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News in brief:

£301 British Airways deal to Abu Dhabi

British Airways added an extra Black Friday deal yesterday – economy flights to Abu Dhabi for £301.  This is a very good price if you are looking for some sun next Spring.

The travel dates are:

11 January – 20 March
21 April – 23 May
31 May – 10 June 

Remember that Dubai is a modest taxi ride away if Abu Dhabi does not appeal.  It took us 62 minutes and £40 to get from Abu Dhabi airport to Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai last month – I timed it!

Details of this deal and other flight deals are on this page of the BA website.

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Priority Pass Black Friday update

One of the deals we discussed in our Black Friday article yesterday was a 25% to 40% discount on a Priority Pass lounge access card.

Unfortunately the deal was late going live and then used a specific URL which we were not told about.  The good news is that the deal is still running this weekend.  If you are interesting in getting a Priority Pass at a discount, this is the link you need.  Prices start at £41.

Priority Pass

Head for Points Christmas Party

To be honest, I was a little nervous about how popular the HfP Christmas Party would be, especially as we gave less than two weeks notice.

However, all 150 tickets were snapped up yesterday with the last one being sold on the dot of 5pm.  This should make it the biggest frequent flyer gathering in the UK this year.  We look forward to seeing you all on the 6th.

Comments (52)

  • Sam G says:

    There seems to be a bit of an ongoing quiet fare war on ME routes next spring, if you’re willing to connect (in some rather exotic locations, but also KLM via Amsterdam or Qatar via Doha) then you can get tickets for around £240, but BA and Emirates were around £300 last weekend, inc Feb half term dates!

    A teacher friend was pricing up Gran Canaria on Ryanair but is paying less to go to Dubai on Emirates which she’s very happy with!

    • the real harry says:

      no disrespect intended but Dubai has done a very smart marketing job these past few years – portraying itself as a wonderful holiday destination – I wouldn’t dream of going there for a holiday, personally (having been there already) – I’d be interested to understand why some here think it’s a dream holiday location – [apart from sun/ hotel/ food of course!]

      • Genghis says:

        +1. Been as a tourist as a stop over and was there for work earlier in this year. If imported culture and food is your thing then the place is great. Not for me though.

        • Sam G says:

          For me I take it as it is, somewhere to get a few days guaranteed winter sun in decent hotels relatively close to the UK at a good price. I also have friends working there, so nice to see them.

          Definitely not my main or “dream” holiday destination and I have no misconceptions that there will be any cultural or local aspect to my trip!

        • Lady London says:


          Good for those with kids though, kind of like a very upmarket package holiday where everything is taken care of.
          I visited for business and had the chance to work there, but it’s not my cup of tea.

          Oman (still to visit) sounds like more my thing.

          • the real harry says:

            Oman is on my bucket list as well – the difference being genuine history & culture plus there are loads of green bits

      • James67 says:

        +1, I can no longer stomach the ME in general and already regret the the small amount of business I gave the ME3. I am well aware there are shortcomings in our own society and politics but the ME is a step too far for my comfort. If I thought directing business their way was a force for good then I might think differently but I remain unconvinced.

      • Brian says:

        I guess people go there so that, if they get raped, at least they have the satisfaction of being thrown in jail and prosecuted for it….

        • Rashad says:

          What I haven’t mentioned below, Dubai struck me as most safe place to visit. The crime is at 2% ratio and mostly committed by visiting tourists.

          • Brian says:

            That’s all very well for the people who don’t experience crime. Not much good to the few who do and who, instead of getting justice, are treated as the criminals themselves. But each to his own…

      • Rashad says:

        Dubai is a frequent destination for me, mainly for visiting family member who lives there.
        But also this destination is guaranteed for sun, 4th yeah running suite upgrade from standard room booking at prime beach properties, I don’t even count incredible food and immaculate customer service I get there.

        I also enjoy Club flights there and don’t pay more £800, get regular F upgrades. This particular destination helped me to bump up my frequent flyer status significantly.

        So yes I can say that Dubai is my preferred destination for holidays, plus I would not get same value anywhere else.

        Thank you Rob for posting alerts on ME flights here, I successfully used them at ratio of 90%.

        In the end it what works for you

        • Fadi says:

          I was born in Dubai and please don’t think there isn’t culture there. You just won’t find it in Dubai Mall.

          If you are looking for somewhere more accessible to experience the Arabia of times gone by then I recommend Jordan.

        • barry cutters says:

          well said.

  • James A says:

    Just booked in the Air China ex Germany sale – €1500 euros to SYD (MEL and AKL also options). Who cares about Avios at those prices?! 😀 must book on the Air China German site.

    • Rob says:

      Put this on Twitter yesterday, great deal.

      • Fadi says:

        Surprised it didn’t make it onto the website. I didn’t follow you on twitter as I thought it would be links to posts I’d already read.

        • Rob says:

          Didn’t see it until after the articles had gone out and didn’t expect it to last overnight. May do it tomorrow.

          There isn’t much unique stuff on HFP Twitter to be honest but I did do this.

    • Yan says:

      Good fare to Down Under and possible to tag a stopover in Beijing (72hr TWOV)

    • damboy says:

      What time of the year were these fares available please?

  • Ken says:

    Rob – the Christmas Party selling out so fast is excellent feedback in terms of how well your website has been received and the frequent flyer fan base appreciating the content. Hope everyone has a fabulous time celebrating.

  • TGLoyalty says:

    Dubai return on BA is £298/318 too

  • Judy says:

    All 150 tickets selling out so quickly is a testament to how popular the site is and how much folk appreciate it.

    Here’s hoping Melia can cope with delivering on the night. They’ll have their work cut out to satisfy 150 thirsty HFP junkies! If they can get it right they’ll earn a tremendous amount of business for the future.

    • Rob says:

      Agreed, we now have to press them on logistics …..

    • Ro says:

      I hope people make good use of their cocktail menu…. it’s not quite as groundbreaking as say Oriole or Dandelyan etc…. but it’s pretty excellent!

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    Head for LONDON Points? What about us ‘regions’!

    Hopefully the overwhelming success of the event encourages you to try Manchester next. I was unable to make London due to the time I finish down t’mine but closer to home and I am there.

    • the real harry says:

      I’m organising the Truro outreach event – 5 tickets enough?

    • Fenny says:

      I have still to book time off, train and hotel room. I had a sudden thought after I’d booked my party ticket last night that I’m starting my first audit in my new job on the 5th, so my boss may have something to say!

  • mark2 says:


    Amex statement credit offer at Argos – spend £100 get £10 back.
    There is a random selection of gift cards at some stores.

  • Paul L says:

    OT has anyones award wallet stopped working? Some chains update in about 15 seconds others take about 10 minutes then time out. (Hilton) Tried reloading but same issue.

    • Johnnycl says:

      Just updated mine and it was all fine. Occasionally one or two accounts have an issue on my wallet but they usually work again after a few days.

    • Jovanna says:

      Are these the sites that require you to enter captcha information?

    • Fenny says:

      Problems with Melia, despite changing password at least 3 times this week.

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