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.

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?’. Because you can earn Avios points both directly and indirectly (eg via Tesco Clubcard or Amex Membership Rewards), the […]

Comparing the 13 credit cards that earn you Avios points!

What is the best Avios credit or charge card?  With 13 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 to […]

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

This article was updated in May 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 […]

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 1st April 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 […]

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

This is my review of the HSBC Premier MasterCard credit card. This article was updated on 1st April 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?

This article was updated in May 2017 and all the information below remains accurate 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 […]