Archives for January 2015

Avios changes 6: why are off-peak Club World upgrades now more expensive than peak?!

Executive summary:  the biggest ‘hit’ from the Avios changes is probably the increase in the cost of upgrading from World Traveller Plus to Club World.  Off-peak upgrades are more expensive than peak upgrades. Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on (If you are new to Head […]

30% bonus on Tesco Clubcard to Virgin Flying Club conversions – excellent timing?

Tesco has launched a 30% bonus on transfers of Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club. This means that you will receive 325 miles per £1 of Clubcard vouchers you convert, rather than the standard 250. I assume that this deal was planned before […]

Dates for your diary / expiring promotions (many expire today, Saturday!)

Here is the 2nd edition of our new fortnightly Saturday feature which summarises offers which are ending soon.  It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Card Updates and regular article pages. As today is the last day of […]

Reminder: Don’t forget our Qatar Airways competition to win 2 Business Class flights

Two weeks ago I launched a fantastic competition in association with Qatar Airways. It is the biggest prize we have ever given away on Head for Points. One lucky Head for Points reader will win two Business Class tickets to their choice of Qatar Airways destination! […]

It had to happen – the Führer is informed of changes to the Executive Club

This is very good. And the last section is genius. Don’t be fooled by the slightly weaker first 30 seconds. Have a good weekend.  Coverage of the Avios changes will continue tomorrow and Sunday (and next week …..). Don’t worry, I will start adding back […]

What is an Avios point worth?

One of the most popular reference articles on the site is the one I wrote a couple of years ago about how to value an Avios point.  I thought it was worth running the numbers again in the light of the April 2015 Avios devaluation to […]

Avios changes 5: exploiting the ‘no repricing on date changes’ rule

Executive summary:  the ability to change the date of a redemption booking after April 28th without repricing means that you can lock in the cost of trips today even when you do not yet have firm dates. Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on (If […]

Reminder: Hilton sale ends tomorrow, bookable for every weekend in 2015

Time for a change of topic, I think!  Let’s forget Avios points for a minute. Hilton is about to wind up its Winter Sale, offering discounts of up to 33% off the Best Available Rate for hotels in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. There is a […]

Avios changes 1: understanding the new tier point rules

The changes to, and devaluation of, Avios / British Airways Executive Club announced yesterday are hugely complex.  In this 10 part series, spread over a number of days, I will look at all the key issues to help you decide how badly impacted you are. Key link:  ‘Club Changes’ […]

Avios changes 2: understanding the new earning rates

My three articles today look at the headline changes announced by BA yesterday.  I will follow this up with some deeper discussion tomorrow. Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on (If you are new to Head for Points, welcome!  Please consider bookmarking the site or […]

Avios changes 3: understanding the new spending rates

The changes to, and devaluation of, Avios / British Airways Executive Club announced yesterday are hugely complex and the three articles today are simply scratching the surface.  I will return to this topic tomorrow. Key link: ‘Club Changes’ page on (If you are new […]

Forget the Avios changes for now – just get booking!

In what is clearly a co-ordinated plan by British Airways, they announced massive changes to British Airways Executive Club just minutes after I boarded an eight hour flight 🙂 They forgot, though, that just because BA does not have wi-fi it does not mean that no […]

British Airways starts to cut long-haul fuel surcharges on Avios redemptions

Yes, it’s true.  But only by a bit.  It’s a start, though. I reported two weeks ago about how British Airways has scrapped ALL fuel surcharges on short-haul redemptions.  This means that some European redemptions are now cheaper booked as 2 x one-way flights rather […]

How I used miles and points for my Abu Dhabi trip this week

One piece of feedback from my New Year reader survey was for more details on my own redemptions and how I justified the choices I made.  I’m happy to oblige. I am in Abu Dhabi for a few days this week.  I thought it would […]

Would you support Leeds United for a 30% hotel discount?!

(EDIT:  This deal now appears to have died.  Try this link instead which gives similar discounts.) Last year the IHG hotel group, parent of Holiday Inn, InterContinental, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express etc, launched a generous promotion code for its UK and selected European properties to supporters […]