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Here’s the full HFP index of articles for April 2019

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Here is a full list of the articles we published in April 2019.  Click through to read them in full:

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Top 10 reasons to get American Express Platinum (The Platinum Card)

Excellent 2-4-1 First and Business deals from the UK, from £999, with Lufthansa and SWISS

Lloyds Avios vouchers not valid on Zone 3 redemptions

New Qatar Airways promotion launching today

See Wimbledon and Hurlingham tennis with Marriott Bonvoy

Top 10 reasons to get the American Express Rewards Credit Card

REGISTER NOW: IHG launches its new Accelerate promotion for May to August

BIG NEWS: BA ‘changing’ the cost of Avios redemptions on partner airlines – but it won’t say how much

How two people can still earn 185,000 Avios from Amex sign-up bonuses – if you’ve not had an Amex card in the past two years

Another loophole closing – European Avios redemptions no longer cheaper booked as 2 x one-ways

Hilton Edinburgh Grosvenor leaving tomorrow

Britannia Hotels wins the Which? ‘dirtiest hotel chain in Britain’ award

Hilton’s new promotion is more generous than I thought

Top 10 reasons to get the British Airways American Express (BA Amex)

Last call for 40% bonus buying Virgin miles or using Miles Booster

Your first look at Istanbul’s amazing new airport and the IGA (British Airways) lounge

Good ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link

Last chance for 80% IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus

Last chance to book Flybe with Avios and to save your Flybe Avios account

Top 10 reasons to get the British Airways American Express Premium Plus card

Ethiopian Airlines to launch Dublin to Madrid with flat beds

British Airways drops Gatwick to Fort Lauderdale

Join the Manchester United ‘Player of the Year’ awards

UK airport lounge reviewers wanted!

REGISTER NOW: Hilton launches new ‘double points’ promotion for May to September

New British Airways lounge at New York JFK about to open

British Airways cuts Johannesburg services from June

(DEAD?) The Amex / Amazon ‘£25 off £40’ coupon is working again – even if you’ve used it before!

How new expats in the UK can earn 100,000 Avios from Citigold Expat

Top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier Mastercard

NEW: 20,000 Avios sign-up bonus with Capital on Tap’s new small business Mastercard – and earn 1 Avios per £1 spent!

15% cashback with taxi app Gett

Generous £75 Wheely offer with American Express

Our review of the new No 1 Lounge at Edinburgh Airport

Top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

Good Qatar Airways Asia deals still running – earn 560 BA tier points

Tesco Clubcard dropping Uber – the best Clubcard redemption is going away

British Airways adds extra Mumbai services following the collapse of Jet

You can now book the new ‘all suite’ Conrad New York Midtown on Hilton points

A review of long-haul BA travel with a disabled / wheelchair passenger

Top 10 reasons to get the IHG Rewards Club credit card

My review of Delta One – see what you get from a £4 ‘US to Europe’ Virgin redemption

How to maximise Hertz Gold Plus Rewards – a comprehensive review

How to earn Flying Club miles with the Virgin Atlantic 1 year Flying Club Savings Account

Top 10 reasons to get the IHG Rewards Club Premium credit card

What are the top UK credit card sign-up deals by £ value?

Can you cancel the return of an Avios redemption after flying outbound?

Get Accor Gold status, 10% off ibis stays and 800 Accor points with ibis Business

Top 10 reasons to get the Lufthansa Miles & More Diners Club and Mastercard

Good new BA Amex ‘bonus Avios’ promotion – requires registration

New Avios-earning Charles Tyrwhitt promotion

Interesting Priority Pass deal at Florence

British Airways ‘Upgrade to First’ offer returns

Top 10 reasons to get the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

Good Lufthansa sale deals in Business and Premium Economy

British Airways expands its codeshare with S7 Airlines in Russia

25% discount if you buy Marriott Bonvoy points

Top 10 reasons to get the Tesco Clubcard Mastercard

£1690 London-Australia/NZ and £1200 to Asia in Business in Air China’s Easter sale

My review of the Gleneagles hotel and resort in Scotland – it’s good!

Earn up to QUADRUPLE Avios with Accor – up to 10 Avios per €1 spent!

Virgin Atlantic sale ending today

ibis hotel packages for the Dot to Dot music festivals around the UK

Special BA gifts if you have flown to the moon!

Top 10 reasons to get the Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard credit card

Get FA Cup Final tickets for your Emirates Skywards miles or Amex Membership Rewards points

EXCLUSIVE: BA trialling new Avios pricing – NO taxes but more Avios

Mistake fixed or backtracking? Virgin cuts £100 from Upper Class taxes to the USA

10% discount at BrewDog bars for BAEC members

Why British Airways dropped the Financial Times

Marriott’s opens the first luxury branded resort in Cyprus

Top 10 reasons to get the Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus Mastercard credit card

Will Amex devalue Membership Rewards – and should you convert Amex, Clubcard, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus or not

British Airways drops the Financial Times

Emirates offering French Open tennis tickets

No 1 Lounges opening in Luton Airport

MORE AMEX CUTS: Some sign-up bonuses and referral bonuses reduced, with immediate effect

London’s dullest Radisson Blu to become a Nobu Hotel!

Get double Bonvoy points on the Marriott Mastercard

Bigger and better! Review of the extended Skylife lounge at London Southend Airport

How to use Virgin Atlantic miles to fly USA-Europe in Business for just £4 of tax!

Get up to 100,000 Avios from Citigold Wealth Management

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying Emirates and one niche KLM route

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year

Get 8,000 Virgin miles for opening a Virgin Money ISA

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme reviewed (Part 1, 2019 edition)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme reviewed (Part 2, 2019 edition)

Mistake or madness? Virgin adds £200+ to USA Upper Class surcharges

Jet Airways abandons Heathrow, and Etihad gets the slots

New No 1 Lounges / Virgin Atlantic offer looks generous

Review of the Upperdeck (Priority Pass) lounge at Glasgow Airport

Virgin Atlantic Spring Sale now on – decent US deals in all classes

Get 22,500 Virgin Atlantic miles for moving an EXISTING Stocks & Shares ISA

GOOD NEWS: American Express reinstates the old rules for Platinum travel insurance

Virgin Atlantic announces a loss for 2018

No more Flying Club miles from rail as West Coast franchise lost

The end is near for Jet Airways – another great Virgin Atlantic redemption dies

JetBlue to launch low-cost London to New York and Boston flights – in 2021

Using Cathay Pacific for low-tax Avios redemptions to Asia – Avios Redemption University – Lesson 15

Qatar Airways launching new BRICS amenity kits

100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points

Mastercard bans Dynamic Currency Conversion on prepaid cards

What happened at the Virgin Atlantic A350 launch party?

IT’S HERE! The new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite! (Part 1)

IT’S HERE! The new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite! (Part 2)

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 1 (Hotels)

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 2 (Airlines and Shopping)

How you can earn Virgin Flying Club miles at Waitrose

How to use Avios for tax-free flights on Alaska Airlines (good for Hawaii) – Avios Redemption University – Lesson 14

Avios Ireland: 50% bonus Avios in AerClub with SuperValu!

American Express Platinum makes a big change to its travel insurance – but hasn’t told us

Iberia quietly drops Madrid to Johannesburg

Virgin and Delta add new Gatwick to Boston and New York JFK services to stifle JetBlue

30%-40% bonus when you buy Virgin miles or use ‘Miles Booster’ – good deal?

WARNING: all avios.com accounts linked to Flybe will be closed on 30th April

Heathrow now has genuinely super-fast (and free) wi-fi!

Special Malaysia Airlines companion fares launched

Up to 75% bonus when buying Flying Blue miles

Save money on No 1 Lounges

My Barra beach landing – the day I flew to Barra and landed on the sand! (Part 1)

My Barra beach landing – the day I flew to Barra and landed on the sand! (Part 2)

Heathrow Terminal 5 gets a (real) dinosaur!

Flybe to close or shrink four UK bases as it cuts back on jet aircraft operations

BA adding Philadelphia flights, American adding Miami flights

When does it make sense to buy World of Hyatt points?

Get an 80% bonus buying IHG Rewards Club points

25% bonus when you convert TopCashback funds to Avios

LAST CALL: Get up to 150,000 Avios when you open an ISA, SIPP or General Investment Account with Nutmeg

Get 2x to 4x Le Club AccorHotels points for advance booking

Five new Virgin Atlantic ‘icons’ revealed

Good Qatar Airways Hong Kong deal – earns 560 BA tier points

The British Airways First Class improvements are now live!

How to redeem Avios for low tax US domestic flights – Avios Redemption University – Lesson 13

New Etihad discount codes and a points transfer bonus launched

New Hilton Curio launches in London – 100 Queens Gate

How Santiago shows up the crazy disparities in Avios pricing – with taxes from £42 to £604!

IHG Rewards Club extends registration for its Spring promotion

Play a football game at a legendary ground with Marriott Bonvoy

Four Grange Hotels in London to rebrand

A quick review of IHG’s Hotel Indigo in Glasgow