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HFP shortlisted for four major business travel awards

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I’m pleased to announce that Head for Points has been shortlisted for four gongs at the Business Travel Journalism Awards.

These are the main annual UK awards for business travel writing, organised by Carlson Wagonlit Travel.  Sponsors this year include Lufthansa Group, Thistle / Guoman Hotels, Air Canada, United Airlines, Travelport, China Southern Airlines and Avis Budget.

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The four awards we are shortlisted for are:

Business Travel Editor of the Year (Rob)

Best Newcomer to Business Travel or Meetings and Events Journalism (Anika)

Best Digital Strategy

Scoop of the Year (Rob, for this British Airways story)

The winners will be announced at a dinner at the Natural History Museum on 5th October.

Win or lose, we are very happy to have been shortlisted.  It is a good way to end a 12-month period which has seen us move into a proper office and break 1 million monthly page views on a regular basis.

We are pleased that the panel of judges has been able to see that, behind the informal ‘first person’ / blog format of Head for Points, we do – on a good day – put out articles which are on a par with traditional print business travel journalism.

Comments (93)

  • Anthony Dunn says:

    Agreed: well done. A personal measure of the quality of what you do is that I routinely recommend the site to anyone expressing an interest in understanding the foibles and quirks of the various airline alliances, For myself, HFP is mandatory daily reading.

  • Ryan says:

    Congratulations, well deserved. I can say first-hand from the Intercontinental KL, having flown First to get here, all on points, that this site makes a massive difference to the way I travel.

  • Paulm says:

    Congrats, great site that I have taken lots from!

  • UpInTheAir says:

    Rob & Anika,

    Well done both and good luck for the actual event 🙂

    I am a daily reader of HfP and you’ve pointed out some great deals, many of which I’ve been able to benefit from. A couple of observation though:

    1. It would be great if you could have a proper forum set-up (a la FT) rather than these comments…!!!

    2. Is it just me, or has the flow of interesting fares, promos and deals significantly weakened over the last quarter ? I suppose it’s fairly random, but it does feel like we’ve been in a fallow period for ages… 🙁

    Cheers !

    • Rob says:

      1. We’re not doing a forum. We might do a Q&A set up at some point where readers can post questions and others can reply.

      2. Swings and roundabouts, it is certainly quiet at the moment (even Qatar seems incapable of doing an interesting sale) but we have a couple of interesting stories lined up for next week. In some ways it is helpful as we can do more ‘how to’ articles rather than ‘deal of the day’ stuff.

      • Alan says:

        Thank goodness for #1! FT has the forum side of things in this area pretty well covered, with BA Gold and Hilton Diamond unofficial Facebook pages also getting bigger rapidly (quite handy for rapidly sharing photos of flights/stays).

      • RussellH says:

        > We’re not doing a forum.

        Great news. 99% of web-based forums are utterly incomprehensible. The whole concept is completely flawed. Here though there is some degree of proper threading, which makes things much easier to follow.

        > We might do a Q&A set up at some point where readers can post questions and others can reply.

        This could be useful, given the number Q+A that appear anyway!

  • Gavin says:

    Was there not a review due for the free Amex Gold credit card ?

    • Rob says:

      There is, and it is written. Amex is changing the look of the card, apparently, and asked me to hold off for another few days! And best not to upset Amex ….

      EDIT: The card is relaunched today in a Blue colour and I am now allowed to cover it! I’ve put it in for Wed and Fri next week.

      • Alan says:

        Interesting. I noticed a much more prominent Amex Centurion (assuming that’s what you call them!) on the ads for the Gold and Plat biz cards I just saw in Hamburg airport this evening.

      • Gavin says:

        Oh yes, they did send me a letter about it! Thanks, looking forward to it

      • RussellH says:

        Presumably they have re-named it too?

        A blue “Gold Card” would seem just a little too surrealistic.

        I am keeping my Gold one until six months before my partner’s PRG Amex will allow me to apply again for a PRG

  • Linda says:

    Congrats, much deserved recognition, I have certainly benefitted from this site and that is much appreciated. Good Luck!