For most of us, today will be the first full week back at the 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, seat previews and public speaking, September should see:
Rhys visiting Vietnam for a week, as we take a look at Vietnam Airlines
I am giving Qatar Airways Qsuite a try. Hard to believe but I have never actually got around to flying it before, despite having sat in the seat numerous times at press events and, once, on the plane itself when I was invited onboard for lunch!
Anika has a review of SWISS Business Class written and queued up!
Rhys will be on one of the very first flights to New York to feature the new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite
We are getting to see United’s Polaris seat up-close in a press event ….
…. and the very impressive looking new ANA business class seat too
I will be hosting a couple of sessions at World Aviation Festival in London this week, including ‘Battle of the (airline booking) Apps’ and an interview with the head of India’s Jet Privilege
….. and chairing a panel discussion at Loyalty Summit in London later in the month
We can’t talk about any of the offers and promotions which are coming up, unfortunately. There is a lot going on though including, of course, the BA pilot strike.
Key Head for Points articles you may have missed during August:
We launched a competition with online bank Monese to win 1 million Avios. See here
Emirates Skywards football redemptions, including Arsenal, Real Madrid and AC Milan, are now bookable. See here
We did a major review of Norwegian Premium to Rio, which you can read here
IHG launched its latest batch of heavily discounted PointBreaks redemptions, and it was the biggest for a while. See here
Capital On Tap is changing its Avios-earning SME payment card to Visa and it will no longer be accepted by HMRC for free. The 20,000 Avios sign-up bonus remains though. Article here
In a slightly different flight review, Anika flew Virgin Upper Class whilst six months pregnant. Article here
British Airways added some October A350 training flights between Heathrow and Madrid if you want to try the new Club Suite. Article here
The slightly weird Atrium Hotel opened at Heathrow (well, Hatton Cross). Article here
We ran an offer with Revolut (still going) to waive the £4.99 delivery fee if you open an account via our link. Article here
Virgin and Delta announced a number of route changes from Heathrow, Gatwick and Manchester. Article here
Hilton Honors made its status match harder to obtain – but it’s still a decent deal. Article here
Club Eurostar made it harder to earn top tier Carte Blanche status. Article here
BA and Amex launched a competition for #BA100 with 100 prizes for cardholders. Article here
Norwegian is closing all of its long haul routes from Ireland. Article here
Alan Boswell Insurance has relaunched as an Avios partner – you can now earn 10,000 Avios with your household, landlord or business insurance. Article here
We did a full overview of Club Eurostar. Article here
Hilton launched a fascinating Beatles experience, bookable on points, at Abbey Road Studios. Article here
The Virgin / Air France / KLM / Delta joint venture received preliminary approval from the US Government, meaning that final approval – any day now – should be a formality. This unlocks cross-earning and spending of miles. Article here
We did a major feature on how to book ‘open jaw’ flights with Avios. Article here
Rhys flew on the very first British Airways A350 commercial flight, in Club Suite! Article here
We reviewed the LNER First Class Lounge at Kings Cross. Article here
LateRooms.com and Super Break went into receivership. Article here
We did possibly our weirdest lounge review ever when we visited ART & LOUNGE in Heathrow Terminal 4. Article here
There is obviously a lot more too. It is worth spending 10 minutes scrolling back from our home page to see what else you may have missed.