Archives for 2016

How to use your Avios for car hire excess insurance

I was having a poke around the Avios website yesterday – trying to find any other redemptions which are being quietly withdrawn! – when I spotted something I hadn’t focused on before. You can now redeem Avios points for car hire excess insurance. The relevant […]

Bits: buy half price SPG points – and use for a Marriott travel package, two Hilton sales now on

News in brief: Last day to buy Starwood points at a possible 50% discount Starwood is offering a very good, but targetted, deal which ends TODAY – a 50% discount when you buy 5,000+ Starwood Preferred Guest points. You need to log in here to […]

Plaza Premium lounges launch a loyalty scheme – and free Priority Pass visits count

The Plaza Premium Group is a Hong Kong based company specialising in premium travel services including airport transit, meet and greets, airport dining and airport lounges.  They have carved out a niche at Heathrow for premium third party lounges, Plaza Premium has now launched its […]

Avios drops 3 redemption partners – Monarch, Air Malta, Aurigny – starting next week!

Avios (as in and not British Airways Executive Club) has, with no communication to members, announced on a quiet corner of its website that it is dropping three airline redemption partners. This kicks in from next Wednesday! What is happening? When the Avios scheme […]

Important dates for your diary – offers closing on New Years Eve you might miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. With less than 48 hours left in 2016, there are a […]

240 free Avios for giving Tesco your insurance details – if you got it before, you can get it again

(EDIT: the current version of this offer gives you 75 Clubcard points for submitting your details by 31st August 2017.) Tesco Bank runs regular promotions offering bonus Clubcard points if you are prepared to hand over your insurance renewal dates. It turns out that I haven’t mentioned […]

Get 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with the FREE Tesco MasterCard

(EDIT:  This deal will end on Monday 23rd January so apply now if you are interested) If you are looking for a way to give your Avios or Virgin Flying Club a little free boost for the new year, this deal is worth a look. […]

IHG Rewards Club increasing the cost of redemptions from 15th January – book now

IHG Rewards Club has added a PDF document to its website listing 650 hotels which are changing in price for redemptions from 15th January. You can download the document here. You won’t be surprised to hear that 75% of the changes are price increases.  This […]

Starwood and Marriott launch identical Spring promotions

Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards have announced their first set of promotions since the merger between the two companies was concluded. With both loyalty programmes continuing as separate entities until at least the end of 2017 – although you can now transfer points between […]

LAST CHANCE: Our IHG Rewards Club ‘double points’ offer ends 1st January

EDIT:  This offer ended on 1st January 2017 For the last six months or so, Head for Points has been running a ‘world exclusive’ (seriously!) promotion with IHG Rewards Club. Head for Points readers have received DOUBLE IHG Rewards Club base points when they book their […]

Bits: no more UK 5,000 point Hilton’s, Amazon Prime deal, future of A380 and B747-8

News in brief: The end of the 5,000 points per night UK Hilton redemption! Hilton has published its latest list of redemption category changes. With only 11 hotels globally going up in cost, I normally wouldn’t mention it.  However, as you can see here, this […]

SAS manages to out-do BA with a new service cut …. which hopefully BA won’t follow

Whilst British Airways has become a little paranoid about Norwegian’s low cost long haul operation from Gatwick – which has led to BA launching ‘spoiler’ routes to Oakland and Fort Lauderdale – it is Scandinavian airline SAS which has taken the brunt of the pain […]

What were my travel highlights and lowlights of 2016?

There is just one article today as we gently ease back into things.   What impressed me on my travels during 2016?  And what didn’t? What I realised when I looked back over the last year of articles is that I haven’t done much which was […]

Happy Christmas! Head for Points returns on Tuesday

Happy Christmas to you and your family. I hope you enjoy a well deserved break, wherever in the world you are. (Do please post below if your travels have taken you anywhere exciting this Christmas.  I am in London with the in-laws!  Anika is in […]

Bits: free Uber rides tonight, buy Concorde seats, beat AwardWallet’s price hike

News in brief: From January 2018, please use our new Uber sign-up code HEADFORPOINTSUK. This gets you a 50% discount on your first ride, up to £10. This is more generous than the current refer-a-friend offer of £3 off your first ride. Free Uber rides […]