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Here’s the full HfP index of articles for February 2016

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Here is a full list of the articles we published in February 2016.  Click through to read them in full:

Save 25% on Flybe redemptions via

My review of the impressive St Regis Istanbul hotel

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My review of the Crowne Plaza Salzburg hotel

Bits: Virgin East Coast sale, 30% Hyatt ‘buy points’ bonus and Park Hyatt Mallorca, new Hilton ‘lowest rate’ guarantee

My review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 2

Bits: win 100,000 Virgin miles, Monarch sale, a hotel upgrade I didn’t need, a good family ski resort

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)

Virgin Atlantic increases miles needed for upgrades but makes them easier to achieve

Bits: lounge passes with O2 Priority Moments, bonus Avis Avios via Iberia

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)

How to convert Virgin Flying Club miles to Avios points

How to get a discount on Stansted Express

Bits: good value Avios hotel deals (including Hilton T5), SPG category changes and ‘goodbye Kamp’

How to get Waitrose gift cards (or pretty much any gift card) from Amex Membership Rewards points

An update on Curve – you receive £10 credit when you are referred

British Airways launches special Club World deals for Easter travel

Bits: new SPG hotel in London, Marriott Rewards devalues but adds ‘cash and points’

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?

Bits: Flybe sale, quadruple Heathrow Rewards points on Apple, Priority Pass in Paris

How to save £50 tax on Avios flights to Cape Town

Curve – the radical new payment card that lets you use Amex ANYWHERE

Bits: opening date for BA’s new Dubai terminal, easyJet Plus card jumps up to £170

Club Carlson family room redemptions …. a good deal or not?

Don’t forget IHG Rewards Club ‘Friends & Family’ rates for cheap hotels

Virgin Flying Club – what are the best partner awards?

Do you know that Amex has a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena?

40% off Avios redemptions – economy and business – on 50 Iberia routes!

When a BA Gold should book a ‘Gold Priority Reward’

Applying for credit cards? Check your full credit report online, for FREE, with Noddle

Last two days to book IHG hotels at the old rates before devaluation

How to swap points between programmes with

Earn FREE Etihad Guest and Lufthansa Miles & More miles writing reviews for HolidayCheck

Amex closing travelmoneynow – the end of a quick way of hitting your card bonus

Bits: 10,000 Miles & More miles with The Economist, Expedia not clear on BA ‘hand baggage only’ fares

Nostalgia corner – Life at Heathrow in 1964

£50 off a £120+ British Airways ticket if you are under 25!

$10 of free credit for every HFP reader from LoungeBuddy

Bits: free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Golds, 25% off Iberia flights, 2400 Avios with £100 Tesco Wine purchase

10 good reasons to visit San Jose (sponsored by British Airways, flying from 4th May)

Are the new Amex Platinum Hilton, Melia and Shangri-La benefits worth much?

30% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use ‘Miles Booster’ – good deal?

Bits: bonus Heathrow Rewards on parking, and, Birmingham to NYC bonus

Virgin launches new reward seat sale in Economy and Premium Economy

BA extends ‘Part Pay With Avios’ on short-haul – will it replace normal redemptions?

Bits: why competition works (LHR-DUB), BA confirms Gatwick move date

Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale now on!

British Airways launches flights from Stansted – and it gets even more bizarre …

Bits: see the FA Cup 5th Round with Emirates, Qatar sale, 2000 Clubcard points on iPads

Why I still think the United Club in Terminal 2 is the 2nd best business lounge at Heathrow

LAST CHANCE: Get a British Airways American Express with the special sign-up bonus

Understanding the rules when booking an ‘open jaw’ redemption using Avios

Bits: Starwood’s new Element in Amsterdam open, warning on Emirates MR conversions

2,000 Avios points when you join Zipcar

Hilton launches (yet another) brand – are you in the ‘youthful mindset demographic’?!

11 reasons to head back to San Francisco this year (sponsored by British Airways)

1,000 Avios when you sign up and take one ride with taxi app Hailo

Bits: Tesco capping CC accounts at 30000 points, Tesco wine deals ending, meet James Martin!

Double Heathrow Rewards points until 31 March (registration required)

New Amex Platinum hotel benefits launched! But a shock exit too ….

Bits: exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals, 50% bonus miles on Virgin West Coast, BA to Tehran

Bits: video of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in Singapore, IHG sale ending, new Amex cashback offers

Amex Platinum insurance pays me again – this time for car hire

The ever-expanding tentacles of Expedia …. do you know everything it owns?

What I learned when I met all the big players in UK travel credit cards

20% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers into Virgin Flying Club miles

British Airways launches new ‘Visit California’ campaign in run up to San Jose launch

11 good reasons to go back to Los Angeles this year (preferably flying BA!)

An and Tesco competition – but no sign of a BA or Virgin bonus

Check the exchange rate carefully when your hotel points post

Triple points for UK Accor weekend stays – should apply to Happy Mondays too!

British Airways now using the No 1 Traveller lounge at Gatwick North – feedback?

Bits: Uber scraps fixed London airport fares (our £15 code still applies!), 80% ‘buy Hilton points’ bonus

Crediting your Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is looking attractive

1,800 Avios with £150 Tesco Wine purchase and other current Avios-earning Tesco deals

Bits: last chance for the BA Winter sale, US and Canada ESTA changes

HFP had 1 million page views in January …. which is a bit spooky, actually!

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