Archives for December 2014

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

(EDIT:  This article was updated in April 2016) When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty […]

Is the Amex Platinum ‘UK Hotel Collection’ a good deal?

American Express Platinum (and indeed Centurion) cardholders get a number of decent hotel deals, mainly through the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme (late check-out, upgrade if available at check-in, free breakfast, bonus amenity).  We are starting a 3-night Fine Hotels & Resorts stay tomorrow as […]

An introduction to collecting Avios with Shell Drivers Club

Shell Drivers Club is the loyalty scheme for Shell garages in the UK. Joining is simple – pick up a card at a Shell station when filling up and register it online. You earn 50 Avios just for registering your card so it is worth […]

Why the Hilton HHonors Visa is the ideal starting point for the new miles and points collector

One of the first posts I wrote for this site back in mid 2012 was about the Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa card. And, way back in 1989 or so, the very first travel deal I snagged was with Hilton. They had just launched their nascent loyalty programme, […]

Get a bargain in the annual Business Traveller charity Christmas auction

Business Traveller magazine is once again running its annual online charity auction. This year the cause is The Prince’s Trust. They have put together a huge list of items, from flights to airline cuddy toys! See here for full details. It is obviously for a great cause, […]

Double Etihad miles in Business, Qatar sale launched

I wrote about some of the current ex-UK fare sales yesterday.  An email from Qatar Airways has now dropped into my inbox with their offering. Flights are available from London, Manchester and Edinburgh.  The sale fares are available until January 20th and you can book […]

The best of the economy flight sale deals from my inbox

‘Sale’ emails have started to arrive in my inbox from various airlines.  I haven’t had the time to look into all of these deals in great detail but here are a few summaries: Singapore Airlines is running a very short-run sale of just seven days, of […]

United to start Newcastle to New York – good for Star Alliance redemptions

One story that slipped through the HFP net when it was announced in late October was the launch of a United Airlines service from Newcastle to New York Newark. New York becomes the second long-haul destination to operate from Newcastle, which also has an Emirates […]

Heading to Thailand? Consider the Dusit Wine & Dine programme

Back in June I wrote about the Hilton Premium Club.  This is a membership scheme run by the various Hilton Group properties in Thailand.  For a very modest £140 you receive a free night in any Hilton property in Thailand and a huge number of free […]

PhD Avios: Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?

(EDIT:  this article is now out of date as you no longer received double points on petrol with an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card.  The best option is to pay with a British Airways American Express Premium Plus or Lloyds Premier Avios Rewards card.) […]

Impressive new First Class BA / oneworld lounge opens in Los Angeles

Back in June I shared some pictures of the very impressive new Qantas business class lounge which had opened in Los Angeles International Airport.  This is the new lounge for Qantas, BA, airberlin, Iberia, Japan Airlines and LAN.  It is not used by American or US Airways […]

9,000 Club Carlson points (£45 of free hotel stay or 900 Avios) for 3-day Avis rental

It isn’t just frequent flyer schemes that offer points in return for renting a car.  Some of the hotel programmes are partners with major car rental companies too. In general the points earned aren’t worth as much as the equivalent airline miles, but do check.  […]

Year-end musings on British Airways sparked by Emirates new Birmingham service

Emirates announced just before Christmas that it was launching a third daily service into Birmingham International from 1st August 2015.  Operated by a Boeing 777, it will be the first EK service out of the airport to have a First Class cabin. The march of the […]

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via

Because you can book redemption flights on Iberia via, the vast majority (99%?) of British Airways Executive Club members who want an Iberia long-haul flight do it that way.  They are making an expensive mistake. When you book a long-haul Avios redemption flight on Iberia, you […]

Decent Finnair sale to Thailand, Asia, India …. earns BA tier points and Avios

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 […]