Happy Christmas! Head for Points returns on Thursday

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Happy Christmas to you and your family. I hope you enjoy a well deserved break, wherever in the world you are.

(Do please post below if your travels have taken you anywhere exciting this Christmas.  I am in London, Anika is with her newly acquired relatives!)

Head for Points is taking a two day break. We will be back on Thursday 27th with a review of my travel highlights and lowlights of 2018.

If you want something to read in the meantime, take a look under the ‘Favourite Articles‘ tab where you will find my pick of the most relevant pieces published in 2018, including our (to be updated next month) ‘Avios Redemption University‘ series and all of our credit card reviews.

Thank you for your support over the past year.

(And thanks to Charles who created the above image for me six years ago!)

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  1. I’m in Santiago, Chile for Christmas.
    Thanks to HfP this trip is all in BA First by upgrading a cheap (£1999) CW seat using avios (70k + £0) using tips gleaned form here (sales, how to maximize avios using credit card churning, how avios seat availability changes over time).

    I never imagined I would ever fly First in my lifetime, and certainly never on the longest BA route (14 hours).

    So thanks and Merry Christmas!

  2. Rob,OT Having just checked out the Ceasers Palace Dubai.Is there a possibility of getting free nights there with the Wyndham Diamond status match?

    • Not sure exactly how that goes but if you google a lot of the US sites covered the match and will understand this angle better.

      • Steve S says:

        Hi Rob
        I tried the Wyndham Diamond status match to Total Rewards Diamond for which I have just had confirmation.Hopefully this will rematch back to Wyndham in March
        UNTIL January 31st, 2020

  3. Yorkieflyer says:

    Merry Christmas to all from the Arabella hotel near Hermanus South Africa this and Protea Mossel Bay and Protea Franschhoek booked on Marriot points transferred from SPG credit card bonus for 6 nights , plus our BA 241 to Cape Town. Happy days

  4. Merry Christmas from InterContinental at Doral Miami!

    • Hi Denis, interested to hear about your stay at IC Doral as thinking of booking same.



  5. TGLoyalty says:

    Merry Xmas everyone!

    Wondering if anyone has any recommendation on a Madrid hotel for an overnighter.

    Either near the airport or in the city but close to a train stop so its easy to get to the airport around 9am on a weekday

    • Not Hilton Madrid airport

      • Loved Hilton Madrid Airport

        Each (experience) to their own.

        • Yes its a nice hotel but the service in the past was poor and trying to speak on the phone to resolve just ended getting hung up on several times…

    • I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Madrid Airport in August, and had a good time – the rooms are interesting (my room had a shower looking out onto the bedroom) but spacious and well appointed with a reasonable bar at a decent price.

      Hotel runs a frequent bus service to all (both?) terminals.

  6. Guesswho2000 says:

    Merry belated Xmas HfP, this year from YYC, and a much missed northern hemisphere winter! Although I’m not dealing well with the cold any more! Enjoy all!

  7. What is GUF2? 😊

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