HSBC Premier MasterCard

The HSBC Premier MasterCard is the most generous Visa or MasterCard which offers Avios points. It can also be used to earn Etihad Guest, Krisflyer or Asia Miles points. You need to have a HSBC Premier current account to apply which, whilst free, requires specific income and investment criteria. My review of the card is here. A new World Elite version, with a £195 fee, was launched in 2016 and is reviewed here.

New travel (and High Street) cashback deals launched for HSBC and First Direct customers

Both HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have jumped on the cashback statement credit bandwagon.  This is excellent news for readers who bank with either of these groups – which includes myself – as there is a good opportunity to save some money on your […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The Head for Points credit card guide […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow, HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

This article is another of the ‘how to’ pieces we have been running over August for the benefit of newer readers, although hopefully everyone will get some value from them. A regular email question I receive from readers is about ‘convertible’ points.  There is a […]

What is the best credit card for foreign spend when someone else is paying?

We write a lot on Head for Points about ways to minimise the 2.99% foreign exchange fee added to most credit and debit card transactions outside the UK. You can either get a dedicated credit card to use abroad with 0% FX fees – of which […]

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you don’t use them?

Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

Comparing UK lounge networks of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey

Many Head for Points readers can access airport lounges, even when flying economy, via their membership of Lounge Club, Priority Pass or LoungeKey. Lounge Club membership comes with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card, which is free for the first year. You receive two […]

No card bonus unless you pay for Year 2? Updates on Creation / IHG and HSBC World Elite

There are two ongoing bonus sagas in the travel credit card world at the moment – one relating to the Creation IHG Rewards Club Premium card and one relating to the HSBC Premier World Elite card. Both have the same core problem: The cards promise […]

What are the travel benefits for UK World Elite MasterCard holders?

Over the weekend Rob covered the Santander Select World Elite MasterCard and the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard. As well as the specific benefits that come with each of these cards, there are some that are generic to all World Elite MasterCard products.  The main […]

Bits: more on the HSBC Premier deal, Qatar / HFP competition winner

News in brief: More on the HSBC Premier deal from yesterday I did a long article yesterday on the new sign-up bonus on the HSBC Premier credit card: the free card is now offering 5,000 airline miles for signing up the £195 World Elite card […]

Get 5,000 bonus miles with the HSBC Premier credit cards – World Elite is now 45,000 miles!

HSBC Premier has launched a special sign-up bonus on its two HSBC Premier credit cards. Until 31st August, you will receive an additional 10,000 HSBC Premier points when you take out either of the HSBC Premier credit cards and spend £2,000 within 90 days. 2 […]

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

It is 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 updated directory of all 23 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 2: on-going earning rates)

Yesterday I did my best to begin answering the question commonly asked by beginners to this hobby – ‘What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?’. EDIT:  This article was updated on 1st September 2017 and all of the information is correct to that date […]

Comparing the 12 credit cards that earn you Avios points!

What is the best Avios credit or charge card?  With 12 different cards offering Avios points, either directly or indirectly, and issuers starting to reduce the rewards on Visa and MasterCard products in response to the 2015 EU rules on credit card fees, I wanted […]

HFP ‘Credit Cards’ page updated for March – 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 updated directory of all 23 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab […]

The top 13 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

This article was updated on 1st September 2017 so ignore the original publication date above. Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms […]