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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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New Japan Airlines first class seat

The latest UK business travel news:

Japan Airlines reveals its new flagship first and business class cabins. Image above.

We visit the new €10 million Star Alliance lounge in Paris

Air Europa suffers major data breach with credit card details exposed

British Airways launches another batch of Avios-only flights for August 2024

Eurostar launches ‘Suite to Seat’ service with the Renaissance St Pancras hotel – your room comes with fast track Eurostar check-in and a porter. We tried it out.

Some good Aer Lingus business class deals to New York have returned

Last chance to book flights before British Airways moves to revenue-based Avios earning later this week

American Express will launch Member Week across its UK travel and rewards cards today

Heathrow Rewards launches new bonuses for shopping

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

EasyJet agrees deal with Airbus for up to 257 A320neo-family jets (FlightGlobal)

LNER launches pop-up restaurant to mark centenary (Business Traveller)

Eurostar boss confident of reaching 30 million passenger mark by 2030 (TTG)

Luton Airport welcomes government green light to raise annual passenger cap (Travel Weekly)

A step-by-step guide to British Airways’ 49-year livery evolution (Simple Flying)

Our latest reviews:

Whilst in Lisbon for World Aviation Festival, Rhys reviews the new Convent Square Hotel – part of IHG’s Vignette Collection. Image above.

We have a pair of reviews from Bournemouth – the Hilton Bournemouth reviewed here and, in the same complex, the Hampton by Hilton Bournemouth hotel reviewed here

Aspire lounge Birmingham entrance

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

How does Aspire Rewards work, and do Priority Pass visits count? Image above

What makes the best loyalty scheme? We get philosophical.

Earn double Virgin Points at Bicester Village – but Accor is still the best option

Get 30,000 bonus points on the ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold card (click here to apply)

Get 40,000 bonus points with the Marriott Bonvoy Amex card (click here to apply)

New American Express cashback deals launched – £70 cashback with IHG, £50 cashback with Hotel du Vin and Malmaison, £150 cashback with Air France

BIGGEST EVER BONUS: Get a huge 100,000 points (converts to 100,00 Avios) with American Express Platinum

American Express has launched an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card – apply here. The bonus is more than tripled to 100,000 Membership Rewards points which convert to:

  • 100,000 Avios
  • 100,000 Virgin Points
  • 100,000 Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Asia Miles, Delta, Finnair, Qantas or SAS miles
  • 66,666 Singapore Airlines miles
  • 200,000 Hilton Honors points
  • 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
  • 300,000 Radisson Rewards points
  • 6,666 Club Eurostar points

….. and many other non-travel rewards.

You receive 75,000 points after spending £10,000 in six months. You will receive a further 25,000 points if you keep the card for 15 months.

Our main article on the 100,000 points bonus is here. You can apply for The Platinum Card with the special bonus on this page of the Amex website.

The representative APR is 704.6% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 31.0% variable.

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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