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It’s Easter, so we are off on holiday again for 10 days.  Need to keep the kids occupied somehow …..

This is therefore a good time to open the site up to the floor.  If you have burning question about any specific loyalty scheme, loyalty credit card or miles and points in general, please post it below.

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I will pick a few of the interesting ones and answer them on Head for Points next week, for the benefit of anyone else who may have a similar issue.

(This also has the added benefit of allowing me to pre-write a few days of posts for when we are away ….!)

So, jump in.  What’s on your mind?

Comments (64)

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  • Mark Ross says:

    I currently have a lloyds premier Amex but am looking to move to the BA Amex. Do you know if you can go straight from one to the other or do you have to close one down and wait a certain length of time to apply for the next one. I realise that it is two different card issuers but both are Amex and both offer bonus avios.

    Thanks and great blog !

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      You can go straight from one to the other, or keep both in parallel. They are both on the Avios currency, but one is with BA and Amex and the other is with and Lloyds.

    • Rob says:

      I will answer this, to raise similar issues, on the blog over Easter

  • DJ says:


    I LOVE your site. Finally. A great resource for us Brits that are ‘into miles’. Now that bmi is a distant memory, what Star Alliance programme should I credit miles to? I don’t really see myself attaining any form of status, so I would be interested in the best and most flexible option for earn and burn.


  • Aoife says:

    Hey Raffles,

    Great idea, thanks. I know you’ve posted recently about using Air Berlin and Aer Lingus to fly to the US to save on taxes and fees, but just wondering what you’d recommend for destinations in South East Asia, and what kind of taxes one might expect to pay for redeeming avios on these routes.

    Many thanks

    • Rob says:

      ‘In’ or ‘to’ SE Asia? I don’t think there is a low tax way of getting TO SE Asia – although you could avoid UK departure taxes by flying, say, Cathay Pacific from Paris and not London.

      For internal regional flights, I would always compare Cathay and Malaysian Avios rates versus cash tickets, as inter-Asian flights can be very cheap and not necessarily great redemption options.

  • Danielle says:

    I have just signed up to the Virgin airmiles as they were offering bonus points of you had a clubcard. I currently have about 19,000 moles and need 38.000 to travel to Chicago in July.

    My partner has just signed up to Avios and seems to think its a better deal with the clubcard.

    What I want to know is whats better Avios or Virgin airmiles? If you are only collecting miles via a tesco clubcard?

    Thank you!!

    • John says:

      If you want to fly to Paris, Virgin miles won’t be of much use to you.

    • Rob says:

      This question will be answered on the blog in the next 2 weeks

  • av says:


    I have roughly 13k BA EC avios (collected through my BA AMEX), as I am new to the whole avios thing, I would like to know what the best thing to do with them? Is there any way to swap these into Membership Rewards?


    • John says:

      Something to think about before you apply for a BA Amex…

      If you can get 15000 that’s enough for a reward flight saver to zone 2 I think

    • Rob says:

      I will answer this over Easter on the blog

  • JimM says:

    Hi, I`d like to know if it`s possible to use Avios to fly from regional airports where BA has no presence. For example, being based in East Anglia my closest option is Norwich and the next best is Stansted. Getting to LHR or LGW is essentially a three-hour plus trip plus all the hassle of traveling so I`d much prefer to stay local.
    One other thing I`d love to do is find more uses for my points. For example, I`d like to buy a new car and it would be handy to pay in points and cash, depending on how they were valued etc. Pretty sure this can`t be done but maybe in the future…

    • John says:

      Only if BA or a oneworld airline (and Aer Lingus maybe) flies there, or flybe if there is a BA codeshare.

      • Andrew says:

        In addition to oneworld airlines you can also use Avios (from on Air Malta, Aurigny, Flybe and Monarch. Avios in an Iberia+ account can be used for Vueling flights. Rates are generally not as good as redeeming on oneworld airlines but if they fly from a local airport the extra convenience may make up for it.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      One thing you can do is have a multi-city break. E.G. spend a weekend in Jersey or Edinburgh and then use the Avios redemption’s free domestic leg to use that as the origin for a redemption.

    • Rob says:

      I will answer this over Easter on the blog

  • timezonehopper says:

    I’d love a Club Carlson credit card. I’m aware of one in the US, does anyone know if there are prospects for a UK one???

    • Rob says:

      Not that I’ve heard of, sorry.

      Although they are an Amex partner, at a generous 1:3 transfer ratio from Membership Rewards.

      • David says:

        And on top of that, if you have the Amex Plat card, you get Club Carlson gold status as a recurring benefit while you hold the card.

  • Sammy says:

    Hi from the States, I’ve been churning for a while here and have built a nice credit score. I have decided to move back to England next year. Problem is, I moved to the US when I was young, so I’m not sure if any of my US credit worthiness can transfer to the UK. If not, how would I begin to build credit (and churn)? Are there starter cards I can get on before I make the move? Any help appreciated.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Amex have a global transfer programme, which should get you set up with a UK card fairly quickly if you’ve got a decent history with them.
      Alternatively, you could use Capital One Secured Card or Cashplus Prepaid Card with Credit Builder option.

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