Exclusive HFP competition:  Win two Premium Economy flights to New York – and YOU pick the airline!

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In early January we ran a competition to win two economy class flights between London and New York.  It was a big success and generated a lot of interest in the industry.

Today we’re launching a similar competition, but this time we’re giving away two return Premium Economy flights between London and New York.  These should be worth at least £1,500.

Like last time this is a competition with a twist.

YOU get to decide which airline you fly with if you are the lucky winner!

The winner will receive two Premium Economy tickets between London Heathrow or London Gatwick to either New York JFK or Newark Liberty. The prize can be taken at any point up to 31st August 2018, subject to availability.  If you win you must be one of the two travellers.

This time I’m using some of my holidays snaps to promote the competition:

New York

What is going on here?!

We are once again working with a major airline on a piece of research.  It wants to know what airline you would select for a Premium Economy flight if price was not an issue and airline miles or elite status benefits were not an issue.

We want to know your genuine preference. The best way to achieve this is to not make it a hypothetical question, but a real question, with real consequences!

On the entry form, you will be asked to select between (alphabetically) American Airlines, British Airways, Norwegian, Virgin Atlantic or someone else as your preferred carrier for a Premium Economy flight to New York.

You and a friend can be flying to New York in Premium Economy on the carrier you select!

Please note that:

  • You will not earn any airline miles on your tickets
  • You will not receive any status benefits
  • You will not receive lounge access, fast track security etc even if you have status with that airline unless it is included as part of their standard Premium Economy product

Do not consider any airline status you have or any miles you currently collect when selecting your airline. Your flights will not qualify for status or mileage benefits because the tickets will be issued using restrictive travel trade policies.

If you select ‘other’ you will be randomly booked onto one of the four named airlines.

Interesting, yes? All you need to do is pick an airline and tick the main factor that influenced your decision from a list of:

  • Ground benefits (Fast Track, lounge access, etc when offered)
  • Brand reputation
  • Crew and service
  • Food & Beverage
  • In-flight entertainment
  • On-board wifi
  • Previous experience
  • Seat comfort

New York

How to enter

Instead of the usual Gleam widget we are using Google Forms because of the information we need from you.  Click the button below (or click here) and you will be taken to the form you need to complete.

It is only three questions long (and multiple choice), so don’t worry! It will take less than 30 seconds to complete.

The competition will run for just over a week, closing at midnight on Thursday 29th March.  The winner must travel if they win – you cannot gift the prize to anyone else.

Good luck! Please feel free to share on social media using the buttons under the article.

Here are the rules: You must be over 18 years, a UK resident and not an employee of any of the airlines listed on the entry form to enter. Strictly one entry per person. The winner MUST be one of the travellers. The competition will close at midnight on Thursday 29th March. One entrant will be selected at random and will have 48 hours to confirm their details. If they do not respond, another winner will be drawn.

The prize is Premium Economy return flights for two people from a London airport to New York Newark or JFK on the airline chosen by the winner on their entry form. Flights are subject to availability and all travel must be completed by 31st August 2018. The competition is promoted by Head for Points, contact details on request. The name of the winner will be made available on request.

Your email address remains confidential and will not be passed to the sponsoring airline or used by Head for Points for any other purposes. Your airline preference, and the reason for your decision, will be aggregated with other respondents and given to the competition sponsor.

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Comments

  1. Adrian says:

    i clicked on AA, just to try the new premium economy, as its so new i’d expect it to be good (even with AA service!)

  2. Manuel Gonzalez says:

    It would be really nice if the X% of your readers that are not UK citizens get also the right to participate.

    • DavidK says:

      I would suspect the company carrying out the research are wanting it to be based on the UK market. I don’t think Rob would throw in rules arbitrarily.

    • It says UK resident not citizen. Big difference.

    • It is the nature of the beast that most promos we run are arranged by the U.K. office and funded from the U.K. marketing budget.

  3. Well I’ve chosen Norwegian. Few reasons – moving house this year and have to get my head around Gatwick being the closest airport going forward. Secondly I’d like to try the hard product/seat. And finally – trying to enter into the spirit, I know that one could use an amex plat or PP to get a lounge but Norwegian does actually provide access. I don’t know that having status would actually sway me one way or the other, I suppose having OW status brings BA premium economy up to the level of Virgin and Norwegian in that you get priority boarding/check in, I wouldn’t go for BA otherwise.

  4. Shane B says:

    I might be unusual, but the criteria I used to choose the airline in my entry, was not one of the options. Being averse to night flights, and not having a flat bed in PE, I would choose an airline that has an early morning departure from NY; and an evening arrival in London.

  5. I was just about to pick BA, as they have a good schedule and can find a flight offering the “new” WTP seat. Then I remembered that the 2nd meal was cut back to a treat size chocolate, so choose Virgin instead.

  6. Dwadda says:

    I only care about the seat. I look on seatguru and look at the seat pitch and width. BA is my benchmark and it is OK but I cannot sleep restfully. Virgin is better, more space. Norwegian I’d like to try, 46″ pitch versus BAs 38″. I reckon I could sleep OK in the Norwegian seat.

    SPACE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR, yes I’m shouting. It so obvious and it is so obvious that that is the one thing airlines begrudge passengers the most.

    • Couldn’t agree more, it’s all about the space (being 6’6″ probably sways that decision I’ll admit). Only if price becomes irrelevant as a comparator do the other ‘soft’ services become relevant.

  7. a9504477 says:

    I know this is not what the competition is about but i fail to see how someone with appropriate status would not receive lounge access and fast track security?

    • Andrew* says:

      From last competition, the tickets issued are (restricted) trade tickets…

      • Anika and I often do not get lounge access when we are given review flights, and need to make separate arrangements in order to get in. The tickets are marked as restricted.

        • a9504477 says:

          So looking eg. at the oneworld lounge access rules, which exception would apply for these, or are they then not marketed by a OW airline?

        • The rule that says ‘staff and industry discounted tickets are excluded’. In this case the rules of the ticket take precedence, which are clearly endorsed. It’s something airline (and travel agent) staff are well used to…

  8. My pick is Norwegian (DY), simply because the seating is well above the others, a 787 (in a premium class) is more comfortable and without FF privileges, AA and BA are of lesser value (and DY offers lounge access at LGW). If I were to rank them by a mix of impression and experience (not having flown AA or DY PE) excluding FF status benefits I would pick DY-VS-BA-AA. VS is a marginal cut above BA in this class, both in seating and service, and I’ve yet to believe AA can beat BA in this (though happy to be proven wrong).

  9. Helen Rowles says:

    Going by the simple rule that I like all things Nordic, I chose Norwegian.

  10. Hostime says:

    I would rather fly Lufthansa via Frankfurt. Their product is nice in all cabins, especially in the basic ones like economy and premium economy. You still get treated with respect.

    • pablo fonseca domingo panto says:

      i get treated with respect on all airlines apart from BA. no idea why. i wouldn’t expect race to be an issue in this day and age. so maybe they don’t like how i dress.

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