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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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Special report:

Have we been taken for a ride by the new Monarch Airlines? One of the people above claims to be the Chairman of the new Monarch Airlines. The other is (definitely) a US politician from Montana. We investigate.

The latest UK business travel news:

Virgin Atlantic’s Sao Paulo flights go on sale this week for a May 2024 launch

Qatar Airways increases Heathrow services

BA restarts flights between Billund and Gothenburg via SUN-AIR

Luxair adds flights to Manchester

Norse Atlantic trims flights to Barbados

Marriott opens a Four Points hotel in Edinburgh

Priority Pass is increasing its lounge fees

Did you know that Brooklands in Surrey has a programme of Concorde events?

Hilton opens a Canopy hotel in Cannes on the site of the old Radisson

Which Heathrow Airport hotels are walkable from the terminals?

Which long haul destinations can you fly from London Gatwick airport?

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Raffles London at the OWO to open in September (Business Traveller)

WEXAS sells corporate travel division to Good Travel Management (TTG)

KLM hits out as Dutch government presses ahead with Schiphol flights cut (FlightGlobal)

Abu Dhabi’s Midfield terminal to open in November (Business Traveller)

JW Marriott Venice

Our latest reviews:

Rob reviews the JW Marriott Venice Resort, on his fifth visit …. and he still doesn’t fully love it. Image above.

Special feature:

The story of the Boeing 747 at British Airways

Club Eurostar

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Club Eurostar will get a new top tier when it relaunches in October

Get a huge 60,000 Avios sign-up bonus with the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card

Where can you stay in Hilton’s ‘Stay Longer & Save’ promotion?

Register now for Marriott’s new ‘1,500 points per stay’ bonus

We launch a new series looking at what your hotel points are worth:

What are Accor Live Limitless points worth?

What are Hilton Honors points worth?

What are IHG One Rewards points worth?

What are Marriott Bonvoy hotel points worth?

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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