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 June and does not currently include articles published after May 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 Avios companion 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. Redeeming for ‘no tax’ flights to Hawaii on Alaska Airlines

15. Non-stop reward flights from UK regional airports

16. Is it worth using Avios for hotels?

17. The cheapest ways of buying Avios points

Key reference articles:

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  Domestic:  American Airlines short-haul economy, Virgin Little Red, British Airways domestic

Key credit card articles:

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?

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?

Other interesting articles:

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)

British Airways introduces ‘Hold Your Flight Price for 72 Hours’  (30th August)

A visit to the new Aspire lounge at Edinburgh Airport  (29th August)

The ‘other’ BA redemption chart we also forget about  (28th August)

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

InterContinental Royal Ambassador qualification criteria confirmed  (27th August)

Impressive new ‘Escape’ lounge at East Midlands Airport opens  (21st August)

Virgin’s ‘Miles Plus Money’ option – some good deals to be had  (14th August)

Plaza Premium Lounge now open in Terminal 2 – more terminals soon  (13th August)

Aer Lingus releases details of new lie-flat seats  (12th August)

How to convert ANY number of Accor points to Avios  (6th August)

The only way to earn cashback when booking easyJet  (5th August)

Earning Avios and other airline miles from car rentals  (5th August)

Why I love the new United Club (Priority Pass) lounge in Terminal 2  (4th August)

Earning Avios when ordering foreign currency  (4th August)

Earning miles with your credit card abroad  (3rd August)

My Flights – an iOS flights app with a genuinely different USP  (2nd August)

How to get the best deals on airport car parking  (2nd August)

Credit Hilton stays to Iberia instead of BA? A warning!  (1st August)

Use your British Airways card at Aer Lingus lounge in T2  (31st July)

Hilton St George’s Park at the National Football Centre review  (30th July)

Food and drink in Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suites  (29th July)

Singapore Airlines A380 First Class Suite reviewed (and how to book one)  (27th July)

The Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York JFK reviewed  (25th July)

All alone in Lufthansa First Class, Munich to Newark  (19th July)

Getting Hilton HHonors benefits on a hotels.com booking  (17th July)

Comparing Lufthansa short-haul to BA’s new tighter leg-room  (16th July)

How to use the upgrade voucher with the Lloyds Avios Rewards card  (15th July)

Travelling on British Airways long haul with infants – the HFP guide!  (11th July)

Exclusive BA Gold benefits at Langham hotels  (9th July)

Is the Costco TrueEarnings Amex the most generous travel credit card?!  (8th July)

New Avios flight finder – pick a date, see what cities are available  (7th July)

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 2)  (6th July)

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 1)  (5th July)

Can’t use Avios Flight Finder? Tim creates a web version!  (2nd July)

What is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme for you?  (2nd July)

Air India finally cleared to join Star Alliance  (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)

My review of the InterContinental Amstel, Amsterdam  (8th 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)