HFP competition: Travel in style this Summer with a luxury polo shirt by Niccolò P.

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For two days only this week, we are running a competition in association with new online clothing brand Niccolò P. Three Head for Points readers will each win a luxury polo shirt, worth up to £125.

Summer has nearly arrived (on and off, I know, but there are the odd sunny days) and holidays are just around the corner. If you are looking for new polo shirts or t-shirts for a Summer trip, Niccolò P. might have the right one for you.

Niccolò P. is online-only and specialises in polo shirts crafted from premium and luxury cottons. The London-based company opened their online store earlier this year.

As their polo shirts are designed to be the perfect staple to take you from the office to the rooftop bars of the city and from the airport lounge to the beach, they offered us an exclusive competition for our readers.

Three lucky winners will each get their choice of any polo shirt by Niccolò P. (which range from £70 up to £125 for a limited edition example) including from the Sea Island Collection which are made of 100% certified West Indian Sea Island cotton.

Niccolo P competition

About Niccolò P.

Niccolò P.’s philosophy is built on:

1. Bringing New Elements to Classic Design
2. Great Materials = Greater Longevity = Value
3. Low Overhead = Pricing < Traditional Retail
4. Transparency in Production, manufacturing only in Europe using named niche, mainly family-owned, highly skilled producers

The brand’s aim is to make great quality items good value. With no ‘bricks and mortar’ stores, it is able to spend more on materials but still price below equivalent traditional retail.

Travel is a personal passion of the founder and, as such, they strive to make their products as travel-friendly and versatile as possible. Ranges of compactable, ultra-lightweight travel gym shoes and travel jackets are in development and will launch later this year.

Win with our exclusive competition

Three HFP readers will each win one polo shirt of their choice from Niccolò P. worth up to £125.

As always, all you have to do to enter this competition is fill out the Gleam widget at the bottom of this page with your name and email address.

You can have up to two entries per person:

You receive one entry automatically for completing your details

You receive a 2nd entry if you tick the box to sign up to Niccolò P.’s monthly email newsletter. A good reason to do this – apart from increasing your chances of winning – is that, once the competition has closed, Niccolò P. will email you a 10% discount code valid off your first online order – just in time for Father’s Day.

You need to enter by midnight on Tuesday 22nd May. Entry is open worldwide (for once!).

The formal version of the rules is in the widget below if you click ‘Terms & Conditions’.

If you can’t see the Gleam widget below click here to be taken to the special entry page.

Win one of three luxury polo shirts with Niccolò P.

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Your data is used only for the purposes of running the competition. It is not used for any other purposes and, apart from a ‘thank you for entering’ email confirmation, you will not receive any other communication from Gleam or Head for Points unless you win. Some competitions may give you additional chances to win if you follow a company on social media or agree to join their mailing list. These choices are always optional and do not impact your ability to enter the competition.

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  1. LeMain says:

    Another advertorial that seems only very tangentially related to helping “business and leisure travellers maximise their Avios, frequent flyer miles and hotel loyalty points. “

    • Simon says:

      Yes. Luckily no one is forcing you to look at the site or to pay for it.

      • And if everyone stopped looking at the site then where would it be? “Get a refund of your non-existent subscription” comments are more annoying than “this looks like an advert which I am not interested in”

    • Peter K says:

      I find it funny how advertorials are written and quite enjoy reading them. It’s like they think they can fool the reader into thinking it’s a normal article but badly fail.
      I don’t mind it being on HfP personally and will enter the competition but it clearly is nothing to do with miles/points.

    • I’ll check your IP address against the entry list later just to see if you did enter 🙂

    • No objection to this advertorial at all.

      I am however faintly amused at the implication that because I like saving money on flights, I will be the sort of smart casual idiot who pays £125 for a polo shirt.

      • As you get older you will see the benefit of buying a pricey polo shirt every 10 years than a rubbish one every 18 months. You should look at a few sites like permanentstyle which will totally change your approach.

        • Fenny says:

          I have t-shirts that are considerably older than the apprentices I used to work with. If any of them cost over £15, it’s because they were from events where I was willing to pay for a keepsake.

      • ankomonkey says:

        I bought myself a t-shirt in Turkey while on a work trip last year. It cost me about £6 and I bought it because I liked it and wanted it rather than needed it. It’s really soft and really good quality. I have another trip over summer and plan to buy loads. 10 for £60 should last me 18 years if worn sequentially by Rob’s estimates, and I’ll have £65 left to eat like a pig while I’m there. On that basis, maybe I should buy the next size up…

        • the real harry1 says:

          I bought about 25 Adidas Olympics 2012 T-shirts – originally about £25 but I got them for £4 6 months later, lots of different designs on black, red, white. Just opened a new one last week, they’re great quality plus people keep asking me if I was a competitor lol

  2. Worzel says:

    Sadly, a Library of free information, and help from readers comes at a cost.

    • I don’t mind that, but I’d really rather it were noted explicitly. Yes it’s sometimes apparently clear, but it’s not always obvious what’s paid for, and I would trust Rob much more if he were more open about that. A simple line saying ‘this is a paid partnership’ in an article would do. MSE has always had a page detailing ‘how we are funded’ and it won them nothing but respect very early on. Just my opinion of course, it’s his site and he’s free to ignore it if he wants, just as I’m free not to visit, but I’d like to think he’d at least consider it if encouraged by reasonable comments.

      • That seems a common sense approach and I believe would reduce the number of negative comments.

        Now do any HFP readers want to give away free hotel stays or car hire? 😀

      • HFP policy (and indeed the policy of every other publication on the planet, including this weeks guest publication ‘Avocado Week’) is basically ‘give us a valuable enough prize and you can have a couple of paragraphs to plug your business’. Next week we have 35,000 Avios to give away (subject to final sign off).

        By definition, as we don’t have any products or services of our own, – unless we go down the shops and buy something ourselves to give away – a comp is always going to be a collaboration with another company! Unless we have a competition without any prizes and you just fill in the entry form for fun …….?!

        • Wivus says:

          I will pay for an advert for Avocados if you think HFP readers will shift 20-30 tonne?

      • Brian W says:

        Nick, I find your comment unbelievable and common with so many on here. Bitter.
        Who cares?

        It’s a competition for a polo shirt. Yes, a garment of clothing that none of us really care about in the world we live in. Some of us would wear it, some wouldn’t. HFP are clearly working with this company, that’s just common sense. But who cares? What does it matter? We are all here reading Rob’s website because we benefit from it, we gain from the insight of his experience and all other commentators on here. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t read this blog.

        Do you dig Tesco up when they are in collaboration with Coleman’s on a competition to win a year’s supply of English mustard?

        Your comments aren’t reasonable, they are unpleasant and of no use to anybody on here. Like others have said, and often do in reply to nonsensical remarks like yours, just move on to the next daily article.

        Rob is running a business, the business is expanding, and we are all gaining from that growth with a greater readership. Costs increase, income streams diversify as a result. Basic business economics.

        You’re free not to visit as you say but most would rather you just gracefully moved on to the next article of interested you gave some positive input where relevant.

    • Well said.

  3. £125.00 ….for polo shirt? Surely not! Great buy for the london centric based club of high earners, half the price of our mortgage here up north were the sun never shines! (Meant as a joke, so please no its a free site comments) maybe we can try to wear the polo shirt with one of the crazy expensive ties that get promoted on this site and bank 5 avios along the way!

    • I wonder where they are made. If in Europe then it’s probably OK, if China you will probably be able to get the shirts which failed quality control for £10

    • James says:

      Duly entered the competition thanks.
      Would never spend £125 on a polo shirt.
      For holidays, I buy all my T’s and polo shirts from SportsDirect.
      Plenty of colours available. T’s 3 for £11 and Polos’s £6 each.
      I take them in the packaging wear them once and leave them behind.

      • I used to do that with socks ..

      • But bullet point 3 tells us they have low overheads and thus offer pricing less than traditional retailers, i.e. £125 is a steal, if you don’t win you need to go buy half-a-dozen immediately.

  4. Pierre says:

    Will they shrink in the wash? And how heavyweight is the cotton? I find M&S do better quality polo shirts for £15 than many priced at £75+ Avios points with M&S too… Though not quite sure if M&S are ‘passionate about travel’. But I couldn’t give a flying …. if they are or not. As long as their polo shirts don’t shrink in the wash…

    • Lumma says:

      As I wear polo shirts for work each day I have many from a big range of prices and the more expensive ones are some of the worst quality ones after a few times through the washing machine. I’ve had real Hugo Boss polos as well as possibly copy ones bought off eBay (the listings claim that they’re factory seconds but there’s subtle differences between these and the real ones) and the £20 eBay ones have ended up being longer lasting than the real ones.

      The best travel polos, if anyone is looking, are from Uniqlo, £15 each and they pretty much never need ironing

  5. Gomigo says:

    OT Rob, we were expecting some form of privacy notice from you in connection to GDPR roll out which is round the corner. This is a requirement since you hold, manage, process and controlling personal details of your readers. Is it something that we can expect in next few days?? I’m sure there may be some privacy lawyers in this reader community who can better advice on the matter. I sharing this in best interest so that you are risk free !!

    • Charlie says:

      I would have thought that as we each signed up to the mailing list individually and by choice that he’s already covered? Not sure.

      • Already done! The mailing list is covered because, as Charlie says, everyone on it signed up directly via two-factor authentication for the sole purpose of receiving our emails.

        Gleam is covered as per the notice at the bottom of the competition entry box which appeared for the first time today. There is a new page explaining your rights re comment data and how you can have it accessed or deleted, the link to which is at the bottom of every page under the comment box. There is a note on the Emyr page discussing how we deal with your hotel booking enquiry.

        In terms of directly identifiable data – which is the core bit – that is it and we are 100% compliant already.

        In terms of indirectly identifiable data we are running a bit behind but that is due to the nature of the WordPress ecosystem. Everything will settle down over a couple of months.

        • the real harry1 says:

          I’ve been helping my wife with GDPR the last couple of weeks as she got delegated the compliance responsibility for her place of work. Deadline is 25th May. I think HFP clearly complies with most of it already as you got our explicit consent to keep email addresses when we signed up for the daily emails. Plus to unsubscribe is easy and clearly given as an option in the emails. I see there’s a privacy policy down under – I think HFP would be wise to mention that explicitly this week (is it new?) in an email as this is partly a cover backside exercise (could just be a paragraph on a Bits). Also, what do you do with data (names and emails) received in competition entries? You should really be looking to destroy that data soon after the competition end, making this clear with each competition entry, state that you will never pass personal details to third parties (unless entrants have given consent to be signed up to – say – a newsletter).

        • Er ….. doesn’t it say all that in the small print under the entry box?!

        • the real harry1 says:

          Yep – never bothered to read that before but looks compliant (competitions). Quite expensive consultant has been advising my wife and, adopting her advice, your privacy policy is not explicit enough, merely an add-on hidden in hard to read colour font/ background in no-man’s-land. So to cover backside you could point all existing subscribers to your privacy policy in an email – and of course any new subscribers to get a link as well when they sign up. Consultant’s attitude is about evidencing you’ve done things to be compliant with GDPR requirements. Even if it starts getting a bit silly.

          I’m sure you’ve got it covered and this is basically another year 2000 episode – but who wants to be the fall guy?

        • Lol don’t think you mean 2FA – that’s for more secure logins to websites where it’s password + code 😉 Agree though there has been active opt-in so can’t see it being an issue.

        • Sorry, meant double opt-in!

  6. Not being a rich Londoner, I too would take issue with the comment that the shirt is “worth £125”. It may cost that much but it’s most certainly not worth it.

    • I saw one in Zegna in Harrods over the weekend which I quite liked but it was £475 …

    • The real question is are 2 shirts worth one night at an Intercontinental 🙂

      • James says:

        Reminds me – I got a FREE black Intercontinental Polo shirt as a welcome gift on a points stay in Nha Trang last year.

  7. Andrew says:

    The trouble with Polo shirts is that if I wear:-

    A red one – I look like postman
    A dark blue one – I look like our office cleaner
    A pale blue one – I look like our cleaner’s supervisor
    A green one – our facilities staff
    A black one – our security staff
    A yellow one – local football team
    A white one – Boots staff at lunchtime
    Orange or Brown and I look like a courier

    I’m wearing a pink one today. I can’t go wrong with a different shade of pink.

    • Frenske says:

      Turquoise? Normal coloured with an coloured collar edge?

    • johnny_c-l says:

      Solution – add a picture of a little horse on the left chest…or stick on a pair of sandals with them and pretend you’re on your summer hols.

      • ankomonkey says:

        “…stick on a pair of sandals with them and pretend you’re on your summer hols.”

        Best post I’ve seen in a while 🙂

    • Wivus says:

      Buy stripey ones

    • ankomonkey says:

      Great post!

  8. Nicky says:

    It amazes me that people allow themselves to get so wound up about adverts that appear on the site and whether or not they are travel related: get a life people, scroll past them and be glad that someone like Rob set up the site to help so many of us to discover the joys of turning left when not earning a Fortune 500 wage or getting on a plane every month curtesy of our employers. Wow 1st world problems: no doubt I’ll now get a slating for being blunt but hey it will give me something to laugh at ????

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      Many of doing that long before Rob set up the site and it has become much harder to do so now as a result.

  9. Marcw says:

    I’m surprised. I few weeks ago, I criticised that HfP decreased the quality of its content with articles like this. Rob then replied that in fact, it’s the readership that “changed”, while not the editor(a)/author(s), because every now and then, your reuse old articles (which makes sense, the “basics” do not change that often). However, this article has absolute nothing to do with flying/points/Miles/airplanes/BA,… not even the polo logo has an airplane on it. Hopefully Rob, you’ll acknowledge that in the past years you did not publish this kind of ads/articles. That’s fine, however it’s the expectation vs reality matter.
    Also, that something is worth £xxx doesn’t mean its value is that high. As a comparison, whenever you write something about Avios, you never say how “worthy” they are (how much do they cost if bought through BA), you just give their vale, around 1-1.2p.

    • Erm, here is a sponsored post from FOUR years ago:

      Here are some from two years ago:

      In general, you will see a lot more sponsored stuff (as opposed to competition) because the floodgates have opened this year and people are queuing up to throw money at us. Why? Because Adblockers make traditional ads less effective.

      • Rob, when are you in Glasgow ?

      • … which as I said this morning is absolutely fine with me. But please just write a line at the top – or even in the article itself – saying ‘this is sponsored’ so we know. It’s not that hard!

        • It’s a competition …. clearly other companies are involved. I mean, I really am struggling with this one 🙂

          Can I suggest you direct your ire at, for eg, the glossy travel mag which operates a secret ban on winning one of their high profile annual awards if you don’t buy some advertising with them? Or the battle against non-recyclable coffee cups? Or even some other aspect of our own policies apart from one which is blinkin’ obvious?!

    • Prins Polo says:

      I do agree with the negative comments, unfortunately.

      Let’s make it clear – HfP is not a site that’s struggling to break even. It’s a successful blog which can decide what sponsored content to include. I’m fine with sponsored travel and travel-related content, as long as it clearly labelelled as such.

      I’m afraid we’re moving in the direction where we’ll soon have three articles per day, out of which two will be ads for pots and pans.

      • Charlie says:

        It’s such a shame we’re forced to read each article on this website each day :p

      • Good to see you are on top of our financials. As I have mentioned before, the annual break-even (before I get paid anything) is well over £70,000. If we take on someone else this year it will jump to around £120,000.

  10. FWIW, even within the Miles and Points world, many things don’t interest me that much, but will be of interest to many others. When I see something that piques my interest I read it, when I’m not interested, I tune in the next day. Same for ads.

    • I agree with that point of view largely – but over time it would probably make me less interested in any site if I regularly ignore a significant percentage of it’s content.

  11. M Todd says:

    I seriously cannot believe the complaints about this! I get it is really not that related to the site but equally it is clearly labelled a competition on the main page and as such by complaining it is not clear that it is a form of advertisement then in my mind you are pretty much insulting yourself!

    How anyone can be capable of collecting miles, figuring out avios and all the other various things HfP shows, but not capable of knowing this is a advert of sorts is beyond me and to be honest probably won’t get much from this site anyway!

    Also end of the day it keeps the site free and I don’t notice anyone above suggesting above that they would prefer to pay a subscription for an advert / competition free version! Oh and what is the big injustice here, someone maybe conned into entering a competition for a polo shirt and win it, sounds like a terrible evil thing!

    Sorry but I just find it odd people take the time to complain about this sort of thing, its not like they are a daily feature! Still more people who never look at the site as they are offended by its hidden sneaky adverts the better, the more chance I have of winning those competitions;)

    • Lumma says:

      It’s actually no less related to miles and points as winning a completely free economy flight to New York where you can’t use any status benefits or earn miles. You need clothes when you travel

    • I have reread all the comments and I do not think that people are complaining. It is clear that revenue streams seem to come from other sources a little more these days. I must admit that HFP was my daily click with morning coffee, now I flick through every few days, as I do not have the” you read it first on this site and blink and you miss it” feeling anymore.

      • the real harry1 says:

        I started posting again, TT 🙂

        As ever, will irk some, others not too displeased.

        • From the polo man’s website…..a little quote….. made me laugh..”.With a background of over 15 years in finance it didn’t seem right to me that so little of the retail price actually went into the garment itself.”….
          We found the only person in finance in the world that finds its not about maximizing profits…15 years in finance…..You think Rob is the polo man? Lol

      • You won’t be off to the Goodwood Festival of Speed then 🙂

  12. Keep up the good work Rob.

  13. luckyjim says:

    Oh Raffles, you can’t boast that ‘people are queuing up to throw money at us’ and then plead poverty in the same thread !

    I do agree though, it’s pretty obvious that a competition is an advertisement feature – no further disclaimer needed.

    I think the issue here is how little money went towards the prize versus how much went towards the Rob Burgess home for Rob Burgess. I don’t think anybody would have complained if 50 t-shirts had been up for grabs.

    • KBuffett says:

      Rob, I hope you make millions from this site, like Martin Lewis did with his. Keep up the great work. Any chance that you could run more advertorials? It’s always nice to learn about new companies trying to establish themselves and various products and services available.

  14. Spurs debs says:

    Well I for one hope I win as my son loves his expensive shirts. Any chance of Hugo boss could sponsor next comp? You won’t have to tell me it’s sponsered as I’m an adult and can work it out for myself.

    Nothing in life is for free, Rob has to make a living, if you don’t like it just move along!

    Plenty of other bloggs out there for you to read if you don’t like the way this free not behind a paywall one is run.

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