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HfP competition:  Win Premium Economy flights to New York – 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.

Comments (69)

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  • ThinkSquare says:

    Where’s “I”d prefer not to fly from London at all”?

    • Alan says:

      Indeed, for NYC we’ve got a few options direct from Edinburgh now! 🙂

  • Jo says:

    A little biased since offering only 2 tix. Hv to fly with a kid and I only hv avios to get her a ticket. Would never fly ba otherwise.

    • Diane says:

      I think saying ‘ biased only offering 2 tix’ is unfair. Most competiions for flights and holidays offer a limited number. Many holidays are for 4 people. Is that biased against people who have 5 in their family? 100’s of competions I see are only any good if you live down south. I don’t enter them as I live in the North of Scotland. I don’t complain about bias, I just don’t enter them.

      • Worzel says:

        Very politely put Diane ! 🙂 .

      • pauldb says:

        You totally missed the point: not that the competition is biased against families but that Jo will be biased towards selecting BA as she’ll need to buy a third ticket on her chosen airline. so the choice is swayed.

        • Diane says:

          My point was that there are all sorts of competitions out there, some that suit people, others for varyng reasons don’t. For instance I wouldn’t complain that a comp to win cat food was biased because I don’t have a cat but I do have a dog. I think it’s a great that Rob is able to offer these prizes, so for people to say they are biased for what ever reason, is unfair. If you don’t want to fly BA, then don’t enter the competition !!!

        • pauldb says:

          Still missing the point. Jo is not complaining about the form of the prize or saying that the competition doesn’t suit her, just that the form of the prize puts bias into her answer and therefore the survey. Her unbiased answer would be a different airline, but because the prize is 2 tickets she’ll vote BA.

        • Jo says:


  • John G says:

    Voted for Norwegian as they have the most legroom and PE is the highest class they offer rather than being third tier on BA.

    • Lumma says:

      Access to No1 traveller lounge at Gatwick too with Norwegian premium

    • Kathy says:

      Norwegian’s flight times are ugly, though – 6am is too early and 5pm too late on the outbound, either way I’d arrive completely exhausted.

      Of course you can’t avoid exhaustion on the way back unless you can actually sleep in PE, which I don’t tend to, but that goes for all of them.

  • Dave says:

    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

    • Alan says:

      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!

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Great competition again, thanks Rob

  • 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.

  • TripRep says:

    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.

  • David says:

    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.

    • Rob says:

      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…)

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