SkyTeam alliance partners

The SkyTeam alliance is a group of major airlines which includes Delta, Air France, KLM, Alitalia and others. You can earn and redeem miles with any of these airlines for flights on any airline in the alliance. The official SkyTeam website is here. These articles cover airlines which do not have their own Head for Points category.

How to use Virgin Atlantic miles to fly USA-Europe in Business for just £4 of tax!

On Saturday we covered the slightly shocking news that Virgin Atlantic has hiked the taxes and charges on Virgin Flying Club miles redemptions to the United States in Upper Class to £764 return. The good news is that this only applies to US routes.  The […]

Bits: Iberia drops Johannesburg, Delta / Virgin add Gatwick to Boston & JFK to stifle JetBlue

News in brief: Iberia quietly drops Madrid to Johannesburg Iberia has suspended its Madrid to Johannesburg route from the end of August. A Head for Points flagged in our comments yesterday that his booking – without him being notified – had been cancelled.  A search […]

Excellent business class deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines

Etihad Guest, the frequent flyer programme of Etihad Airways, has a rather eclectic mix of airline partners on which you can redeem your miles. I wrote about these partners here.  At the time, the sweet spot was a 36,000 miles business class return trip on […]

Excellent Alitalia business class deals from London inc Mauritius £1274, Tokyo £1329, Buenos Aires £1229

Alitalia is running a special 20% discount code on flights from London this weekend. Added to their existing special deals, you end up with some very attractive looking prices. Take a look at this, for example.  London to Mauritius in March for £1,274 return in […]

Review of the impressive new Air France lounge at Terminal 2E (L gates) at Paris Charles de Gaulle

This is my review of the Air France lounge at Terminal 2E (L gates) at Paris Charles de Gaulle.  This lounge opened last year and is impressive. This is the third part of my review of an Air France business class flight from London Heathrow to […]

Review of the SkyTeam (and Priority Pass) lounge in Heathrow Terminal 4

This is my review of the SkyTeam lounge at London Heathrow Terminal 4. This is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here. It is over four years since I last reviewed the SkyTeam […]

Why the only thing better than transferable points is INSTANTLY transferable points

One of the key ideas I push on Head for Points is that transferable, or convertible, points are better than non-transferable points. The best way to explain this is via American Express Membership Rewards points, earned from Amex Gold, Amex Platinum and the Amex Rewards […]

Bits: IHG devaluation delayed from Monday 14th, buy cheap Avios via Groupon (again), Garuda starts UK-Bali

News in brief: The IHG Rewards Club devaluation seems to be delayed I dropped this article in on Sunday rather than Monday to save readers from any unnecessary booking panic on Sunday night! IHG Rewards Club was due to change the reward pricing of almost […]

Bits: China Southern joining oneworld?, Amex’s London lounge returns, Eurostar St Pancras lounge update

News in brief: China Southern to leave SkyTeam – and rumoured to be joining oneworld China Southern announced yesterday that it is leaving the SkyTeam airline alliance.  It will not renew its existing contract on 1st January and the airline will slowly unwind its position […]

Bits: changes to Iberia flights at T5, redeem Virgin miles for Edinburgh-Boston, Hertz Centenary sale

News in brief: Changes to Iberia flights at Terminal 5 From Thursday, there are changes to how Iberia flights are handled at Heathrow Terminal 5. Because Terminal 5 was built exclusively for British Airways, the IT systems were not designed to handle other traffic.  This […]

Bits: Hertz becomes first non-airline SkyTeam member, crazy Avios US surcharges, the Marriott daily play game

News in brief: Hertz to become the first non-airline member of SkyTeam This is, I think, a world exclusive!  I was with Caroline Simmerman, the Hertz Europe partnerships director, at a reception in Amsterdam last night and she told our group that Hertz has just […]

Bits: see O2 tennis with Emirates or Amex, Delta increases Heathrow services, Caledonian Sleeper upgrade delayed

News in brief: See ATP tennis at the O2 with Emirates miles or Amex Membership Rewards points Emirates Skywards is currently offering standard and VIP tickets to the Nitto ATP tennis tournament at the O2 in November. The tournament runs from the 11th – 18th […]

Bits: good London to Oz £1850 fare, new Marriott promo underway, South Africa scraps its crazy kids visa rule

News in brief: Garuda Indonesia selling £1850 Sydney and Perth fares from London Garuda Indonesia is currently selling an excellent £1850 Business Class deal from London Heathrow to Australia (Sydney or Perth) for January to July 2019. The earliest travel date I can find outbound is […]

Bits: Curve ATM withdrawal success, win Virgin miles with Hertz, Etihad partners with SkyTeam’s Air Europa

News in brief: Curve ATM withdrawal success Here is a quick update on our story last week that Curve Card is now coding ATM withdrawals in a way which allows your credit card issuer to spot them.  You can read about that here. The coding changes […]

Bits: Good KLM / Air France business sale from the UK, Iguazu flights, Cobalt launches loyalty scheme

News in brief: Air France and KLM launch strong Business Class sale from the UK Air France (via Paris) and KLM (via Amsterdam) have jointly launched a good UK sale.  Deals are available across Economy, Premium Economy (Air France) and Business Class – I am […]

Bits: 10% off Virgin Flight & Hotel, Marriott Platinum Challenge, Garuda suspends Heathrow

News in brief: 10% off Virgin Atlantic ‘flight and hotel’ packages until Monday night Virgin Atlantic is offering 10% off its ‘flight and hotel’ packages over the Bank Holiday Weekend. Full details are here. This is far less flexible than the BA Holidays service, because […]

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