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Park Hyatt London

Special feature:

Rob spent a day with Hyatt’s Area Vice President for the UK and Ireland:

How does an upscale hotel General Manager spend their day? I find out

EXCLUSIVE: I get a hard hat tour of Park Hyatt London River Thames

This week’s top travel news stories:

British Airways launches flights to Tromsø – Avios seats bookable now

Aer Lingus launches flights to Las Vegas

NEW: Redeem Virgin Points for the new Virgin Red VIP box at The O2 in London

Pizza Express in Gatwick South has joined Priority Pass – even for Amex cardholders

The Regent Berlin hotel is leaving IHG ….

…. and the Hilton Ras Al-Khaimah Beach Resort is switching to Accor’s Rixos brand

Qatar AIrways First Class

British Airways & Avios news:

Rare First Class Qatar Airways Avios availability to Perth for spring 2025, image above

How to transfer Avios from Finnair Plus to British Airways Executive Club, and vice versa – transfers are now live

Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points?

Where does British Airways fly from Southampton Airport?

Credit card news:

Why Amex Platinum Fine Hotels & Resorts is a great choice for one night stays

American Express launches new cashback offers with Heathrow Express and Esso (good for Nectar points)

Thinking of cancelling your American Express Gold or Platinum card? This is what you should do to protect your points.

Emirates A380 premium economy seat


It’s been ‘Emirates week’ on the site as Rhys headed to Dubai:

Review: The Emirates Lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 3

Review: Emirates Premium Economy from London to Dubai – the world’s best? Image above.

Review: Emirates Business Class Lounge, Dubai Terminal 3 Concourse A

Review: Emirates A380 business class from Dubai to London Heathrow

Meanwhile, in Budapest, Rob visits the Dorothea Hotel, a high-profile new opening which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection. Image below.

Dorothea Hotel Budapest

Hotel news:

How to pay at Ticketmaster with your Hilton Honors hotel points

Other travel news:

TrueBlue – a different approach to loyalty from JetBlue

Don’t forget ….

Marriott Bonvoy is still offering a 60,000 points sign-up bonus on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card. Our article on the deal is here and you can apply here.

That’s all, folks

Our latest round-up of miles and points offers closing soon is here. It will be updated on on Sunday.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

(PS. We’ve added new ‘airport lounge’ and ‘car hire’ sections to our forum – check them out!)

See you next Saturday,

Rob, Rhys and Katie @ Head for Points

Comments (2)

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  • David says:

    Hi, I haven’t been able to find 55000 Avios for return Club class. Tried December, January & February dates. Best savings was end of Feb but still costing circa £301.78 (my wife & I) utilising 149100 Avios. I still enjoy reading your weekly emails. David

    • Rob says:

      Hi David. You are looking at a cash ticket, reducing the price with Avios. You need to search for reward flights via the Avios part of

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