13th September)

Can you get a better travel deal with Clubcard points than Avios?  (12th September)

My review of Terminal 5’s arrivals lounge, Club Millesime  (11th September)

My review of the InterContinental Geneva hotel  (10th September)

My review of the new ibis Styles hotel, Heathrow  (4th September)

My review of the 14th century Hilton Sa Torre, Mallorca  (30th August)

How a 1-hour 1-person meeting at Marriott gets you elite status  (28th August)

Review: Virgin Trains First Class lounge, Liverpool Lime Street  (27th August)

My review of Starwood’s Aloft Liverpool hotel  (26th August)

My best Avios redemption!  (24th August)

An introduction to Macdonald Hotels ‘The Club’ –  (24th August)

Review: Virgin Trains First Class lounge, Manchester Piccadilly  (23rd August)

My review of the new Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre  (22nd August)

Review: Virgin East Coast First Class Lounge at Kings Cross  (20th August)

Review of my airberlin New York – Berlin Avios redemption  (18th August)

My review of the new Holiday Inn Brooklyn Downtown, New York  (16th August)

My review of Melia’s new INNSIDE New York NoMad hotel  (15th August)

Review: La Compagnie’s all-business-flight from London to New York  (14th August)

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free BA Amex  (12th August)

How to use your Avios points for airport lounge access  (9th August)

New BA arrivals lounge opens in Heathrow Terminal 3  (6th August)

Join ‘The Club of Small Luxury Hotels’ at ‘Loved’ level  (3rd August)

Review: the good James Martin food on Virgin East Coast  (2nd August)

Credit card fees on tax payments have been slashed!  (30th July)

How to get free lounge access on a hotel reward stay  (27th July)

Avios withdraws the Lloyds Premier Avios credit card  (21st July)

Why Hotels.com Rewards is better than hotel loyalty schemes  (19th July)

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com  (18th July)

My review of the Park Hyatt Hamburg hotel  (18th July)

My review of the Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow Terminal 3  (17th July)

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios?  (16th July)

My review of the InterContinental New York Barclay hotel  (15th July)

Iberia Plus Kids …. earn Avios when your children fly  (14th July)

My review of the Hotel des Indes, The Hague, Presidential Suite!  (13th July)

How to not pay for a BA flight until 5 weeks before departure!  (12th July)

Accor Happy Mondays bookable two weeks in advance  (12th July)

My review of the British Airways Concorde Room at New York JFK  (11th July)

My review of the new Hilton Tallinn Park  (8th July)

My review of the British Airways arrivals lounge, Terminal 5  (7th July)

How to use Avios points to get to Tallinn, Estonia  (7th July)

Why airberlin status is the most valuable in oneworld  (6th July)

How I saved a £261 fine for no-showing on an IHG reward night  (5th July)

Boost your Amex spend by using Paypal for online shopping  (4th July)

30% off UK and European Hiltons for public sector workers  (2nd July)

StatusMatcher – match your existing airline and hotel cards  (2nd July)

My review of Business Premier on the new Eurostar e320 trains  (1st July)

Using Hilton ‘points and money’ to maximise value  (29th June)

Is there any point getting a Diners Club card?  (28th June)

Flying Blue Petroleum – for oil and energy sector employees  (26th June)

Lufthansa offering a 25% mileage discount for children  (25th June)

Good food, good leg room flying BA from London City  (23rd June)

Use your Starwood status to get perks on Virgin and Delta  (23rd June)

How to collect Avios with Shell Drivers Club  (20th June)

Is Club Carlson the best Amex MR hotel partner?  (19th June)

Free Star Alliance Silver status for energy sector employees  (19th June)

How to transfer Iberia Avios points to British Airways  (18th June)

How to get a one-way Europcar UK rental for just £1!  (18th June)

How to earn Avios points when your child flies  (16th June)

InterContinental Ambassador planning changes this year  (14th June)

Does HFP have an ‘anti-BA’ bias?!  (9th June)

My review of the Eurostar lounge at London St Pancras  (8th June)

My review of the new InterContinental Estoril  (7th June)

Is this the new British Airways A350 Club World seat?  (6th June)

How to book Eurostar with Amex Membership Rewards points  (5th June)

Iberia.com shows more Iberia business Avios seats than ba.com  (31st May)

Get Star Alliance lounge access at Heathrow with Maple Leaf Club  (31st May)

The InterContinental London O2 reviewed  (30th May)

The InterContinental London Park Lane reviewed  (29th May)

My review of the Iberia Dali VIP lounge in Madrid  (29th May)

Is Virgin / Texaco better for Flying Club miles than Tesco petrol?  (28th May)

Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?  (27th May)

How did Nadler get two of the top 12 London hotels on TripAdvisor?  (23rd May)

BA reported to be ending free food in Euro Traveller  (17th May)

How to earn and redeem Avios on Vueling flights from the UK  (13th May)

My review of the ME Milan Il Duca hotel, Italy  (13th May)

Iberia allows parents to ‘pause’ status …. will BA follow?  (10th May)

The only way to earn cashback when booking easyJet  (9th May)

Earning miles or points from Europcar car rentals  (8th May)

London City Airport opens a lounge …. and charges £180  (7th May)

Should you get the Virgin credit card and convert to Hilton or IHG?  (5th May)

Sometimes the oddest Avios redemptions can be the best value!  (3rd May)

Earning Avios from the Tesco current account  (3rd May)

I check out the ‘next generation’ Holiday Inn Express design  (2nd May)

Review of the Cathay Pacific (and BA) lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle  (1st May)