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Welcome to your weekly round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news from the last seven days, as well as our latest reviews and features.

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The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways is about to announce a new route to the USA. Could it be …. Kansas City?  It probably wasn’t on your radar, but here’s why Kansas City makes sense.  Image above.

Virgin Atlantic has just bought an extra 24 slots at Heathrow. By all accounts the airline is about to announce a big route expansion …. but where?

The Elizabeth Line now runs through from Heathrow to Central London. Rhys gives it a try and finds out how convenient it is.

Star Alliance is launching a credit card …. in Australia. The airline-agnostic card could eventually make its way to the UK.

Heathrow has dropped the threat of Christmas flight caps but there may still be disruption from strike action.

The future of Eurostar at Amsterdam Centraal looks safe as a decision is made on expanding passenger facilities.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Art’otel London Battersea Power Station to open in December (Business Traveller)

KLM Outlines Potential Network Reduction Due To Schiphol ‘Green Cap’ (Routes Online)

Hyatt debuts The Unbound Collection in New York (Business Traveller)

Scottish baggage repatriation specialist takes over English rival (UK Aviation News)

The story of former UK airline Railway Air Services (Simple Flying)

Interview of the week:

Oman Air: We sat down with Jamal Saif Al Akzi, Regional Vice President Commercial, to find out more about Oman Air’s upcoming oneworld alliance membership and its covid recovery.

The latest travel reviews:

We were on the Ethiopian Airlines launch flight from Manchester to Geneva in Business Class. A new fifth freedom route, it’s a way of starting your ski holiday with a flat bed flight. The aircraft continues to Addis Ababa.  Seat image below.

We visit the brand new Tampa EDITION hotel in Florida as part of the Virgin A330neo launch trip. As always, the EDITION brand shines.

We headed to Tallinn to try the Radisson Collection hotel. Fully refurbished, it is an impressive hotel on the outskirts of the old town.

Something different …. we took a day flight (Virgin Upper Class) from New York to London.  How does it compare with a red eye?

Ethiopian Airlines Cloud 9 A350

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

British Airways has launched a new double Avios promo. It is valid for flights until the end of January, new bookings after registration only.

A new partnership between British Airways and Uber will let you earn Avios on every ride, plus a 250 Avios registration bonus (registration not yet open).

Fiji Airways flights are finally bookable on ba.com with Avios. 

Here’s how to use your Amex Platinum card to get into Lufthansa lounges.

Get a Virgin Wines Advent calendar for just 12,500 Virgin Points. It includes 24 mini bottles plus one full sized bottle for Christmas Day!

Got an SME? This week (Wednesday to be precise) is your last chance to get a sign-up bonus of 60,000 American Express Membership Rewards points on the American Express Business Platinum card – article hereapply here.

Thank you for reading

Thank you for reading. Please drop me a note at rob@headforpoints.com with any feedback.

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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