£10 cashback via Amex with £60 World Duty Free spend

World Duty Free

This deal has been around for a few weeks but I never got around to giving it a full post – the time has come to rectify that. Until 30th September, you will receive a £10 American Express statement credit when you spend £60 at […]

Five frequent flyer perks I still get as an old-timer but you can’t!

Credit cards

I received an email from a reader on Sunday asking whether Amex Platinum cardholders still get a free British Airways Premium Plus American Express card (they can’t!).  It made me think about something …. What perks do I have via ‘grandfathering’ that are no longer available […]

What credit card should I use to pay for my holiday?

Credit cards

By the time you read this post, I will be back in London.  However, as I edit this post, I am still sitting in Dubai pondering how to pay the hotel bill. It’s not that I can’t afford it – I was more concerned with […]

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 October 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 something […]

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)

anikaf

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 […]