PINNED: Excellent 2-4-1 First and Business deals from the UK, from £999, with Lufthansa and SWISS

SWISS and Lufthansa have launched some EXCELLENT First Class and Business Class ‘2-4-1’ deals.  Unlike some fare deals we write about, these are for departures from the UK so you don’t need to position yourself somewhere in Europe first. Even better for those who live outside […]

Last minute Marriott Travel Package panic – and other things to do today and tomorrow

Today, Friday 17th, is the last day to book hotels using the old Marriott and Starwood reward charts. After a period of downtime, hotels will become bookable under the new charts from some point late on Saturday or on Sunday. Here is the link to […]

Bits: Amex “Platinum House” coming to London, Priority Pass guest fee jumping up – what should you do?

News in brief: “American Express Platinum House” coming to London American Express has announced plans for “Platinum House”, a four day series of events in London next month. According to Amex: American Express Platinum House is coming to London. Platinum Cardmembers and their guests are invited […]

EXCELLENT Virgin Atlantic business class deals (£1000+) to the US and Canada, valid until March

Virgin Atlantic seems to have launched an exceptionally good Business Class sale to North America. I say ‘seems’ because we haven’t been told about and it isn’t being promoted online, but the fares are definitely available on the Virgin Atlantic website. Here are the headline […]

Can you claim tax relief if you pay to upgrade your flight on a business trip?

Reader Mario sent me a link to an interesting discussion on the taxation.co.uk website. It is often possible to pay an additional sum at the airport to upgrade your flight.  Some airlines even have cards on the check-in desks with a price list. British Airways […]

Bits: 10% off Blacklane for new users, 1p Avios via Groupon Spain, the underwater InterCon is really opening!

News in brief: 10% off Blacklane transfers for new users Airport chauffeur group Blacklane – website here – has launched a new 10% discount code for first time users. I have just used this to book a car for Milan later this week – given […]

Bits: Virgin’s Tesco conversion offer, more on Hilton / Lufthansa, 20% off Friends & Family Railcards

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic launches a Tesco conversion inducement Virgin Atlantic is NOT offering a transfer bonus this quarter to anyone who is thinking of converting their Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club miles. Instead, Virgin is running a competition. Each time you […]

Is a “Travelodge PLUS” worth staying in? I check one out!

This is my review of the brand new Travelodge London City, which is on Middlesex Street. It is the first new build to operate under the new Travelodge PLUS sub-brand.  I thought we should investigate! Travelodge has had its problems ….. Travelodge was bought by […]

Bits: join Virgin’s pub quiz [or not], up to 6000 Emirates miles with a Sixt car rental, £30 Radisson cashback via Amex

News in brief: Win free flights in Virgin’s pub quiz tonight! [or not] [EDIT 8am: apparently the quiz tonight is for pre-invited groups so you should not turn up purely for that] On Friday we covered the opening of Virgin Atlantic’s pop-up pub, “The Joint […]

Get up to 50,000 Flying Club miles with Virgin Money International Money Transfer!

We have discussed the Virgin Money International Money Transfer service before on Head for Points.  There is usually no special deal running, but occasionally we have seen 3,000 Virgin Flying Club miles on offer. They have clearly decided to step things up a bit, because […]

Why InterContinental Ambassador is a loyalty programme I am happy to pay for

Last week I wrote about potential changes that IHG is considering for the ‘pay to play’ InterContinental Ambassador loyalty scheme.  You can read that article here. At the time, I promised to run another overview of InterContinental Ambassador for the benefit of those readers who […]

Inside the newly refurbished Aspire lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport

This is a brief look at the refurbished Aspire lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport.  I won’t call it a review because there isn’t much in the way of context for the pictures. This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the […]

What you need to know from a leaked version of the new Marriott / SPG scheme rules

There is still quite a bit we don’t know about the new merged Marriott Rewards / Starwood Preferred Guest programme which launches next Saturday. A leaked copy of the new terms and conditions has appeared online (click here) which was apparently extracted from the Marriott […]

Why loyalty programmes lose member goodwill by the time the member becomes profitable

It is rare that I base a Head for Points article around a response to an article published elsewhere, but a piece last week by Ravindra Bhagwanani, the CEO of Global Flight, was both interesting and chimed with other comments I have made recently. (I know […]

Our review of the new British Airways lounge and Priority Pass lounge at Marrakech Airport

Reader Alan sent us a review of the new Pearl Lounge for British Airways passengers at Marrakech Menara Airport. Whilst we don’t normally run reviews of overseas lounges, especially contract ones, Marrakech has had a terrible reputation for the quality of its lounges.  We thought […]

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best Amex Platinum benefits

One of the most useful benefits of having an American Express Platinum card – and one which genuinely helps me justify the £450 fee – is the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme. FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 600 luxury hotels worldwide […]

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