United Airlines and United MileagePlus

These articles cover, from a UK perspective, United Airlines, United MileagePlus and the UK United Airlines credit card issued by MBNA (no longer available to new applicants).

Bits: new ‘Miles and More’ meilenschnaeppchen, United ‘buy miles’ bonus and a Marriott / SPG arbitrage

News in brief: New ‘Miles and More’ meilenschnaeppchen announced It has been a while since we covered these on Head for Points, but for the benefit those who don’t know about them, Lufthansa runs a monthly list of discounted routes for collectors of Miles & More miles. […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

Following the closing of the Lufthansa Miles & More and United Airlines MileagePlus credit cards to new applicants last week, life has got harder if you want to earn Star Alliance miles from a UK credit card. A couple of weeks ago I looked at […]

ALL MBNA airline credit cards withdrawn – what are your alternatives?

Last week I ran this article suggesting that you should act immediately if you wanted to apply for any of the MBNA airline credit cards. It was good advice. All eight MBNA airline credit cards were pulled on Monday evening.  Slightly surprisingly, this included the […]

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 […]