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 BA Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles and travel loyalty schemes in general, this page is a great place to start.


General travel & loyalty schemes

Introduction to airline loyalty programs

Introduction to hotel loyalty schemes

Your ultimate miles and points jargon buster

How to save £100’s on your flights

Get £60 of free food and drink each time you travel through Gatwick Airport

How to stop your loyalty points expiring – Part 1

How to stop your loyalty points expiring – Part 2


British Airways – Avios

A beginners guide to collecting Avios points

A beginners guide to British Airways Tier Points

How to ‘buy’ cheap Avios points

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

Reward Flight Saver – a complete guide to one of the best uses of Avios

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

It’s back – get 3,000 Avios when you travel through Heathrow


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?

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

How to convert Virgin miles to Avios and why you shouldn’t

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


Credit Cards

A complete guide to American Express Membership Rewards points and their best uses

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?

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


Luxury Locations

New York Edition

Dubai/Abu Dhabi Edition

UK Edition

Tokyo Edition

Maldives Edition

Paris Edition

Singapore Edition

Bangkok Edition