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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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The latest UK business travel news:

Cathay Pacific reveals its new Aria Suite business class and premium economy – image above

Get British Airways Silver equivalent status with this Royal Jordanian status match, matching from most major non-oneworld carriers including Virgin Atlantic

Virgin Atlantic adds priority boarding for ‘no status’ members of Flying Club

Hilton buys Graduate Hotels including two UK sites in Oxford and Cambridge

‘MGM Collection with Marriott Bonvoy’ – what you need to know about the new casino partnership

You CAN use a railcard on Stansted Express – ignore what the website says!

Fly Business class to New York from £990 with Aer Lingus from Paris

Save on No1 Lounges at Gatwick, Heathrow T3 and Birmingham via their Virgin Atlantic partnership

Aer Lingus launches a Manchester sale to New York, Orlando and Barbados. New York is £1,500ish in Business Class.

Hyatt confirms the end date for its Small Luxury Hotels partnership

The 1903 Lounge at Bristol Airport is to close permanently

Get £100 cashback via American Express with Preferred Hotels

What are the best IHG One Rewards hotels at Heathrow Airport?

Get extra Preferred Hotels benefits when you book via our preferred partner agent – including free breakfast and $100 credit

Stories we recommend from other sites:

Aer Lingus signs codeshare with Qatar Airways (Business Traveller)

Alstom planning open access rail service between London, Shropshire and Wrexham (Railnews)

Inverness Airport wins ‘best small airport in Europe’ for fourth year (UK Aviation News)

Analysis: Why the Budget rise in APD may not be a ‘one off’ (Travel Weekly)

Hilton to open DoubleTree hotel at Sheffield’s Bramall Lane stadium (Business Traveller)

Our latest reviews:

Review: the Canopy by Hilton Cannes hotel on the French Riviera, with its impressive rooftop bar and restaurant pictured above.

Review: the excellent Berlin Marriott hotel revisited. Rob explains why this is his regular haunt during the annual ITB travel show.

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Finnair has joined Avios, but you can’t transfer in or out yet. Here’s a reminder of what benefits the partnership will bring people in the UK.

Get 50% off USA redemptions in the Virgin Atlantic reward seat sale – this excellent deal is back for a limited period

How could you spend 60,000 or 120,000 Amex Membership Rewards from your Amex Business card sign-up bonus?

How to upgrade your British Airways flights using American Airlines miles

Which 35 airlines can you earn Avios on? The number went up by two this week.

Avios unveils a new logo – what do you think?

How to use a BA Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher to book an Avios flight – a beginner’s guide

How does the Hertz car rental benefit for Amex Gold cardholders work?

Win 1 million Avios with Uber

American Express Business Gold 60,000 points

ENDING SOON: Get 120,000 points with Amex Business Platinum and 60,000 points with ‘free for a year’ Amex Business Gold

American Express has brought back the biggest payment card sign-up bonus we’ve seen in the UK. Ever.

If you apply for American Express Business Platinum, you can receive 120,000 Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus. This converts into, amongst other things, 120,000 Avios or 120,000 Virgin Points.

If you apply for American Express Business Gold, which is FREE for Year 1, you can receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus. This converts into, amongst other things, 60,000 Avios or 60,000 Virgin Points – and from a card which is free for 12 months.

T&C apply to the bonuses – read our articles for details:

Sole traders are welcome to apply as well as Limited Companies. If you don’t have a business of your own, please forward this email to any friends who may be interested.

The application form for Business Platinum is here and for Business Gold is here.

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Rob, Rhys and Katie @ Head for Points

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