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The daily articles on Head for Points are a mixture of news, interesting links and in-depth articles on specific topics of interest to the keen miles and points collector.

This page contains links to some of the most useful reference articles published over the last 12 months. If you are a new reader to Head for Points who is looking to learn some inside secrets, these pieces are a good place to start.

Articles are usually not updated after being published unless specifically stated, so double-check any important information before relying on it.

Key credit card articles:

Why Amex Gold is the best card for a miles and points beginner

What is the best Avios credit card?  Part 1 and Part 2

Comparing the 11 credit cards which now earn you Avios

Which Virgin Atlantic credit card is best for you?

The top 12 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

What are the best credit card bonuses for LONG TERM spending?

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping just for their benefits?

What is the best Visa or Mastercard for earning miles and points?

What are the best credit cards for earning Star Alliance miles?

What is the best credit card to use on business trips abroad?

What is the best use of Amex Membership Rewards points?

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 on the free British Airways Amex card

The ‘Avios Redemption University’ series:

Whether you are a new Avios collector or an old hand, you will learn something new from this series of articles on how to get the most from your points.

1. The beginners guide to redeeming Avios

2. The secrets of Reward Flight Saver

3. How to upgrade with Avios

4. How and when to use ‘Avios and Money’

5. The pros and cons of British Airways household accounts

6. How to earn and use your BA Amex 2-4-1 companion voucher

7. What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points?

8. Is it worth using Avios for hotel redemptions?

9. How to use ‘Part Pay With Avios’ on BA, Iberia, Vueling and Aer Lingus

10. How to use Avios for non-stop flights from UK regional airports

11. How to book low tax long-haul Avios redemptions on Iberia

12.  Saving tax on US and Canada redemptions with Aer Lingus

13.  Redeeming Avios for low tax US domestic flights

14.  Using Avios for tax-free flights on Alaska Airlines

15.  Saving tax on Asian redemptions with Cathay Pacific

Key reference articles:

Full list of BA Avios redemption pricing by route

Full list of BA, Iberia and Aer Lingus peak and off-peak redemption dates

What is an Avios point worth?

What airlines can I use Avios points on?

Which hotel chains let me collect Avios points?

How can I take British Airways to CEDR complaints arbitration?

Which British Airways Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points?

Credit & Charge Card Reviews‘ series of in-depth ‘pros and cons’ card reviews:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review – 10,000 points bonus

American Express Platinum review – 30,000 points bonus

American Express Rewards review – up to 5,000 points bonus

British Airways American Express (BA Amex) review – 5,000 Avios bonus

British Airways Premium Plus American Express review – 25,000 Avios bonus

HSBC Premier Mastercard review – no bonus at present

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review – 40,000 points bonus

IHG Rewards Club Mastercard review – 10,000 points bonus

IHG Rewards Club Premium Mastercard review – 20,000 points bonus

Miles & More World Traveller cards review – 5,000 miles bonus

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG Amex) review – 33,000 Marriott points bonus

Tesco Clubcard Mastercard review – no bonus at present

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard review – 12,000 miles bonus  LIMITED TIME OFFER

Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus Mastercard review – 30,000 miles bonus  LIMITED TIME OFFER

Small business credit card reviews:

American Express Platinum Business review – 40,000 points bonus

American Express Gold Business review – 20,000 points bonus

Capital On Tap (Avios) review – 5,000 Avios or 20,000 Avios bonus

Flight reviews:

First Class:  British Airways A380 First and 777 First, Emirates A380 First and Boeing 777-300 FirstEtihad A380 First Class Apartment and again, Etihad 777 First Class Suite, Lufthansa 747-8i FirstLufthansa A340 First, Lufthansa 747 FirstQatar Airways A380 FirstSingapore Airlines A380 First Suite, Swiss A330 First, Virgin America First

Business Class:  Aer Lingus business, Air France 777 businessAmerican Airlines 777 businessANA 777 businessBritish Airways 787-9 Club World and again, Delta A330-200 Delta One, Emirates A380 business, Etihad A380 businessFinnair A350 businessIberia A330 business, Iberia A350 businessLa Compagnie businessLAN / LATAM 787 business, Lufthansa A340 businessQatar Airways 777 business and again, Qatar Airways 787 business and again, Qatar Airways A380 business, Royal Jordanian 787 businessSingapore Airlines 777-300ER business, South African A330-300 businessTurkish 777 business, Virgin Atlantic B787 Upper Class, Virgin Atlantic A330-300 Upper Class, Virgin Atlantic A330-200 Upper Class

Premium Economy:  Air New Zealand, Norwegian Premium

Domestic / regional:  Air France businessAer LingusAir Nostrum businessAmerican Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domestic, FlybeCityJet, Iberia Express businessJapan Airlines businessLufthansa short-haul business, Malaysia Airlines short-haul businessQatar Airways short-haul First, Royal Jordanian businessSWISS businessTAP Portugal businessVueling Excellence

UK airport and rail lounge reviews:

Click here for a list of all UK lounges in Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey

Heathrow T5: British Airways Concorde Room T5, British Airways Galleries First T5, British Airways Galleries Club South T5British Airways Galleries Club T5B SatelliteBritish Airways T5 Arrivals, Aspire T5, Plaza Premium T5  T4: Plaza Premium T4,  Plaza Premium T4 ArrivalsEtihad T4, SkyTeam T4, Qatar Airways T4  T3: Cathay Pacific T3 (and video and video), Qantas T3,  American Airlines Business T3, American Airlines First T3British Airways Galleries Club T3British Airways Galleries First T3Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounge T3, Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse T3 (and again), Virgin Atlantic T3 ArrivalsPlaza Premium T3 Arrivals  T2: Aer Lingus T2Aer Lingus T2 #2Plaza Premium T2, Plaza Premium T2 #2, Plaza Premium T2 Arrivals, Lufthansa T2, Air Canada T2, United Airlines Business and First T2, Singapore Airlines Business T2 and First T2

Gatwick North: No 1 Lounge North, My Lounge North, My Lounge North #2, No 1 Clubrooms North, Club Aspire  South: British Airways South (and a video), No 1 Lounges South, No 1 Lounges Clubrooms South, My Lounge South

Other London airports: London City: First Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video), Business Class / Private Jet Terminal (and a video)  London Luton: Aspire, Signature Flight Support Private Jet Terminal (and a video)  London Southend: SkyLife  London Stansted: Escape

Manchester: Aspire T1, Escape Lounge T2, Escape Plus Lounge T2Escape Lounge T3, British Airways T3, 1903 Lounge T3

Other regional: Aberdeen: British Airways (new 2018)Northern Lights  Belfast City: British Airways, Aspire Belfast International: Causeway  Birmingham: No 1 Lounge, Aspire, Aspire (South)  Bristol: AspireAspirePlus Cardiff: 51 Degrees  Doncaster Sheffield: Premium Lounge East Midlands: Escape  Edinburgh: No 1 Lounge (new 2019), British Airways, Aspire Exeter: Executive Lounge  Glasgow: British Airways, Upperdeck Humberside: Aspire  Inverness:  Aspire  Isle of Man:  Rendezvous  Jersey: British Airways Executive  Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier  Liverpool: Aspire  Newcastle: British Airways, Aspire, Aspire Plus Newquay: Executive Lounge Southampton: Priority

Trains:  EustonKings Cross, Paddington, LiverpoolManchester Piccadilly  Eurostar:  St Pancras, Paris – new lounge (and a video)

Travel tips:

Earning miles from car rental

Earning miles when buying foreign currency

Earning miles and saving money on airport parking at Heathrow and at Gatwick

How to get Heathrow Express discounts, Gatwick Express discounts, Stansted Express discounts

Hotel loyalty scheme reviews:

Hilton Honors – Part One and Part Two

IHG Rewards Club – Part One and Part Two

Le Club AccorHotels – Part One and Part Two

Marriott Bonvoy – Part One and Part Two

Radisson Rewards – Part One and Part Two

World of Hyatt – Part One and Part Two

Best Western Rewards

My Millennium (Millennium & Copthorne)

Other interesting articles:

How two people can earn 185,000 Avios from Amex sign-up bonuses (29th April)

Your first look at Istanbul’s new airport and the BA lounge (28th April)

Good ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link (28th April)

A review of long-haul BA travel with a disabled / wheelchair passenger (24th April)

Our full review of Hertz Gold Plus Rewards (23rd April)

Can you cancel the return of an Avios redemption after flying out? (22nd April)

How Amex MR members can buy miles for up to 50% off (20th April)

My review of the Gleneagles hotel and resort in Scotland – it’s good! (19th April)

How to use Virgin miles to fly USA-Europe in Business for £4 of tax! (15th April)

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying Emirates (15th April)

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year (14th April)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme reviewed (12th April)

IT’S HERE! The new Virgin Atlantic Upper Class Suite! (8th April)

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points (7th April)

My Barra beach landing – the day I landed on the sand! (4th April)

A review of IHG’s Hotel Indigo in Glasgow (1st April)

How to earn Avios when you order currency from Travelex  (28th March)

I take a tour of the Malaysia Airlines A350-900  (27th March)

Don’t waste Avios on Club Europe redemptions from London City  (25th March)

Should you leave Amex for 24 months until you can get a new bonus?  (23rd March)

Your guide to the new American Express sign-up bonus rules  (22nd March)

American Express blocks multiple sign-up bonuses, starting now  (21st March)

What is the best sign-up strategy for someone with NO Amex cards?  (21st March)

IT’S HERE! British Airways launches Club Suite  (18th March)

New council tax bill arrived? Use Billhop to pay it by Amex  (15th March)

How to redeem Virgin miles for hotel rooms via Kaligo  (11th March)

How to get free hotel elite status from UK credit cards  (8th March)

Get lounge access with the Santander World Elite Mastercard  (8th March)

British Airways announces First Class ‘soft’ improvements  (7th March)

Excellent business deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines  (7th March)

Review of the brand new Holiday Inn London Heathrow Bath Road  (6th March)

What is IHG’s new voco brand? We visit voco St David’s in Cardiff  (3rd March)

You can redeem Virgin miles on Virgin Holidays – but should you?  (2nd March)

Earn bonus Accor points or Avios every stay with the ‘Places’ app  (2nd March)

British Airways orders 18 Boeing 777-9 aircraft, with First Class  (28th February)

Is the new metal Revolut card as good as it looks?  (28th February)

How do you get a British Airways Executive Club Premier card?  (26th February)

Mobile bank Monese launches exclusive partnership with Avios  (22nd February)

Accor is scrapping Le Club – new loyalty scheme coming  (21st February)

What do you do when BA closes your account for allegedly selling Avios?  (18th February)

My review of the Emirates First Class lounge at Dubai International  (17th February)

The man who spent a week on points at a luxury resort spending no money  (13th February)

How to pay £1,872 for a £10,187 stay at the new Waldorf Astoria Maldives  (12th February)

NEW: Earn Avios with a small business Mastercard  (11th February)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?  (10th February)

Transferring hotel points to airline miles … when is it worth it?  (5th February)

Review: new Air France lounge at Terminal 2E at Paris Charles de Gaulle  (5th February)

Back at Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah  (2nd February)

A routing I never knew for cheap Business Class redemptions to Singapore  (1st February)

No more Avios on Flybe from 30th April  (31st January)

How to upgrade BA flights using American Airlines miles  (28th January)

Has Amex added a new benefit to the Starwood American Express card?  (27th January)

How to book low tax Cathay Pacific Avios seats from Dublin to Hong Kong  (25th January)

Manchester Airport opening a private terminal with ‘drive to plane’  (24th January)

N26 review: we look at the travel benefits of their new metal card  (22nd January)

Which sorts of IHG Rewards Club points count for status?  (21st January)

Does a weak £ make Marriott’s flight ticket redemptions a good deal?  (20th January)

Bank of Ireland to launch an Avios credit card  (19th January)

Let your staff collect Avios via yulife insurance  (19th January)

Why INSTANTLY transferable points are the best  (18th January)

How I recreated BA Club Europe on Vueling for £64 one-way!  (16th January)

Which hotel schemes let you earn points and credit for multiple rooms?  (14th January)

How to earn Avios booking hotels via Agoda – and is it worth it?  (13th January)

Four Avios-earning hotel partners which you can’t credit to BA  (10th January)

Why using Virgin miles to book ANA is the best way to get to Japan  (9th January)

‘Miles and points’ for the solo traveller  (8th January)

Avoid the Heathrow Hotel Hoppa fee by travelling on free local buses  (7th January)

Inside the impressive new Kimpton Fitzroy hotel  (5th January)

Which low interest rate credit cards also earn points?  (5th January)

How to redeem Avios for long-haul flights on Air Italy  (3rd January)

printed.com – the Avios partner you have never heard of  (31st December)

Why Norwegian Reward is more valuable than it first appears  (31st December)

Seven Avios secrets you probably don’t know  (28th December)

Why Taj Inner Circle is your secret sixth Amex Platinum hotel status  (24th December)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club options at Heathrow?  (22nd December)

First look at London City’s new terminal plans  (21st December)

Should you use your Avios for BA’s ‘Experiences’ rewards?  (18th December)

What is an Avios point worth?  (17th December)

Is IHG Business Rewards – the SME scheme – worth a look?  (17th December)

Our review of Hilton London Gatwick Airport, at the South Terminal  (15th December)

Should you do a Marriott Gold or Platinum status challenge?  (12th December)

We review Staybridge Suites Manchester Oxford Road  (12th December)

My review of the new Crowne Plaza Manchester Oxford Road  (11th December)

Where can you fly these days with Virgin Flying Club miles?  (8th December)

Virgin Trains lounge reviews: London Euston and Manchester Piccadilly  (8th December)

Why January 2013 was an amazing sweet spot for a free Maldives holiday  (8th January)

Amex to open a Centurion Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3  (6th December)

Royal Air Maroc is joining the oneworld alliance  (5th December)

Inside the Hotel Indigo Manchester Victoria Station  (2nd December)

Good UK ‘Small Luxury Hotels’ now bookable via World of Hyatt points  (2nd December)

Review of the new Holiday Inn Express at Heathrow T4  (29th November)

Review of the new Crowne Plaza at Heathrow T4  (28th November)

easyJet to launch a new points-based loyalty scheme  (27th November)

Is easyJet Plus worth the annual membership fee?  (26th November)

Review of Marriott Paris Champs Elysees  (21st November)

Earn Avios with BA’s new partner – ParkCloud  (20th November)

Why Amex Plat gets you into more lounges than you think  (19th November)

The old BA Helicopters fleet is still alive and well!  (17th November)

See ALL BA Avios seats for dates you choose, in one click!  (12th November)

Which? looks at the UK’s best and worst hotel chains  (9th November)

How to earn airline miles from your Airbnb stays  (5th November)

Why short-haul Avios redemptions can be cheaper as 2 x one-ways  (2nd November)

How to earn Avios or Virgin miles via a Tesco current account  (31st October)

Why The Ritz-Carlton Al Hamra Beach is a great Marriott redemption  (29th October)

My visit to the airline catering factory at Prague airport  (27th October)

A trick to cut your Avios ‘taxes and charges’ on redemptions  (22nd October)

Barclays is changing Travel Plus Pack – does it still make sense?  (21st October)

My poke around the public and private parts of a KLM Boeing 787-9  (19th October)

Spending Emirates miles on easyJet and Etihad on Flybe  (18th October)

My review of the impressive Hilton Amsterdam Airport Schiphol hotel  (18th October)

My tour of KLM’s engine overhaul workshop  (17th October)

Should you dump your free BA Amex for the Amex Rewards Credit Card?  (17th October)

Why crediting Hertz rentals to IHG Rewards Club is attractive  (17th October)

How to keep your Amex points alive when cancelling Gold or Platinum  (16th October)

The St Regis New York hotel and my $2,800 suite  (15th October)

Everything you wanted to know about the BA Amex 2-4-1 voucher  (11th October)

Aspire Lounges launches its new Aspire Rewards scheme  (9th October)

Two split-ticketing tools to help you find cheaper train tickets  (9th October)

Lufthansa launches a new UK charge card – partly as a Diners Club!  (3rd October)

How to use BA Holidays to get interest free credit for your flight  (30th September)

Is Expedia’s loyalty scheme worth a look?  (30th September)

Which 30 airlines can I use my Avios points on?  (30th September)

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good  (29th September)

Join the Automobile Association to save on hotels!  (29th September)

What has changed with BA’s Best Price Guarantee?  (23rd September)

How to fly long-haul planes on short-haul redemptions!  (21st September)

Which Virgin Atlantic credit card is best for you?  (17th September)

How I beat the St Regis New York $50 ‘Daily Destination Fee’  (16th September)

Great Virgin redemption: fly Amsterdam to Toronto for $40 tax  (15th September)

How to get a good Heathrow parking deal via the NCP at Hilton T5  (13th September)

How to use the SPG Amex to earn miles with 44 different airlines  (10th September)

Plaza Premium lounges has a loyalty scheme and free visits count  (8th September)

BA passengers can now be driven to their plane at London City  (7th September)

Your guide to Marriott Rewards free breakfast benefit  (7th September)

How to earn Avios when flying United Airlines  (2nd September)

How to earn Avios via Clubcard when filling up at Esso  (30th August)

40% off BA short-haul flights for VitalityHealth customers  (27th August)

Which British Airways economy tickets can be upgraded using Avios?  (26th August)

Good To Go Parking – a secret saving on Official Heathrow Parking  (26th August)

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong  (25th August)

Which airlines let you transfer miles INTO hotel loyalty programmes?  (24th August)

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex and Heathrow points to Avios on receipt?  (24th August)

How to use your Avios for car hire excess insurance  (22nd August)

Virgin Flying Club splitting to create a Virgin-wide loyalty scheme  (21st August)

How to get cheaper Avios redemptions to Dubai via the 3000 mile rule  (20th August)

Are the Amex Platinum Cashback cards an alternative to miles cards?  (18th August)

Is a “Travelodge PLUS” worth staying in? I check out London City  (15th August)

Why InterContinental Ambassador is a loyalty programme I will pay for  (14th August)

Why loyalty programmes lose member goodwill in the long-term  (13th August)

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best Amex Platinum benefits  (12th August)

Review of Iberia’s refurbished Velazquez lounge at Madrid Terminal 4S  (9th August)

My review of the new Hyatt Centric Madrid hotel  (3rd August)

I try out Heathrow’s Personal Shopper experience  (1st August)

The Starwood Amex free night is now valid ANY day of the week  (1st August)

My review of business class on Iberia’s brand new A350  (31st July)

How does ‘Part Pay With Avios’ work with Flybe?  (30th July)

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO earn Virgin Flying Club miles?  (28th July)

My review of YOTEL Gatwick Airport  (16th July)

The Hyatt Brand Explorer promo you can take years to complete  (15th July)

My review of the Renaissance Paris Republique hotel  (8th July)

Iberia Plus Kids …. another way of earning Avios when your children fly  (3rd July)

How I recreated BA Club Europe on easyJet for £107 one-way!  (2nd July)

Review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at Washington Dulles  (30th June)

Why the Hyatt Prive can beat Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts  (29th June)

My review of The Graham, Georgetown, Washington hotel  (26th June)

What I found in Hilton’s ‘Innovation Gallery’ in Washington  (25th June)

How to earn points with your mobile abroad  (23rd June)

A review of the Marriott Manchester Airport hotel  (22nd June)

We take a tour of the new Singapore Airlines A380 First Class suites!  (20th June)

Why – financially – hotel loyalty programmes are different to airline schemes  (20th June)

How to earn top-tier IHG Rewards Club status by transferring Virgin miles  (19th June)

Which hotel chains offer lifetime status?  (18th June)

How to earn Avios with Budget car rentals  (17th June)

My review of MOXY London Excel  (16th June)

Get good value for Amex points with a short-notice Eurostar redemption  (15th June)

Virgin Atlantic A330-200’s unveiled – using old Air Berlin aircraft  (13th June)

Review of IHG’s Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam hotel  (12th June)

Can you get a better travel deal with Clubcard points than Avios?  (9th June)

A look at Monzo and its 0% FX fees debit card  (9th June)

Redeem Avios on Fiji Airways  (4th June)

What happens to your Avios points when you die?  (4th June)

Do you know the expiry rules for your airline miles?  (2nd June)

How to get a 35% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance  (31st May)

VERY low-tax AA redemptions with Avios from Spain  (30th May)

The forgotten West London and Imperial Airways Empire air terminals (28th May)

What match can you get from your existing airline and hotel cards? (28th May)

How Amex Platinum gets you Star Alliance Silver and fast track Star Alliance Gold  (27th May)

Why you should NEVER book Avios flights on Iberia via ba.com  (26th May)

Which is the most generous hotel programme for earning Avios points?  (25th May)

I check into the London Hilton on Park Lane on my £55 room deal!  (24th May)

How to move Avios from BA to Iberia (and vice versa)  (23rd May)

Which FREE UK credit cards have 0% foreign exchange fees?  (21st May)

My review of the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse at New York JFK  (20th May)

Is Revolut any good?  (18th May)

30,000 Membership Rewards points (=30,000 Avios) for getting Amex Platinum  (16th May)

We head to New York to review Virgin’s new Economy Delight product  (15th May)

Use your Marriott or SPG status on United Airlines via RewardsPlus  (15th May)

We try IHG’s new EVEN ‘wellness’ hotel brand in New York  (14th May)

Loganair launches Clan Loganair – is it worth a look?  (12th May)

Is WeSwap worth a look?  (11th May)

Use Avios to pay for BA seat reservations – but is it a good deal?  (9th May)

Review of the InterContinental Sandton Towers, Johannesburg  (8th May)

IHG adds exceptional UK hotels with Principal Hotels acquisition  (3rd May)

My day out at the new Aerospace Bristol museum  (2nd May)

How does Club H10, the loyalty programme for H10 Hotels, work?  (1st May)

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