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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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Virgin Atlantic cancels Sao Paulo flights

The latest UK business travel news:

Exclusive: Virgin Atlantic cancels Sao Paulo before flights even start (for the second time!) It will try again in 2025.

Can ‘all business class’ to the Maldives work? Rhys tours Beond before its inaugural flight

Virgin Group wants to run Channel Tunnel trains to Europe

We try Wheely’s ‘Perfect Airport Pickup’

easyJet is offering home luggage collection for Gatwick customers – FREE for FLEXI customers

Here’s the full schedule for lounge closures and refurbishment at Luton Airport

citizenM has launched a hotel sale, with six months of mycitizenM+ for all bookers

Which? magazine reveals the best and worst UK hotel chains

Priority Pass adds Manchester, Cardiff, Bristol and Edinburgh airport restaurant deals – unless you’re with American Express

JetBlue is offering some good value (£1,650ish) business class fares from London to New York

We’ve been shortlisted for three industry awards

Stories we recommend from other sites:

Norse Atlantic flies first-ever Dreamliner to Antarctica (UK Aviation News)

British Airways’ sustainable fuel project gets £9 million cash injection (TTG)

Heathrow rail links suspended next weekend (Travel Weekly)

Competition regulator warns Norwegian it is considering blocking Wideroe merger (FlightGlobal)

Dutch government scraps plans to cut flights at Amsterdam Schiphol (Business Traveller)

British Airways Galleries First lounge

Our latest reviews:

After 11 years, we’ve finally updated our review of the British Airways Galleries First Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5. If you book the last flight of the night it turns out that you can take pictures without the crowds! Image above.

Further afield, Rhys concludes his Hong Kong trip with a Cathay Pacific The Pier Business lounge review.

He then headed to Taiwan (he did have a couple of days in London in between!) to review Hotel Resonance Taipei, part of Hilton’s Tapestry Collection.

JetBlue A321LR Mint Suite seat

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Redeem Avios on transatlantic JetBlue flights with ZERO surcharges (for now) – you can also redeem Avios on JetBlue domestic flights in the US. Image above.

Qatar Airways has opened up a LOT of Avios availability for autumn 2024

Get a 100% bonus when you buy IHG One Rewards points – click here to buy

American Express Shop Small returns in December

Amex brings back the British Airways Accelerating Business Card for small businesses. Get 30,000 Avios for signing up. Having a personal BA Amex is not a problem. You can apply here.

Get triple Club Eurostar points if you’re a member of (or join) the Accor Live Limitless hotel scheme

Get 2,500 Virgin Points by activating Tesco Clubcard auto-convert

Why does Nectar’s shopping portal perform so badly?

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Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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