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.

The top 14 UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

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 of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up […]

Paying tax on 31st January? Remember HMRC credit card fees have been slashed!

If you have a large chunk of self-assessment income tax due this month, there is an upside. Last April, HMRC slashed its credit card fee to roughly 0.4%. One of the biggest jokes, since the EU cap on Visa and MasterCard fees came into effect […]

What are the best points credit cards with 0% interest on purchases?

The current marketing gimmick among credit card companies is to offer 0% interest on new purchases for a long period of time. 0% interest offers on balance transfers – albeit usually with a 3% fee – have always been popular but only work for people […]

Bits: one-day HFP competition tomorrow, new Hyatt coming to Heathrow, LoungeKey at Aspire T5 lounge

More news in brief: Don’t miss our one-day competition tomorrow On Monday, Head for Points is giving away a £100 Heathrow shopping voucher.  This is valid in participating shops, restaurants and bars at the airport. The competition is being sponsored by Official Heathrow Parking.  This is the […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (12): HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard

This is my review of the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard credit card. This article was updated on 3rd February 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (11): HSBC Premier MasterCard

This is my review of the HSBC Premier MasterCard credit card. This article was updated on 3rd February 2017 and is correct as of that date. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or […]

The three different types of loyalty credit cards I own

18 months ago I ran this post on ‘What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?‘.  This was fundamentally about which cards you should, long term, end up keeping in your wallet and generated a lot of discussion.  I will run an updated version soon. […]

6,000 Avios (2,500 Clubcard points) on the £150 Tesco Premium Credit Card – worth it?

Back in June, Tesco launched the Tesco Premium Credit Card. You can check out the details here.  The representative APR is 56.5% variable, including the fee, assuming a £1200 credit limit. I was, for want of a better word, ambivalent about the card when it launched. […]

Bits: 50% bonus on HSBC transfers to Avios, £15 LON-EDI train tickets, 40% bonus on Hyatt points

News in brief: 50% transfer bonus on HSBC Premier points to Avios The HSBC Premier credit cards are now the most generous way of earning Avios from a non-Amex.  The free HSBC Premier MasterCard earns 0.5 Avios per £1 whilst the £195 HSBC Premier World […]

What credit card should replace your Diamond Club Visa or MasterCard?

Yesterday I ran an extra article to share the news that the MBNA Diamond Club (ex bmi British Midland) credit cards will stop accruing Avios points on 30th September. This is a big blow for many people, not least myself who has been earning a […]

Annoying quirks with the new IHG and HSBC World Elite credit cards

Two of most interesting travel credit card offers around at the moment come from two newly released cards: HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard comes with a bonus of 20,000 Avios points (or Cathay, Etihad or Singapore miles) for spending £2,000 within three months and a further […]

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

I ran an article last week on the best credit card options when travelling abroad this Summer with a focus on those which minimise the 2.99% foreign exchange fee added to most credit and debit card transactions. One reader raised a fair point, though – when […]

Bits: BA schedule changes for Winter, free Etihad Gold with a £500,000 deposit!

News in brief: British Airways announces more Winter schedule changes British Airways has announced a new batch of schedule changes for the Winter season.  These kick in from 30th October and are, in terms of the cancellations, pretty short notice. These are the changes, all […]

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

This article was updated in February 2017 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 […]

25% bonus on point transfers into Etihad Guest – but with a catch this year

Etihad Guest has brought back its offer of a 25% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme.  It is 14 months since we last saw this offer. You can find full details of this offer on the Etihad website here.  The closing date is 31st July. […]

HSBC Premier offering you £200 to switch – and get the best Avios non-Amex credit card!

I have covered the new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard in some detail recently.  It is a VERY attractive MasterCard product if you want to earn Avios. There is a £195 annual fee but you will receive 40,000 Avios points for spending £12,000 in the […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for June 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 […]

The LoungeKey airport lounges you can enter with the new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard

On Thursday, we published exclusive details on the new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard.  Luckily for us, all of those details appear to have been correct! The official website for the card is now available at as you can see here.  The representative APR, which […]

EXCLUSIVE: 40,000 Avios or miles bonus with new HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard

HSBC, as I have mentioned a couple of times on Head for Points in the past, has been planning to bring its World Elite MasterCard product to the UK for some time.  Recent changes to the terms and conditions of HSBC Premier made this clear. […]