How to get a discount on Gatwick Express (2019 edition)

This is our updated guide to saving money on Gatwick Express tickets.  It is a companion piece to our guide on saving money on Heathrow Express tickets which we updated last week. We get the occasional email from readers asking about the cheapest way to […]

Amex does you a favour by dropping Membership Rewards redemptions for goods

Probably the worst possible way of redeeming any sort of travel loyalty points, whether it be airline miles, hotel points or credit cards points, is for ‘real stuff’. The ‘person who redeemed their Lufthansa miles for a toaster’ is short-hand in the loyalty industry for […]

Bits: earn Avios referral bonuses from Monese, the joys of doing live TV, last day to buy Marriott points with 25% bonus

News in brief: Earn Avios referring friends to Monese You may remember our coverage of Monese, the online banking app with a particular niche in the expat community due to its ability to instantly open accounts in 20 countries.  No proof of address is required […]

Excellent Christmas & New Year USA fares from £1,061 on BA/AA/IB from France & Germany

British Airways, American Airlines, Iberia and Finnair – all British Airways partners, and all earning Avios and BA tier points – have launched some excellent Winter deals from France and Germany to the United States. If you are looking for a Christmas break in the […]

Should you apply for American Express Platinum before the fee jumps to £575 on 11th June?

Yesterday we broke the exclusive news that the UK version of The Platinum Card from American Express will see big changes on 11th June. You should read my full article on the Amex Platinum UK changes here, but in summary: the annual fee rises from […]

Bits: Earn 25,200 Avios with the Economist (again), Hertz’s new ‘British Collection’, Edinburgh’s three new Loganair routes

News in brief: Earn 25,200 Avios with the Economist (again) British Airways and The Economist have brought back their special offer for taking out a subscription. It is the same big Avios bonus that was offered in January – up to 25,200 points – but […]

When your IHG Rewards Club points expire, and how to stop it

I receive occasional emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my IHG Rewards Club points from expiring?’ or ‘When do my IHG Rewards Club points expire?’. This updated series looks at the major hotel loyalty programmes and shows you how to keep your valuable […]

EXCLUSIVE: Big changes to American Express Platinum on the way (including a metal card and higher fee!)

American Express is planning yet more changes to its UK card portfolio, this time on The Platinum Card.  For once, you are getting four weeks notice of what is going to happen. Whether you are a cardholder or just a potential cardholder, you have time […]

Bits: 300 free RED by Dufry points – but Avios confusion, 20% bonus buying Etihad miles, new Hyatt in Venice

News in brief: Get 300 free RED by Dufry points in 30 seconds We did a long piece yesterday on RED by Dufry, the loyalty scheme which covers the duty free stores at 27 UK airports – plus Eurostar and Eurotunnel – as well as […]

When your Hilton Honors points expire, and how to stop it

All this week I will be running a series of articles aimed at helping you stop your hotel loyalty points from expiring.  First up, in alphabetical order, is Hilton Honors. I receive occasional emails from readers asking ‘How can I stop my Hilton Honors points […]

Earn Avios, get lounge access and save 5% at World Duty Free / Dufry stores across Europe

You might not know the name Dufry, but it is the dominant global duty free retailer.  As well as owning World Duty Free in the UK, it also owns: Dufry (various locations) World Duty Free (outside the UK, it is in Western Europe, Americas, Middle […]

Where can you go with Virgin Flying Club miles, given the new 30,000 mile bonus on their credit card?

Today I wanted to take a look at a regularly asked question – “Where can you fly using Virgin Atlantic miles?” This is especially pertinent as you can still – until 30th June – get substantially higher bonuses on the Virgin Atlantic / Virgin Money […]

Our review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Terminal 2

This is our review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport’s Terminal 2. This article is part of our series of reviews of airport lounges across the UK.  You see all of the reviews here. Last week, we asked for your help in completing our […]

How to book domestic QantasLink flights in Australia with Avios (as doesn’t show them)

EDIT:  This article has had a rewrite this morning.  I have removed all references to Jetconnect because Jetconnect IS now bookable on since the crew and aircraft were legally transferred to Qantas mainline recently.  Wellington-Sydney is 10,000 Avios + £35 one-way in Economy, for […]

Our review of the Escape Lounge at East Midlands Airport

This is our review of the Escape Lounge at East Midlands Airport. Last week, we asked for your help in checking out the few remaining airport lounges around the UK that we haven’t yet reviewed.  Reader Chris very kindly submitted this review after his recent […]

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