My review of Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah (Part 2)

This is part 2 of my review of the Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah hotel.  Part 1, which focuses on the rooms, restaurant and location, is here (click). The beach Whilst the hotel looks large from the photographs, the main building runs right to the edge […]

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an American Express sign-up bonus

We don’t do very many ‘first principles’ articles on Head for Points.  A number of recent emails, plus a discussion in the comments section on Saturday from a reader who had been refused a bonus on an Amex Business charge card, made me feel that […]

A new ‘buy Avios’ bonus launches today – with changes to the rules

If all goes to plan – and we are writing this in advance – British Airways will today launch its latest ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion. Until 23rd February you can get up to 35% bonus Avios when you buy points. You will get: 10% bonus […]

Good Wyndham Rewards promo means you should be staying at a Ramada or Days Inn!

A generous new promotion means that you can get a free night at any of 8,000 hotels across the world if you can squeeze in two stays at a Ramada or Days Inn property this spring. Wyndham – even though you may never have heard […]

Bits: Get an extra Rewards free night credit, Germania flying for BA, Clubcard to BA competition

News in brief: HFP Exclusive: Get an extra Rewards free night credit on your next stay We wanted to remind you today of the special deal we are currently running with has once again offered Head for Points readers an exclusive promotion […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 12 – Redeeming Avios for low tax US domestic flights

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them. Click here to see the other articles. This article explains how to redeem Avios for domestic flights in the United States. With the US […]

Why I am suddenly a fan of Hyatt Place hotels (especially Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga)

This is my review of the Hyatt Place Dubai Al Rigga hotel. Arriving off a flight into Dubai late at night, I didn’t see any value in paying for an expensive hotel that evening.  I had booked the Waldorf Astoria on the Palm for my […]

Bits: Eurostar announces Amsterdam start date – with a catch, railcards for instant digital download

News in brief: Eurostar announces start of Amsterdam services Eurostar has confirmed that its long-delayed service to Rotterdam and Amsterdam will begin on 4th April. There will be two trains per day from London St Pancras, leaving at 8.31am and 5.31pm.  It will take 3 […]

Marriott’s annual devaluation shows that SPG members should remain on alert

As the story (as told by Marriott’s CEO) goes, the company was very surprised by the lack of overlap between its existing customer base and the customers it acquired when it bought Starwood Hotels. Admittedly the average W / Aloft customer is unlikely to spend […]

40% off Virgin Atlantic redemptions to Miami in all classes

If you’ve got a bit of spare time over the next few weeks, you could take advantage of a new Virgin Atlantic promotion for 40% off redemption flights from London to Miami. Full details are on the Virgin Atlantic website here. Note that the discount […]

£480 BA World Traveller Plus from Scandi to the US (upgradable to Club World with Avios)

In an attempt to stem the flow of business to Norwegian, British Airways is offering some very aggressive World Traveller Plus fares from Scandinavia to the USA. These deals are laughably cheap, especially the US West Coast destinations.  The tickets book into Euro Traveller (Economy) […]

VERY interesting – lets you refund non-refundable flights

The price gap between refundable and non-refundable flights is normally huge, as we all know.  The risks of buying a non-refundable flight can be offset by travel insurance, but that doesn’t cover every possible reason for cancelling. Sometimes you don’t need to travel anymore for […]

Club Carlson announces 120 hotel category changes for 2018 – book now to lock in cheap deals

It is ‘hotel category changes’ week.  Marriott and Starwood announced their 2018 changes yesterday, but first I want to look at Club Carlson. Club Carlson, the Radisson / Park Inn / Park Plaza scheme, has announced that 120 hotels will be changing their reward cost […]

Amex loses its final appeal – it must cut its fees to retailers who accept BA, SPG and Nectar cards

The end could be approaching, medium term, for the free British Airways American Express credit card after American Express finally lost a key European Union ruling yesterday. The decision means that the implicit interchange fee on the British Airways, Starwood, Nectar, Costco and Harrods American Express […]

Bits: Iberia Express sale, an Avios booking fact you never knew, £5 off ALDI with Amex

News in brief: Iberia Express sale now on Iberia Express flies from Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester to Madrid. They are currently running a series of promos offering 25%-30% off.  This would be handy if you were interested in connecting to a long-haul Iberia redemption booked […]

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