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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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Air Salvage International

Special feature:

We go behind the scenes at Air Salvage International. It turns out that the world’s biggest aircraft scrapyard is in the Cotswolds! Image above.

The latest UK business travel news:

What does BA Euroflyer and BA CityFlyer’s CEO have to say about the state of the industry? Read highlights from Tom Stoddart’s speech at The Aviation Club UK on Tuesday.

Virgin Atlantic will start charging for seat selection in Economy next month – Economy Classic and Economy Delight will no longer be free

Etihad and Air France KLM have announced a partnership which will allow Flying Blue members to redeem for Etihad flights and vice versa

Register now for Hyatt’s new autumn bonus points promotion

British Airways triples the cost of transferring Avios but increases the annual cap

Which regional airports have Emerald Airlines flights to Ireland and Northern Ireland?

FINAL CALL: Join us at ‘Loyalty Summit’ in London on Thursday 21st September. Tickets are just $149 including lunch.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Mandarin Oriental Singapore reopens following six-month “transformation” (Business Traveller)

Second ANA Pokemon jet makes first flight to UK (UK Aviation News)

Gatwick ATC chaos prompts call for ‘deep review’ of NATS (TTG)

The Peninsula London opens at Hyde Park Corner (Business Traveller)

United Premium Plus

Our latest reviews:

This week we started a special series of United Airlines reviews.

The key one is a review of United Airlines Premium Plus (premium economy) from London to San Francisco. Image above.

We also reviewed:

Next week we’ll look at United’s Polaris business class product.

Separately, Sinead went to Barcelona to review the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona hotel.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

It’s 60 years since American Express UK launched its £ cards – we look back …. and reveal C F Frost. Image above.

Get a 25% discount (equivalent to a 33% bonus) when you buy World of Hyatt points – we give some examples of when it makes sense

You should get a 2024 soft landing from Marriott Bonvoy if you don’t requalify

London NFL tickets available via Marriott Bonvoy – but only VIP auctions for now

Get a 50% bonus buying Virgin Points until Monday

Get a 60% bonus buying Lufthansa Miles & More miles

What are World of Hyatt points worth? Our valuation series concludes.

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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