United Airlines and United MileagePlus

These articles cover, from a UK perspective, United Airlines, United MileagePlus and the UK United Airlines credit card issued by MBNA.

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

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 […]

Agoda launches PointsMAX – a Kaligo-style miles earning booking site

You may never have heard of Agoda.  It is a hotels.com-style hotel booking website, originally launched in Asia.  It was acquired by Priceline and is now a sister company to booking.com. The reason that Agoda has become interesting is that it has started to offer […]

Bits: free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Gold, bonus points with Official Heathrow Parking

News in brief: Free Heathrow Express upgrade for Star Alliance Gold members I wanted to run a reminder about this offer as it appears to be running indefinitely now.  If you are have Star Alliance Gold status via any of the 21 Star Alliance frequent flyer […]

Bits: Flying Blue joins PointsHound, United ‘buy miles’ bonus, PartnerPlusBenefit Vienna bonus

News in brief: Flying Blue becomes a PointsHound partner I get occasional criticism for not covering Flying Blue, the KLM / Air France scheme, more on Head for Points.  For readers outside London, flying long-haul via Amsterdam on KLM is often cheaper and more pleasant than […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

A couple of weeks ago I looked at the best Star Alliance frequent flyer programme.  I thought today that I would take a look at the best Star Alliance credit card for a UK resident. When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around […]

10 UK travel credit cards hike their interest rates sharply

I was updating the credit card database page on Head for Points yesterday and noticed some shocking changes to the interest rates charged on many popular travel credit cards. Since the EU capped credit card interchange fees at 0.3% in December, it has become hugely […]

Run your own company? Join Star’s PartnerPlusBenefit scheme and get a free upgrade

Since British Airways devalued its On Business scheme for small and medium sized companies last May, it has become irrelevant for many SMEs. The fact that £30,000 of BA spending is required to get off the basic membership tier – which is a lot of […]

New ‘buy points’ deals with United, Carlson, American, Hyatt, Melia … and a Flying Blue deal coming

Buying miles and points is rarely a great deal at the standard pricing although it can (as with the IHG Rewards Club flash sale last week) make sense during special offers. Of course, if you only need a few thousand points to ‘top off’ an account […]

Why I still think the United Club in Terminal 2 is the 2nd best business lounge at Heathrow

…… after the Virgin Atlantic Clubhouse, of course. I am down in Istanbul this week, seeing whether Turkish Airlines has got what it takes to challenge the Middle Eastern ‘big 3’ as a global hub airline. This meant an early morning run out to Heathrow […]

Bits: 500 free United MileagePlus miles, Ramada London Docklands now a DoubleTree by Hilton

News in brief: 500 free United MileagePlus miles (EDIT:  If you do NOT have a US mailing address, there appear to be issues with changing your address to the US and then changing it back – see the comments.  Do not do this unless you […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (22): United MileagePlus American Express & Visa

This review was updated in September 2016 and all the information is correct as of that date This is my review of the United Airlines MileagePlus credit cards issued in the UK. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards […]

Bits: 100% bonus on buying United miles, a follow-up to Michael’s Conrad Maldives review

More ‘rip and read’ news! Flash sale on buying United MileagePlus miles The United Airlines programme, MileagePlus, can still offer good value on certain routings as my article on Brad’s round the world trip pointed out. United miles are tricky to earn in the UK. […]

3,000 bonus miles with Avios, Virgin and 7 other airlines with Rocketmiles

I mentioned hotel booking site Rocketmiles recently when I touched on their Thanksgiving promotion.  The company has now sent me details of all of its current offers, which give you the chance to earn 3,000 bonus miles in one of seven different frequent flyer schemes. The only […]

Bits: Amex / Naked Wines offer, 600 Avios with a Chromecast, United ‘buy miles bonus’

Three bits of news in brief: £100 off a £150 Naked Wines order with Amex If you take a look at the ‘My Offers’ section of your BA / SPG / Gold / Platinum American Express account online, you may see an interesting deal from […]

‘Credit Cards’ page updated for October – summary of the top deals

It’s time for the return of 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 […]

12,000 United MileagePlus miles bonus with their free UK credit card

The United Airlines MileagePlus Amex credit cards (issued by MBNA) have the unique distinction of offering NO sign-up bonus for much of the year. Then, once or twice a year, they run a promotion. This is one of those times.  Via the MBNA website, you […]