Archives for April 2016

What Anika discovered when she gave Airbnb a try …..

We have all heard about it, may know someone who has done it and possibly even have thought about doing it ourselves but were wary about what to expect: Airbnb. Head for Points tends to focus on the major hotel chains – because those are the ones which hand out […]

Special offer: 12,000 Virgin miles for opening a Virgin Money ISA

With the new tax year now underway, Virgin Money is currently offering an impressive 12,000 Flying Club miles to anyone who opens a new stocks and shares ISA. See here for full details. This is a VERY attractive offer given that the usual deal is just […]

Bits: BA ‘enhancing’ First Class menus, final call for Azimo £10 Amazon voucher and ‘buy SPG points’ deals

News in brief: British Airways reducing First Class food options According to reports on Flyertalk from a well regarded BA cabin crew member, the ‘tasting menu’ is being withdrawn from First Class on the A380 routes.  It will disappear from Vancouver from tomorrow and from […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 16 – Using Cathay Pacific for low-tax Avios redemptions to Asia

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. Today I want to take a look at how you can make substantial tax savings – although not […]

Bits: Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza taken over by Chinese group, Radisson’s new family package

Two bits of Club Carlson news today: Carlson Rezidor taken over by Chinese conglomerate Carlson Hotels, parent of the Radisson, Park Inn and Park Plaza brands, has been acquired by HNA Tourism Group, a major Chinese conglomerate.  HNA, amongst other things, is an investor in […]

Review of the SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills – a good LA redemption with no car?

Earlier this month I (Anika, not Rob) spent a week in Los Angeles.  It was my first visit and as I wanted to see as many places as possible – without renting a car, which is virtually a necessity there – I decided to hotel hop. […]

My day out at London Southend Airport!

Back in the 1960s, apparently, Southend was London’s official ‘third airport’.  The growth of Stansted sidelined it until 2008 when it was purchased by the Stobart Group.  They have added a new terminal, a new control building, extended the runway and – most importantly – […]

30% off IHG hotels in Europe until December 2017

IHG, owner of the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Indigo and Staybridge Suites brands, has extended its generous discount promotion in association with MasterCard for another year. This deal DOES seem to offer genuine discounts. The special booking page for this offer is […]

Bits: A380s to Iberia and Aer Lingus?, Qatar Airways raises stake in IAG

News in brief: Aer Lingus and Iberia to be A380 customers? In this interesting article, Willie Walsh – Chief Executive of BA’s parent IAG – says that he is considering A380 aircraft for both Iberia and, as a one-off, Aer Lingus. The last of the […]

The Curve card and its new ‘acceptable use’ policy

The Curve card is an innovative new payment card which is currently in beta mode.  I reviewed the Curve card in detail here but, put simply: branded as a MasterCard, it allows you to recharge transactions to an American Express card – great for places where Amex […]

Double Avios on long-haul flights until 31st July – registration required, fails for some

British Airways has launched a ‘double Avios’ promotion covering both BA and American Airlines this Spring. It is a decent deal and may even work for some leisure travellers as well as business travellers if they can pick up a bargain in the current BA […]

My review of The May Fair Hotel in London

This is my review of The May Fair Hotel in London which is operated by Radisson Edwardian, albeit unbranded, and is part of the Club Carlson loyalty scheme. You may wonder why I was in a hotel that is three tube stops from my house.  Last […]

New IHG PointBreaks list of 140 x 5,000 point hotels bookable NOW

Yesterday, IHG Rewards Club (the Holiday Inn, HI Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc group) released a  new list of PointBreaks redemptions. There is usually some pre-publicity for the list but, this time, IHG released it without any teasers. These rooms are a fantastic deal. All […]

Up to 35,000 Avios for NEW Marriott Rewards members

British Airways and Marriott Rewards have teamed up to offer a potentially attractive Avios promotion to anyone who is not already a Marriott Rewards member. (I accept that this is not necessarily a lot of HFP members, but if you are travelling with your partner […]

Bits: Is the Dubai Priority Pass / Virgin lounge better than BA?, double PPB points on Austrian

News in brief: Is the Dubai Priority Pass lounge better than the BA one? I reviewed the new British Airways lounge in Dubai’s new Concourse D recently and was not hugely impressed. Reader Alastair was in Dubai a week later and decided to visit the Marhaba lounge […]