Eurostar Frequent Traveller

Eurostar has two loyalty schemes - Eurostar Frequent Traveller, aimed at the business traveller, and Eurostar Plus Points, aimed at the leisure market. I ran a major series of articles explaining both schemes and showing how to redeem for free Eurostar travel using Eurostar points, Avios points or American Express Membership Rewards points. Those articles begin here.

You receive free entry to Eurostar lounges if you take out the American Express Platinum charge card. Our review of the card is here.

Is Eurostar Frequent Traveller ‘part pay with points’ a decent deal?

Over the weekend we are looking at whether it is worth using your Virgin Flying Club miles as part payment for a booking.  (Short answer: it isn’t). We’ve also looked at ‘part pay with Avios‘ quite a bit recently for British Airways tickets. I thought it was […]

My review of the excellent new Eurostar Business Premier Lounge in Paris

This is our review of the new Eurostar Business Premier lounge at Gare du Nord in Paris. Every now and then I get to do something fun but slightly odd for HFP – like going to a different country for the day and not leaving the […]

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: The great new Eurostar lounge in Paris

Anika was in Paris on Friday for a private view of the brand new Eurostar lounge at Gare du Nord. It seems that it could, potentially, be the smartest railway lounge in the world.  It opens to the public today (Saturday). We will have a full […]

Avios dropping Eurostar redemptions – what are the alternatives for free tickets?

On Thursday I wrote about how, from January 1st, you will no longer be able to earn or redeem Avios points when booking a package holiday via The changes to redemptions on January 1st actually go a little deeper.  You will also not […]

My review of Business Premier on the brand new Eurostar e320 trains (Part 1)

Slightly later than anticipated, for which I apologise, this is the continuation of my review of my recent Eurostar trip to Paris on the new e320 trains. The first part of this report, covering the Eurostar lounge at St Pancras, is here.  A companion article […]

My review of Business Premier on the brand new Eurostar e320 trains (Part 2)

This is Part 2 of my review of the Business Premier and Standard Premier service on the new Eurostar e320 trains.  Part 1, also published today, can be found here and includes my thoughts on the seats and some background information on the new fleet. […]

My review of the Eurostar lounge at London St Pancras

A couple of weeks ago I got the chance to try out the new Eurostar e320 trains on a trip to Paris.  That review will follow in a couple of days. First, however, I got to review the Eurostar lounge at St Pancras again. One […]

How to book Eurostar tickets using Amex Membership Rewards points

In a day or so I will review my recent trip on one of the brand new Eurostar e320 trains – keep an eye out for it. Today, I wanted to remind you about the ease with which you can use American Express Membership Rewards points […]

Bits: 10% off Etihad fares with Amex, Eurostar flash sale to Marseille & Lyon, £278 J to Paris with Air France, The Railway Children tickets

News in brief: 10% discount on Etihad flights for Amex cardholders Etihad is offering a 10% discount on flights in all classes to American Express cardholders.   You need to book via this special website here. The last day to book is July 15th although you […]

Eurostar introduces ‘part pay with points’ – a decent deal?

Eurostar Frequent Traveller (not to be confused with Eurostar Plus Points, their leisure-based loyalty scheme) announced on Thursday that it was introducing a ‘part points, part cash’ redemption option. Here is the new range of pricing: Standard Class, return 900 points, or 700 points + £30, or […]

Eurostar launches Lyon and Marseilles in May, redemptions priced at Paris rate

Eurostar is gearing up for the launch of its new route to the south of France in May.  Trains will head to Marseilles via stops in Lyon and Avignon – both of the latter have previously benefitted from Summer services but will now be served all […]

New Amex offers: £25 off £100 at Eurostar and £25 off £50 at Argos (buy gift cards!)

On Saturday I ran through the latest run of American Express cardholder offers – including a generous £50 cashback on a £500 Apple purchase – and surmised that this would be it for the year. I was wrong.  A very generous offer with Argos turned […]

Why we really, really hated it – Disneyland Paris review

This is my review of our painful day at Disneyland Paris aka EuroDisney. Are you allowed to dislike Disneyland?  I don’t hear many people giving it a hard time.  Although, in retrospect, I realised that not many of the people we know have actually been to […]

Eurostar abandoning trial of 180 days advance booking

Back in December I posted about Eurostar extending their booking window from four months to six months.  This seemed a sensible thing for them to do, especially for the leisure market, and I fully expected it to become permanent. It seems not. A Head for […]

What I thought of the Eurostar lounge at Gare du Nord in Paris

This is my review of the Eurostar lounge at the Gare du Nord in Paris. After a break yesterday to review InterContinental LeGrand, I have returned to my series of Eurostar product reviews.  See here and here for my review of the London lounge and […]

Eurostar Standard Premier reviewed – a bit of a mess

This is my review of my Standard Premier trip on Eurostar to Paris. As I wrote yesterday, I was out in Paris a couple of weeks ago on Eurostar.  My photographs of the Eurostar lounge in St Pancras showed that it is not a place to […]

My review of Eurostar’s London lounge, and how to redeem for Eurostar tickets

This is my review of the Eurostar lounge at London St Pancras International station. I was over in Paris a couple of weeks ago, a trip which will form the basis of a few posts over the coming days. I travelled out and back on […]

Avios sale – 40% off Eurostar tickets NOW BOOKABLE

At noon today, the last offer in the 2014 Avios sale launched. Todays offer – which will run until midday on Monday – is a discount on Eurostar redemptions. Here is a summary of the terms and conditions, which to be honest I think are very reasonable: […]

Amex Plat lounge shenanigans – Cathay Gold extended, AA/US going, Delta charging?

By coincidence, three pieces of news have come up in the last few days regarding the airport lounge access that American Express Platinum cardholders receive. 1 – The deadline for applying for the Cathay Pacific Gold Card (=BA Silver) has been extended to 31 March […]