Vote in the HFP Travel & Loyalty Awards 2019 – and win 10,000 Avios!

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Head for Points has come a long way in the seven years since Rob started this site in 2012 to pass the time during his gardening leave!  If you trust Alexa data, HFP is now one of the 600 biggest websites in the UK.

In the last seven years, we’ve moved to three daily articles x 363 days a year, won various prizes including ‘Editor of the Year’ at the Business Travel Journalism Awards, hosted Christmas and Summer parties for 500+ guests, started dabbling in more intimate events like the recent HFP reader dinner, appeared on Chinese TV (Anika), been featured in prestigious publications such as ‘Trinidad & Tobago Newsday‘ (oh yes!) and given away some fantastic prizes in our raffles and competitions.

Now that I’ve joined the HFP team full time, we have a little more time to explore new ventures.  Today we are launching the Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards 2019.

We are in the privileged position of having an audience – you! – that has an exceptional knowledge of business travel, airlines, hotels, airline lounges and travel credit cards.  Many of you experience these products on a regular basis, and far more frequently than either Rob, Anika or I do.

The Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards 2019 are a great opportunity to recognise the cream of the crop when it comes to UK premium business and leisure travel.  A lot of the areas we are covering, such as airport lounges and travel credit cards, are ignored by other awards because they are too niche – but for our readers, they are very important and appreciated.

You can vote in the Head for Points Travel and Loyalty Awards 2019 here.

We have a small bribe to encourage you to do so – full details below!  One entrant will win 10,000 Avios.

There are 12 categories, including:

Best business class product

Best new business class seat

Best UK airport lounge (airline)

Best UK airport lounge (independent)

Best UK travel rewards credit card

Travel innovation of the year

We genuinely want to recognise the best of what is out there.  Whilst we have drawn up a shortlist for each category, we have also included an ‘Other’ option.  If you think we have missed something good, write it in.

Rob and I will look at all of the ‘Other’ suggestions and select a small number of ‘Editor’s Choice Awards’ alongside the main winners.  This means that niche lounges, credit cards or products can still be a winner, so please put them forward.

Voting starts today and will end at midnight on Sunday 1st December. We hope you can spare a couple of minutes (and it really is just a couple!) to let us know who you think should win in each category.

One voter will be drawn at random and will receive 10,000 Avios.  We will also throw in two tickets to the Head for Points Winter party in January (date TBC) and a handful of drinks vouchers on the night.  For clarity, we are paying for the Avios ourselves – British Airways is not sponsoring the awards in any way.

You can vote in the Head for Points Travel and Loyalty Awards 2019 here.

The deadline for voting is 1st December, and we will unveil the winners in a series of articles over Christmas and New Year.  Thank you for your help.

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  1. OT (no bits) – 1,000 Avios for £100+ spend at BA is back on my BAPP. Spend by 17 December, first 50,000 people to register.

    • I also have a slightly less exciting one for £20 back on £150 spend at Avis.

    • Also on Blue but dates don’t work for me. Other new offers today include £30 for £100 spend at Thistle Hotels, £10 for £40 at Top Shop or Top Man, £100 for £300 at 40 Savile Row, and 10% for £500+ at Castle Fine Arts.

    • Thanks for the heads up, got it on blue and BAPP. I’ve got a BA holiday to pay off so this works well.

    • I see that this is not cumulative this time. Says a transaction of £100+.
      Pity as used for Reward Flight Saver fees previously.

      • Many airline and hotel offers are cumulative regardless of what the T&Cs say. You’ll often see airline spend split down by individual passengers so your £150 charge for 2 will be billed as 2 x £75. If you’re spending £100+ with BA anyway I’d use the card the offer is saved onto – there’s a decent chance it will trigger.

        • What if it is ‘RFS’ for 2 at £25 each on one booking & transaction to one destination & then , seperately the same to another destination …..

  2. That was unexpected and fun. The voting page looks very slick. Two problems though. Firstly, there is no ‘Other’ category for Question 12, Innovations. Secondly, the best lounges categories cannot really be described as ‘best’ because the result will be heavily skewed in favour of LHR given the huge volume of people travelling through there with personal experience. Thus, responses to these two questions will more likely measure the most popular lounges as opposed to the best lounges.

    • The Original David says:

      Not necessarily – the only one from that list that I’ve used is Plaza Premium LHR T2, but it wasn’t great so I just left that question blank. No 1 LGW North was better in my view, but I’ve only been there once since Easyjet moved there and it seemed to be going downhill…

    • There’s definitely an ‘other’ option for me? Perhaps you needed to scroll down a little?

      • Yes, apologies Rhys, it’s there. Just did a dummy run and saw it. Must have been too early when I submitted my responses 🙂

    • That’s why we have ‘Editor’s Choice’ though. Whilst we didn’t fully explain it in the article for brevity, ‘Editor’s Choice’ winners will be chosen from those on the shortlist who don’t win, plus whatever readers write in the ‘Other’ box.

      There will be various ways we will decide on these, but a disproportionately high vote for a niche lounge / card / whatever, but which still isn’t enough to win, would definitely put it on the way to an ‘Editor’s Choice’.

      Non-London lounges and airport hotels would be prime candidates to get one of these.

  3. stevenhp1987 says:

    OT (no bits).

    Does anyone else use Avis and pay using a BA amex? I’ve paid using said card for my last two rentals and no sign of the 250 bonus points hitting my account.

    Does anyone’s post automatically? Not a fan of continually raising tickets to get them to sort moving forward!

    • Stevenhp1987 you’ve just reminded me to go back and check how many Avios I earned on my last Avis rental in September paid by BAPP

      I also don’t appear to have been credited the 250 Avios for paying by BA Amex. Weirdly my account was credited with 735 Avios. I paid £311 for 13 days car hire so on the basis that you should get 3 Avios for every £1 I should have been credited 933 Avios +250 = 1183 in total. I also joined Avis Preferred (which is brilliant btw, easiest car pick up and drop off ever) so should also get 1,000 bonus Avios for my first rental. That said I did also get a miscellaneous 311 Avios with BA Holidays on the same date which is suspiciously the same amount I paid for the car hire.

      I think I need to contact Avis. Or do I contact BA Exec Club?

      • stevenhp1987 says:

        Last time it happened I rang Avis who posted the points a few weeks later.

        They now have an online ticketing system so I’ve opened a ticket for them to post the missing points.

        Did you book the car with BA Holidays? You get 1 bonus point per £1 spent if you book a package with them. That is on top of the avios from the flights/car rentals. That would explain the extra 311 points.

        You should be given 3 points per £1 spent with a minimum 700 for 3+ day rentals. Raise a ticket online with the details and I’m sure they’ll fix it.

        Odd they’re not posting the bonus points for the BA card automatically though.

  4. Best hotel loyalty scheme was a really tough question as they’re all terrible in their own way.
    Marriott – best for spending
    IHG – best for earning
    Hilton – best mid tier benefits.
    If it wasn’t for all the merger shenanigans and devaluing the travel package by 50% then I would have said Marriott hand down. Went for Hilton in the end.

    • If only we had some way of finding out what the general consensus of opinion on HfP was… 😉

  5. Maybe the whole site could be rebranded with that slick logo and brown and gold colours – much classier and professional.

  6. Neil Donoghue says:

    Love the voting page site! It’s crisp exactly to the point and isn’t overwhelming! Great idea

    • The Original David says:

      That’s down to Typeform, not HfP though. Rob & Rhys just did well in choosing the best survey tool in the business 😉

  7. O/T: I had a security block on my IHG card due to some large transactions. Phone agent told me business transactions are not allowed on personal card and they would have to close down my account! I said I will stop and she seemed to be fine with that. But is that really true?

    • Might be in the small print.

      Let me explain why. Transactions on personal cards come with Section 75 coverage if the retailer goes bust. On Business cards, you don’t get this. Creation may feel it shouldn’t be providing free insurance for your corporate suppliers.

      • Is it also relevant that Business cards don’t have the regulated fee cap, so those credit card companies who provide both would prefer that customers use their Business cards to get a higher rate?

  8. I think there is a slight flaw. There should be an N/A answer so if a section of the voting doesn’t apply to you, you’re not forced to choose something

  9. Hi,

    Do you know if Getaround (Drivy) is covered by Amex plat (uk) car rental insurance?

    I called them up and they would not give me a specific answer for a company, they would only say ” as long as you get a care rental agreement you are covered”.

    Has anyone made a claim successfully (or unsuccessfully!) in this or a similar case?


  10. I did what Jon mentioned when I took the survey for questions I felt I lacked knowledge to answer. It mentions at the start of the survey that not all questions need to be answered and you can skip some.
    Let’s hope that MSE competition pages don’t pick this up and skew the results.

  11. OT:
    Any idea when BA will release their summer timetable? I want to book a 777 club suites flight to JFK for April next year.

    • Should be soon!

    • Is the 777 showing before 31/3? Last time I checked the A350 fleet was not showing anywhere beyond the end of March but I wasn’t sure if BA was deliberately showing non-Club Suite 777’s in the system or not.

      • Yes example is BA0175 on March 17th. Club Suite seat map is visible when going to book a ticket.
        On my searches for my dates in April every single 777 is showing club world not suite.

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