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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)

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  • Whiskerxx says:

    Alas, other things planned on same date, but may I suggest that you try to get a PA system of some kind this time?
    I couldn’t hear a thing last year.

    • Rob says:

      Already arranged!

      The upside is I can give the same speech without having to bother writing a new one.

  • Ed says:

    I’m going to try to get tickets for wife and self just to say thank you to Rob and all posters for many amazing pieces of advice

    • the real harry1 says:

      you can’t say it to all posters as I won’t be there 🙂

      I’m sure it will be raffle prize-fest same as last year, so sending regrets

      how about Rolling Luggage, Raffles/ Anika? they’ve got some nice but silly colour Samsonite 69cm 4-spinners for £65 – wouldn’t break the bank

      • Rob says:

        We decided against giving away a book as a prize because it was too much to carry …. let alone a suitcase!

        The goody bags are already proving logistically difficult when multiplied by 150 …..

        • memesweeper says:

          If I bring my car and help with the bags, can I get a ticket? it appears I’m not quick enough for eventbrite!

      • Alan says:

        Haha you’ll be too busy guzzling down some Wine Club wine I’m sure 😛

        I won’t be there either, hopefully going to make drinks at Amex pop-up lounge on the 1st Dec…

        • Rob says:

          I can’t make the 1st now – daughter is off to Bath for a hockey match so need to tag along. Apologies.

          • Alan says:

            We’ll forgive you if you just send along some goodie bags and enter us in the raffle instead… 😉 😛

          • Rob says:

            I am a little worried about spare goody bags as I don’t really want to carry them home. Might give them out to random people in the bar, or invite other readers to join us at 8pm for the cash bar.

  • Rike says:

    Im flying back from St Regis Maldives on 12th but early morning.
    If I can grab a ticket should be able to make it.

  • johnny_c-l says:

    Sold out in 20 seconds!!

    Clicked buy ticket at dead on 10am but didn’t get a look in.

  • Pid says:

    are they really already sold out?

  • memesweeper says:

    “The tickets, ticket quantity or date and time you’ve requested are no longer available, due to previous sales. Please choose a different date, time or number of tickets and place your order again.”

    — that was at exactly 1000 this morning! what went wrong?

  • Judy says:

    Sold out within a minute. Sigh.

  • Kirill says:

    10:01 and they are already sold out?

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