Archives for June 2013

Preparing for Summer Part 2 – earning miles with your credit card abroad

In Part 1 of ‘Preparing for Summer’ a couple of days ago, I looked at ways to earn points when booking airport car parking.  Today I want to recap the best ways to earn points when using your credit card abroad. Something I stress on […]

Is Avios Recycling a decent way of earning points?

(EDIT 2014:  Avios Recycling has been closed down since this article was published) It is over a year since I last looked at Avios Recycling, so I thought it was worth revisiting it again to see if it offers a decent way of earning extra […]

50% off a 2-night UK Holiday Inn, HI Express, Indigo or Crowne Plaza stay

Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Hotel Indigo and Crowne Plaza are running a ‘2 for 1’ promotion across the UK this Summer. This is the special booking link. You can book up to 31st July, for stays up to 8th September. Interestingly, this is a […]

Four reasons why Amex Platinum ‘free Melia night’ bookers should join Melia Rewards

I posted earlier this week about the free night at selected 5-star Melia hotels that has been offered to all UK American Express Platinum cardholders. (You can still get this if you sign up for the card now – see my review of the card […]

IHG Rewards Club launches – are the new benefits any good?

IHG Rewards Club went live yesterday.  This replaces Priority Club as the rewards programme for Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites. (I have changed the ‘Priority Club’ category on Head for Points to IHG Rewards Club […]

BA announces the first routes for the Boeing 787

British Airways has announced the first routes to fly its new Boeing 787 aircraft, the first of which was quietly delivered this week ahead of a large public unveiling alongside the first A380, due in a few days. BA has a rather snazzy website about […]

New Priority Club PointBreaks list released – hotel nights for just 5,000 points per night!

A new list of Priority Club PointBreaks properties emerged yesterday. For once, there are some fairly decent properties available – but, as always, if there is a hotel in somewhere where you need to be then you are onto a winner. All of these hotels […]

Last chance to launder 3V cards via Royal Mint coin purchases!

I ran a couple of posts recently (here and here) on buying coins from the Royal Mint at face value.  Whilst this sounds slightly crazy, it allows you to ‘manufacture’ credit card spending to meet a sign-up bonus target, or to use up a 3V […]

Got any Starwood stays before 31st July? Last chance to register for the ‘Double Take’ promotion

Just a quick reminder that June 30th is the last day to register for Starwood‘s ‘Double Take’ promotion. My original post on this promotion is here.  Basically, you will earn double points on every stay at a Sheraton, Westin, W, aloft, Four Points, St Regis, […]

Happy days! Amex Shop Small is back – get £5 for every £10 purchase in July

American Express is bringing back its ‘Shop Small’ promotion this July.  And this means a potential £50 for every American Express card you hold! Lloyds TSB and MBNA Amex cards are included as well, so this could be a very generous deal for some people. […]

Preparing for Summer Part 1 – how to get the best deals on airport car parking

I have been receiving quite a few emails in recent weeks relating to upcoming Summer holidays, eg airport parking, foreign currency deals etc.  I thought it would be to useful to run a number of posts over the next two weeks covering a few of the key […]

10% off sale bargains at Harvey Nichols with your BA (or other) Amex

Harvey Nichols is offering a further 10% discount on sale merchandise tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday when you pay with your British Airways (or any other) American Express card. Some brands are excluded – take a look at the list here before making a special trip. […]

Update on generating free Avios from 3V Virtual Visa cards

It is almost a month since my last post on the 3V Virtual Visa cards.  For those who haven’t come across them before, you can earn free Avios (360 per £50 purchase) by buying 3V Virtual Visa cards at Tesco (see here and here and here for […]

Earning and redeeming miles across Delta and Virgin – details revealed

The acquisition by Delta Air Lines of the US of a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic completed on Monday.  Whilst the two carriers are still awaiting regulatory permission to combine their schedules and to co-ordinate their pricing, they have kicked off the first stage of their […]

Good Crowne Plaza deal for BMW owners (or anyone who pretends to be one …)

Crowne Plaza, the four-star hotel chain run as part of the Holiday Inn and InterContinental grouping, has an interesting European offer in conjunction with BMW. If you book a Crowne Plaza stay at a European property via this special BMW link, you will receive: Room […]