On this page, you’ll find links to the very best how-to guides and popular articles that have appeared on Tricks of the Trade.

If you’re new to the world of British Airways Avios, Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles, hotel loyalty schemes or miles & points in general, this page is where you should start.


General travel & loyalty schemes

A beginners guide to frequent flyer programs aka airline miles & points

Introduction to hotel loyalty programs

Airline miles v hotel points – which should you be collecting?

The ultimate UK travel hacking glossary

How to fly the world’s best First Class using miles

How to save £100’s on your flights

Fifth freedom flights – how to try business and first class ‘on the cheap’

How to get £60 of ‘free’ food and drink at Gatwick Airport

How to avoid the Dynamic Currency Conversion ‘scam’ when spending abroad

When do hotel points expire and how to reset their expiry date

When do airline miles expire and how to reset their expiry date


British Airways – Avios

A beginners guide to collecting Avios points

Everything you need to know about British Airways Tier Points and elite status

How to ‘buy’ cheap Avios points

When does British Airways release Avios reward flights and how to book them

How to fly BA First Class for £55 return using Reward Flight Saver

British Airways Avios v Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles – which is best?

Everything you need to know about the BA 2-4-1 companion voucher

The best ways to use 125,000 Avios and a BA 2-4-1 companion voucher

Planning on earning a BA 2-4-1 voucher? The free BA Amex isn’t for you

Five of the best ways to use your Avios without paying heavy taxes

Collect at least 3,000 Avios at Heathrow [2019]


Virgin Atlantic Flying Club Miles

Everything you need to know about Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles

When should you be using Virgin miles instead of Avios points?

How to reserve Virgin Atlantic flights without enough miles in your account?

The Virgin Miles Booster explained – a good way to buy miles cheaply

How to convert Virgin Atlantic miles to BA Avios (and why it’s not a great idea)

How to convert Virgin Atlantic miles to Hilton or IHG hotel points + is it ever worth it?


Credit Cards

Which UK credit cards give free airport lounge access

New American Express sign-up bonus rules

Everything you need to know about American Express Membership Rewards points

Amex Gold v Amex Platinum – which is the better card?

What’s the best card to use abroad?

Curve Card removes foreign exchange fees – now a must-have in your wallet

What are the best alternatives to Amex for earning Avios/Virgin miles in the UK?


Luxury Locations

New York Edition

Dubai/Abu Dhabi Edition

UK Edition

Tokyo Edition

Maldives Edition

Paris Edition

Singapore Edition

Bangkok Edition