Two GREAT value hotel redemptions – in Cape Town and, erm, Buckinghamshire!

Two readers dropped me emails this week to highlight hotel redemptions they had booked which represented exceptional value for money.  I thought I’d share them both today. Family suites at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, Cape Town First up is the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in […]

Bits: last day for Hilton’s flash sale, Singapore Airlines devaluation, cheap Avios via Groupon

News in brief: Last day for Hilton’s UK, Europe and Middle East flash weekend sale Hilton is running a flash sale on rooms in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.  The sale home page is here. We never got around to covering this last week, […]

Why you shouldn’t waste Avios on Club Europe redemptions from London City

If you are a newcomer to the world of Avios, I generally recommend that you try Club Europe business class on short-haul redemptions from Heathrow or Gatwick. I know that this view is not universally shared! But, if you aren’t used to premium class travel, it opens […]

An interesting quirk in the new Amex sign-up rules we missed, and other updates

There has been a lot to digest about the new American Express sign-up bonus rules in the last few days.  Apart from everything we have discussed so far – see here and here – there was something I missed. For one group of people, getting […]

How to use ‘Part Pay With Avios’ on BA, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus – Avios Redemption University – Lesson 9

During March I am running updated versions of our ‘Avios Redemption University’ series. This series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  This article looks at how you use ‘Part Pay With Avios’. ‘Part Pay With […]

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. Tuesday is the last day to book a bargain in […]

Should you leave American Express for 24 months until you can get a new sign-up bonus?

We have spent a lot of time in the last few days discussing the new American Express sign-up bonus policy.  In most cases, you need to cancel all of your personal American Express cards and wait two years before you would qualify for any new […]

Bits: BA launches Gatwick to Bergamo and increases Cancun, BA promo clarification, the final BA retro livery, 97993

News in brief: British Airways to launch new Gatwick to Milan Bergamo service British Airways announced a new route to Italy on Thursday – Gatwick to Milan Bergamo. Flights start on 1st September and will operate six days per week. Whilst 45km from Milan itself, […]

ENDING SOON: The British Airways Luxury Flights and Holidays sale

We wanted to give another shout-out today to the current British Airways sale.  It was extended until 26th March but that still only gives you three days to book.  BA is offering savings on both premium flights and holiday packages which include a First or Business Class […]

QUICK DEAL: FA Cup semi-final tickets available for Emirates Skywards miles

I thought I’d drop this in as an extra quick item as the tickets may not still be there on Saturday. FA Cup semi-final tickets at Wembley have popped up for redemption with Emirates Skywards miles.  They are NOT a bargain but if you can’t get […]

REGISTER NOW: British Airways launches new ‘double Avios’ promotion for the rest of 2019

British Airways has launched a new ‘double Avios’ offer for the rest of 2019. This could prove lucrative but, as often with these offers, has the potential to backfire due to intriguing small print. The sign up page for the offer is here.  You must […]

Your reference guide to the new American Express sign-up bonus rules

This is Part 3 of our series on changes to the personal American Express card sign-up bonuses.  The other two articles, which ran yesterday, are here and here. I have put together this one page summary of the new American Express sign-up rules from 21st March 2019.  […]

LAST DAY for IHG’s (genuinely good) UK and EU flash sale, and last day for IHG’s 100% ‘buy points’ bonus

I wanted to do a quick reminder today of two good IHG Rewards Club offers which are currently running and which both end TONIGHT (Friday). LAST DAY:  IHG’s 5-day UK and Europe flash sale IHG Rewards Club has been running a short flash sale for […]

BIG NEWS: American Express blocks multiple sign-up bonuses, starting immediately

American Express unveiled massive changes to its UK card sign-up bonuses last night. This will effectively end card churning for most people. Before I go on, I want to stress one thing.  The new rules on bonuses do NOT stop you applying for any of […]

What is the best sign-up strategy now for someone with NO American Express cards?

This is Part 2 of our discussion on changes to the personal American Express card sign-up bonuses.  The main article is here. Despite these massive changes, the good news is that it is still possible for a couple, starting from scratch with American Express, to earn 130,000 […]

Bits: Virgin Atlantic launching Sao Paulo, final British Airways heritage livery launches today

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to launch Sao Paulo In an interesting development, Virgin Atlantic has announced that it will be launching flights between London Heathrow and Sao Paulo in Brazil in 2020. It will be a daily service, although flight times and the exact […]

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