This is our collection of 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 Avios 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

What’s the best card to use abroad?

How to save £100’s on your flights

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

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

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?


Luxury Locations

Luxury Locations – New York Edition

Luxury Locations – Dubai/Abu Dhabi Edition

Luxury Locations – UK Edition

Luxury Locations – Tokyo Edition

Luxury Locations – Maldives Edition

Luxury Locations – Paris Edition

Luxury Locations – Singapore Edition