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 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 pieces from this list if I know that the deal discussed no longer works. This page will next be updated in early October and does not currently include articles published after September 1st.

The ‘Avios Redemption University’ series:

This series of 17 articles is being updated during August and September 2015.  Revised articles currently published are:

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?

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?

All Avios redemptions from UK regional airports

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, Marriott Rewards, 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

M&C Loyalty (Millennium & Copthorne)

Flight reviews:

First Class:   Singapore Airlines A380 First Suite, Etihad 777 First Class Suite, British Airways A380 First, Lufthansa A340 First, Lufthansa 747 First, Swiss A330 First, Virgin America First  Business Class:  Etihad A380 business, airberlin A330 business, Iberia A330 business, Lufthansa short-haul business, Qatar 777 business, Qatar 787 business, Emirates A380 business, Singapore Airlines 777-300ER business  Domestic:  American Airlines short-haul economy, Virgin Little Red, British Airways domestic

Key credit card articles:

Comparing the 11 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?

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:

“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)

First photos of the new airport lounge at Stansted  (30th April)

Your one-page summary of the Avios changes  (29th April)

How I redeemed Emirates miles for Arsenal v Chelsea  (28th April)

Join the AA and save ££££’s on hotels!  (27th April)

Introducing SPG Hot Escapes weekly offers  (24th April)

My review of the Aloft hotel at Excel, London  (22nd April)

Redeeming SPG points for their 02 suite!  (19th April)

Why BA pays £1m per year for a door in Terminal 5  (18th April)

How many BA status passengers use Terminal 5 each day?  (16th April)

An introduction to Hotels.com Rewards  (16th April)

The facts about credit charge interchange capping  (14th April)

Is redeeming points for cash ever a good deal?  (13th April)

Booking Reward Flight Saver on BA ‘Fifth Freedom’ routes  (11th April)

An overview of Global Hotel Alliance  (10th April)

What happens to your airline status when you have a baby?  (7th April)

Nick’s review of the cheapest Hilton redemption in the world  (2nd April)

Aspire lounge to open in Terminal 5 in the Summer  (1st April)

Earning Avios for paying your council tax and other utilities  (30th March)

Amex retains the British Airways credit card contract  (27th March)

What is best use of American Express Membership Rewards?  (26th March)

Why hotel credit cards became more important  (25th March)

How to earn Avios via Clubcard when filling up at Esso  (24th March)

Do you need travel insurance for a redemption ticket?  (23rd March)

Two split-ticketing tools for cheaper train tickets  (21st March)

Where can you fly these days with Virgin Atlantic miles?  (21st March)

Two hotel scheme where you earn more with Iberia than BA  (21st March)

How I got very drunk and discovered London hotel ‘day rooms’  (19th March)

Save on BA short-haul flights by throwing in a car or hotel!  (18th March)

BA flight discounts for VitalityHealth customers  (16th March)

My review of the Etihad business class lounge in Abu Dhabi  (16th March)

Why I use AwardWallet to track my miles and points  (13th March)

Why transferring hotel points to a friend or partner is good  (11th March)

Amex offering the ‘secret’ Gold Rewards Plus to cancelling Plats  (10th March)

My review of Jumeirah At Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi  (7th March)

Why you should never use 100% miles for an Etihad redemption!  (6th March)

Hilton to offer free wi-fi to everyone – and how it compares  (4th March)

Short-haul Avios redemptions cheaper booked as 2 x one-ways  (2nd March)

Earn Starwood Preferred Guest points with Uber  (26th February)

4 easy ways to hit your credit card sign-up bonus target  (23rd February)

3,000 Amex points for adding the Gold credit card  (22nd February)

Major restructuring of BA On Business announced  (21st February)

How to get your morning coffee for free with points!  (21st February)

What I REALLY got for value on my redemptions last year  (20th February)

My review of the Etihad lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4  (19th February)

How to transfer airline miles INTO hotel loyalty schemes  (19th February)

Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 4 reviewed  (18th February)

British Airways launches flights from Cambridge Airport!  (18th February)

Comparing Hilton lifetime status with other hotel chains  (17th February)

Avoid Air Passenger Duty by flying from Inverness or Newquay  (10th February)

Avios changes – is the Lloyds credit card now more valuable?  (9th February)

Iberia launches flights to Cuba – a new redemption idea  (8th February)

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying Emirates!  (7th February)

How to earn miles when using your mobile abroad  (1st February)

30% off Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc for Leeds United fans!  (28th January)

Use Emirates Skywards miles for VIP Arsenal tickets  (23rd January)

Flying long-haul planes on short-haul redemptions  (21st January)

BA to move to Gatwick South in November 2016  (20th January)

Accor ‘Happy Mondays’ – weekend rooms from £25  (20th January)

How to claim your APD refund for a child from BA  (14th January)

Transfer Virgin America Elevate miles to IHG Rewards Club  (13th January)

How to pay your tax bill with an American Express card  (12th January)

How to fly to Dubai on Avios with Finnair for £127 tax  (11th January)

Earn bonus Accor points on every stay with Facebook app  (11th January)

Take a driverless pod from Thistle Heathrow to Terminal 5  (10th January)

Use your Marriott status on United, and vice versa  (9th January)

Join Thistle Signature for free and get a free Sunday night  (8th January)

Delta allowing one-way Virgin redemptions with no taxes  (6th January)

Post Office Money Platinum credit card with no FX fees  (6th January)

Why I am happy to pay for InterContinental Ambassador  (5th January)

Which hotels don’t give Avios but do give Virgin miles?  (4th January)

Hilton Garden Inn now open at Hatton Cross by Heathrow  (3rd January)

Is the Amex Platinum ‘UK Hotel Collection’ a good deal?  (31st December)

Collecting Avios with Shell Drivers Club  (31st December)

What is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?  (28th December)

NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com  (27th December)

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status?  (23rd December)

Finnair launches Chicago – a new Avios redemption option  (18th December)

New oneworld benefits for BA Gold and Silver cardholders  (15th December)

Plaza Premium arrivals lounge opens in Terminal 2  (11th December)

Amazon now lets you pay with American Express points  (8th December)

The great business class bake off – Qatar v BA v Emirates (1st December)

New options to Philadelphia with both Avios and Virgin miles  (26th November)

Earn up to 10,000 Avios with new hotel booking partner Kaligo  (25th November)

What other Tesco Clubcard travel deals are worth a look?  (24th November)

SAS family accounts let you pool family flights across Star Alliance  (23rd November)

Hit your credit card bonus by buying FEE-FREE Amex gift cards  (21st November)

What happens to your Avios points when you die?  (19th November)

New airberlin options for low-tax Avios redemptions  (17th November)

Free global wi-fi for American Express Platinum cardholders  (16th November)

Inside Etihad’s ‘The Residence’ plus new business and first photos  (14th November)

Use Avios on new AA Birmingham and Edinburgh NYC routes  (13th November)

Is the American Express Tripflex ‘pay with points’ a good deal?  (11th November)

Virgin Flying Club makes its cancellation policy WORSE  (6th November)

Is easyJet Plus worth the money?  (3rd November)

Do you know the expiry rules for your airline miles?  (2nd November)

How to get a ‘free’ domestic Avios redemption with an overseas reward  (31st October)

Flying Blue Petroleum – a scheme for oil and energy sector employees  (31st October)

Earning Avios points when booking a package holiday via avios.com  (30th October)

How to earn Avios points when your child flies  (30th October)

Krug for breakfast in the Al Mourjan lounge in Doha  (28th October)

Using Hilton HHonors ‘points and money’ to maximise value  (27th October)

Get £15 of free stuff from Starbucks in Heathrow T5C  (27th October)

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com  (26th October)

StatusMatcher – match your existing airline and hotel cards  (25th October)

Review of Conrad London St James – is the rebrand working?  (24th October)

The new alliance which isn’t an alliance – Etihad Airways Partners  (23rd October)

Four good things and seven bad things about St Regis Doha  (22nd October)

Save up to £300 on BA flight with ‘Part Pay With Avios’  (21st October)

A new Star redemption – Ethiopian from Dublin to Los Angeles!  (21st October)

Qatar Airways – review of their 777 business class Part 1 and Part 2 (19th October)

Is the Qatar Airways Premium Lounge the classiest in Heathrow?  (17th October)

My review of the SkyTeam lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4  (15th October)

33% off UK and European Hiltons for public sector workers  (14th October)

Flybe joining Avios – 13 key questions answered  (11th October)

Is it worth redeeming Avios points on Flybe?  (11th October)

Holiday Inn Wembley STILL just 10,000 IHG points per night!  (10th October)

Virgin Little Red closure – cheap redemptions, big bonuses, slots?  (8th October)

United First lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed, with photos  (8th October)

Ever heard of Jin Jiang J-Club? They are a new Avios partner  (8th October)

Iberia drops Hertz and Europcar – where do you credit now?  (7th October)

Boosting your Amex spend by using Paypal for online shopping  (7th October)

Review: British Airways A380 First Class, with photos  (4th October)

The British Airways A380 First Class tasting menu – in pictures!  (3rd October)

My review of The Concorde Room at Heathrow Terminal 5  (1st October)

Virgin America’s great First Class seating  (30th September)

Free Star Alliance Silver status for oil, gas and energy employees  (29th September)

Easy Star Alliance Gold via Aegean going away  (28th September)

How to transfer Iberia Avios points to British Airways Avios points  (28th September)

My review of the Four Seasons Las Vegas hotel  (26th September)

Run your own company? Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme  (23rd September)

Can you earn cheap Avios points buying Tesco Visa gift cards?  (22nd September)

Don’t forget IHG Rewards Club ‘Friends & Family’ rates  (21st September)

Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards partner?  (21st September)

Earning airline miles with ‘2nd tier’ car rental companies  (20th September)

Aer Lingus lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2 reviewed  (19th September)

My review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow T2  (17th September)

Why we really, really hated Disneyland Paris  (16th September)

Want to keep your middle seat free? BA increases the cost  (15th September)

Has avios.com removed its ‘extra’ award availability?  (1st September)