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 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 12 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?

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free British Airways Amex card

Key reference articles:

Full list of BA Avios redemption pricing by route

Full list of BA, Iberia and Aer Lingus 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?

How can I take British Airways to CEDR complaints arbitration?

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, 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 and 777 First, Emirates A380 FirstEtihad A380 First Class Apartment and again, Etihad 777 First Class Suite, Lufthansa 747-8i FirstLufthansa A340 First, Lufthansa 747 FirstQatar Airways A380 FirstSingapore Airlines A380 First Suite, Swiss A330 First, Virgin America First

Business Class:  airberlin A330 business and again, ANA 777 businessBritish Airways 787-9 Club WorldEmirates A380 business, Etihad A380 businessFinnair A350 businessIberia A330 business, La Compagnie business, LAN / LATAM 787 businessLufthansa short-haul business, Qatar Airways 777 business, Qatar Airways 787 business, Qatar Airways A380 businessSingapore Airlines 777-300ER business, Turkish 777 business, Virgin Atlantic B787 Upper Class, Virgin Atlantic A330 Upper Class

Premium Economy:  Norwegian Premium

Domestic / regional:  airberlin economyAir Nostrum businessAmerican Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domestic, CityJet economy, Japan Airlines businessQatar Airways short-haul First, Virgin America First

UK airport and rail lounge reviews:

Click here for a list of all UK lounges in Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey

Heathrow: 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, Plaza Premium T3 ArrivalsAer 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  Aberdeen:  Northern Lights  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:

Why you shouldn’t waste Avios on Club Europe from London City  (30th July)

Virgin Money makes a Virgin Atlantic partnership deal  (26th July)

My review of Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to New York  (25th July)

Is Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal still the world’s best lounge?  (24th July)

Why I tried Revolut on my trip to New York – but should you?  (23rd July)

Government bans credit card acceptance fees from January  (20th July)

IHG Rewards Club welcome benefits by hotel and tier level  (18th July)

UK lounge networks of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey  (18th July)

I try Norwegian Premium – better than BA World Traveller Plus?  (17th July)

Benefiting from Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts at Park Hyatt Hamburg  (16th July)

Amex loses EU appeal on BA Amex interchange fees – what next?  (14th July)

Is the Marriott Moments auction site getting more useful?  (13th July)

Review of the BLOC hotel in London Gatwick’s South Terminal  (12th July)

NEW – earn Avios when ordering foreign currency from Travelex  (11th July)

Inside the Penthouse Suite of Kimpton De Witt, Amsterdam  (7th July)

Is BA trying to make you think you’ve given up EU261 rights?  (30th June)

This is what you get with InterContinental’s Club Life package  (30th June)

My review of the Park Inn hotel, Southend on Sea  (29th June)

My review of the Trump Turnberry hotel in Scotland  (28th June)

What are the travel benefits for World Elite MasterCard holders?  (21st June)

Amazing business deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines  (20th June)

My review of the Conrad New York hotel  (16th June)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?  (15th June)

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year  (15th June)

My review of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai (15th June)

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles  (14th June)

My review of the new Premier Inn, Heathrow Terminal 4  (13th June)

Review: Hampton by Hilton Berlin Alexanderplatz  (12th June)

How does BA First Class compare to Emirates or Etihad?  (10th June)

Peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2018  (7th June)

Principal Hotels launches Applause Rewards  (5th June)

Is First Class on Stansted Express worth the money?  (3rd June)

Which BA Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points return?  (2nd June)

How to collect Avios with Shell Drivers Club  (1st June)

‘Miles and points’ for the solo traveller – a different collection strategy?  (29th May)

How to redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for hotel rooms  (29th May)

Earn Virgin miles with EVERY Sainsbury’s online grocery shop  (28th May)

How to book Best Western hotels with Tesco Clubcard vouchers  (28th May)

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – a Starwood promo for older readers!  (23rd May)

My review of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo  (22nd May)

How I used Avios for a flat-bed from Japan to China  (21st May)

How to get IHG Rewards Club status quickly, and possibly for free?  (20th May)

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

Which hotel schemes let you earn points and credit for multiple rooms?  (18th May)

Review of ANA’s business class from London – Tokyo  (15th May)

Why using Virgin miles on ANA is the best way to get to Japan  (14th May)

American Express Platinum Cashback Card (UK) – in-depth review  (13th May)

A (brief) review of Waldorf Astoria Beijing  (13th May)

American Express Nectar credit card – in-depth review  (12th May)

How to earn Avios or Virgin miles with No 1 Lounges  (9th May)

Earn Avios points from your estate agent!  (7th May)

I check out the new British Airways domestic Club Europe  (5th May)

Avoid the Heathrow Hotel Hoppa fee by travelling on local buses  (4th May)

Which low interest rate credit cards also earn points?  (2nd May)

My review of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto hotel  (1st May)

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)