Archives for May 2016

Did you know shows more Iberia business class Avios seats than

It turns out that Iberia offers better Business Class reward availability via than it offers on This is a bit bizarre, I admit.  I’m not entirely sure why this fact isn’t common knowledge – probably because of the hoops you need to jump […]

Get Star Alliance lounge access at Heathrow with Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Club

This is another of those little quirks in the frequent flyer universe which I didn’t know about, until reader Tony flagged it for me. Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Club is a way of buying lounge access at Air Canada and Star Alliance facilities around the world. […]

The London InterContinental hotels reviewed – InterContinental O2 (part 1)

By a coincidence, we (Rob and Anika) each stayed at one of the two London InterContinental hotels over the last ten days.  We thought it would be interesting to do a ‘compare and contrast’.  Today, Rob looks at the brand new InterContinental London O2 where he spent […]

The London InterContinental hotels reviewed – InterContinental O2 (part 2)

This is Part 2 of my review of the brand new InterContinental London O2 hotel. Part 1 of InterContinental London O2 review can be found here and focussed on the location and the (high) quality of the rooms.  Here I will look at the club […]

The London InterContinental hotels reviewed – InterContinental Park Lane

By a coincidence, we (Rob and Anika) each stayed at one of the two London InterContinental hotels over the last ten days.  We thought it would be interesting to do a ‘compare and contrast’.  Today, Anika reviews the flagship InterContinental London Park Lane and tomorrow […]

Bits: Virgin credit cards bonus ends, Avios / LOVEtheatre promo ending, avoiding squat loos in Thailand

News in brief: Last call for the higher bonus on the Virgin credit cards A very brief reminder that TOMORROW is the last day for the higher 10,000 and 25,000 mile bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic credit cards.  Full details of the deal are here. […]

Earn 3,500 Miles & More miles with two Hilton stays

I covered the two recent Iberia and British Airways Hilton promotions in recent days.  The best one is the Iberia Plus version (compare with the BA Hilton promo here) which gets you: double Avios on your first stay triple Avios on your second stay quadruple […]

£818 Business Class sale bargains to Asia on Qatar Airways (£566 Dubai, £979 Cape Town)

On Saturday I looked at the impressive £1,150 fares available to Las Vegas this Summer in business class on British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. If you are heading east, the great news is that Qatar Airways has brought back another round of astonishingly cheap sale […]

My review of the Iberia Dali VIP lounge in Madrid

Last weekend I (Anika) was down in Portugal visiting the new InterContinental hotel in Estoril, just down the coast from Lisbon.  My review will follow next week. Our inbound flight from Lisbon was not as easy and straightforward as the outbound flight.  Let’s just say that my […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend 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. As the end of the month is approaching, there are a […]

Business Class to Las Vegas on BA, Virgin or American for £1,150 this Summer

Via Flyertalk comes this very interesting fare from Dublin – and possibly other places in Ireland – to Las Vegas this Summer. £1,150 return, give or take, will get you from Dublin to Las Vegas in Business Class. There are a few routing options available. […]

Bits: bad news as Lloyds tries to buy MBNA, bad news as Regus culls Gold cards

Some (bad) news in brief: Lloyds to buy MBNA UK? According to reports yesterday, Bank of America has put the UK operations of MBNA back up for sale following a failed process five years ago. The business has a loan book of £7bn and is believed […]

More petrol – is Virgin / Texaco better than earning Flying Club miles via Tesco petrol?

Yesterday I ran an updated version of one of the more mind-boggling posts I have ever run on Head for Points which discusses how to maximise your Avios points when buying petrol. This is fine for earning Avios, but what about earning Virgin Flying Club miles? […]

PhD Avios: Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?

If anyone ever tells you that they know a lot about Avios, ask them how you should maximise your Avios earning when buying petrol. It is such a painfully complex calculation that most people will collapse in a gibbering heap before getting to the answer. […]

American Express removes the minimum income requirement from its cards

I had advance notice on Tuesday that American Express was about to make changes to the minimum income requirements to apply for its cards. To be honest, I assumed that they were going to go up. Instead, Amex has removed minimum income requirements altogether. These […]