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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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Read our analysis of the major changes to Avios:

British Airways moves to revenue-based Avios earning

…. and do the changes make you better or worse off?

The latest UK business travel news:

Norse Atlantic is selling US flights for as little as £237 return in a flash sale

British Airways has extended the use of Air Belgium aircraft on the Chicago route until mid November

BA Holidays extends its lucrative double tier points offer to December 2024

RwandAir is expanding its Heathrow service to daily from the start of the winter season

Global Hotel Alliance launches a cruise partnership with Regent Seven Seas

Hilton has announced a 100-room extension to Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford which overlooks the pitch

Qatar Airways has applied for slots to return to Cardiff in December

Hilton is to open a Tapestry hotel in Portrush, Northern Ireland

Air France launches flights to Abu Dhabi

Get $100 to $300 daily credit on suite bookings at 50 top Hilton Honors hotels

Marriott poaches 17 US MGM casino hotels from Hyatt

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Virgin Atlantic to operate first transatlantic flight using 100 per cent SAF (Business Traveller)

Tui, Jet2 and easyJet holidays cancel Rhodes services (Travel Weekly)

British Airways will start funding training for 60 new pilots each year (Simple Flying)

British Airways trials digital wayfinding tool at Heathrow (Business Traveller)

Pakistan International Airlines leasing out its Heathrow slots (Simple Flying)

Our latest reviews:

Sinead heads to the Domes Aulus Zante resort on Zakynthos, a five star all-inclusive resort which is part of Marriott Bonvoy. Image above.

Special feature:

Why haven’t ‘grab-and-go’ airport lounges launched in the UK? Image below.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Marriott Bonvoy releases more O2 concert tickets for its VIP suite

How to get free hotel status from UK credit cards

Did you know you can earn tier points on Virgin Atlantic redemptions?

Reminder: the Reward Flight Finder tool in the BA app is still broken

Get up to 30,000 bonus points (convert to £300 or 30,000 Avios) with the Capital on Tap SME credit card

Get up to 300,000 Avios with Nutmeg’s ISA and pension transfers

Still got the Amex Gold charge card? Swap to the credit card and save £160

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status?

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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