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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.

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. Understanding BA and avios.com 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. Using Avios for non-stop flights from UK regional airports

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

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

12.  Redeeming Avios for low tax US domestic flights

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

14.  Saving tax on Asian redemptions with Cathay Pacific

15.  How to earn and redeem Avios points with Flybe

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 12 credit cards which now earn you Avios

The top 10 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 your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?

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

What is the best use of Amex Membership Rewards points?

The beginners guide to whether you qualify for an Amex sign-up bonus or not

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

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?

The ‘Credit & Charge Card Reviews‘ series:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold, American Express Platinum, American Express RewardsBritish Airways American Express (BA Amex), British Airways Premium Plus American Express (BAPP Amex), Flybe, HSBC Premier, HSBC Premier World EliteIHG Rewards Club, IHG Rewards Club Premium, Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG Amex), TescoTesco Premium, Virgin Atlantic Reward, Virgin Atlantic Reward Plus

Flight reviews:

First Class:  British Airways A380 First and 777 First, Emirates A380 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, ANA 777 businessBritish Airways 787-9 Club WorldEmirates A380 business, Etihad A380 businessFinnair A350 businessIberia A330 business, La Compagnie businessLAN / LATAM 787 businessLufthansa short-haul business, Qatar Airways 777 business, Qatar Airways 787 business, 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 Upper Class

Premium Economy:  Norwegian Premium

Domestic / regional:  Aer LingusAir Nostrum businessAmerican Airlines short-haul economyBritish Airways domestic, FlybeCityJet, Iberia Express businessJapan Airlines businessQatar Airways short-haul First, Royal Jordanian businessSWISS business

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 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 T3, British Airways Galleries T3, Club Aspire T3, Emirates T3, No 1 Lounge T3, Virgin Atlantic T3, Plaza 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 T2

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

Other: 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 Stansted: Escape  London Southend: SkyLife  Aberdeen:  British Airways (new 2018)Northern Lights  Belfast City: British Airways  Belfast International:  Causeway  Birmingham: No 1 Lounge, Aspire  Bristol: AspireAspirePlus  Cardiff:  51 Degrees  Edinburgh: No 1 Lounge, British Airways, Aspire  Exeter:  Executive Lounge  Glasgow:  British Airways, Upperdeck  Inverness:  Aspire  Isle of Man:  Rendezvous  Leeds Bradford: Yorkshire Premier  Liverpool: Aspire  Manchester:  Aspire T1, Escape Plus Lounge T2Escape Lounge T3, British Airways T3, 1903 Lounge T3  Newcastle:  British Airways, Aspire, Aspire Plus  Southampton:  Breeze 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

Earning miles and reducing fees when using your credit card abroad

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 Rewards – Part One and Part Two

Radisson Rewards (ex Club Carlson) – Part One and Part Two

Starwood Preferred Guest – Part One and Part Two

World of Hyatt – Part One and Part Two

Best Western Rewards

My Millennium (Millennium & Copthorne)

Other interesting articles:

Why the free BA Amex is a bad deal for low spenders  (30th April)

Who has the best premium economy product – Virgin or British Airways?  (30th April)

My review of SAA business class from London to Johannesburg  (27th April)

Why you should swap your Amex Gold charge card for the new credit card  (26th April)

Inside BA’s new A320neo aircraft with its super-thin seats  (21st April)

How to book the 5-star Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal 5 for £100 or less  (18th April)

All (?) you need to know about the new Marriott and Starwood programme  (17th April)

Scandic Friends review – How to save you money in Scandinavia  (16th April)

Generous ‘sweet spots’ if you move Amex points to Singapore Airlines  (12th April)

Why the ‘Sheraton Family Package’ can be a deal if travelling with children  (12th April)

What are the best Virgin Atlantic airline partner awards you can book?  (10th April)

We travel on the inaugural Eurostar service to Amsterdam!  (9th April)

What can you do with Amex Membership Rewards points?  (8th April)

Two new Maldives resorts which will soon be bookable on points  (7th April)

Are the new Virgin credit cards a good reason to collect Flying Club miles?  (6th April)

Get special deals at all Park Hyatt and Andaz hotels via new Hyatt Prive  (6th April)

The new Virgin Atlantic credit cards are here! What are the benefits?  (4th April)

Reviewing Europe’s last great sleeper train: Stockholm to Lapland  (1st April)

My trip to the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden  (28th March)

EXCLUSIVE: Alex Cruz speaks about changes to Avios and BAEC  (26th March)

How to use Billhop to pay your new council tax bill by Amex  (26th March)

How to transfer Iberia Avios points to British Airways Avios points  (25th March)

What does Fans of M.O. (Mandarin Oriental’s new programme) offer you?  (25th March)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained  (23rd March)

Why Virgin’s new Economy Delight fares can be excellent value  (21st March)

All you need to know about American Airlines new Flagship Lounges  (20th March)

Why Marriott Rewards may be best for high-end New York redemptions  (19th March)

Why 2 people + 2 Starwood Amex cards = 25,000 Avios or other miles  (19th March)

What will a fraudster pay for your Avios log-in details on the dark web?  (18th March)

My review of the excellent Berlin Marriott as a Gold  (17th March)

IHG buys Regent Hotels – why?!  (15th March)

Curve Card – a no-brainer for UK points collectors – adds rewards  (11th March)

My review of the driverless pods to Terminal 5   (10th March)

My review of the Plaza Premium lounge in Heathrow Terminal 5  (8th March)

The Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards bite the dust  (2nd March)

What is the best replacement for the Hilton Honors Visa credit card?  (1st March)

How to get hotel elite status from UK credit and charge cards  (27th February)

What’s the deal with New York hotel ‘resort fees’?  (26th February)

What I learned at the Co-Brand Credit Card Conference  (22nd February)

American Airlines makes it harder to book with Avios  (15th February)

Is BA’s new Club World catering essentially a big con?  (14th February)

A good Avios redemption to Santiago – paying £44 tax  (13th February)

Review: Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah  (13th February)

Why I am suddenly a fan of Hyatt Place hotels  (11th February)

lastminute.com lets you refund non-refundable flights  (9th February)

Amex loses its final appeal on cutting fees to retailers  (8th February)

Review of the Lufthansa lounges at Heathrow Terminal 2  (8th February)

Why Amex Plat Fine Hotels & Resorts is great for one night stays  (3rd February)

Why SWISS Business makes BA Club Europe look good  (1st February)

All about the US Amex Centurion airport lounge network  (31st January)

New partner – earn Avios on foreign currency transfers with Midpoint  (26th January)

World in shock as BA’s improved economy food turn out to be good  (25th January)

Dubai Marriott Harbour – a redemption where a points room sleeps 5!  (23rd January)

How you can still pay HMRC with a Visa or Mastercard to earn points  (22nd January)

My full motion flight simulator experience  (21st January)

My review of the Holiday Inn Southend Airport  (20th January)

How to book Eurostar using Amex Membership Rewards points  (15th January)

How to earn Avios points when your child flies  (14th January)

Our list of Amex Membership Rewards points transfer times  (12th January)

Why Amex Gold is the ideal starter Amex for a points newcomer  (11th January)

Flying Blue Petroleum – if you’re in the oil and energy sector  (9th January)

Four regional BA weekend routes offering 160 tier points  (8th January)

Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards hotel partner?  (1st January)

Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?  (31st December)

How to get a one-way Europcar UK rental for just £1!  (31st December)

600 easy FREE Avios with ‘Rewards for Thoughts’  (30th December)

Seven Avios secrets you probably don’t know  (29th December)

Melia hotels improves its Avios earn rate  (24th December)

Highlights from the Head for Points Christmas party!  (14th December)

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?  (13th December)

Review of the Escape Lounge at Manchester Airport Terminal 1  (13th December)

BA closes OpenSkies from Paris, launches LEVEL  (6th December)

Why the Starwood Amex is a mess – and why you should get it!  (4th December)

Malaysia Airlines unveils the new A350, bookable on Avios  (4th December)

Where can you fly on BA from T3 to visit the new lounges?  (3rd December)

My review of the Aer Lingus lounge in Dublin Terminal 2  (3rd December)

The new Qantas lounge for BA passengers in Heathrow T3  (28th November)

Review of Ames Boston Hotel – Curio Collection by Hilton  (27th November)

Lufthansa reveals a good Business Class seat from 2020  (25th November)

What did I learn at a loyalty programme fraud conference?  (21st November)

How to use Avios for domestic Japanese flights with no taxes!  (21st November)

Booking Reward Flight Saver on BA ‘Fifth Freedom’ routes  (21st November)

My review of Aer Lingus Business Class from Dublin to Boston  (20th November)

What are the best UK lounges you can visit free with Amex Gold?  (20th November)

Review of the ’51st and Green’ lounge in Dublin Airport  (19th November)

What is the future of airline credit cards in the UK?  (19th November)

Is the Avios Multi-Currency Cash Passport worth a look?  (17th November)

Review of the Aer Lingus Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2  (16th November)

Why you should redeem your Avios on Aer Lingus  (15th November)

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?  (14th November)

See the amazing new Emirates First Class Suite  (13th November)

Review of the new Hampton by Hilton at Stansted Airport  (12th November)

Edinburgh Airport lounge reviews: British Airways Galleries  (12th November)

Edinburgh Airport lounge reviews: No 1 Lounge  (10th November)

Edinburgh Airport lounge reviews: Aspire lounge  (10th November)

MBNA airline credit cards withdrawn – what are your alternatives?  (8th November)

Plaza Premium lounge NOW OPEN in Heathrow Terminal 5  (7th November)

I try Flybe to Edinburgh – a good BA alternative?  (6th November)

Is the Millennium & Copthorne Hotels loyalty scheme worth a look?  (3rd November)

My review of the new InterContinental in Ljubljana, Slovenia  (2nd November)

How many British Airways tier points do you earn on Qatar Airways?  (1st November)

Review of The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi Desert resort, Ras Al Khaimah  (31st October)

wheretocredit.com – a handy resource you might not know  (29th October)

Review of the Hampton by Hilton hotel, Bournemouth  (28th October)

What is the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme for you?  (27th October)

How taxes on Avios redemptions from the US got out of control  (25th October)

Get exclusive BA Gold benefits at Langham hotels including free status  (24th October)

Is Hilton Bournemouth the UK’s smartest seaside hotel redemption?  (22nd October)

New EU261 ruling means you could be due compensation  (18th October)

Is the Costco Amex the most generous UK travel credit card?  (16th October)

How to buy Avios for 0.77p with your next redemption!  (13th October)

Are the seven Amex Platinum hotel status cards worth having?  (12th October)

How to earn and spend Avios on Vueling flights  (11th October)

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over the last year  (9th October)

How to maximise your Avios earning when flying with BA partners  (5th October)

Are shared private jets the future of business travel? Surf Air review  (4th October)

Is someone secretly stealing your BA On Business points?  (3rd October)

Why it is worth paying a fee for a miles and points credit card  (2nd October)

Why Iberia’s long-haul business seat is better than BA Club World  (2nd October)

What are the rules for booking ‘open jaw’ redemptions using Avios?  (1st October)

When a BA Gold should book a ‘double Avios’ Gold Priority Reward (30th September)

Why the BAPP Amex remains the best card for long-term spending  (29th September)

Which BA European routes do not offer lounge access?  (28th September)

Should you dump your free BA Amex for the new Amex Rewards card?  (26th September)

Earn Avios at Best Western – and how to get a status match  (26th September)

ARCC: how to keep your Amex points when cancelling Gold or Platinum  (25th September)

Club Carlson family room redemptions …. a good deal or not?  (25th September)

Virgin Flying Club – what are the best partner awards?  (24th September)

How to swap points between programmes with www.points.com  (24th September)

Amex has a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena  (23rd September)

My trip to the Austrian Airlines maintenance hangar!  (22nd September)

I try out the amazing new Qatar Airways Qsuite  (21st  September)

Club Eurostar to launch later this year  (21st September)

Which is the best hotel at Vienna Airport? NH or Moxy?  (21st September)

Get an Avios Oz / New Zealand deal using the multi-partner chart  (19th September)

How to pay almost ANY bill with an Amex or other card, with Billhop  (18th September)

Are shared private jets worth it? I try out a Citation CJ2 for size!  (15th September)

Why BA’s ‘upgrade using Avios’ pricing may have ripped you off  (14th September)

How to use Avios points for airport lounge access  (13th September)

Does the Travel Plus Pack work for Barclays account holders?  (12th September)

My review of the Signature private jet terminal lounge at Luton!  (11th September)

How to save £100 on an Economy Avios redemption to Dubai  (10th September)

Earn free travel with the National Express loyalty scheme  (10th September)

BA testing ‘upgrade for £ in the departure lounge’ via their app  (7th September)

Interesting anomalies in Avios reward pricing you can exploit  (6th September)

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?  (4th September)

BA offering car transfers at Heathrow to late-running passengers  (2nd September)

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong  (30th August)

What BA economy tickets can be upgraded using Avios?  (29th August)

Free Accor Gold status and 10% off stays with an ibis Business Card  (28th August)

Can you cancel a return Avios redemption after flying outbound?  (27th August)

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles at 50% off  (27th August)

Why you should have the free MyFlights app on your iPhone  (26th August)

Vueling switches to Avios – what does it mean for you?  (25th August)

How to earn Avios and BA tier points when flying Emirates  (23rd August)

A great Marriott family redemption – Domes of Elounda, Crete  (21st August)

The only FREE and fast Avios reward finding tool you need!  (19th August)

Jurys Rewards – is the Jurys Inn reward scheme any good?  (19th August)

Good ‘airport parking and hotel’ deals via little-known IHG link  (18th August)

How to get a discount on Gatwick Express (2017 edition)  (17th August)

Which is better – the Lloyds upgrade voucher or BAPP Amex 241?  (16th August)

Did you know Lufthansa offers a 25% mileage discount for children?  (16th August)

Sneaky airport parking deals with JustPark.com  (14th August)

Should you convert Virgin miles to Hilton or other hotel partners?  (12th August)

Fly BA First from Barbados? You can use the Private Jet Terminal!  (12th August)

Virgin transfers to IHG Rewards Club count towards status  (11th August)

I try ‘Flight Experience London’ in Putney and land a Boeing 737  (10th August)

How to book a low cost ‘day room’ at a Hilton  (9th August)

Which hotel at Heathrow has the best swimming pool?  (6th August)

Credit Hilton stays to Iberia instead of BA? A warning!  (2nd August)

Hints for booking domestic Australian Avios redemptions with Qantas  (1st August)

Why you shouldn’t waste Avios on Club Europe from London City  (30th July)

Virgin Money makes a Virgin Atlantic partnership deal  (26th July)

My review of Lufthansa First Class from Frankfurt to New York  (25th July)

Is Lufthansa’s First Class Terminal still the world’s best lounge?  (24th July)

Why I tried Revolut on my trip to New York – but should you?  (23rd July)

Government bans credit card acceptance fees from January  (20th July)

IHG Rewards Club welcome benefits by hotel and tier level  (18th July)

UK lounge networks of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey  (18th July)

I try Norwegian Premium – better than BA World Traveller Plus?  (17th July)

Benefiting from Amex Fine Hotels & Resorts at Park Hyatt Hamburg  (16th July)

Amex loses EU appeal on BA Amex interchange fees – what next?  (14th July)

Is the Marriott Moments auction site getting more useful?  (13th July)

Review of the BLOC hotel in London Gatwick’s South Terminal  (12th July)

NEW – earn Avios when ordering foreign currency from Travelex  (11th July)

Inside the Penthouse Suite of Kimpton De Witt, Amsterdam  (7th July)

Is BA trying to make you think you’ve given up EU261 rights?  (30th June)

This is what you get with InterContinental’s Club Life package  (30th June)

My review of the Park Inn hotel, Southend on Sea  (29th June)

My review of the Trump Turnberry hotel in Scotland  (28th June)

What are the travel benefits for World Elite MasterCard holders?  (21st June)

Amazing business deal to Asia using Etihad miles on Czech Airlines  (20th June)

My review of the Conrad New York hotel  (16th June)

What are the best IHG Rewards Club redemptions in London?  (15th June)

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year  (15th June)

My review of Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Dubai (15th June)

How to upgrade British Airways flights using American Airlines miles  (14th June)

My review of the new Premier Inn, Heathrow Terminal 4  (13th June)

Review: Hampton by Hilton Berlin Alexanderplatz  (12th June)

How does BA First Class compare to Emirates or Etihad?  (10th June)

Peak and off-peak Avios redemption calendars for 2018  (7th June)

Principal Hotels launches Applause Rewards  (5th June)

Is First Class on Stansted Express worth the money?  (3rd June)

Which BA Club Europe routes earn 160 tier points return?  (2nd June)

How to collect Avios with Shell Drivers Club  (1st June)

‘Miles and points’ for the solo traveller – a different collection strategy?  (29th May)

How to redeem your Virgin Flying Club miles for hotel rooms  (29th May)

Earn Virgin miles with EVERY Sainsbury’s online grocery shop  (28th May)

How to book Best Western hotels with Tesco Clubcard vouchers  (28th May)

‘Pay Your Birth Year’ – a Starwood promo for older readers!  (23rd May)

My review of the ANA InterContinental Tokyo  (22nd May)

How I used Avios for a flat-bed from Japan to China  (21st May)

How to get IHG Rewards Club status quickly, and possibly for free?  (20th May)

The British Airways ‘On Business’ programme explained  (20th May)

Which hotel schemes let you earn points and credit for multiple rooms?  (18th May)

Review of ANA’s business class from London – Tokyo  (15th May)

Why using Virgin miles on ANA is the best way to get to Japan  (14th May)

American Express Platinum Cashback Card (UK) – in-depth review  (13th May)

A (brief) review of Waldorf Astoria Beijing  (13th May)

American Express Nectar credit card – in-depth review  (12th May)

How to earn Avios or Virgin miles with No 1 Lounges  (9th May)

Earn Avios points from your estate agent!  (7th May)

I check out the new British Airways domestic Club Europe  (5th May)

Avoid the Heathrow Hotel Hoppa fee by travelling on local buses  (4th May)

Which low interest rate credit cards also earn points?  (2nd May)

My review of The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto hotel  (1st May)

Is IHG surpressing negative reviews on its website?  (29th April)

BA unveils its refurbishment plans for New York JFK  (26th April)

Is the Tesco Premium Card worth £150?  (23rd April)

Why Hilton Honors points may be getting more valuable  (23rd April)

Is Hilton Garden Inn the most convenient budget hotel at Heathrow?  (23rd April)

Do you get BA lounge access on Vueling, Aer Lingus, Flybe and AirBaltic?  (19th April)

Airport lounges that you never knew Amex Platinum got you into  (19th April)

Inside the Emirates First Class Lounge (or ‘floor’) in Dubai  (16th April)

How we got into China without a visa last night  (15th April)

How Brad is flying around the world for 116,000 airline miles  (14th April)

In the Etihad First & Business Class lounge, Heathrow Terminal 4  (10th April)

The new First Wing at Heathrow T5 reviewed  (8th April)

The #bainvesting4U press day  (7th April)

Get 1p per SPG point when redeeming for flights  (2nd April)

Is Virgin Atlantic’s new ‘Miles Plus Money’ feature a good deal?  (1st April)