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ENDS TUESDAY: Get up to 50,000 Avios with the Barclaycard Avios Plus card

This is your last opportunity to avail yourself of one of the most impressive credit card deals we’ve seen in years.

Until 30th May (Tuesday), you will receive 50,000 Avios when you apply for the ‘£20 per month, cancel whenever’ Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard credit card.

The bonus of the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard has also been increased, to 10,000 Avios, but frankly you should go for the paid card and bank the 50,000 Avios bonus.

(To put this in comparison, even if you have no interest in Avios, you can convert 50,000 Avios points into 66,666 Nectar points which are worth £333 to spend in Sainsburys, Argos or on That is £333 just for getting a £20 per month credit card and hitting the £3,000 spend target.)

You can apply here. Our full article on the deal is here.

The representative APR is 77.6% APR variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 27.9% variable.

The points redemption of the year is here!

Get a 7-night Virgin Voyages cruise, for two, for 80,000 Virgin Points. It is, honestly, the redemption of the year given that these cruises can sell for up to £3,000. Various dates available.

We’re having a party – and you’re invited

Save the date: the 2023 Head for Points Summer Party is coming in June. Join 500 readers at the UK’s biggest frequent flyer event – and potentially win an amazing raffle prize.

British Airways & Avios news:

British Airways has launched more Avios-only flights. The last batch sold out in 24 hours.

British Airways adds flights from Gatwick to Accra.

British Airways adds Edinburgh twilight bag drop.

Other airline news:

Lufthansa is adding a limited Glasgow-Munich service.

China Eastern is relaunching flights from Gatwick to Shanghai.

£1,000 business class flights to New York are back – is normality returning?

easyJet is launching a new base at Birmingham Airport.

Is South African Airways returning to London soon?

Credit card news:

LAST CHANCE: get 40,000 points and a free night with the Marriott Bonvoy Amex card. Click here to apply.

Which three credit cards are worth keeping, just for their benefits?

Get £50 back when you spend £150 at NH Hotels and nhow with American Express.

Get a huge 60,000 points + £200 travel credit with the current Amex Platinum offer, ending soon. Click here to apply.

Get four lounge passes if you have Barclays Premier AND the Barclaycard Avios Plus card.

Reviews this week:

Hotel reviews:

Rob reviews Kimpton Aysla Mallorca. A case of the wrong hotel in the wrong place? Image above.

Rhys reviews the new Hampton by Hilton London City. How does it compare to other ‘budget’ hotels in the area?

Airport lounge reviews:

Rob reviews the Aspire Lounge (Gate 4) at Edinburgh Airport.

Hotel news:

Register now for the IHG One Rewards Summer promotion. You have a choice of two options – pick carefully! Click here to register.

InterContinental is opening a new property in a Chantilly chateaux. Image below.

Learn about the Hyatt free night promotion you have literally years to complete.

A luxury Fairmont hotel is coming to Cheshire!

Get €5-€10 of Accor Live Limitless points by joining ClubOpinions.

Speedy HfP readers snapped up tickets to Hilton’s next ‘Secret Social’ with a global popstar – but now sold out.

Get 3,000 bonus Radisson Rewards points with your first app booking.

How to (wastefully) convert your Marriott Bonvoy points to Hilton Honors or IHG One Rewards.

Other interesting articles:

Get 500 Tesco Clubcard points by signing up to Halfords Motoring Club Premium! It’s like the good old days of Clubcard offers ….

Virgin Flying Club Silver or Gold member? You can gift your credit card upgrade and 2-4-1 vouchers.

Elizabeth Line journey times from Heathrow should be faster – and more frequent. A new timetable started last weekend.

Greater Anglia is doubling Stansted Express frequencies at peak times.

That’s all, folks

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.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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