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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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Which loyalty experts can you hear at World Aviation Festival, Lisbon, next month?

If you work in the aviation or airline loyalty sectors, World Aviation Festival in Lisbon should be on your radar for next month.

Taking place from 26th to 28th September at FIL (Lisbon Exhibition and Congress Centre), it is the best place this year to hear from senior management at the world’s leading airline groups. Over 5,000 attendees will listen to over 500 speakers.

World Aviation Festival also has a loyalty track to its conference programme. Whilst the organisers don’t make a big deal of it, I have been to the last two events and – if carved out as a separate loyalty event on its own – it would probably be the largest travel loyalty conference in Europe this year.

Head for Points is the Official Loyalty Media Partner for the event and will be around over the three days.

We published an article last week showcasing the leading airline loyalty experts you will hear from if you attend. The article also includes an exclusive HfP 25% discount code for your ticket.

Finnair Avios

The latest UK business travel news:

Finnair will adopt Avios next year. We look at what it means for British Airways Executive Club members. Image above.

LATAM launches direct flights between London and Lima

Southampton Airport’s runway extension opens – what changes?

Aer Lingus launches two new US routes

Emirates adds a 7th Heathrow flight

Finnair adds additional services to Bangkok

BA’s On Business rewards program for SME’s remains down, six months on

Attend a Gala Concorde dinner in Manchester

Becky Hill plays Hilton’s latest Secret Socials gig

Marriott and Hilton launch two new hotel brands in New York City

Excellent £1,225+ SAS business class flights from UK to USA are back – no Saturday required

The adult LEGO Concorde arrives next month. Image below.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

BOAC liveried BA Boeing 747 is being destroyed despite pledge to save it (UK Aviation News)

Topi Manner resigns as Finnair CEO (FlightGlobal)

American Airlines announces raft of new European routes for 2024 (Business Traveller)

More signs of airline markets ‘normalising’ as fares soften (FlightGlobal)

Boutique hotel Forty-Seven opens in Manchester this week (Business Traveller)

Our latest reviews:

No reviews this week, but this section will return next Monday with a look at Air Transat Club Class.

Special feature:

After Rob nearly made a very big mistake, we look at the British Airways rules for allowing unaccompanied children to fly.

In a follow-up, we looked at Virgin Atlantic’s policy for unaccompanied children.

Marriott Bonvoy o2 suite

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

See Madonna and more as new Marriott Bonvoy O2 concert tickets released. Image above.

REGISTER NOW: Hilton has launched its new promotion for September to December 2023. Click here to register.

The problems that a family of three has with the BA Amex 241 vouchers

A bug that Executive Club Gold cardholders should know about

What can BA’s ‘You First’ phone line do for you when flying First Class?

New bonus for buying Marriott points (click here to buy)

We continued our new series of articles looking at how you can redeem Virgin Points with Virgin Atlantic and its partners.

Thank you for reading

Please drop me a note at with any feedback. See you next Monday.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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