Spend 2 x £25, get £25 back with Amex Summer Shopping Online

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Most British Airways American Express cardholders were emailed about this offer on Tuesday, but you can also take part if you have any other American Express card. The first 24,000 people to register their American Express card via this site will receive a £25 statement […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 2)

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This is the 2nd part of my analysis into which of the UK hotel-branded credit cards are worth keeping for the long-term.  If you missed Part 1 yesterday, I recommend that you click here to read it before carrying on. Today I looking at which […]

What is the best HOTEL credit card for long-term spending? (Part 1)

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Today and tomorrow, I am going to take a look at the four major hotel credit cards – Hilton, Starwood, Marriott and IHG Rewards Club – to see if any of them are worth keeping in your wallet for the long term. This analysis ignores […]

20% bonus on Starwood transfers to American and US Airways

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For some reasons we don’t know about, Starwood Preferred Guest was not included in the current 25% bonus for transferring your hotel loyalty scheme points into Avios. American Airlines and its new sister company US Airways have stepped into the breach with an offer of their […]

Last call: big Lufthansa credit card bonus; buy Hyatt, Avios and Starwood points

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Here is a quick reminder of four deals which are drawing to a close this week. Lufthansa Miles & More credit card 30th May (not, note, 31st May!) is the last day to apply for the Miles & More credit card with the current bonus. The […]

Free Sixt Platinum card for Club Carlson Gold members (and lots of other schemes)

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I mentioned last week, in a throw away line in another post, that Gold members of Starwood Preferred Guest can claim Gold status with car rental group Sixt. SPG Gold is a free benefit from American Express Platinum, so a lot of Head for Points […]

SPG announces its May – July promotion – ‘Earn Away’

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Starwood, the Sheraton / W / Westin / Aloft / St Regis etc hotel group, has announced its Spring promotion for Starwood Preferred Guest members. Called ‘Earn Away’, it wins prizes for simplicity if nothing else: Earn double SPG points on all stays between 1 […]

25% off Starwood Preferred Guest points means buying airline miles at 1.25p

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Starwood is (again) offering a 10%-25% discount when you purchase SPG Starpoints before 31st May. The link to buy is here. The discount is staggered.  You get 10% off purchases of up to 9500 points, 15% off 10000 to 14500, 20% off 15000 to 29500 […]

Amex USA bans card churning …. UK to follow?

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Follow a number of rumours in recent weeks, American Express’s USA operation has now confirmed that card ‘churning’ will not be allowed from 2nd May. Here is the statement that it issued: In order to ensure fairness and clarity with our Card Members, we will […]

New Amex deal: £50 off £250 spend at Hilton Hotels

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You may remember last Winter that American Express launched a partnership with TripAdvisor.  They were paying £5 to every Amex cardholder who linked their American Express card to their UK TripAdvisor account and wrote one review. This partnership seems to be deepening, as American Express […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

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One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. (It is even less known today than it used to be, as Amex removed the webpage […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Facts

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This is the seventh and last of our overview series of the main hotel loyalty schemes.  Each scheme will be covered over two posts.  One will list the basic facts of the scheme, the other will be my subjective view of what is of particular merit. Starwood […]

What is the best hotel scheme? – Starwood Preferred Guest – The Opinion

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In my other post today, I outlined ‘the facts’ of the Starwood Preferred Guest loyalty scheme.  This post is my personal opinion, highlighting areas where I think you might want to focus. The 10-second summary: Strong points – excellent top-tier Platinum benefits, unrivalled airline mile conversion rate, unrivalled […]