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Should I do a Marriott Platinum Challenge to lock in the new benefits?

<b>Marriott Rewards has an unpublished ‘Platinum Challenge’</b>. It is not written down anywhere but, if you call or email them, you can sign up. There are …

Hospitality

Shock BA announcements – some priority baggage WILL now receive priority, and a First Class bus!

You know the yellow ‘Priority’ tags that British Airways puts on your suitcases when you travel in First Class, Club World or Club Europe? They don’t …

Qatar Airways

Bits: 50% ‘buy Avios’ bonus – good deal?, Marriott points with London house rentals, £264 Virgin fares to Dubai

News in brief:<p><b>50% bonus when you buy Avios</b><p>British Airways has launched a generous ‘buy Avios’ bonus promotion.<p><b>Until 8th May you get 50% bonus Avios</b> …

Housing

Get 100 Clubcard points when you register for Tesco’s Baby Club!

One for the mums and dads out there:<p>You can get <b>100 free Tesco Clubcard points</b> when signing up for Tesco’s Baby Club.<p>Tesco’s Baby Club has been …

Parenting

An exceptional new Middle East beach redemption using Marriott Rewards or SPG points

Long-term readers of <i>Head for Points</i> will remember that last year I visited The Ritz-Carlton Al Wadi desert resort in Ras Al-Khaimah about 60 minutes …

Hospitality

Bits: Virgin’s new afternoon tea in pictures, new Oman Air First Class suite, £20 off Opodo flights

News in brief:<p><b>Virgin’s new Afternoon Tea in the Clubhouse</b><p>As I wrote last week, <b>Virgin Atlantic has launched a new afternoon tea service in the</b> …

Air Travel

REMINDER

I wanted to give our luxury hotel booking service another mention today, in case you are finalising your holiday plans for the Summer. <b>Since I</b> …

Hospitality

Why NO-ONE should spend £20,000 for a 2-4-1 on the free British Airways American Express card

It is almost two years since I last ran a version of this article. I thought it was worth updating it and giving it another outing because it makes a …

Personal Finance

Bits: Good Etihad fare to Oz for Christmas, 100% bonus buying Hilton points, F1 and tennis with SPG/Marriott

News in brief:<p><b>Good Etihad fare to Australia for Christmas</b><p>I’ve had a few emails recently asking about cheap cash flights to Australia over Christmas. …

Abu Dhabi

My review of the new(ish) INNSIDE Hamburg Hafen

INNSIDE is the four-star chain of business focused hotels run by Melia. Long-term <i>Head for Points</i> readers might remember my review of the new INNSIDE …

Hospitality

Bits: Heathrow exhibition opens, new Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City opens (20k points), 35% off SPG points

News in brief:<b>New exhibition on Heathrow Airport launched</b>“Heathrow: The Journey”, a new free exhibition focusing on the history of the airport, has …

Hospitality

Bits: Get double or triple Accor points on UK stays, 75% bonus buying Radisson points, Peakpoints closing

News in brief:<p><b>Earn double or triple Le Club AccorHotels points on UK stays!</b><p><b>Accor has launched a good new promotion for stays at their hotels in the</b> …

Hospitality

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

<i>This is the sixth of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes. Each scheme will be covered over two posts on consecutive days. One will</i> …

Flying

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

<i>In my other article today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme. This article is my personal opinion, highlighting</i> …

Hospitality

Inside BA’s new A320neo aircraft with its super-thin seats (and power sockets)

As I mentioned earlier in the week, <b>the first brand new Airbus A320neo short haul aircraft is now in service with British Airways</b>.<p>This is the aircraft …

Heathrow

Bits: Who won our Premium Economy competition?, Accor APAC offer, Starwood article update

News in brief:<p><b>Who won the two flights to New York in Premium Economy?</b><p><b>Earlier this month we ran another competition giving away flights to New York.</b> …

Hospitality

Get £50 off all British Airways long-haul flights this weekend

<b>British Airways has launched a decent deal – if you don’t mind long-haul economy flights.</b> Which, I admit, knocks out a large percentage of our …

Long Haul

From August … a 5-month window to redeem the BEST Starwood hotels at 40% off

<b>We have spent a lot of time this week discussing the new (and still nameless) merged Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and The Ritz-Carlton</b> …

Hospitality

Bits: IHG 80% ‘buy points’ bonus, ViaVan launches £3 London rides, 25% American Airlines transfer bonus

News in brief:<p><b>New IHG Rewards Club ‘buy points’ bonus</b><p>Until 31st May, <b>you can buy IHG Rewards Club – the InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza</b> …

American Airlines

Bits: New Durham lounge, 6000 Virgin miles from Avis, 50% Amex MR bonus to Finnair

News in brief:<p><b>New Durham Tees Valley lounge now open</b><p><b>Durham Tees Valley Airport has opened the Premium Lounge</b>. It replaces the previous Swissport …

Virgin Atlantic

How to get special deals with the Amazon Treasure Truck

Two days ago I was on my way back to the office after having bought some lunch and saw two men walking around with ‘Amazon Treasure Truck’ bags. I …

Frequent-flyer Programs

REGISTER NOW – Hilton launches new ‘double points’ promotion for May to September

<b>Hilton Honors has just launched its new Summer promotion which is now open for registration.</b><p>To give Hilton credit, it is very straightforward with …

Hospitality

Bits: Virgin launches afternoon tea, the new BA A320neo seats, 20% off at Millennium Hotels

News in brief:<p><b>Virgin Atlantic launches afternoon tea – on the ground and onboard</b><p>One thing about running HFP is that you meet a far broader range of …

Afternoon Tea

It’s back – ‘Kids Fly Free’ on BA to/from Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Belfast and Glasgow

British Airways has launched a bigger and better version of the ‘Kids Fly Free’ offer which it has run in the past. <b>This is a genuinely good deal with</b> …

Heathrow

The Amex Plat / Marriott status answer and what else I learned at the Marriott press briefing yesterday

<b>Loyalty press conferences in the UK are a funny old thing, because there aren’t actually that many people to invite!</b> Thus it was that four usual …

Hospitality

Bits: Zipcar Flex opens at Terminal 5 – drive for £17, Flybe sale launches, BA’s A320neo is here

News in brief:<p><b>Zipcar Flex opens at Heathrow Terminal 5</b><p>Most readers, at least London-based ones, will know Zipcar as a ‘pound per hour’ car hire …

Uber

Book the 5-star Sofitel at Heathrow Terminal 5 for £100 or less as a ‘Top Secret’ hotel

Lastminute.com is currently offering £7 off hotels, including its ‘Top Secret’ list of unnamed London hotels. This allows you to <b>book the Sofitel</b> …

Hospitality

All (?) you need to know about the new merged Marriott and Starwood programme

<b>Last night Marriott held a major event in New York to outline the first steps of the integration of Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest and</b> …

Hospitality

Bits: new BA Rome lounge opens, the QE2 floating hotel in Dubai bookable, Aegean joins Heathrow Rewards

News in brief:<p><b>British Airways opens new lounge in Rome</b><p>British Airways launched its new lounge in Rome Fiumicino yesterday.<p>To quote:<p>“Spread over 460 …

Heathrow

Bits: win 1 million IHG points!, update on the new Leeds Bradford lounges

News in brief:<p><b>Win 1 million IHG Rewards Club points!</b><p>Your chances of winning this are probably not huge, but for the sake of 30 seconds …..<p>The Crowne …

Fair Trade