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What you missed on Head for Points last week

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Welcome to our weekly summary of the best of HfP. We write this primarily for those people on our ‘weekly summary’ email list, but we also run it on the site as a catch-up for everyone else.

British Airways First Suite doors

On Friday, we were the first site to publish details of the new British Airways First Class seat – with a door! The bad news is that your chance of getting on a plane which has it is slim.

This trumped our other big exclusive of the week. Priority Pass and Lounge Club have kicked No1 Lounges out of their programmes. We explain why.

The other big news story, which most people overlooked, is that the Government has banned the sale of duty free clothing, electronics, toys, perfume etc from January. Only tobacco and alcohol remain.

Hotels:

Fine Hotels & Resorts is an overlooked benefit of Amex Platinum, as I show with a real life example. Guaranteed 4pm check out and $100 credit is an amazing result on a one night stay.

Does it make sense to use your Virgin Flying Club miles to book hotels via Kaligo.com? You can probably guess the answer but we do the maths anyway. We asked the same question about using miles to pay for Virgin Holidays.

IHG has opened registration for its (fairly weak) Autumn double points promo. You’d be silly not to register though.

Learn how to get free hotel elite status from UK credit cards. Never get the room overlooking the bins again.

I tried booking a hotel room to use as a day office. How did it go? And did I earn points and status credit?

Alex Cruz British Airways CEO

Aviation:

Do you know who has the Heathrow landing and take-off slots?

Alex Cruz appeared before a House of Commons committee. What did he say?

The EU has decided, unsurprisingly, to support a slot waiver for the Winter season. Alex Cruz, see above, already wants one for next Summer too.

YOTEL London lobby

Deals:

Marriott Bonvoy launched a 50% bonus when you buy points.

The new YOTEL London (above) has rooms for £30.

BA is still offering a 50% bonus when you buy Avios.

Amex has launched a Tesco cashback offer.

Hyatt extended its 15% discount on redemptions.

Credit cards:

Virgin Atlantic launched a good promo for its credit card holder.

Santander has a World Elite credit card which gives you airport lounge access. Is it any good?

Happy reading!

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