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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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11500 Avios with The Wine Flyer

Exclusive HfP offer: Get up to 11,500 Avios with The Wine Flyer

All week we have been running a special Avios offer with The Wine Flyer, the new British Airways wine ordering portal. The deal ends today.

You can earn up to 11,500 Avios across four different products:

  • 2,000 Avios when you buy a bottle of Horse Guards Gin (includes free annual Cellar Pass)
  • 2,500 Avios when you buy The Wine Flyer Selection Six
  • 3,000 Avios when you buy the Mixed World Selection Six
  • 4,000 Avios when you buy the HfP Exclusive Twelve Case

You can mix and match – no need to buy the whole lot – and the Horse Guards Gin also comes with a Cellar Pass, granting you free delivery for 12 months on any future The Wine Flyer orders.

The offer is end today, Monday 22nd May. Click here to order. Our article with full details of the offer is here.

The latest UK business travel news:

InterContinental to add another ‘chateau’ hotel in France with Chantilly’s Château Mont Royal. Image above.

Is South African Airways heading back to London?

easyJet announces a new base at Birmingham which could see up to 15 routes launched.

Hyatt (re)opens at Spain’s La Manga Club.

British Airways and Ryanair launch ‘twilight bag drop’ at Edinburgh Airport.

Elizabeth Line journey times to Heathrow cut from yesterday – but Terminal 5 loses a direct Canary Wharf service.

Priority Pass adds a new restaurant option at Luton Airport.

A new Marriott Bonvoy hotel has opened in Porto.

Accor launches a new flexible / refundable hotel sale.

The first £1,000 business class flights to New York since the pandemic have appeared.

What is worth booking in the British Airways sale?

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Finnair to lease two A330s with new business class seats to Qantas (Business Traveller)

Aer Lingus flights to Cleveland start (UK Aviation News)

Jet2 plans four-aircraft base at Liverpool Airport (Routes)

IHG’s CEO Keith Barr: no signs of cracks in demand for travel (Business Traveller)

Our latest reviews:

Flight reviews:

Rhys heads to Istanbul where he reviews Turkish Airlines’ new business class seat on the Boeing 787.

On the return, a closer look at Turkish Airline’s ‘eurobusiness’ on an A321neo – the best intra-European business class?

Hotel reviews:

Meanwhile in London, Rhys checks out the Sea Containers Hotel and their new Commuter Club subscription package.

Party news:

Save the date: the 2023 Head for Points Summer Party is coming in June. Join 500 readers and airline and hotel representatives at the frequent flyer event of the year – and potentially win a £7,000 raffle prize from Malaysia Airlines. 2022 photo below.

Head for Points Summer Party

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Get a 50,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard. Ends 30th May.

Which 10 UK lounges can now be pre-booked by Priority Pass members?

This is your last chance to earn 10,000 Avios with household, business, medical or landlord insurance.

How to use your Virgin Atlantic credit card voucher for upgrades, companion travel or lounge access.

Get £100 back on £300 spend at Small Luxury Hotels with a new American Express offer.

Marriott Bonvoy’s British Grand Prix experiences are up for auction.

Earn 40,000 bonus Bonvoy points with Marriott Homes & Villas.

Thank you for reading

Please drop me a note at with any feedback. See you next Monday.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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