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The big Barclays and Barclaycard announcement:

We sent a separate email earlier this week to highlight this amazing new deal but I wanted to mention it again here.

Barclays and Barclaycard have launched a fantastic new promotion with 100,000 bonus Avios up for grabs (150,000 Avios in total, if you include individual product sign-up bonuses!).

You need to take out the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card and Premier Banking with Barclays Avios Rewards. If you already have one of these products, you need to add the other.

Our introductory article is here, or you can check your eligibility directly on the Barclays website here.

The latest travel and aviation news:

Rhys heads to Edinburgh, where he reviews the impressive new Plaza Premium lounge and interviews Plaza Group CEO Mr Song, who explains why he dropped Priority Pass and the lounge group’s big growth plans. Image below.

Virgin Atlantic has announced it will permanently axe flights to Hong Kong, precluding a restart of the service next year. Virgin Atlantic initially launched flights to Hong Kong in 1994, but the closure of Russian airspace means that it is no longer financially viable. Shanghai is now Virgin’s only route to East Asia.

If you’ve got an SME, join us for an exclusive private dinner at The London EDITION hotel in November. We have a great evening of drink, food and networking lined up, all paid for by a major credit card company which wants to chat to you over the meal. The full HfP team will be there too.

Rhys Mr Song

Avios and British Airways news:

After two and a half years, it’s finally possible to cancel your British Airways Avios bookings online.

Here is my review of the British Airways lounge at Edinburgh Airport. What can you expect?

A quirk in BA’s Avios earning chart means that you currently can’t earn Avios or tier points on Cathay Pacific’s ‘P’ class business class fares. It is definitely an error as cheaper fare classes do earn.

Credit card news:

American Express has launched a 30% Hilton Honors transfer bonus for Membership Rewards points. But does it move the needle enough?

Speaking of Membership Rewards points, what else can they be used for?

Week of Wonders

Hotel news:

Marriott Bonvoy’s annual ‘Week of Wonders’ promotion has begun. Our first article looks at Marriott Bonvoy Moments – the events and experiences auction site, where packages include exclusive behind-the-scenes Abu Dhabi Grand Prix packages.

We’ve launched an exclusive offer in partnership with citizenM hotels where you can get a FREE 3-month free trial of mycitizenM+. This gets you 10% off your room, free late check out and more.

Get 500 bonus points, worth €10, on your next Accor stay. You need to register here (in French).

Moxy Hotels – what are they, and are they worth booking? Our complete guide to Marriott’s budget-but-cool brand is here.

What are Moxy hotels like?

Ending soon:

Our latest roundup of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

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