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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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Party reminder!

If you are joining us for the Head for Points Summer Party on Tuesday at the Renaissance St Pancras hotel (image above), we look forward to seeing you.

We have over 100 senior staff from the airline, hotel and travel credit card sectors coming along, as well as 400 frequent flyers. If you have a ticket you should have received an email on Friday with the final details.

Details of the nine runners-up raffle prizes (the top prize is 2 x business class flights to Malaysia, courtesy of Malaysia Airlines) will be published on today.

The event is generous sponsored by SeatSpy – thank you!

Heathrow Terminal 5

The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways tries to fix its Heathrow problems by increasing minimum connection times

Heathrow strikes end as security staff accept improved pay deal

How does the British Airways Best Price Guarantee work?

Save 25% in the current citizenM hotel sale

How to get cheap(er) Heathrow Express tickets

Virgin Hotels offering discounts on packages to Dubai and the Maldives

Crowne Plaza New York JFK closes without notice

How likely is British Airways to seat you apart if you don’t pay for seat selection? 8,000 people were surveyed.

How does Priority Pass membership work?

How to book a low cost ‘day room’ at a Hilton hotel

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

RMT announces three days of rail strikes in July (The Guardian)

The Peninsula London confirms September 12 opening date (Business Traveller)

Duo of Ennismore hotels to open in Ibiza this summer (TTG)

85 years ago Manchester Airport celebrated its official opening (Simple Flying)

Aer Lingus to launch Shannon-Paris flights (Aer Lingus)

Our latest reviews:

Hotel reviews:

Sinead reviews the W Maldives resort (image above)

Airport lounge reviews:

Rhys took a look at three of the top European independent airport lounges, all of which are part of the Priority Pass network:

Which one did he declare ‘probably the best independent lounge in the word’?

BA British Airways 777

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

EXCLUSIVE: no more pro-rata fee refunds for UK American Express cardholders

Avios flight prices cut by up to 60% on Bangkok Airways, LATAM, Virgin Australia, MEA and RwandAir

Virgin Atlantic launches a new reward seat sale to the USA – save 30% in all cabins

What is the best Avios credit card? We look at nine options

REGISTER NOW: Hyatt launches a double points offer for the summer, but not in the Americas

Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points?

SME? Get points worth 10,500 Avios with Capital on Tap’s Visa card

If you booked one of the 80,000 Virgin Points cruises with Virgin Voyages, Sir Richard Branson may be joining you

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