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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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Hotel Indigo Galapagos

The latest UK business travel news:

easyJet is launching 15 new routes from Birmingham Airport

Heathrow announces its new CEO

BA Euroflyer Gatwick routes for Summer 2024 are now bookable

Virgin Atlantic has tightened Clubhouse entry rules at Heathrow

Luton Hoo to become a Fairmont hotel after refurbishment

IHG opens a hotel in the Galapagos under its Hotel Indigo brand. Image above.

Virgin Hotels Glasgow finally opens in late July

Norwegian and Nordic Choice Hotels to merge their loyalty programmes

TfL orders an additional 11 new DLR trains, taking the 2024-26 order to 54

Over 500 people attended our annual Summer Party at Renaissance St Pancras. You can see some photos here. Thank you to everyone who came.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Global Airlines agrees purchase of three more A380s (PR Newswire)

Gatwick’s North Terminal undergoes multi-million-pound redevelopment (Business Traveller)

IAG firms more options on Airbus single-aisle jets (FlightGlobal)

SunExpress to fly from Antalya to Leeds Bradford Airport (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Which? renews plea to give the CAA teeth to take on the airlines (TTG)

Amsterdam Schiphol “came close to breaking point” last year (Business Traveller)

Grantley Hall

Our latest reviews:

Hotel reviews:

Rob visits Grantley Hall near Ripon, probably the UK’s most luxurious regional hotel. Image above.

Airport lounge reviews:

Review: The Gateway by easyJet lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal. Image below.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Receive between 2,500 and 300,000 Avios with Nutmeg when you transfer a SIPP or ISA

A positive change to the British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion voucher rules

Get a 25% bonus buying World of Hyatt pointsbuy here

Get up to 60% bonus when buying Virgin Pointsbuy here

Iberostar points earning and status benefits are now live with IHG One Rewards

Virgin launches a new flight sale on redemptions to the USA

You can now redeem Virgin Points for High Street gift cards including Pizza Express

How to earn Avios when you fly United Airlines

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.

Head for Points receives a commission if you apply for a card via our links. Thank you.

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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