News in brief:
Which? covers the end of Royal Mint commemorative coin purchases
In the past I have written about Royal Mint offers where you could buy commemorative coins at face value – using a miles earning credit card – and then pay them into your bank account.
I was always cautious of such deals because it was often tricky to find backs that would accept them. Eventually the Royal Mint intervened and told banks to stop taking them.
The story was picked up in Which? magazine this month (thanks to James):
Is Amex still issuing the BA Amex Premium card to new customers?
If you can remember the peak days of Busted, McFly and Natasha Bedingfield, you might also remember the British Airways American Express Premium card. It looked like this:
It offered 1.25 Avios per £1 (half way between the free and Premium Plus cards) and required £15,000 of spend (half way between etc) for a 2-4-1 companion voucher with an 18 month validity (half way between etc).
It was only half way successful and was quickly withdrawn by American Express.
However, this comment was posted at Flyertalk this week. A Premium Plus cardholder who wanted to downgrade – presumably after triggering his voucher – was offered this card as an alternative to the free one.
I doubt this was a random agent who had decided off their own back to relaunch a card last seen when they were still at primary school, so it is possible we may see more efforts by Amex to bring it back. I know that Amex has continued to re-issue new BA Premium Amex cards on expiry to the few people who still have one. Thanks to Andrew.
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