Archives for April 2015

Where to buy airline and hotel points

This page contains links to the ‘buy miles’ or ‘buy points’ sections of the major airline and hotel schemes. Click on the link to be taken directly to the ‘buy’ page. Airlines: American AAdvantage British Airways Executive Club Flying Blue (Air France / KLM) Iberia […]

YOUR LAST DAY to book these IHG Rewards Club redemptions before prices rise

Tomorrow, May 1st, 300 hotels in the IHG Rewards Club loyalty scheme (which covers Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc) go up in points cost. If you think that you may need a room in one of the impacted cities at any point […]

Exclusive first photos of the new Escape airport lounge at Stansted

The new ‘Escape’ lounge at Stansted Airport opened on Monday.  ‘Escape’ is the in-house brand operated by Manchester Airports Group, who own Stansted. (This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here.) You […]

Bonus Hilton HHonors points with the IHG Visa credit card!

If you got the IHG Rewards Club Visa credit card when the sign up bonus was tripled recently, here is an interesting little quirk. The IHG credit card is issued by Barclaycard, who also issue the Hilton HHonors Visa card. One of the benefits of […]

One interesting quirk with the new Avios scheme we never expected

My main article today summarises all of the Avios changes that took place yesterday. Everything is as we expected.  Except one thing. As you will know if you followed my articles on the changes, Iberia is introducing its own reward pricing chart with its own […]

Your one page summary of the Avios changes

One of the few upsides from the Avios devaluation, which went live yesterday, is that British Airways seems to have managed to get their IT right first time. This article is a summary of what has changed, with no commentary.  I will be re-running all 17 […]

Exclusive Heathrow Terminal 2 offers for Star Alliance Gold and Silver members

If you have a Star Alliance Gold or Silver membership card, a number of special offers have been launched which can be redeemed at the new Terminal 2 at Heathrow.  This is now home to all of the Star Alliance airlines, amongst others. The link […]

The Avios changes are live – post your comments and observations here

The major changes to the Avios scheme went live at midnight last night. I didn’t do an article today because I want to see how the actual changes compare to what we believed British Airways was planning, given that some of what they announced was […]

New Amex cashback offers with retailers you may actually visit!

If you had begun to think that the American Express statement credit deals were getting rather too eclectic (Plenish Cleanse?  Paper London?), the good news is that a new raft of deals was launched yesterday. If you have an Amex-issued American Express card, you need […]

How I used Skywards miles to watch Arsenal v Chelsea from the Emirates box!

Back in January I explained how Emirates was now offering tickets for Arsenal matches in return for Skywards miles.  ‘General’ and ‘Emirates Skybox’ tickets are available for most games at the stadium. Full details can be found on the Emirates website (log-in required).  However, at […]

Bits: more free Avios Suitcase points, free Wi-Fi call credit for IHG Platinum & Ambassadors

More news in brief: Avios Suitcase adds new points-earning badges If you have been visiting the Avios Suitcase app on Facebook occasionally, it is worth checking back.  New ‘badges’ – Avios Apple Watch App, Instagram Avios For Apple Watch, Twitter Avios For Apple Watch – are now available. […]

Join the Automobile Association and save ££££’s on hotels!

I have an Automobile Association (AA, not to be confused with American Airlines!) membership card in my desk at home. This may not seem surprising, except that I don’t own a car. My AA subscription was still a great investment! Yesterday I booked the Westin […]

Bits: more £800 Qatar Airways deals, 500 points for joining Le Club Accorhotels, Best Western sale

News in brief: Qatar Airways 2-4-1 sale means more business class tickets under £800! I won’t write about this in huge detail because I have covered the recent Qatar Airways ‘£800 tickets to Asia’ a couple of times recently, for example here. Until this Wednesday, […]

Is the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels loyalty scheme worth a look?

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels are currently running a one-week Spring sale with discounts available for stays until the end of October.  You can take a look at the offers here. As I have never covered Millennium & Copthorne much before, I thought this was a […]

How Rick used his Avios for a round-the-world trip before devaluation

Practical ‘how I used my miles’ stories seem to be popular with HFP readers, so when reader Rick sent an email to show me a complex trip he had booked, I asked if I could run it as an article.  I have edited it so […]