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The latest travel and aviation news:
The Queen died on Thursday afternoon. Out of respect to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, we suspended posting on Head for Points on Friday. Throughout this email you will see a selection of images of the Queen from the Heathrow and British Airways archives.
Avios and British Airways news:
British Airways, Finnair and American Airlines are offering sub £1,300 business class from Dublin to the United States. Whilst it requires a couple of connections you will make substantials savings compared to the ‘official’ British Airways sale from London.
Rhys reviews the new (ish) British Airways lounge at OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg – an impressive lounge that was refurbished in 2019.
South African Airways is in talks with British Airways to launch a new BA-branded franchise to replace Comair, which fell into receivership recently.
Credit card news:
A generous United Airlines offer has landed on American Express cards, with £250 off a £500 minimum spend.
Capital on Tap has brought back its 50,000 point sign-up bonus for small and medium sized businesses. The points convert into 50,000 Avios or £500 cash. This is an exclusive HfP reader offer. We will cover it in more detail in the newsletter next week. Click here to apply.
Struggled to access the IHG website? The hotel group experienced a hacking event last weekend which compromised its servers. It is not yet known what data, if any, was compromised.
Marriott Homes and Villas is offering 10,000 bonus Bonvoy points for the rest of the year, although you need to book by 21st September. This would combine with the current American Express ‘£150 cashback when you spend £500’ offer.
Here are the best hotel promotions for September.
Today (Saturday 10th) is your last day to get a 75% bonus when buying IHG One Rewards points. Click here to buy.
Thursday 15th September is your last day to get a 25% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy hotel points. Click here to buy.
Other interesting articles:
Transport for London has raised prices on services from Central London to Heathrow. Here’s how you can circumvent them, by travelling via Hatton Cross. As of last Sunday, underground services between Hatton Cross and the airport are free.
Zipcar Flex is launching drop off and pick up at Gatwick Airport – albeit for a hefty premium.
Avanti has launched a loyaltly programme called Club Avanti. We take a look at how it works and whether it’s worth joining.
Join Rob at the Loyalty Summit conference in London later this month to discuss travel loyalty with guests from United Airlines, Miles and More, Air France KLM and many more. If you work in travel loyalty we have a special $99 deal on tickets.
Is this one of the best Priority Lounges? Our review of the Air Mauritius Amedee Maingard lounge.
The 1903 Lounge in Manchester Terminal 3 is now for the exclusive use of Priority Pass cardholders.
On the topic of lounges, easyJet is trialling free lounge access for FLEXI fare customers.
Head for Points is acquiring Business Travel News from its retiring owner and editor, Malcolm Ginsberg.
Deals you missed:
Best Western launched a 3-day flash sale, which is now over.
See you next Saturday.