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I’m pleased to say that Head for Points has been recognised with four nominations in the 2019 Business Travel Journalism Awards.

Each member of the team has received at least one nomination.

These are:

Best Newcomer to Business Travel or Meetings & Events Journalism (Rhys)

Best Use of Digital in Business Travel or Meetings & Events Journalism 

Editorial Team of the Year (Rob, Rhys, Anika)

Features Journalist of the Year – Accommodation (Rob, for this)

Winners will be announced in early October at a gala dinner at the Corinthia Hotel.

It could go either way – we won three in 2017, including ‘Editor of the Year’ and, for Anika, ‘Best Newcomer’, but last year came away with nowt …..

Comments (149)

  • Voltron says:

    Anybody get the AMEX to Hilton offer, but when they click the link it still says 1MR = 2HH?

  • Benilyn says:

    OT: OH has had Amex Gold (now cancelled few months ago). Can she sign up for SPG card and earn bonus?

  • Harvey says:

    Hertz question.
    I have a car hire to make for march but I’m confused with all the options and different codes.
    What is the best code to use with Amex Plat?

  • david says:

    OT: I have 30k american express membership points. I was going to transfer for 30k Avios. But at the moment I have been told of a 1:3 promo with Hilton Honors giving me 90k Hilton Honors points.

    Is this good at all, I have never owned a single Hilton point? I am going to Bali in April? Would this would this 90k get me like 2 nights in a plush place? Or can I go cheap and cover a week?

    • Sanya says:

      Taking a quick look for April, you can stay at Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport for only 5,000 a night so your 90k points will give you 18 nights (more if you are Silver or above on 5 for 4).

      However the Conrad Bali is only 35,000 a night and is highly recommend on this site. If you can earn another 10k or 45k points from elsewhere, you can stay there for 3 nights or 5 nights.

      • david says:

        Thank you Sanya. I have followed your advise and quite shocked at what I can get so this might what I will use them for.

      • The Savage Squirrel says:

        Don’t forget you can convert from various other schemes (e.g Virgin Flying Club). Rates aren’t great (you’re buying 66p of Hilton points per £1 of Virgin for example) but are certainly far cheaper than buying for cash – and if it gets you over the points threshold to get the 5th night free then all of a sudden that conversion rate goes from poor to excellent…

        • Genghis says:

          “but are certainly far cheaper than buying for cash”
          Using your own valuations (VS=1p, HH=0.33p) transfers VS-> Hilton cost 0.5p ea.

          Hilton was selling them for 0.4p cash ea very recently.

      • Lady London says:

        Dont Hilton do 5th Night free on award booking?

      • Benilyn says:

        Wow only 35k… I am spending 120k on WA Maldives… lol I feel stupid now

        • Genghis says:

          And you’re not trapped at the resort. Good food options outside. But beach and sea not as nice. Different strokes and all that.

  • xcalx says:

    Talking of prizes. Did I miss who won the flights comp ( the one before the Etihad one)

  • ADS says:

    since HfP reported last week that Virgin would be offering connections from Sao Paulo on GOL, thought i would have a look at the prices. from the examples i looked at, VS are charging over 500 quid more to book a consolidated fare than if you booked separate flights. whilst you might expect a modest extra fee for the protection of a consolidated ticket – over 500 quid is crazy.

    • Lady London says:

      Sounds like it could be because thé Brazilian govt bans YQ charges is so called fuel surcharges, on tickets starting in Brazil. But a return to Brazil starting in another country cannot take advantage of this.

      • ADS says:

        if that’s the case, then i guess consolidated tickets will always be outrageously priced.

        i was wondering if it was just an early teething problem with the VS pricing.

    • ADS says:

      it looks like prices have settled down

      there might even be a slight discount for a consolidated ticket !

  • Sanya says:

    OT: Does anyone know what the chances of the Heathrow Rewards 100% bonus offer from last year returning is?

    • Lady London says:

      I’ll bite. No one knows the future. But I will take a bet that by the end of the year at least a 50pc will be announced.

      • BJ says:

        Rob commented recently that there is now a new team at HR so we may have seen the last of those offers.

  • Jill (Kinkell) says:

    BITS: we’re all packed and ready to go , checked in, boarding passes issued for domestic and TATL flights. Less than 5 hours to go and BA send out the ‘your flight is cancelled’. We’ve already had the cancelled /not cancelled emails more than 14 days ago. BA have had loads of time to sort things out and its really annoying that at this late stage BA now decide to cancel and let us know. The early 0705 flight made it to LHR this morning, but I had deliberately booked the early evening flight , relaxing stay at the Sofitel , time in the CCR before jetting off next morning.
    Disruption all parking needs sorting out, Sofitel needs cancelling, getting up in the middle of the night for the early 0705 tomorrow instead (lets hope its on time) a quick mid morning Champagne and off to gate for IAD flight. Not quite what I’d planned, and we’ll be knackered when we get to Washington
    BA email invited me to accept the new arrangements on MMB……needless to say , its the usual IT glitch ‘ error…try again later’ Finally phoned the You First line to be informed ticket is fine, all confirmed and accepted, get passes at airport.
    I suppose we are no different from many others in getting late notifications and if all goes according to plan with the new flight times, we aren’t losing any holiday time….just the relaxing easy, bags-of-time approach that suits us more mature travellers!

    • David says:

      250 Euro per person compensation should help Jill, and the Kessock Bridge won’t be too busy at 6am.

      • Shoestring says:

        EUR600 each methinks for LH – not that I can exactly see the timings

        [If you received less than seven days’ notice of the cancellation, you can claim compensation based on the timings of the alternative flight:

        If your new flight arrives more than four hours after your original flight, you can claim €600 – no matter what time it departs.]

        • David says:

          I suspect that Jill had booked INV-LHR (overnight) -IAD, and will now do INV-LHR-IAD without the gap, so will probably arrive at the same time at ultimate destination. In that case I would expect that the length of the first flight would be the basis for compensation, but would be happy to be proven otherwise.

          • Don says:

            This is quite complicated.

            Definitely looking to hear views on this. I had a Lufthansa claim refused where the flight to MUC was cancelled. I had deliberately booked an overnight to have a meeting in MUC, but I arrived to the final destination on time.

            The Regulation for cancellations seems to say compensation is payable. My understanding is the issue is about delays on the feeder, not cancellations. Remember the Regulation was created for cancellations and expanded compensation for delays by case law.

          • Shoestring says:

            @Don give your flights and timings, planned & actual, & I’ll venture an opinion!

          • Jill (Kinkell) says:

            Thanks David and Shoestring. Kessock Bridge will be a doddle! I reckon we get €300 each as compo ,as its 50 % given that we will hopefully arrive within 2 (or is it 4 hrs) of normal arrival time at destination . Checked up…today’s 0705 BA flight to LHR didn’t actually leave until 1055 . The IAD flight departs at 1100.! So let’s hope there is no delay.

          • Lady London says:

            I haven’t read other posters’ replies yet. I would have told BA to *”* “%%. At that late stage I would not have been able to present myself for the earlier flight.

            What happened? Did one of British Airways’s planes suddenly go missing? That amount of notice for that length of journey is not acceptable. I would have rejected that reroute and cooperated with them for the next available reroute following my original departure time on the Transatlantic leg, that they could offer.

            Btw and this is not thé point I think the 600 EUR compo is safe as IIRC it’s outside the number of hours earlier you can be asked to depart on a reroute.

            [email protected] K is nicer than me though…and would happily accept loss of a key paet of the pleasure of her trip.

            So sorry for you, @Jill K

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