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Tomorrow is the Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards 2023 ceremony!

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Back in 2019 we launched the Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards. It was a big success, both in terms of the number of HfP readers who voted and the way that the airline, hotel, credit card and airport lounge industry embraced it.

In January 2020 we hosted a lovely dinner at Quo Vadis in Soho to celebrate the winners.

We decided to make it a regular event. And then …. well, you know the rest.

But now we’re back. Over Christmas, thousands of you voted (THANK YOU!) and tomorrow night we are hosting the Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards 2023 presentation dinner.

Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards

We are in the privileged position of having an audience – you – that has an exceptional knowledge of business travel, airlines, hotels, airport lounges and travel credit cards.  Many of you experience these products on a regular basis, and far more frequently than either Rob, Sinead, Katie or I do.

The Head for Points Travel & Loyalty Awards 2023 are a great opportunity to recognise the cream of the crop when it comes to UK premium business and leisure travel.  A lot of the areas we are covering, such as airport lounges and travel credit cards, are ignored by other awards because they are too niche – but for our readers, they are important and appreciated.

What are the categories?

There are 14 categories, including:

  • Best Business Class seat
  • Best Premium Economy seat
  • Best UK airport lounge
  • Best new or refurbished UK airport lounge
  • Best UK travel rewards credit card
  • Best credit card sign-up bonus of the year
  • Best hotel loyalty programme
  • Best hotel loyalty promotion of the year
  • Best value miles or points redemption of the year

…. and more!

Head for Points Awards trophy

Rob and I will be giving out four ‘Editor’s Choice’ awards alongside the main winners.  This means that niche lounges, credit cards or products can still be a winner. We don’t want the biggest businesses walking away with everything just because they are big.

Who is coming?

We are hosting a dinner for 90 people tomorrow night in the City, made up exclusively of shortlisted companies.

Rob and I have been genuinely impressed by the turnout.

We have the UK, and in some cases European, heads of most of the shortlisted airlines coming along.

We have senior management from all of the major airport lounge groups joining us.

We have heads of some of the nominated loyalty programmes flying in especially for the event.

We have a celebrity MC, Jonathan Samuels from Sky News.

We even have a tentative deal with a national newspaper to feature the results on its website.

It’s going to be a great night, and we look forward to bringing you the names of the winners and photos from the event later in the week.

Good luck to all of the shortlisted companies.

Thank you to our sponsor Rakuten Advertising

The dinner tomorrow is being generously sponsored by Rakuten Advertising.

Rakuten Advertising leads the industry in delivering performance-driven ad solutions that help some of the world’s top travel and finance brands connect with unique, highly engaged audiences – from first impression to final sale.

We work closely with them to manage various partnerships, primarily our work with American Express, and we’ve always been impressed by the added value they bring compared to a standard affiliate network.

Comments (9)

  • Nick says:

    Being another small business owner, it’s been great seeing how far Rob, and his excellent team at HfP, have come over the years. Many of us, I’m sure, well remember the likes of the old Tesco Clubcard days, and how things have grown since then.

    Have a great evening, and hopefully there’ll, maybe, be some new valuable travel competitions for the readers as a result! HaHa!

  • P says:

    I hope there will be a best defunct airline award 😉

    • Patrick says:

      Possibly something that could be done on the fly, maybe? 😊

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Awarded in advance to Global like how Lufthansa got that Skytrax award for their so new it’s not yet installed seat

  • Mick says:

    I’ve been on here for over 10 years … my first card was BA Premium Amex. It got referred and I emailed Rob in a Panic. Went through in a few days! I remember the old days of using your Ba Amex to buy gift cards in Tesco and paying your BA holiday with them. The registration process was so long winded but I sat and went through each £25/£50 card to pay off my holiday balances. My first “Hack” of many through the years of my points addiction! I’ve gained Silver status a few times, earned over 2 million Avios on our Family account and flown almost every BA Premium Cabin and Plane Type since 2014. My favourite being the 747 seat 64k and 2k ( wasn’t lucky enough for 1k) I would say 90% of my travels has been down to this fantastic site, Rob and the team and the many members who help keep it up to date and the Great Forum it is today. It’s came a long way and very much deserved. Thank you all!

  • MW says:

    It’s great to see this site make such an impact! That really shows that it is recognised as a key player not just by points collectors but the travel and loyalty industry itself.

    The travel world and loyalty schemes have changed a slot since the cartridge days (my wife still uses this as an example of some of the more “questionable” points collection initiatives as all of them went on eBay), but HfP is still there to help us maximise all (or at least most!) opportunities!

    Great work, Rob and the team!

  • Jeremy Parsons says:

    Another 10 year plus follower of HFP and prior to that flyertalk and thanks to your article on Australia redemptions last year managed to use 241 and Avios to grab a club class return to Australia and took advantage of the Qatar premium lounge in Singapore on the way out which was excellent. Its great to see how serious brand loyalty is taken by the airlines and hotel operators

  • Mark says:

    I’ve been here since the begining and learnt a hell of a lot. I’ve flown to places and in seats that I couldn’t have dreamed of doing without the help of Rob and the team. I like to think I’ve returned the favour a few times.

    The high calliber of attendees to the ceremony really does cement the impact of HFP in the travel and loyaly industry.

    Well done.

    PS. I’m not doing anything tomorrow.

  • Phantomchickenz says:

    This comment section is starting to sound like a HfP memorial!

    I too am around the 10 year mark, after swearing to myself “never again” after an overnight economy flight to HKG akin to sleep deprivation torture. From a bit of searching around, a chap called “Raffles” gave me some tips on FlyerTalk, including free Silver status with Virgin at the time, and I’ve been subscribed to this site ever since.

    It’s only more recently I’ve been able to make the most of it, and enjoyed a fantastic family holiday to NZ using all the tricks I’ve learnt from the HfP team and the wise ones on the forums.

    Well done for making a career out of such a niche subject!

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