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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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The newsletter is a little shorter this week due to a lack of major announcements over Easter.

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The latest UK business travel news:

Aer Lingus is moving to New York JFK’s Terminal 7 – and into BA’s old Concorde Room lounge.

British Airways launches ‘Avios-only’ flights – where every seat on selected flights is available for redemption.

British Airways is rerouting its one-stop flights to Buenos Aires.

Order airport takeaways with the Priority Pass app.

Get your third night free at Hilton’s luxury hotels in Europe, Asia and beyond.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

An interesting interview with BA Euroflyer’s CEO Tom Stoddart (TTG)

Former Holiday Inn Mayfair to become “sustainable luxury hotel” (Business Traveller)

Boeing foresees reduced 737 MAX production due to parts issue (Simple Flying)

Qatar Airways to resume flights to Birmingham in July (Business Traveller)

London Southend Airport welcomes the return of commercial flights (Simple Flying)

Our latest reviews:

In New York, Rhys attends the opening night party of Virgin Hotels New York City – here is his review.

Rhys reviews the Plaza Premium lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal, formerly the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse.


The story of the forgotten West London and Imperial Airways Empire air terminals. Image below.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

What happens to your British Airways account and Avios when you die?

The ‘reward flight finder’ feature in the BA app is still broken.

You can now transfer Marriott Bonvoy points to another person, online, for free.

Get a Hilton Diamond status match with just 14 nights. You’ll instantly get Gold for 90 days.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points at bars and restaurants without staying.

A generous new £250 Amex cashback offer has appeared for United Airlines.

SPECIAL PROMOTION – Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS £200 travel credit with American Express Platinum

American Express has launched an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card. The bonus is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points which converts to 60,000 Avios, 60,000 Virgin Points and lots of other good stuff.

Even better, American Express is throwing in a £200 travel credit too. Once you have triggered the 60,000 points (£6,000 spend in six months required) you will be given £200 to spend at Amex Travel.

Whilst the annual fee is £575, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus.

Our main article on the ‘60,000 points plus £200 travel credit’ bonus is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus. You can apply for The Platinum Card with the special bonus on this page of the Amex website.

The representative APR is 464.4% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 29.7% variable.

Head for Points will receive a commission from American Express if you apply via our link. Thank you.

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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