LAST CHANCE: Get a British Airways American Express with the special sign-up bonus

Back in August, American Express increased the sign-up bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards. The Premium Plus version, with the £150 annual fee, now offers 25,000 Avios instead of 18,000 Avios. You must spend £3,000 within three months to receive the bonus. The […]

Understanding the rules when booking an ‘open jaw’ redemption using Avios

I occasionally gets emails from readers who have had issues getting British Airways telephone agents to book an ‘open jaw’ flight using a British Airways American Express 2-4-1 voucher.  I thought it was worth running over the rules on this as others will find this useful. An […]

Bits: Starwood’s new Element in Amsterdam open, warning on Emirates MR conversions

News in brief: Starwood opens 2nd European ‘Element’ hotel in Amsterdam Starwood opened its Amsterdam ‘Element’ hotel yesterday.  This is looking like a good value Starwood Preferred Guest redemption at 7,000 points per night – cash rates seem to hover around €200 on busy days. […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for February 2016 – what are the best deals this month?

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  Our directory of all 25 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at […]

2,000 Avios points when you join Zipcar

British Airways has a low key partnership with ‘by the hour’ Avis-owned car rental group Zipcar.  It is so low key that I didn’t know that the sign-up had been increased from 1,000 to 2,000 Avios at some point in the last few months. I […]

Hilton launches (yet another) brand – are you in the ‘youthful mindset demographic’?!

Hilton announced a brand new hotel brand a couple of weeks ago – Tru. You won’t be seeing one of these anywhere in Europe for a while, but it interesting to see where it will be positioned. Fundamentally, hotel chains have usually equated ‘budget’ with […]

1,000 Avios when you sign up and take one ride with taxi app Hailo

British Airways and London taxi app Hailo have launched a generous Avios offer for anyone who has not used the service before. You will earn 1,000 Avios when you download the Hailo app (from the Apple or Google app stores) and take your first trip […]

Bits: Tesco capping CC accounts at 30000 points, Tesco wine deals ending, meet James Martin!

News in brief: Tesco capping Clubcard accounts at 30,000 points again I have written before about the occasional practice at Tesco of capping Clubcard accounts at 30,000 points per quarter – which is actually in the rules. This quarter they appear to have been especially […]

Double Heathrow Rewards points until 31 March (registration required)

Heathrow Rewards, the Heathrow Airport shopping loyalty programme, has launched a special offer until the end of March. You will receive double points – 2 per £1 spent – on all transactions in Terminal 3 and Terminal 5 until 31st March. Converted to Avios, that […]

New Amex Platinum hotel benefits launched! But a shock exit too ….

Back in October, I wrote about the new deal that American Express had done with Hilton HHonors to offer status as part of the American Express Platinum benefits package. It had been slowly rolling out globally but had not yet reached the UK. However, a […]

Bits: exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals, 50% bonus miles on Virgin West Coast, BA to Tehran

News in brief: Exclusive Avios hotel redemption deals I have agreed with Avios that they will tip me off about their most aggressive hotel redemption deals.  You can book these hotels via avios.com using your points, but you can also pay in cash if necessary. […]

Important dates for your diary – offers about to close which you shouldn’t miss

Here is the latest edition of our fortnightly weekend feature which summarises offers that are ending soon. It pulls together the different deals mentioned on our Avios Promos, Hotel Promos, Credit Cards and regular article pages. Here are the best deals closing over the next couple of […]

Bits: video of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in Singapore, IHG sale ending, new Amex cashback offers

News in brief: Check out ‘The Concorde Bar’ on YouTube Back in October, I published a brief reader review of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in the new British Airways lounge in Singapore. This is a new model which BA is rolling out.  Instead of a separate […]

Amex Platinum insurance pays me again – this time for car hire

Last August, I wrote a piece about how American Express Platinum travel insurance had paid out for a medical bill we incurred in Singapore.  This was the third time that Amex had paid me over the years – and on every occasion I had failed […]

The ever-expanding tentacles of Expedia …. do you know everything it owns?

A reader forwarded me an email from HotelClub, a small but fairly well known booking website, last week. The business was originally part of Orbitz, which was recently acquired by Expedia. From 16th February, it is effectively being closed down by merging it into hotels.com. […]

What I learned when I met all the big players in UK travel credit cards

I spent Tuesday at a conference in London focussed on travel loyalty credit cards.  Whilst I don’t like taking a day out of my schedule, I felt it would be good to get a feel for how the industry is responding to the EU-imposed fee […]