Good BA credit cards launch in France and Italy – why aren’t fintech firms entering our broken market?

New British Airways credit cards launched in France and Italy last week.  Whilst most of us won’t be able to apply for them, it is always worth keeping an eye on what benefits the airline is offering in other markets. What is interesting is how […]

Bits: new BA ‘50% buy Avios’ bonus, My Lounge opens at Gatwick South, Shangri-La’s new Blacklane partnership

News in brief: 50% bonus when you buy Avios British Airways is launching another ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion today. Until 16th December you will receive 50% bonus Avios when you buy or gift points. As well as being the highest bonus we have seen for quite […]

IT’S BACK: Get £50 off £100 spend at Amazon with Amazon Business

Back in October we ran a very generous promotion with Amazon Business.  For a limited period, it is now back. If you sign up, for FREE, to Amazon Business you can save £50 on your next £100 Amazon purchase.  (I know this is outside our […]


What are the best credit card sign-up deals for December? – plus a news round-up inc Flybe final closure

It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. Our directory of the 16 main UK travel credit and charge cards can be found by clicking the […]

Bits: BA improves On Business, Virgin pilots strike, Hilton Mallorca and Hotel des Indes leaving

News in brief: A change to British Airways On Business On Business is the small business loyalty scheme run by British Airways.  Whilst hugely devalued a couple of years ago, there is no reason NOT to sign-up if you are a VAT-registered company as you […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. The deals about to end are not super exciting – […]


Where can you fly these days with Virgin Flying Club miles?

Today I wanted to take a look at a regularly asked question – “Where can you fly on Virgin Atlantic these days?” This is especially pertinent as you can still – until 14th December – get higher bonuses on the new Virgin Atlantic / Virgin Money […]

Review of the Virgin Trains lounges at London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly

This is our review of the Virgin Trains lounges at London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly railway stations. Last week, writes Rhys, Rob sent me up to Manchester to check out the new Crowne Plaza and Staybridge Suites that have just opened, reviews for which will […]

Why January 2013 was an amazing sweet spot for a free Maldives holiday

There is a generally accepted view that, over time, all reward schemes get worse.  People say that you should spend your points as you earn, rather than holding them for retirement or some unspecified time in the future. I don’t necessarily agree with this. It […]

Virgin’s first ex-Air Berlin A332 with the brand new Upper Class and Premium seats is now flying

The first of the refurbished Virgin Atlantic A330-200 aircraft is now in operation. I was meant to see this aircraft at 7.30am yesterday morning at Gatwick.  Unfortunately (or not, because I got an extra few hours in bed!) problems with another aircraft meant that it […]

Bits: 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus, warning for BA GGL or GUF holders, triple Accor points on one stay

News in brief: 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus via Iberia Plus Iberia is currently offering a 50% bonus when you buy 2,000+ Avios before 31st December.  These will drop into an Iberia Plus account, but can be moved to British Airways via ‘Combine My Avios’. (Remember […]

Announcing Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money as the sponsors of the 2018 HFP Christmas Party – and more raffle prizes added!

(UPDATE: Malaysia Airlines has now confirmed a rather cool prize for any football fan – a pair of tickets to the Liverpool v Chelsea Premier League game at Anfield next April!) I’m delighted to announce that Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Money will be sponsoring the […]

$30 off a $40 ‘experience’ via Expedia – good for restaurants, airport lounges etc, including your home town

Here is a quick deal which you might find useful. Expedia US is running a very silly deal today (Thursday, no guarantee it still works on Friday!) offering $30 off a $40 ‘experiences’ purchases. All you need to do is go to the ‘experiences’ page […]

Amex to open its first Centurion Lounge in Europe – at Heathrow Terminal 3

American Express has just announced that it is opening a new Centurion lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 in 2019, writes Rhys. This will be their first European location and the second non-US lounge, after Hong Kong. Amex launched their Centurion lounge network in 2014 but there […]

Bits: Plaza Premium loses Cathay T3 management, LOT launches City to Vilnius, BA launching Islamabad?

News in brief: Plaza Premium loses management of Cathay Pacific lounge Plaza Premium confirmed to us this week that it is no longer managing the Cathay Pacific lounge in Heathrow Terminal 3. We had heard rumours of this from readers in the last couple of […]

New Avios partner coming: Royal Air Maroc is joining the oneworld alliance

Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc announced on Wednesday that it is joining the oneworld alliance, the airline alliance which includes British Airways.  oneworld is one of the three global airline alliances, with other two being Star Alliance and SkyTeam. This gives the oneworld alliance an African […]

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