Archives for March 2016

Hilton status match back – plus 40% off in Asia / Australasia / India / Maldives flash sale – plus US sale extended

(Edit, 22nd April:  Hilton has withdrawn the link for this specific offer from its website.  However, you can still request a status match via this page of Late last year, Hilton ran a hugely popular status match promotion.  Both my wife and I are […]

Bits: Virgin launches Boston and San Francisco from Manchester, Virgin / Flybe codeshares, new Tesco printer ink deal

News in brief: Virgin Atlantic to launch two new routes from Manchester In a surprising but welcome move, Virgin Atlantic is to launch new routes to Boston and San Francisco from Manchester. You will need to wait a while before you can fly as these […]

How to use Avios for domestic Japanese flights – with no taxes!

Whilst I am on holiday, I thought it was worthwhile running an updated version of this article by HFP reader Ricardo which originally ran 18 months ago.  It contains valuable advice for anyone planning a trip to Japan. Over to you Ricardo … Under the […]

Bits: BA cuts Club World baggage allowance, Hilton flash sale for North America and Asia, Luxury Travel Diary auctions

News in brief: British Airways to cut Club World baggage allowance British Airways is to reduce the luggage allowance for Club World passengers.  All tickets issued after 10th May will only allow you to check in two suitcases, each weighing up to 32kg. The current […]

Five frequent flyer perks I still get as an old-timer but you can’t!

One reason that ‘old timers’ in this hobby may have a more positive attitude to the constant changes to programmes is that they are getting a better deal than you!  It is not uncommon for schemes to change but for existing members to retain certain […]

How to match your existing hotel status to Best Western Diamond

One of the links in the ‘I Also Recommend ….’ section in the right hand margin of the site is to  This is a modest website which is very useful.  It lets people post their experiences of using a particular hotel or airline status […]

Meanwhile, over at Mumsnet today ….. is HFP about to cause its first divorce?!

Head for Points has been picking up some traffic from Mumsnet today which is not a normal source of new readers.  I clicked through to the linked page and found this in the forum: “Looking for a missing pair of trousers in DH’s [Dear Husbands] wardrobe […]

My thoughts after flying the BA 787-9 in Club World

On Good Friday we flew down to Abu Dhabi on one of the new Boeing 787-9 British Airways aircraft.  (Click here for the special 787-9 page on  This is the second, larger, iteration of the 787 and includes a small eight-seat First Class cabin. […]

Is the Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport worth a look?

With new overseas payment products such as Curve and Supercard targetting the travelling public, is there any future for increasingly ‘old school’ products such as the Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport?  I thought it was worth taking a look. The Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport card is a more […]

New Hyatt Gold Passport promotion launched – a good deal for heavy stayers

Hyatt Gold Passport, the loyalty scheme for the various Hyatt brands as well as Andaz, has launched a new promotion for the April to June period.  This is the first ‘open to all’ promotion for six months. If you could squeeze in a lot of […]

The ‘other’ Avios redemption chart you never knew about – and which never devalued

99% of British Airways Avios collectors do not know that BA also has a second redemption chart. I bet that most of you have never seen this chart before (click to enlarge): You can see the original by clicking here to and scrolling down […]

How to avoid the Heathrow Hotel Hoppa fee by travelling on local buses for free

To be honest, I have always been happy with the idea of not letting the Heathrow Airport hotels run their own shuttle buses.  We all know from experience at other airports how chaotic arrival terminals can be with hotel and car hire shuttle buses all […]

Double Avios points with NH Hotels – up to 900 Avios per night – and redeem with them

NH Hotels is one of those niche European hotel chains that is rarely seen in the UK (although there is one in London) but crops up quite frequently on the continent. As well as the main NH Hotels brand, the group also includes Hesperia and nhow. Whilst […]

Have we been too harsh on using Avios for economy long-haul redemptions?

The general mantra about using airline miles, especially those like Avios which impose hefty fuel surcharges, goes like this – ‘redeeming for Economy flights is a waste of miles’. In general, of course, this is true. When I was looking at Lufthansa flights to Salzburg […]

Bits: BA changes date for New York promo, Marriott ‘cash and points’ awards launched

News in brief: BA changes the closing date for its New York promotion Yesterday I wrote about a new British Airways promotion for double Avios points on flight to New York. This offer was initially advertised as closing on 13th March 2017.  This seemed a […]