SPG American Express card

The Starwood Preferred Guest American Express credit card is popular among miles and points collectors in the UK because of its sign-up bonus. The SPG points you receive can transferred at 1:1 into 29 different frequent flyer schemes or redeemed for free hotel nights.

Our main article reviewing the Starwood Preferred Guest American Express card is here. You can learn more and apply for the card via the Amex website.

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 […]

So, Marriott has bought Starwood …. what should your points strategy be?

Like it or not, and 90% of HFP readers who are impacted would probably choose ‘not’, Marriott has bought Starwood.  Game over. It is time to move on and to start thinking about how you will be impacted by this.  You may already want to start […]

American Express trialling ‘bonus MR points’ offers …. and a good Harrods cashback deal

If you have an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or American Express Platinum card, you may have a new style of personalised offer showing on your online card statement. On my account, I will receive 2,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when I spend £500 at […]

Bits: £20 Pizza Express Amex cashback, more uses for Avios as Alaska buys Virgin America

A rather eclectic selection of pieces today as we spent yesterday in the air: £20 Pizza Express cashback for all Amex-issued Amex cards A few new American Express cashback deals have appeared – you can see what you have been targetted for by going to […]

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

This article was updated in May 2016 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 […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)

This article was updated in May 2016 What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?  This is not as easy an answer as you might think and beginners to this hobby may not be aware of the full range of cards which are […]

Do you know that Amex has a private lounge for cardholders at the O2 Arena?

A couple of years ago, American Express expanded its ‘Invites’ programme – which gets cardholders early access to tickets for certain cultural events – by opening a private lounge at the O2 Arena in Greenwich. They made quite a fuss about it at the time […]

Amex closing travelmoneynow – the end of a quick way of hitting your card bonus

American Express is closing Travel Money Now (travelmoneynow.com), its foreign currency website, on 1st March.  It seems highly likely that the Avios-earning version (travelmoneynow.com/avios) will close on the same date. On the face of it, this is not a great loss.  A couple of years […]

Bits: video of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in Singapore, IHG sale ending, new Amex cashback offers

News in brief: Check out ‘The Concorde Bar’ on YouTube Back in October, I published a brief reader review of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in the new British Airways lounge in Singapore. This is a new model which BA is rolling out.  Instead of a separate […]

Bits: Four Seasons walks away from the Wharf, latest Amex offers, Tesco NOW TV offer

News in brief: Four Seasons walks away from Canary Wharf Four Seasons announced yesterday that it is dropping management of its hotel at Canary Wharf in London.  This is presumably linked to the opening of its new Tower of London project in a couple of […]

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 […]

LAST DAY to apply for the Starwood Amex with 20,000 points (if you were targetted)

I forgot this offer was closing today or I would have run it as a main article instead of slotting it in at 11.30am! Back in early December, many of you have received an email from Starwood offering a sign-up bonus of 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest […]

The Government turns the screw even further on your reward credit cards

I have written extensively about the new European Union regulations on credit card interchange fees which came into effect last week. This article covers the key information. You could (note, could) have summarised the situation as follows: The EU is capping the interchange fee (roughly equivalent […]

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

(EDIT:  This article was updated in May 2016) 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 […]

TARGETTED: 20,000 SPG points (= 25,000 Avios) sign-up bonus for the Starwood Amex card!

Many of you have received an email from Starwood offering a sign-up bonus of 20,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points if you sign up for the SPG American Express card. This should be a no-brainer as long as you can spend the required £2,000 within three months. As […]

Comparing the 13 credit cards that now earn you Avios points!

(EDIT:  This article was updated in May 2016) What is the best Avios credit card?  With 13 different cards now offering Avios points, and issuers starting to reduce the rewards on Visa and MasterCard products in response to the new EU rules on credit card fees, […]

Today is Amex ‘Shop Small’ day – get £5 back on £10 transactions for 2 weeks

Today, Saturday 5th December, is the third outing for the UK version of ‘Small Business Saturday’, a slightly more welcome US import than Black Friday! It is, in theory, little more than a PR exercise for small traders and the benefits of shopping at local small […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, how HFP helped Paul see South America

News in brief: New American Express statement credit deals launched A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched yesterday. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement.  Unfortunately, if they are not showing, you […]

Amex ‘Shop Small’ is coming – get £5 back on every £10 transaction for 2 weeks

Saturday 5th December is the third outing for the UK version of ‘Small Business Saturday’, a slightly more welcome US import than Black Friday! It is, in theory, little more than a PR exercise for small traders and the benefits of shopping at local small businesses […]