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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 overnight bag drop London City Airport

The latest UK business travel news:

British Airways introduces overnight bag drop at London City Airport, image above

Luton Airport gets two new lounges, but loses Aspire

British Airway adds a third daily flight to Chicago

Marriott launches (another) new hotel brand, with London seeing one of the first openings

Virgin Atlantic launches a reward seat sale with 25% off ALL redemptions

Gatwick Airport capped flights this week as it struggled with Air Traffic Control staff illness

Which airlines have the most Heathrow Airport take-off and landing slots?

Amex suspends the scrapping of pro-rata annual fee refunds at the last minute

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

LNER to boost Sunday services between Yorkshire and London (Business Traveller)

Raffles London at The OWO opens to the public (Boutique Hotelier)

UK competition regulator re-energises inquiry into IAG and oneworld transatlantic pact (FlightGlobal)

Could new easyJet routes revive Southend Airport? (UK Aviation News)

Singapore Airlines to boost Manchester-Houston route (Business Traveller)

Special feature:

Is flying Premium Economy worth the money?

St Regis Jakarta lobby

Our latest reviews:

Rhys reviews the St Regis Jakarta, a stunning city hotel. Image above.

citizenM Victoria

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Get one year of mycitizenM+ for just £33, saving £75! Image above.

Get a 70% bonus when you buy Virgin Points (click here to buy)

Amex launches excellent new United and Hilton cashback offers

…. plus a strong £100 Hyatt cashback offer

Good Accor deal – earn 6,000 Avios or €120 of Accor hotel points for 3 x 2-night stays (click here to register)

How to redeem on airline partners with Avios from Qatar Privilege Club – because some flights are now cheaper than booking via

How to keep your Amex Membership Rewards points alive when cancelling a Platinum or Gold card

REGISTER NOW: IHG launches its new Autumn promotion (click here to register)

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

ENDS TODAY (MONDAY): Get 30,000 Virgin Points with the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ credit card!

Virgin Atlantic is currently running a special offer for its Virgin Money-issued Reward+ credit card.

Ending today (Monday) 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 ends today, Monday 2nd October. Virgin Money tends to pull its deals during the morning so move quickly if interested.  You can apply here. Our article on the offer is here.

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

Thank you for reading

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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