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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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Turkish Airlines new menus

The newsletter is a little thinner this week due to the Bank Holiday in the UK last Monday.

The latest UK business travel news:

Turkish Airlines launches new menus …. and teases a 600 aircraft order. Image above.

Ryanair places a $40 billion order for up to 300 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft

Qatar Airways resumes non-stop flights to Auckland. Did you know Business Class from the UK to Australasia on Qatar Airways is just 180,000 Avios return?

The ‘saved’ British Airways Boeing 747 in BOAC livery may be scrapped

Hilton Brighton Metropole rebrands to a DoubleTree after extensive refurbishment.

Get up to £300 extra off your next holiday in the British Airways sale.

Get excellent £1,300 SAS business class fares from London to the US.

Bristol Airport’s Aspire lounges have rebranded as Escape and 1903 now that Manchester Airports Group is managing them.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

LNER to make fares simpler and more flexible (Business Traveller)

OYO plans to add more than 50 hotels to UK portfolio this year (The Caterer)

Virgin Atlantic cuts losses but pushes profit return to 2024 (FlightGlobal)

SkyTeam begins Sustainable Flight Challenge 2023 (Simple Flying)

Air India to launch Delhi-Amsterdam route (Business Traveller)

Our latest reviews:

Tom sends us his review of Richard Branson’s Necker Island. Image above. It wasn’t quite what he expected for $8,000 per night.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

‘Frequent Flyer – The Video’ is the best short film ever made about air miles.

We were quoted in The Sunday Telegraph on how to use American Express Membership Rewards points. What did their readers make of our advice?

Which of the FIVE special credit card bonuses currently running should you get?

What is the best use of your Amex Platinum 60,000 points sign-up bonus? Special offer runs to 13th June – apply here.

How British Airways killed the value of Gold Priority Rewards.

Save £100 on a £300 spend at Small Luxury Hotels with American Express.

IHG clarifies its rules on gifting rewards nights.

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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