Archives for March 2014

US Airways joins oneworld today – you can now book their MAN / EDI / GLA flights on Avios

Today is the day that US Airways joins the oneworld alliance.  This follows its merger (ie takeover) of American Airlines last Winter. British Airways is also a member of the oneworld alliance, and allows reciprocal ‘earning and burning’ of miles.  This means that you can now book […]

Aggressive Finnair sale to Asia and India …. good for cheap BA tier points

Finnair is a British Airways partner, courtesy of its membership of the oneworld airline alliance.  This means that you will earn Avios and British Airways tier points on Finnair flights. The new Finnair long-haul sale is therefore worth a look. You can see full details […]

Marriott Rewards devalues again via category creep

Marriott Rewards has announced, via its members blog, that the annual re(de)valuation of its reward categories will happen on 8th April. Marriott undertook a brutal shake-up of its programme last year, with the introduction of a new Category 9 costing 45,000 points per night.  At […]

Fly BA plus other oneworld airlines? US Airways has the ideal promo for you!

Tomorrow is the day that US Airways quits Star Alliance and joins British Airways in the oneworld alliance.  I will be doing a full post tomorrow on the new redemption options that will be available on US Airways. In the meantime, US Airways has launched […]

Last chance to earn 500 Clubcard points (1,200 Avios) for joining TopCashback!

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? Just a reminder that tomorrow is the last day to […]

Pick up a £15 Lufthansa discount code for Mother’s Day!

Lufthansa is running a Mother’s Day promotion this year, although you do not have to be a mother, or even female, to take part! Until the end of Monday, you can claim a £15 voucher off your next Lufthansa flight by visiting their website here.  […]

BA extends ‘Part-Pay With Avios’ – gets a bit more interesting

Last October, British Airways introduced ‘Part-Pay With Avios‘.  This allowed you to pay part of the price of a cash ticket using Avios points. At the time, a lot of people felt deflated by the product.  BA had been making noises for a long time about […]

Club Carlson now offering family rooms for redemption …. good deal or not?

Club Carlson – the Radisson, Park Plaza and Park Inn programme – made a number of downgrades to their loyalty programme on March 15th.  This included removing the online booking bonus, lowering status bonuses and increasing the points required for some properties. On the upside, we […]

Last chance to get 10,000-25,000 Virgin miles with the Virgin credit cards

Just a quick reminder that Monday 31st is the last day to apply for the current special offer on the Virgin Atlantic Flying Club credit cards. There are two things that make this deal stand out. The first is that Virgin did not offer any […]

Relax in a Virgin Upper Class seat in your nearest Virgin Money lounge!

I wrote yesterday about the Virgin Money promotion for 5,000 Flying Club miles for opening an ISA. One of the odder upsides of having an account with Virgin Money (the old Northern Rock) is that it gives you access to their new network of city […]

And the credit card of the year award goes to …

For reasons unknown, I was not invited to “The Cards & Payment Awards” award ceremony a couple of weeks ago. It is, however, an intriguing look at how people who do not know much about airline loyalty schemes judge airline loyalty credit cards.  (Guys, if […]

Worldhotels launches a loyalty scheme – Peakpoints – and 3,000 Avios per stay

Worldhotels is a marketing group that represents 500 hotels across 250 different locations in 65 countries.   Rather like Leading Hotels of the World, it allows properties to remain independent whilst still benefitting from marketing synergies. Until the end of 2014, Worldhotels is offering 3,000 Avios […]

Amex USA bans card churning …. UK to follow?

Follow a number of rumours in recent weeks, American Express’s USA operation has now confirmed that card ‘churning’ will not be allowed from 2nd May. Here is the statement that it issued: In order to ensure fairness and clarity with our Card Members, we will […]

New ISA rules may make the ‘5,000 miles for a Virgin ISA’ more attractive

Above all the noise in the UK Government budget about pension changes, you may have missed the changes relating to Individual Savings Accounts, or ISA’s: ISA’s will be renamed NISA’s (‘New ISA’s’) From July 2014, the annual limit on (N)ISA contributions will increase to £15,000 There […]

30% bonus when you buy Avios via Iberia Plus – a good deal?

Iberia Plus is currently offering a 30% bonus on purchases of Avios points. This deal runs until 13th April, see here for further details. Note that you need to log-in to see details of the bonus offer.  Without logging in, the page just shows the […]