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As we announced last week, we are pleased to say that we are holding our second Head for Points reader Christmas party on Tuesday 12th December.

Like last year we are taking over the Dry Martini bar at the Melia White House hotel from 6pm to 8pm.  This is situated just a few minutes walk from Warren Street, Regents Park and Great Portland Street tube stations.

This is a great opportunity for you to have a few seasonal drinks and, more importantly, to meet fellow readers and to share your travel hints and tips – and perhaps even learn a few inside secrets that can’t be written about online.


Qatar Airways is generously sponsoring the party and underwriting the majority of the bill.

And we have a very cool prize draw too ….

There will also be a prize draw on the night.  Everyone will be given a free raffle ticket on arrival.

One guest will win a Business Class return flight with Qatar Airways from the UK to any Qatar Airways destination!  (Well, almost anywhere – you can’t backtrack from Doha which means North America is excluded and Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, and Auckland are also excluded.)

Regular readers will know that we rate the Qatar Airways business class product very highly – especially the new Qsuite currently being introduced (photo below) which comes with its own door.  The fact that you can earn Avios and British Airways tier points when you fly with Qatar Airways, due to their membership of the oneworld alliance, is an extra bonus.  If the prize winner books themselves onto a Boeing 777 service from London Heathrow they have an excellent chance of being able to try Qsuite!

Qatar Airways Qsuite

Here is the list of all raffle prizes that have generously been offered so far:

The main prize:

  • Qatar Airways:  1 Business Class return ticket from the UK to any Qatar Airways destination (some small print applies, but not much)

And over £1,500-worth of other prizes donated by some of our friends:

There should be another couple of prizes to add before the big night.

We would like to thank everyone above for generously donating the prizes.  As there are only 150 people coming, your chances are good – 1 in 10.  Bring a friend or partner and you’ve got a 1 in 5 chance of winning!

For clarity …. you need to be in the room when the raffle is drawn (probably 7.15 – 7.30) to claim your prize.  Bear this in mind if you think you might have to leave early.

And a goody bag for every guest

Whilst we are still working on the final details, we are hoping that that all guests will receive a goody bag on departure.  No promises though.

If your company would like to contribute promotional material (150 sets needed) to the goody bags in return for a contribution towards the bar bill, please email me at anika at

How do I get my ticket?

Because we need to ensure that people who ask for tickets turn up, we are charging £20 per ticket.  This price includes VAT.

However, your £20 ticket covers unlimited house wine and beer between 6pm and 8pm.  Soft drinks will also be available.  Spirits etc can be purchased for cash.  We are not making a penny from this and indeed Qatar Airways is footing the bulk of the cost.  After 8pm, the bar will remain open for cash payments for anyone who wants to stay longer.

To give as many people as possible the chance to buy a ticket, we have decided to sell the 150 tickets in two batches this year.

  • Batch One will go on sale on Friday 24th at 10am
  • Batch Two will go on sale on Saturday 25th at 10am

We have set up two ticket sale pages:

If you are buying a ticket on Friday please use this link

If you are buying a ticket on Saturday please use this link

You can buy up to two tickets but please don’t be nervous about coming on your own.  Frequent flyers are a friendly bunch and always happy to share details of their recent trips and miles-earning tips.  There will be name badges this year to make introductions easier.  We would actually recommend that you do not bring a guest if you don’t think that they will want to chat about travel all night, as it might ruin the fun for both of you.

American Express is accepted.

We look forward to seeing you on the 12th.

Comments (234)

  • James K says:

    Some really great prizes… wish I could make it. Although the 1x Business Class ticket strikes me as odd… Shall I tell my partner to follow me in economy? I guess it’s 50% off a business class trip for two which isn’t bad.

    I get that a lot of us travel for business but I’m willing to bet few travel solo for leisure. I could be wrong of course!!

    • Lumma says:

      Travel solo all the time for leisure purposes. Great way to see the world without having to worry about someone else’s schedule or interests. What’s been really annoying recently is the cheap Qatar business class deals that you can only take advantage of with 2 people.

    • Nick says:

      I travel more solo for leisure than I do with other people. One of the reasons I don’t bother with the 2-4-1 (that and I don’t spend enough!)

    • Ian says:

      I always travel solo. I’ve got 2 x 241 vouchers sat in my BAEC account that I’ve not found a use for yet!

    • Simon says:

      I travel solo for leisure all the time, by choice. Not necessarily my choice though…

  • James says:

    OT: BA Black Friday ‘deals’ information is now available at
    Looking at the T&Ss all deals become available from 12:00 today until midnight on the 27th.

  • Concerto says:

    Won’t be able to make, this is my busy time of year in Switzerland. I’ll try and get a night off next year if there’s a party again. Need to know the date fairly early, though.

  • Kilburnflyer says:

    Hi Rob, are Hyatt willing to donate any prizes? I remember them being very hospitable at the Inside Flyer UK launch (where I had the pleasure of meeting you face to face, thanks for Hilton @ Hatton Cross tip) at Hyatt Regency The Churchill. Not sure if you’re still in touch with the chap who was there from Gold Passport (or now World of Hyatt)

    • Rob says:

      Mark appears to have a problem with us, no idea why! I last saw him at the Star MegaDO in Vienna in September and not only was I trying to persuade to work with us but other people standing in the group were telling him to do the same thing. It is very weird. I can’t even get press releases from him, let alone review nights – I didn’t even try him for a raffle prize.

  • Simon says:

    Where can I find a Qatar airways route map – there does not seem to be one on their website which is unusual for an airline?

  • Mikeact says:

    Hopefully, any ticket touts will be kept at arm’s length.

    • Delbert says:

      Not sure HfP Christmas Party tickets are high on the list of ticket touts somehow. 😉

  • Sundar says:

    Great prizes Rob ! Keep up the great work.

  • xcalx says:

    Anyone from Leeds hoping to head down?

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