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ENDS SOON – HfP reader exclusive:

Earn up to 30,000 Avios with Capital on Tap’s exclusive HfP credit card offer for SMEs. You need a Limited Company or LLP to apply.

New look Travelodge hotels

Latest travel news:

Travelodge unveils its ‘budget-luxe’ upgraded hotels – are they worth a visit? The plan is to get nearer to Premier Inn levels of quality. Image above.

Manchester Airport announces a £440m Terminal 2 expansion and the closure of Terminal 1.

Eurostar and Thalys are rebranding under the Eurostar name – and have a new logo.

Wizz-Air is making a big push into Turkey from Gatwick and Luton.

Hilton is allowing Diamond members who did not retain their status to keep it if they do one stay by the end of March.

Accor has launched a partnership with Italy’s ITA Airways, allowing the two-way conversion of Accor Live Limitless and ITA VOLARE points.

Finnair has launched a sale with attractive business class fares from the UK to Mumbai, Seoul and Hong Kong via Helsinki. A good way to top up your British Airways tier points.

Other British Airways & Avios news:

Win 300,000 Avios! British Airways is giving 300,000 Avios to 10 people in a free draw. Click here to enter.

NEW: Spend and earn Avios on duty free at Doha’s Hamad International Airport. In a twist, Qatar Airways flyers will get their Avios at check in so they can spend them in transit.

What new Avios earn and spend partners has Qatar Airways brought to the party? You have new airline, hotel and car hire partners to earn Avios from.

Your 250 Avios from Uber should have posted – unless BA / Uber unlinked you.

British Airways has increased the tier points on Hong Kong flights.

Student? Get BA Bronze equivalent status (Qatar Silver) on graduation with Qatar Student Club.

The Avios / Hackett partnership has ended.

Credit card news:

Hyatt has launched an excellent ‘spend £250 and get £100 cashback’ offer with American Express.

Get 5,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus with the Aer Lingus credit card.

New IHG promotion

Hotel news:

REGISTER NOW: IHG One Rewards launches its new Spring bonus points offer. The registration page is here. See image above.

and once you’ve registered with IHG ….

REGISTER NOW for Marriott’s new ‘1000 bonus points and double elite nights’ promotion. The registration page is here.

New reviews this week:

Whilst in Antwerp with Luxair (see last week’s newsletter), Rhys tried out the NH Collection Antwerp Centre hotel and was impressed.

He then hopped on a train to Rotterdam to review Motto Rotterdam Blaak, Hilton’s new hostel-hotel concept.

Motto Rotterdam Blaak hotel

Other interesting articles:

Fly EL AL? You can book it via Qantas Frequent Flyer using Amex Membership Rewards points.

Club Eurostar may disappear, as Eurostar’s merger with Thalys will lead to a new combined loyalty scheme.

What is the best Star Alliance credit card? Options are slim in the UK these days.

Is Hilton Honors the best hotel loyalty scheme? Read our two part analysis of the pros and cons.

Got Marriott Bonvoy Titanium Elite hotel status? You get United Airlines status for free.

What you missed this week:

Marriott Bonvoy released VIP tickets for Peter Kay’s O2 gig in March. Our readers snapped them up within 30 minutes. Follow us on Twitter @headforpoints to be notified instantly when tickets for future shows are made available for points.

Our latest round-up 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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