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Interesting HfP articles you might have missed whilst on holiday – and reviews on the way

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For most of us, today will be the first full week back at work – or at the least the first week with all of your colleagues around – for some time.

If you found sitting on a beach more interesting than reading Head for Points during August – although you can do both you know …. – here are links to the key stories we ran and which you may have missed.

September is usually the peak period for new offers and deal, so keep checking HfP daily to see what is new.  Purely in terms of reviews, September should see:

Anika taking a look at Delta One – is it a better use of your Virgin Atlantic miles than Virgin Upper Class?

…. and she visits the Virgin Clubhouse at Heathrow for the first time

I am taking a look at the well-regarded American Airlines business class on the 77W fleet – is it a better use of your Avios than British Airways Club World?

I will be taking advantage of the new cheap Marriott Rewards redemptions at luxury hotels to see if St Regis New York really is worth $1,100 per night

Jamie, who wrote a well-received series of Virgin Atlantic reviews for us recently, will be contributing some more flight and lounge reviews as he spends a month travelling to and around Asia in Business Class on BA, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines

We have also some more competitions lined up as well as a couple of exclusive offers.

Key Head for Points articles you may have missed during August:

British Airways has launched its Autumn sale.  I took a look at the best Club World and First Class deals.  Read more.

Lufthansa and SWISS have been running an EXCELLENT 2-4-1 offer for cash tickets in First Class and Business Class, with all flights starting in the UK.  Today, Monday 3rd, is the last day to book.  Read more.

Hilton launched a great offer of 2500 Lufthansa miles – worth £25 if used properly – on EVERY cash stay until the end of October.  This is ON TOP of your standard Hilton Honors points.  Read more.

Hilton has also launched a new ‘double points’ promotion running from 10th September to 3rd January.  Read more here and register here.

Virgin Group is launching a new loyalty company to run reward programmes for ALL Virgin companies, and it will take over the ownership of your Flying Club miles.  Read more.

Virgin has started accepting Flying Club miles for spa treatments in its Heathrow and Gatwick Clubhouse lounges.  Read more.

Aspire has opened a 2nd lounge at Birmingham AirportRead more.

The changes to British Airways Club Europe catering, from 12th September, have been revealed.  Read more.

We review our first ever Travelodge as see if a Travelodge PLUS is really ‘plus’ at all.  Read more.

We looked at the refurbished Aspire lounge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport – read more –  the Premium Lounge at Doncaster Sheffield Airportread more – and the Aspire lounge at Belfast City Airportread more

BA Wine Explorer launched a new deal offering 1,000 Avios AND 12 bottles of wine for £55Read more.

I visited the refurbished flagship Iberia Velazquez lounge in Madrid T4.  Read more.

Lloyds announced plans to close your Lloyds Avios Rewards and Lloyds Avios Duo credit cardsRead more.

I went to Madrid to visit the new Hyatt Centric hotel to find out more about this new Hyatt brand.  Read more.

We tried out the Heathrow Personal Shopper experienceRead more.

There is obviously a lot more too, including our coverage around the Starwood / Marriott scheme merger on 18th August.  It is worth spending 10 minutes scrolling back from our home page to see what else you may have missed.

Comments (23)

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  • Henry Young says:

    I just booked my best value ever Virgin Atlantic redemption, literally 6 days ahead of departure. Premium Economy HKG -> LHR one way goes for lowest HKD 13,055 and can be redeemed for 22,500 Flying Miles. That works out about 5.7p per mile. Last time maybe a year ago I was getting 4.6p. HK laws banning certain kinds of surcharges help. As does VS going off-peak for this route on 7 Sep. Is that the sweet spot, or can anyone give an even better value example ?

    Pro-tip for VS PE seats which are leather and impossible to sleep on without continuously sliding down. Get one of those rubberised high grip table place settings or tray liners – problem solved !!!

    Pro-tip in case you don’t have a lounge access card (the HKG generic lounges are often full anyway), Pizza Express is always quiet and has power outlets under the bench seats.

    • Alex W says:

      Undoubtedly an excellent redemption. I just booked LHR-Seattle in Virgin PE with an upgrade voucher. 15k miles plus £380 fees (damn fees). Cash price is £1600 one way. Supposedly 8p per point, however you could consider a few things.
      – would you actually pay that price
      – is another airline cheaper
      – miles you would earn on cash ticket
      – could you get a cash return ticket more cheaply (and throw away the return leg)

      • Henry Young says:

        Some good points there. In my situation the one-way suits me. To get between UK and SE Asia with unbundled one-way pricing the only options are a redemption or using Norwegian to SIN + an Asian low cost for the final hop (in my case over to Manila, but probably not cost effective if your end destination is HK. If I’d needed a return flight I would have hung onto the VS miles and paid up for Qatar (where I have status). But there is also a concern about VS’s commitment to the HK route. I see them getting out-competed by Asian airlines generally. They already closed their HKG lounge. So I feel some pressure to use up my miles in case they close the only VS route that’s useful to me these days.

        • ankomonkey says:

          I recently flew Finnair out to Asia (<£330 o/w) and back using a VS redemption. I thought the Finnair price was pretty reasonable. Norwegian would have been cheaper but I wanted to fly in and out of LHR rather than out of LGW and back to LHR.

  • marknewstart says:

    The amex code for amazon did it get cancelled or is it so working?
    I tried but as not worked for me as anyone had success?

    • EwanG says:

      It’s been extended. The promo landing page now says it ends 31 October 2018.

    • Rob says:

      It works fine. If it isn’t working then either a) one item has different delivery terms to the others (it doesn’t work if split delivery is required) or b) one item is not ‘sold and delivered by Amazon’.

  • S**mo says:


    Need a hotel for 1 night after a cruise in Fort Lauderdale or Miami.

    Looking at the Curio in Hollywood as that’s in between the two cities, we have 2 flights back the same day, and 2 flights the day after (avios availability).

    The hotel seems to let you book for 4 adults in a single room, 2 doubles – Can anybody see an issue with this? i.e checking in as 4 people, and only 2 people spending the night?

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Not really sure why you’d want to, but I can’t see a problem with it. Plenty of people check into hotels with one person, with zero spending the night, a la mattress run.

      • S**mo says:

        Its mainly because its a resort property.
        I didn’t know if the ‘resort’ would get funny with checked in people using the amenities.

        • guesswho2000 says:

          Well I’m guessing if they let you have 4x people in the room, and let you check in as such, they’ll never know who actually stayed the night, unless you tell them, I think?

  • Ben Smith says:

    Any news on when IHG accelerate 3rd quarter will start? IHG Spire Elite and keen to make a few bookings for upcoming business trips but waiting ( impatiently! ) for the incentive to start.

  • Alex Sm says:

    Ha, I’m quite the opposite: why to bother going on holiday in August when it’s warm and nice in London, too hot, crowded and expensive elsewhere. It’s better to enjoy quiet time at work and wait until September when things calm down and travel then to beat the crowds. Reading this at a nice and relaxed ice cream parlour on Bali – flew to Singapore with my partner on 2-4-1 in BA First last week, and then tried brand new 787-10 in SQ Business using Star Aliiance miles.

    • MrK says:

      I’d rather go somewhere hotter in Aug and reap the benefits of air conditioning wherever you go than suffer in a hot home and the ghastly London tube during summer.

      Yes I have a fan but you can’t beat air conditioning

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Warm and nice in London has been an exception to the rule…

      • Alex Sm says:

        Still, summer is the best time to be in the UK actually, both weatherwise and doing various activities. And go somewhere warm or cold during other seasons, preferably avoiding peak times and getting good deals, no?

        • Genghis says:

          We holiday out of season whilst we can (no kids).

        • Optimus Prime says:

          Sure, don’t get me wrong, of course I prefer to go away during off-peak season since we have no kids (even though sometimes my birthday coincides with a half term 🙁 )

    • Polly says:

      That’s why we use our 241 in Jan or feb in F to Asia, to give us warm time away from uk the summers! In the uk…this year exceptional of course…

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