Archives for February 2016

Save 25% on Flybe redemptions via

Flybe, the UK regional airline, is offering a 25% discount on the Avios needed for a redemption this Spring. This looks like a good deal to me in certain scenarios. Here are the headline rules: 25% discount is valid on all Flybe flights available at […]

My review of the impressive St Regis Istanbul hotel

This is my review of the St Regis Istanbul hotel. Yesterday I reviewed my Turkish Airlines business class flight to Istanbul.  I was in the city for two nights and stayed at the new St Regis Istanbul hotel which I will review today. The good news […]

Bits: earn Avios with the Malaysia / Emirates partnership?, changes to BA peak and off peak pricing?

News in brief: Earn Avios with the new Malaysia / Emirates partnership? It is a little known fact, unless you read HFP, that you can earn Avios points and British Airways tier points when you fly with Emirates.  The secret, as I explained here, is […]

My review of Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Business Class (part 1)

This is my review of Turkish Airlines business class on the Boeing 777 fleet. Just before half term, I popped down to Istanbul for two nights.  Having flown extensively on Qatar Airways, Etihad and Emirates over the last two years, I wanted to see if […]

Free travel in London on Monday if you use Apple Pay and a MasterCard

MasterCard is bringing back its ‘free travel in London’ offer in an attempt to encourage the use of Apple Pay. The offers runs for three separate days – tomorrow, 7th March and 14th March. If you have a suitable Apple device to use Apple Pay, […]

My review of Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 Business Class (part 2)

This is the second part of my review of Turkish Airlines Boeing 777-300ER business class service. In part 1, also published today, I looked at the rather underwhelming Turkish Airlines seat and cabin layout.  In this article I want to look at the food. You […]

First pictures of the new No 1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick South

The new, much expanded, No 1 Traveller lounge in Gatwick South has just opened. (Remember that British Airways is moving to Gatwick South next January, so even if you have no plans to visit this lounge in the near future you are highly likely to […]

Last chance to receive 4,000 Clubcard points (9,600 Avios) with Tesco pet insurance

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (, which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now? Back in January I wrote about a very generous Tesco pet […]

New British Airways lounge with Concorde Bar opens in Dubai Concourse D

As I discussed last week, the brand new Concourse D at Dubai International Airport, which will be home to most of the European airlines, is now open. The first flight to use it, as it happens, was a British Airways departure. The good news is […]

British Airways rips up short haul fare structure and decides to copy Flybe instead

British Airways announced an overhaul of its short haul economy fare structure yesterday. The good news is that this appears, at least at first glance, to be good news.  The key point for many business travellers is that Hand Baggage Only will no longer be […]

TODAY ONLY: 100% bonus when you buy IHG Rewards Club points

For today (Friday) only, IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza etc scheme – has brought back its ‘100% buy points bonus’ promotion.  It is as generous an offer as you will ever see for IHG points. The offer only runs until midnight […]

20% discount on British Airways new 2016 routes if you travel before 30th June

British Airways has launched a new promotion offering a 20% discount on flights on the new routes it is launching this year. The offers covers a very broad mix of destinations, to put it mildly: Angers Bergerac Biarritz Billund (Legoland) Chania Inverness Kalamata Lima Mahon […]

EXCLUSIVE: 200 seat Plaza Premium lounge to open in Heathrow Terminal 5

I always like to the bearer of good news, so I’m delighted to be able to say that Plaza Premium will be opening a 200 seat departure lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5. The opening date is not yet fixed but it should be very late […]

Bits: Marriott UK weekends flash sale, BA scrapping ‘unaccompanied minors’ service

News in brief: Marriott launches a UK flash sale Marriott has launched a flash sale which is running until 5pm next Monday 29th. It covers 50 hotels across the UK for weekend stays before 10th April. The headline entry price is £49 but its not […]

My review of the Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel

This is my review of the Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel. On our way back to the UK after half term, we spent a night in Salzburg.  I chose the Crowne Plaza Salzburg (technically still called by its historic name of The Pitter) because I knew […]