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Exclusive HfP competition: Win two flights to New York – on the airline YOU love the most

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It’s competition time again!  We are launching a new competition on Head for Points today, running for the next week, to win two economy class flights between London and New York.

However, we are adding a romantic twist to the competition. This Valentine’s Day we want to know which is your most loved airline.

And YOU get to decide which airline you fly with if you are the lucky winner.

The winner will receive two 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 30th September 2019, subject to availability. If you win you must be one of the two travellers.

Long-term readers will know that we also ran this competition last year. It was a big success and we are happy to run it again thanks to our secret sponsor.

What is going on here?

Let me explain.

We are working with a major airline on a piece of research. It wants to know what airline you would select for a 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 American Airlines, British Airways, Delta Air Lines, Norwegian, United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic or someone else as your preferred carrier for an economy flight to New York.

You and a friend can be flying to New York in 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 even if you have status with that airline

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, mileage or lounge benefits because the tickets will be issued using restrictive travel trade policies.

If you fly Norwegian, your prize will include pre-paid food and luggage so the prize is equivalent to a standard economy ticket on one of the full service airlines listed. If you select ‘other’ you will be randomly booked onto one of the six 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:

  • Brand reputation
  • Crew and service
  • Food & Beverage
  • In-flight entertainment
  • On-board wifi
  • Previous experience
  • Seat comfort

How to enter

We are running this competition slightly differently because of the information we need from you. We are using Google Forms. 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 a week, closing at midnight on Wednesday 20th February. 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.

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 Wednesday 20th February. 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 economy return flights for two people from a London airport to New York Newark or JFK on the airline you chose on the entry form. Flights are subject to availability and all travel must be completed by 30th September 2019. 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 (152)

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  • Steve R says:

    I think there was a reason missing for which Airline you preferred – Airport Location

    • Dale says:

      Yes agreed – for those people who don’t live near LON it’s the biggest factor

  • Rob says:

    Love these competitions, thanks for organising them Rob!

  • MonkeymaN says:

    I would prefer not to fly from London, as I can drive to DUB in about 2.5 hours and clear US immigration there. For the purpose of this competition I have chosen an airline which flies from LHR, so I can connect easily.

  • Ben says:

    My reason for choosing an airline and flight (outside of status) involves only one consideration: aircraft efficiency. This is from an environmental standpoint, to minimise the harm I do by flying. Newer, more efficient planes like the A350 also tend to be more comfortable and leave me feeling less jet-lagged.

    • Shoestring says:

      You’d do more good to the environment by not flying at all

      • Nick_C says:

        Agreed. Still, interesting to find a HfP reader who prefers to travel in Economy. No one who is that committed to reducing their carbon footprint would want to sit in Business. 😉

      • Victor says:

        You’d do even better if you gave up the internet, electricity and HfP.

        Everyone has a line beyond which is too much change – your line might be in a different place than others that’s all.

        • Shoestring says:

          Surely the logic that says you’re doing more for the environment by driving an old banger – because of the greater harm done to the environment by crushing the banger and using up new materials & energy to produce a fuel efficient modern car – must apply to planes as well?

          • Rob says:

            Whilst there is logic in that – Land Rovers are apparently the most environmentally friendly cars because most are kept for 20 years – a plane operates 16-20 hours per day, seven days per week. A car is driven an hour a day at most on average.

  • Laura Angus says:

    Heathrow to LAX virgin team made it seem like a 2 hour flight. My husband was experiencing difficulties and they absolutely nailed it. I couldn’t have asked for more. Not only did they take of my husband, they took care of me and everything else. OUTSTANDING!

  • Rob says:


    Implications for using VA MasterCard linked to curve to pay AMEX balance?

    Looks like it has gone through, but had some calls from virgin asking what I was doing and they said it was fine?


  • Chantelle Rona Chojnacka says:

    My fingers are crossed!! I’ve always dreamt of flying to New York! I would definitely bring my daughter!! Yay for competitions!!

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