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Welcome to your weekly trade round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news as well as our latest reviews and features.

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Elton John O2

Join us to see Elton John in Marriott Bonvoy’s VIP suite at The O2

On Wednesday 12th April, Head for Points is taking over the Marriott Bonvoy VIP suite at The O2 in London.

On stage will be Elton John, performing one of his final ever UK shows as part of his ‘Farewell Yellow Brick Road’ tour.

Four readers and a +1 can join us in the Marriott Bonvoy VIP suite. Complimentary food and drink will be provided.

To enter the competition, click here and fill in the form at the bottom.

Small print summary: Entries close at midnight on Wednesday. UK residents 18+ only. You must be a Marriott Bonvoy member to enter (free membership). Winners are responsible for travel to The O2 and any other costs.

The latest UK business travel news:

Air France and KLM are being sent back to Heathrow Terminal 4 from Terminal 3 with virtually no notice. Image above.

Heathrow is being forced to decrease its passenger charges by 20% next year.

United Airlines is adding a second daily Edinburgh flight.

Qatar Airways relaunches flights to Birmingham from July.

You can now pay for British Airways Holidays packages with Avios.

PLAY is adding flights from Glasgow to Reykjavik, with onward connections to the US.

Aer Lingus is launching Liverpool to Dublin, operated by Emerald Airlines.

The Crowne Plaza Dubai hotel has left IHG.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Rhys Jones from Head for Points appeared on the Simple Flying podcast to discuss the new Lufthansa Allegris First and Business Class seats – click to listen

Portuguese Goverment forces resignation of TAP’s CEO and Chairman over financial irregularities (Reuters)

UK’s Electronic Travel Authorisation scheme to be in place by end of 2024 (Business Traveller)

Canada expected to approve WestJet – Sunwing merger (Simple Flying)

US expected to block JetBlue – Spirit merger (Reuters)

SAS recruits BA executive as chief operating officer (FlightGlobal)

Our latest reviews:

Rhys reviews Lufthansa CityLine from London City to Frankfurt. How does it compare to BA CityFlyer?

Over in Mexico, he checks into Marriott’s W Mexico City hotel.

Rob reviews the dedicated Qatar Airways Mariner Lounge at Doha’s Hamad Airport. Unless you’re a seafarer, you’re unlikely to ever see inside!

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

British Airways opened lots of Avios availability to North America in First Class. Image above.

Get up to 10,000 Avios with household, business, medical or landlord insurance.

Round 3 now live: Win 1 million Avios when you apply for a Barclaycard Avios credit card via HfP.

World of Hyatt has announced its category changes for 2023.

Virgin Atlantic devalues ANA First Class flight redemptions to Japan.

Get a 70% bonus buying Virgin Points. Buy here.

Is the eBookers BONUS+ loyalty scheme worth joining?

Thank you for reading

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See you next Monday – and possibly at The O2 with Elton John on 12th April if you enter our competition!

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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