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These articles cover, from a UK perspective, United Airlines and United MileagePlus.

Competition for BA RFS? United launches 8,000 mile one-way Star Alliance redemptions

One of the key reasons that there is no obvious reason to ditch Avios for another oneworld, SkyTeam or Star Alliance frequent flyer programme is the good value redemptions available in Europe. (At least, good value if you live near Heathrow or Gatwick.  Avios redemptions […]

Is this week your last chance to get the MBNA airline credit cards?

The end appears to be coming sooner rather than later for the MBNA-issued airline credit cards which come as an American Express plus Visa or MasterCard double pack. If you had been thinking about applying for any of these cards, I suggest you do it […]

Bits: changes to HFP August posting, three offers closing today, United launches Denver

News in brief: Changes to Head for Points posting for August As is now traditional, Head for Points will be dropping the ‘three posts per day’ schedule for August. History shows that there isn’t a great deal of news about this month.  If there are […]

Bits: BA losing all US ground staff, United drops three UK/IE routes, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points

News in brief: British Airways to make remaining US ground staff redundant According to reports from BA sources on Flyertalk, it was announced internally on Friday that remaining British Airways ground staff in the US are to lose their jobs.  A private contractor will be […]

Bits: win a Heathrow T2 lounge pass today, 75% bonus when you buy Club Carlson points

News in brief: Win two passes for the United Club lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 A reader has generously given me two United Club lounge passes that he does not need.  This is good news for anyone flying out of Heathrow Terminal 2 before 30th […]

Earn Avios or Virgin miles at Duty Free with Instamiles!

A few weeks ago a reader (thank you) sent me an email to ask “Do you know that Instamiles has added Avios and Virgin Flying Club as partners?“. I didn’t, because I had never heard of Instamiles.  Even odder, a search of the entire Flyertalk […]

Bits: New Starwood O2 concerts bookable, double PartnerPlusBenefit points to USA

News in brief: Starwood launches more O2 concert tickets Starwood Preferred Guest launched a new batch of O2 concert tickets yesterday. For just 15,000 SPG points (or 45,000 Marriott Rewards points if you convert them across) you can get two tickets for any of the […]

Bits: Hilton changes update, my thoughts on the new United Polaris seat

More news in brief: Hilton Honors ‘points and money’ update We covered the forthcoming changes to the Hilton Honors programme in this article.  A few people asked me what the exact implementation day will be. I got a note from Hilton yesterday confirming that the […]

Eight Avios secrets you definitely won’t know about

If you are interested in UK travel hacking, Head for Points is, realistically, your only good daily source of news and information.  If you sign up for our daily newsletter or visit the site daily, you will be shocked how much you can learn and […]

Lloyds buys MBNA and its airline credit cards ….. good news or bad?

Lloyds Bank announced yesterday that it was the winner of the auction to acquire the UK operations of credit card group MBNA from Bank of America.  It paid £1.9bn as well as taking over MBNA’s existing debt book. MBNA is the leading UK player in […]

Bits: United cancels Manchester-Washington, Iberia Plus Avios refunds, change in HHA rules for kids?

News in brief: United cancels Manchester – Washington United Airlines has announced that it will drop its Manchester to Washington route for Summer 2017 after six years. The airline has already announced its intention to drop its Belfast to New York service. Demand for flights to […]

NEW: Earn Avios when flying United – at higher rates than BA for Economy!

This other article today looks at the new Aer Lingus AerClub programme in more detail. As this scheme is now Avios driven, it helps to be aware of any new ways to earn or spend points that it throws up. I wanted to run this feature as […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (21): United MileagePlus American Express & Visa

This is my review of the United Airlines MileagePlus credit cards issued in the UK. This article was updated on 1st September 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards […]

Use your Marriott or SPG status on United Airlines (and vice versa) via RewardsPlus

The merger between Starwood and Marriott – and the fact that you can now status match between the two chains – means that members also have access to a couple of interesting airline tie-in deals. In 2013 the Starwood hotel group and Delta Airways announced a […]

HFP EXCLUSIVE: 3,000 BenefitPoints for joining the Star Alliance small business scheme

(EDIT:  The special sign-up bonus for HFP readers mentioned in this article ended on 31st December 2016 and is no longer available.  You can still join via the link below, however.  You will receive the normal bonus of 1,500 points.) Since British Airways devalued its […]

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