Archives for September 2014

Virgin America’s great First Class seating – and why BA short-haul will never match it

Yesterday I looked at the Virgin America lounge at Los Angeles and showed you their impressive economy and premium economy short-haul product. This is my review of my First Class flight on Virgin America.  Why First Class?  Because I thought it would be interesting – even though […]

Free Miles & More (Star Alliance) Silver status for oil, gas and energy sector employees

Lufthansa – because of its global network which penetrates a lot of major oil and gas producing countries – has, for a while, been making a play for the business of energy sector workers. Running flights from Frankfurt to Aberdeen is part of this strategy, […]

Join ‘The Club of Small Luxury Hotels of the World’ at ‘Loved’ level

Small Luxury Hotels of the World is a consortium of 520 luxury hotels in 70 countries. These are primarily independent properties, many of which are well known in their respective markets. SLH has its own free loyalty programme called The Club. It is a no-brainer […]

My review of Virgin America – how short-haul business class should be (Part 1)

My route to Las Vegas took me from London to Los Angeles on a British Airways A380 (review in a couple of days).  From LA, I booked myself onto Virgin America for the short hop to Las Vegas. If you want to get a flavour […]

American Express Gold Business charge card reviewed – is it worth a look?

If you are looking for an Amex for business use, American Express offers two products in the UK.  Today I am reviewing the American Express Gold Business charge card.  My review of the American Express Platinum Business charge card is here. (EDIT:  This review was […]

British Airways launches new routes from Gatwick, cuts back Maldives and Buenos Aires

British Airways released a flurry of route announcements last week.  These things tend to come out in bursts, since every route cancellation will eventually be matched by a new route or capacity addition. Here is a summary of the announcements.  All of these changes will commence from […]

Reminder: British Airways American Express bonus offer ends September 30th

Just a quick reminder that the current sign-up offer on the two British Airways American Express cards ends tomorrow (not sure what time!): The Premium Plus version, with the £150 annual fee, currently offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 within […]

Virgin Atlantic to launch in-flight wi-fi from 2015

When I flew Virgin America last week (review to follow) I was very impressed by their in-flight wi-fi service.  It was fast and at $3 for 30 minutes – more than enough for a 50 minute flight – not expensive. The wifi provider was Gogo which […]

Easy Star Alliance Gold via Aegean going away …. is it still worth using them?

Tiny Greek airline Aegean has a disproportionately high importance to frequent flyers.  For the last few years it has offered – by a huge margin – the easiest way to earn Gold status with Star Alliance and thus get lounge access and other privileges across 27 major […]

How to transfer Iberia Avios points to British Airways Avios points

I have covered a few Iberia Plus promotions on Head for Points recently.  This has led to a few emails asking exactly how you can transfer Avios points from Iberia Plus to British Airways Executive Club. This article will act as a reference post and I […]

New IHG Rewards Club of 175 x 5,000 point hotels revealed – book from Monday

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a “preview” of the new list of PointBreaks redemptions via its private online community. All of these hotels are available for just 5,000 IHG Rewards Club points per night – […]

You have NEVER seen a safety video like the Virgin America safety video!

I wanted to run this article last week, but I know that most Head for Points readers during the week are using the site at work.  This is not something that you necessarily want to play at full volume in your office. I will be running […]

What Nick did when he won our Melia competition

Back in April, we ran a competition in association with Melia Hotels International.  The winner won a two-night break at the European Melia property of their choice. The winner was Nick, who decided to head to Rome.  He generously wrote a report of his stay […]

My review of the Four Seasons Las Vegas hotel – is it worth the splurge?

For my three nights in Las Vegas, I booked myself into the luxurious Four Seasons Las Vegas hotel.  Here is my review of the Four Seasons Las Vegas along with a selection of photographs. Hotels in Las Vegas are b-i-g.  The Mandalay Bay, where my […]

Google Flights …. slowly becoming interesting

A few years ago, Google bought ITA.  ITA is the most comprehensive airline pricing and routing database available, able to run substantially more complex searches across multiple dates, routes and airlines than, say, Expedia.  I explained how to use ITA Matrix to find cheap British […]