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Happy birthday to us – Head for Points is 1 today

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It was exactly a year ago that I launched Head for Points.   I had actually started writing it at the end of May, but no-one actually knew it existed at that point!  I wanted to run it for a few weeks in private to be sure that I could actually find enough to write about and enough time to write it.

It was July 2nd last year that I put a post on FlyerTalk announcing that it had launched.  Ironically, because there was five weeks of content for people to read on the first day, I got a huge number of page views on Day 1 – it then took me six months before I hit that level again!


The original version of the site looked like this, for readers who have joined since our relaunch in February 2013 and who never saw the old ‘yellow and black’ ad-free version.

There are probably about 50 people who are responsible for how Head for Points looks today.  You may even be one of them, without knowing it.

One person recommended the designer for the logo, another the hosting company.  Someone else pointed me towards the layout, someone else helped me tweak the coding.  Someone else helped with a key HTML problem, someone else helped me with a bit of Photoshop work.  Numerous people helped me find suitable affiliate partners, someone helped me find an iPad photo-editing app etc etc.  I am extremely grateful to everyone who has helped with advice and ideas over the last 12 months, especially as my IT skills are very minimal indeed!

A lot of the most interesting posts were also triggered by reader emails, which I always enjoy receiving.  It was a reader email that persuaded me to look into the 3V cards seriously, for example.  If you have an idea for a future article, or if you receive news of an interesting promotion by email which you think is worth sharing, please do forward it on to rob at  This is genuinely a collaborative venture, since with the best will in the world I can’t keep up with every loyalty scheme.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the site and will continue to do so.  Thank you for your support so far.

Comments (81)

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  • Neil says:

    Happy Birthday, and a big thank You to raffles, I’ve picked up a lot of good tips over the last year.

  • Zoe B says:

    Thanks for all your efforts on this, it’s the first thing I look at each morning. You are converting my Tesco points obsession into a flying business class obsession.

  • Dudeabides says:

    Many happy returns Raffles!!!

  • Thomas says:

    Happy birthday…. Great site, and like Zoe B says, the Clubcard points have gone through the roof in just 6 months… I am serious about collecting points but you Raffles are in another league.

  • Andrew says:

    Happy Birthday HFP!

    I’d seen you mention the Lloyds deal before, but had never gone back and read the article – what a deal!

    • Rob says:

      I am writing something rather nasty about Lloyds and their admin of this deal tomorrow – I would wait 24 hours before applying 🙂

      • Andrew says:

        Not the current one, the 1.1m, 25 per £ one in the screen shot above!!!!

  • Andy says:

    Congratulations – I’ve benefitted hugely from your tips and advice, both on flyertalk and on here to be able to take the family away in J. Have managed 5 long haul trips now – only problem will be that the kids will grow up not knowing what long haul travel is normally like. Thing is when you’ve seen what goes on on the other side of the curtain there’s no going back 🙂

  • Thomas says:

    By the way Amex and Foursquare have released a special with the restaurant group D&D.. Not a great deal to be honest though.

  • Rich says:

    Happy Birthday.
    Loving the past year of points collecting.
    Only fitting that Amex move their Shop Small month from November to July by way of a hat tip….

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