Bits: last day for our Scotland competition, Qatar sale and 10% off code, Cathay sale, HFP on mobile

News in brief:

Last chance to enter our Scotland competition

If you haven’t entered already, today is the last chance to enter our Chivas Regal whisky competition.

One reader will win an exclusive VIP visit to the Strathisla distillery in the Scottish Highlands, the home of Chivas Regal, for two people.  Flights or train tickets, hotel, transfers and spending money will all be provided.

More about the prize and the Gleam widget to enter are here.

New Qatar Airways sale and 10% off code

Qatar Airways has been running another sale over the last few days.  Until 19th September – Tuesday – you can book sale fares for travel before 31st May 2018.

This sale is not as good as previous sales, although if you need to book something this week it’s worth taking a look at the fares.

Here are a few examples of good prices for flights from Europe.

Venice – Bangkok for €1333 (£1173)

Berlin – Kuala Lumpur for €1461 (£1284)

Sofia – Shanghai for 2524 BGN (£1135)

Stockholm – Singapore for 16049 SEK (£1483)

Stockholm –  Auckland for 22233 SEK (£2054)

Pisa – Johannesburg for €1725 (£1516)

Zurich – Tokyo for 2328 CHF (£1784)

Qatar has also released a special promo code for the duration of the sale giving an additional 10% off the base fare, excluding taxes, in Economy or Business. This code is only valid on flights from the UK so it won’t help make extra savings on any of the deals above.

You must enter the code UKGTBHOP in the fare search box.  The Qatar sale page is here.

The comments below suggest that code QSUITE may work on departures which are not from the UK – it is worth a try although I have no idea what the rules are for that code.

Remember that Qatar Airways tickets earn Avios and British Airways tier points as they are members of the oneworld alliance.  A business class flight from Europe to Asia is usually 560 tier points (4 flights x 140 points each) as long as each flight, changing in Doha, is over 2000 miles.  That is 90% of your way to a British Airways Executive Club Silver card.

Cathay Pacific is having a sale too

Cathay Pacific is also running a sale at the moment but it does not look very exciting, at least in Business Class. You have to book by 20th September for travel until 6th June 2018.

The only fare that looks interesting is the London – Taipei flight for £2289.

They’re also doing Tokyo for £2419, but the Qatar flight from Zurich I mentioned above looks more attractive if you don’t mind positioning in Europe.

Cathay Pacific is a oneworld member so these fares also earn Avios and British Airways tier points.

Cathay Pacific sale

Ads on our mobile site

If you read Head for Points on your mobile, you will see a few additional ad units from today as we experiment with some changes.

Mobile now represents 52% of our page views but only 15% of our advertising revenue.  With the ongoing trend to mobile, we are at risk of seeing our ad revenue decline even as page views increase.

There are still no ads inside articles – unlike virtually every other site online – and we hope to keep it that way.

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  1. OT: We have our wee jaunt to Barra booked for Wednesday (weather looking a bit gloomy) and I was just looking at lounge access for Glasgow airport using PP. Can we access the Upper Deck lounge with just a domestic ticket?

    • Axel Heyst says:

      Dont want to burst your bubble Liz on your way to Barra-dise but the pilot is no longer tossing the Tunnock Caramels over his/her shoulder as part of the inflight offering.

      BA enhancements may be to blame, I did give my feedback to LoganAir that I would happily compromise with a Tunnocks Snowball.

      The fresh haddock at the Barra-bados airport cafe (you need to wait an extra 5 minutes for it to be gutted) beats anything offered in the Glasgow airport lounges.

      Enjoy your trip over the atlantic.

    • Yes, I did.

  2. OT – can anyone recommend a good price alert site for hotels? Ideally I could have alerts for price under X for stays between 10-14 nights betweeen Y and Z? Essentially one that’s very flexible.

  3. another OT:
    has anyone got recent experience of how long BAPP Companion Vouchers take to appear on BAEC account after spend met please?

    • Within a few days at the most in my experience. It can be within 24-48 hours.

    • It varies between a few days and a few weeks in my experience. Once when I needed it quickly I phoned up and they made sure it was there by the next day.

  4. The Original Nick. says:

    Does the Virgin / Waitrose transaction on your VS account show as ” Shopping Miles Purchase Transaction”?

  5. OT. I will be transiting through Gatwick South. Arriving 08:45. Departing 14:05. Are there any PP lounge options immediately following arrival given > 3 hours prior to 14:05 departure? Any chance of No 1 allowing in? Grain Store? Thanks.

    • Oh, and will I even be able to access departures @ 08:45 given 14:05 flight time? (arriving Easyjet, flying out Monarch). Many thanks again.

      • Yes, but you could always try in-terminal Yotel. They book by the hour (I did 4 hours last time) and got some rest before long connection.

        • Currently in the Yotel overnight before a 5.40 am departure. If you joinmyGatwick there’s an offer for the Regus lounge (next to Yotel).

  6. Thanks for this!

    I just bought Business Class tickets for my parents from Berlin to visit me in Kuala Lumpur! As I bought 2 and I used the code DEGTB2017, I managed to buy the tickets for 1356EUR return. Not full 10% discount but not bad. Now I just need to get them from the Canary Islands to Berlin (not cheap for some reason!)

    • That’s odd, as the Canaries are very popular with Germans. Have you tried booking via a German site?

      • They are very popular indeed: ryanair, easyjet, airberlin, norwegian, etc. fly there directly. But the only with some dates at ok fares is ryanair but who knows if they will cancel the flights! So staying a couple of nights in Berlin just in case…

  7. O/T – i have posted this before, but can anyone help me find the link to upgrade Amex Gold to Amex Plat? I’ve called customer services and they don’t have any offers ongoing at present, so i wanted to see if the URL still works. But i can’t find it!

  8. I got Cathay Pacific premium economy return for £856 to Hong in the sale- I think thats pretty good?