Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 for a 2-4-1 on the free British Airways American Express card

It is almost two years since I last ran a version of this article.  I thought it was worth updating it and giving it another outing because it makes a few interesting points which you might never have considered. The bottom line is this – which […]

Bits: Good Etihad fare to Oz for Christmas, 100% bonus buying Hilton points, F1 and tennis with SPG/Marriott

News in brief: Good Etihad fare to Australia for Christmas I’ve had a few emails recently asking about cheap cash flights to Australia over Christmas.   As this is a non-starter for Avios – and anyway is terrible value given the taxes – you need to […]

My review of the new(ish) INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen

INNSIDE is the four-star chain of business focused hotels run by Melia.  Long-term Head for Points readers might remember my review of the new INNSIDE New York NoMad and Rob also reviewed the INNSIDE Manchester when it opened. We do quite a bit with Melia Hotels […]

Bits: Heathrow exhibition opens, new Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City opens (20k points), 35% off SPG points

News in brief: New exhibition on Heathrow Airport launched “Heathrow: The Journey”, a new free exhibition focusing on the history of the airport, has opened at the University of West London’s campus in St Mary’s Road, Ealing.   It features a wealth of never-before-seen items from […]

Bits: Get double or triple Accor points on UK stays, 75% bonus buying Radisson points, Peakpoints closing

News in brief: Earn double or triple Le Club AccorHotels points on UK stays! Accor has launched a good new promotion for stays at their hotels in the UK and Ireland. Classic (base level), Silver and Gold members of Le Club AccorHotels will receive double […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

This is the sixth of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes. Each scheme will be covered over two posts on consecutive days. One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

In my other article today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme. This article is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. This article now has little long-term value given that the programme will cease […]

Inside BA’s new A320neo aircraft with its super-thin seats (and power sockets)

As I mentioned earlier in the week, the first brand new Airbus A320neo short haul aircraft is now in service with British Airways. This is the aircraft with the super-thin seats in the rear half as well as no video screens and – in Club […]

Bits: Who won our Premium Economy competition?, Accor APAC offer, Starwood article update

News in brief: Who won the two flights to New York in Premium Economy? Earlier this month we ran another competition giving away flights to New York. This time in Premium Economy. And the winner is: Helen F. We’ve already been in touch with the […]

Get £50 off all British Airways long-haul flights until Monday night

British Airways has launched a decent deal, valid in all travel classes.  The best value is clearly for Economy flights which, I admit, knocks out a large percentage of our readership.  There are some decent World Traveller Plus prices at the moment though – Oman, […]

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty scheme. If you missed it, this article here is a good place to start. There is one positive aspect […]

Bits: IHG 80% ‘buy points’ bonus, ViaVan launches £3 London rides, 25% American Airlines transfer bonus

News in brief: New IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus Until 31st May, you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – points with a bonus of up to 80%. The page to buy points is here – log in […]

Bits: New Durham lounge, 6000 Virgin miles from Avis, 50% Amex MR bonus to Finnair

News in brief: New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge.  It replaces the previous Swissport lounge. The cash price of £21.95 seems a little toppy, but let’s see.  It makes the £25 – £35 being charged […]

REGISTER NOW – Hilton launches new ‘double points’ promotion for May to September

Hilton Honors has just launched its new Summer promotion which is now open for registration. To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with minimal small print: You will earn DOUBLE Hilton Honors base points for every stay between 1st May and 31st August.   […]

Bits: Virgin launches afternoon tea, the new BA A320neo seats, 20% off at Millennium Hotels

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic launches afternoon tea – on the ground and onboard One thing about running HFP is that you meet a far broader range of people than you ever do in the City.  Eric Lanlard is one of these people – I […]

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