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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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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 travel 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.

Head for Points receives a commission from Barclaycard if you successfully apply for the card. Thank you for your support.

The latest UK business travel news:

China Eastern is relaunching flights from Gatwick to Shanghai.

Deal done: Lufthansa buys Italy’s ITA, presumably leaving SkyTeam to join Star Alliance.

British Airways adds flights from Gatwick to Accra.

Lufthansa is adding a limited Glasgow-Munich service.

British Airways has launched more Avios-only flights.

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.

A luxury Fairmont hotel is coming to Cheshire.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

British Airways begins roll out of new uniforms (Business Traveller)

Norse Atlantic launches flights from Gatwick to Florida (TTG)

How oneworld Is leveraging AI to sell Round The World tickets (Simple Flying)

Maybourne Hotel Group CEO Marc Socker: luxury is about emotional connection (Business Traveller)

Iceland’s Play launches budget US connections from Scotland (TTG)

Our latest reviews:

Hotel reviews:

In Spain, 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.

The points redemption of the year is here!

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

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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