Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Bits: UK laptop ban, Hilton Flash Sale, new airberlin business class seat

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

News in brief:

UK laptop ban on flights to / from certain countries

This story was covered extensively in the news yesterday so I don’t want to dwell on it here.  However, if you missed it, the UK Government has banned all electronic equipment larger than a standard mobile phone from aircraft cabins on flights from (but not to) Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia or Saudi Arabia to the UK.

If you are currently in any of these countries and travelling ‘hand baggage only’, British Airways will rebook your flight home without charge in order to give you time to buy a suitcase.

You can learn more on the BBC website here.


Hilton flash sale launched

Hilton has launched a flash sale which runs until next Monday (27th March).  Included are Hilton properties in the UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Hilton Honors members can get up to 25% off the best available rate for weekend stays between 24th March and 27th August 2017.

On the 7th April you could for example get a room at the Reichshof Hamburg (which Rob reviewed here) for €138 instead of €169.  You could also get a room at the Hilton Paris Opera (which I reviewed here, photo above) for €267 instead of €319.

As the discount is based on the ‘Best Available Rate’ which is cancellable without charge as opposed to the flash sale rate which requires non-refundable pre-payment, you do need to take the ‘25% discount’ with a pinch of salt. However if you don’t plan on cancelling your stay you might find a good deal in the flash sale.

The page to book is here.

Airberlin ITB new business class seat

New airberlin Business Class seat

Earlier this month at ITB Berlin all the noise was about the new Qatar Airways Business Class seat / suite. However Qatar Airways wasn’t the only oneworld airline to present a new business product.

airberlin also showcased an updated version of their Business Class product.  Remember that airberlin offers excellent value for Avios redemptions if you don’t like paying taxes or charges as this article explains.

Unlike Qatar Airways, who changed their whole concept with their new seat, airberlin focused on a bit of polishing and adding storage space – which is why at first I didn’t even notice any changes.  Looking a bit closer though, you can see an added shelf on the right side of the seat.

The distance between the seat and TV screen seems a bit shorter, probably so passengers won’t need glasses to watch the rather small screen. airberlin has also changed the fabric and colour of the seat and the carpet looks like it has been updated as well.

All in all these are not very exciting updates, but I do appreciate the additional storage space.

The first planes to get the new seat will be in the three A330-200 airberlin has recently leased, of which two came from LATAM, to enable it to launch its extended range of US services from this summer.

Here is my review of my Business Class flight from New York JFK to Berlin Tegel last summer.  For £4 taxes and charges, it is the smart way to travel if you want to minimise your cash outlay.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (73)

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.