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 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

17.  How to earn and redeem Avios points with Flybe

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 Choice Rewards, Lufthansa Miles & More, Starwood Preferred Guest, Tesco, TSB Avios, TSB Premier Avios, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic White, Virgin Atlantic Black

Key credit card articles:

Comparing the 15 credit cards which now earn you Avios

The top 16 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 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?

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, La Compagnie 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:  American Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domesticQatar short-haul First

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

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)

Other interesting articles:

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 scheme)

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)

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)