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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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British Airways to require photo ID for domestic flights

The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways to insist on photo ID for domestic flights from 1st September

Monarch is returning to the UK skies – but can it succeed?

ULEZ comes to Heathrow on 29th August – you may need to pay £12.50 to drive to the airport

The W Edinburgh hotel is finally taking bookings

IHG launches (another) new hotel brand – Garner

British Airways ‘First Dining Room’ in Terminal 3 seems to be admitting Gold Guest List

British Airways adds additional Faro flights for early 2024

Caviar House & Prunier launches take-away ‘Mile High Picnics’ at Heathrow and Gatwick

Save 30% in a new Radisson Hotels sale

Norse Atlantic drops Kingston flights before they even launch

easyJet adds another London Southend route

New RailAir route launched from Watford to Heathrow, whilst Woking gets a doubled frequency

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

British Airways to refresh lounges at Edinburgh, Seattle and Heathrow (Business Traveller)

P&O Ferries to shut Liverpool-Dublin route (Travel Weekly)

Dubai International Airport plans mega-expansion to reach maximum passenger capacity (Gulf News)

United Airlines reduces winter schedule to London Heathrow (Simple Flying)

Virgin Hotels Glasgow opens its doors (Business Traveller)

Air Transat club class review

Our latest reviews:


Rhys reviews Air Transat Club Class (premium economy) on an A321LR from London to Toronto


Whilst in Toronto, he checks out the Kimpton Saint George Toronto hotel, part of IHG One Rewards

He also popped over to San Francisco and reviewed the Canopy San Francisco SoMa hotel, part of Hilton Honors (ex Virgin Hotels)

Iberia business class A350

Special feature:

Which airlines have lie-flat business class seats on intra-Europe flights? (Iberia A350 image above, used on some London to Madrid flights)

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

NEW: You now spend spend Virgin Points on LATAM flights

Get a big Virgin Points bonus on new Virgin Atlantic cash flights – and there is a sale on too!

Earn Flying Blue miles via a new UK airport parking partnership

What are the three ways of earning airline tier points from a package holiday?

Can you access airport lounges flying Aer Lingus with British Airways elite status?

Get a SIXT car rental status match from your Marriott Bonvoy or Virgin Atlantic status

Get a Railcard for £19

We concluded our new 13-part series of articles looking at how you can redeem Virgin Points with Virgin Atlantic and its partners.

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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