An interesting one for BMI credit card holders

bmi credit cards

Are you one of the many people who still holds one of the old BMI (British Midland) credit cards?  You would have been pretty crazy to cut them up, given that you will be earning up to 2.5 Avios per £1 on a MasterCard! If […]

bmi Diamond Club – the final curtain for members down under

Diamond Club home page

It’s hard to believe, but for anyone unlucky enough to live in Australia or New Zealand (not that there is anything unlucky per se about that!) and a member of bmi Diamond Club, their miles have now been frozen for almost a year. Here is […]

What is the best FREE Visa or MasterCard for earning miles and points?

Credit cards

(EDIT:  This post was updated in January 2014) I was thinking of making this post part of the ‘Preparing for Summer’ series.  After all, it is very common to find yourself on holiday in a small town where American Express cards are looked at like […]

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

Shop Small

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. […]

Amazingly, the old bmi credit cards just got better!

Diamond Club cards

If you hold one of the old BMI credit cards, you probably had a text message recently telling you that MBNA was writing to you with details of enhanced benefits on the cards. You probably thought that this would relate to the improved mileage earnings […]

Why don’t I write more about credit card ‘churning’?

Credit cards

I had an email from a reader recently who asked me about how easy it was to ‘churn’ various credit cards, ie cancel them and then reapply, picking up another sign-up bonus. He suggested that I write a specific post about it. I said that […]

A sneaky way to hit the £5,000 spend target on the AA credit cards

MBNA AA card

I received some good news by email yesterday - I have been approved for the American Airlines credit cards with the fantastic 35,000 miles sign-up bonus! I was a little worried, to be honest, since my BMI MasterCard has a substantial £20,000 credit limit, and I wasn’t sure […]

Earning Avios for paying your council tax – and other utilities

Council tax bill

One of the joys that greeted me on our return from Dubai was our council tax bill for 2013/2014. Earning Avios or other points by paying your day-to-day bills is something which a lot of people ignore. Unfortunately, because of the huge range of utility […]

The earnings rate on the old bmi credit cards has been secretly increased!

bmi credit cards

Yes, strange but true! According to this Flyertalk thread, the earning rate on the bmi credit cards, issued by MBNA, has been increased!  This is despite the fact that a) that you can no longer apply for these cards and b) no-one has been officially […]

Meet the newest member of BAEC (or, how to earn Avios when your child flies)


I’d like to welcome the newest member of the British Airways Executive Club: … ie, my youngest. We are in Dubai again this week (we have family here, which is why we pop down quite a bit). My original plan was to make this my last BMI […]

New Amex / Foursquare deals launched!


(EDIT:  There is a later, follow-up article to this post on the Debenhams deals, which can be found by clicking here.) March is here, and with it are two great new Foursquare deals. As was hinted at last month, two new deals have been launched […]

bmi Diamond Club closes today for non-UK members

I’m sure no-one needs reminding of this, but bmi Diamond Club finally closes its doors today to members outside the UK. (Technically, Australia and New Zealand-based accounts will also remain open, but will be frozen until BA decides what to do with them.  Residents of […]

The best miles and points deals we saw in 2012

So, the end of 2012 is here. And, overall, it has been a good one for the miles and points collector. The stand-out deal, without a doubt, was the Lloyds TSB Avios credit card promotion. There has never been another deal like this one, and […]