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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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Loyalty Summit London

Join us at ‘Loyalty Summit’ in London on 21st September:

If you work in the travel loyalty industry, I’d like to invite you to register for the one-day ‘Loyalty Summit’ conference. It is taking place at the recently opened Hyatt Regency London Blackfriars in London on Thursday 21st September.

Head for Points is the Official Media Partner for the conference. Sinead and I will both be speaking on panels and around all day, and it would be great to catch-up with as many of our industry contacts as possible.

This is the fifth time that the European version of ‘Loyalty Summit’ has taken place. It is the only loyalty conference that I ensure I attend each year because it manages to pack a lot of content into a single day in a handy Central London location.

If you work in the travel loyalty, airline, hotel, car rental, rail or cruise sectors, registration is just $149. Anyone else – OTA’s, industry suppliers, consultants etc – can register for $799.

You can sign up, or find out more, via the ‘Loyalty Summit’ website here.

The latest UK business travel news:

Norse Atlantic drops London to San Francisco flights

British Airways will trial a new ‘Group 0’ boarding process from Tuesday

Air Canada increases UK flights next Summer

What is worth booking in the new British Airways sale?

Qatar Airways offering double Avios and Qpoints on all Business Class bookings from the UK

Get £1,100 business class flights from Dublin to Abu Dhabi

British Airways adds new Gold Guest List lounge benefits

Hilton opens a new Hampton in Budapest

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Jet2 announces Edinburgh expansion (Business Traveller)

Competition watchdog issues initial outcome of opposing Heathrow price cap appeals (Travel Weekly)

Alex Cruz will join WestJet’s board of directors (Simple Flying)

Norse Atlantic to add Paris-Los Angeles flights (FlightGlobal)

Our latest reviews:

Sinead reviews the Hilton Frankfurt City Centre hotel

A quick heads-up that we have a big United Airlines review series next week – keep an eye on or look out for the links in the next newsletter

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

New: transfer Virgin Points to someone else for a £10 flat fee

Save £150 on KLM flights (and Virgin Atlantic to the US, and Air France) with the latest Amex cashback offer

Buy up to 266,666 Avios for 0.83p each – if you’re happy taking a little risk

How flights to Santiago show the oddities of Avios redemption pricing, with taxes from £59 to £600

Win a New York holiday if you transfer Nectar points to Avios

What are the best hotel promotions for September?

When should you transfer hotel loyalty points to frequent flyer miles?

How does the Hertz / Amex Platinum 4-hour grace period work?

Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card

Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card!

Virgin Atlantic has launched a special offer for its Virgin Money-issued Reward+ credit card.

For a limited period you will get 30,000 Virgin Points (usually 15,000 points) if you take out the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card. You will get 15,000 points after your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days.

There is no special deal on the free Virgin Atlantic Reward credit card. This card has no sign-up bonus.

This offer runs until 2nd October.  You can apply here. Our article on the offer is here.

Head for Points receives a small commission if you apply via our link – thank you.

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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