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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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Exclusive interview:

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysia Airlines CEO reveals its new business class seat exclusively to HfP (image above)

The latest UK business travel news:

The UK is launching its Electronic Travel Authorisation for international visitors. Image above.

Qantas unveils its ultra-longhaul A350 seats for non-stop London to Sydney flights

British Airways launches a new flight to Fuerteventura from Gatwick.

British Airways brings back First Class to five routes

The Moxy Plymouth hotel has opened

Hyatt opens a new hotel in Montenegro

IHG’s Hotel Indigo Tokyo opens in late August

FLIGHT SALE: £275 return economy fares to the USA are back with Norse

Cathay Pacific increases Manchester flights

Hyatt finally adds Lindner hotels, primarily in Germany, to its website

United Airlines sponsors Wrexham, the Welsh football club

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Finnair to increase frequencies to Edinburgh, Manchester and Dublin for summer 2024 (Business Traveller)

Hilton’s Simon Vincent made CBE in King’s Birthday Honours (The Caterer)

FAA to require a second barrier for flight deck protection (Simple Flying)

JetBlue unveils new all-blue livery (Business Traveller)

Gleangles Townhouse Spence restaurant

Our latest reviews:

Rob heads to the new Gleneagles Townhouse in Edinburgh – a very classy experience. Image above.

Rhys reviews The Gantry hotel in Stratford, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection

Special feature:

EXCLUSIVE: Take a look inside the new British Airways First Dining Room in Heathrow Terminal 3

BA British Airways 777

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Has British Airways locked you out of your Executive Club account? This is how to get back in.

Did you know you can use Virgin Atlantic credit card 2-4-1 vouchers on CASH tickets?

Accor adds more concert redemptions including Lionel Richie

Get 15% off IHG hotel rewards at new hotels

NEW OFFER: get 40,000 points and £100 credit with the American Express Business Platinum card

Get a £40+ wine for 3,000 Virgin Points during English Wine Week

Get high-speed wifi at Gatwick Airport by signing up to myGatwick

13 days to claim your FREE Dell products via Amex Business Gold and Business Platinum

25,000 points with American Express Gold

NEW OFFER: Get 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold

American Express has increased the sign-up bonus on the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card from 20,000 to 25,000 points.

If you meet the bonus criteria, you now receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 within 90 days. This is a special offer which runs to 8th August.

This is an exceptionally generous deal for a card which is FREE for the first year.  Remember that 25,000 Membership Rewards points convert into 25,000 Avios, amongst other things.

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

The representative APR is 75.2% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases, and in the first year which has no fee, is 30.7% variable.

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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