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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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  1. This is actually really hard for me, I find very little difference between virgin, AA and BA when flying economy from the same airport and not taking into account status benefits. Certainly limited to the reasons on the page its near impossible to separate them.
    I guess ill have to go BA as I fly with them more

    • Yes, but htis is Premium Economy and there is certainly a difference between the airlines offerings in this class.

      From previous experience and number of flight options, its Virgin for me.

      I’ll look forward to receiving the 2 tickets!

  2. Graham Walsh says:

    Great competition again, thanks Rob

  3. Chris R says:

    If you chose BA to Newark, is that not a 787 ? I’ve already flown Virgin PE, but not on BA so i chose BA for comparison.

  4. What’s your reasoning? Interested to know, I voted for VS based on previous experience, think its a reasonably decent offering, but I am biased as normal use miles for a Y seat with Amex Upgrade voucher, £347 rtn to MCO in PE makes it feel very good value.

  5. Let’s hope the airline wish to find out about who would flyers would choose in business next!

    Thanks Rob.

    • ankomonkey says:

      Yep. I’m waiting for Qantas to commission a similar project, with Qatar, Etihad, Cathay and Emirates as the other options.

    • It is under discussion 🙂

      • Aeronaut says:

        Which exclusive island resort with sole occupancy for yourself and twenty friends and/or family for a week would you choose?

        (Competition probably underwritten by the SVR in order to get kompromat from a high profile HfP reader…)

  6. HappyHarry says:

    Gone for Norwegian purely on the basis that I’ve never flown with them, and who can resist a free ticket 😀 ?

  7. Voted for Virgin Airlines because I picked up my friend traveling with that airline. Interesting story, he wasn’t able to board a plan from New York to London as he didn’t check in online, so when he arrived at the check in desk they said there were no flights available, so he had to take the next plane (waiting time around 1.5 hours). He was confused and frustrated he explained he purchased a ticket so there should be a guaranteed seat for him, anyways was given a choice of a load of points or a £500 Virgin Airlines voucher which was valid for 1 year. He took the £500 voucher of course, so he can visit London again but I have never been to NYC! Great customer service. I will choose to take my sister to travel with because she likes shopping and I can take my GoPro and take cool time-lapse video footage! I end with Alicia Keys…

    “These streets will make you feel brand new
    Big lights will inspire you…
    Hear it for New York, New York, New York!”

  8. OT: is the Lloyds avios card still accepting telephone applications? Late to the party I know 🙁

  9. Darren says:

    Why am I moving further up the age range question, sad face.

    Hope Cambridge Analytica aren’t the organisers

  10. 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!)

  11. 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.

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