News in brief:
British Airways credit card fee change delayed again
British Airways has announced a further, but possibly final, delay to its plan to restructure credit card charges.
This was originally meant to take effect on 14th December but was later delayed until 31st January. It has now been pushed back to 7th February.
Details of the changes are here with the current £5 flat fee replaced by a 1% fee capped at £20 per person. This means that a family of four buying Club World tickets could be faced with an £80 fee.
This was great timing by BA, given that Virgin Atlantic has just scrapped credit card fees entirely.
Up to 3,000 Avios for a Europcar rental
The thing to remember here is that an Accor point is worth either 2 Eurocents towards a hotel booking or 1 Avios point when converted to Iberia Plus. Do not convert to British Airways as you only get 0.5 Avios per Accor point. (You can move them from Iberia Plus to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.)
Here is the promo deal:
- 1-4 day rental – usually 250 points, now 750 points
- 5-7 day rental – usually 500 points, now 1500 points
- 8+ day rental – usually 1000 points, now 3000 points
This deal is valid for bookings completed by 28th February. US and Canada are excluded.
Full details can be found on this page of the Europcar site.
Whilst you can earn a decent number of Avios this way, don’t dismiss using the Accor points for hotel stays instead. €60 of free hotel room may be more useful than 3,000 Avios.
AA article update
Finally, I wrote a piece on Tuesday on how you can get hotel discounts from joining the Automobile Association – even if you don’t have a car.
I said in that piece that the cheapest AA subscription was £29. What I forgot to mention is that holders of the AA FuelSave credit card get FREE AA breakdown membership for a year. The credit card itself is also free for the first year and has excellent cashback rates as well. Full details are on the AA credit cards site here. Representative APR 22.4% variable.
(Want to earn more miles and points from credit cards? Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)