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Welcome to The Travel Brief, 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:

Norse Atlantic launches Cape Town flights from Gatwick – but drops Caribbean routes

Edinburgh Airport is sold to the owner of London Gatwick

Conrad New York Midtown hotel reportedly leaving Hilton after just five years

IHG adds 100 German hotels in one day – and what it tells us about the state of the industry

Marriott adds seven hotels in Japan

Marriott Bonvoy released VIP tickets for points for eight new concerts at The O2 – but readers grabbed the Peter Kay ones within an hour

We’ve tracked down where Marriott’s London ‘Four Points Express’ budget hotel will be

Where will British Airways fly from London Stansted airport in 2024?

Do you get BA lounge access flying codeshares on Vueling, Aer Lingus, Loganair or airBaltic? We look into the complex rules.

Stories we recommend from other sites:

American Airlines launches new amenity kits and dual-sided pillows (Business Traveller)

Red Carnation Hotels opens 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh (Sleeper)

Strong demand for packages set to ease easyJet’s winter losses by £50m+ (TTG)

Aer Lingus adds extra Manchester to Orlando flights this winter (UK Aviation News)

Cardiff Airport wins new route to Iceland (Wales Online)

Lufthansa’s first Allegris-fitted A350 to enter service on 1 May (Business Traveller)

Our latest reviews:

What is ITA Airways like? Rhys flies from London City to Milan Linate on one of its brand new A220 aircraft. ITA is also a good option when flying from London City to Rome.

On the way back, he tried out the ITA Airways Piazza della Scala lounge in Milan Linate

Three days earlier, Rhys was in Hong Kong at the EAST Hong Kong hotel – how did he find it?

He also got to try out the Cabana suites at The Wing First lounge at Hong Kong International Airport

Rob got the short straw and went down to review the LNER First Class Lounge at London Kings Cross railway station

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Which Finnair long-haul routes have ultra-low taxes when using Avios? You’ll be shocked how cheap business class redemptions are from Helsinki to Asia.

REGISTER NOW: Hilton launches its new bonus points promotion for May to August stays – and click here to register

Get £75 back on a £300 spend at 19 UK hotel brands as ‘Amex Stays’ returns

Redeem your Accor Live Limitless points for BST Hyde Park VIP hospitality tickets

Which hotel loyalty scheme requires the least spend for top tier elite status?

BA now lets you pay 100% of any CASH flight with Avios – but is it a good deal?

How to earn and spend Avios with Virgin Australia

American Express launches new cashback deals with Official Heathrow Parking and WorldHotels

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Rob, Rhys and Katie @ Head for Points

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