I’m always happy to receive tip-offs of new promotions and interesting miles and points earning ideas from readers. You can contact me at rob at headforpoints.com
I have had two good ideas from readers this week which are worth sharing.
If you are a regular London black cab user, you may have heard of Hailo, the new app which allows you to order a taxi via your smartphone. Reader Mario says that Hailo lets you use an American Express card to pay for your taxi trips, which are charged to a card stored in your Hailo profile.
The key here is that – unlike paying a normal taxi fare with a credit card – there is no surcharge for using a credit card when using Hailo. Your Amex card is charged with the exact amount shown on the meter.
New downloaders of the Hailo app can use code HLOQW to get a free £5 credit.
The second tip is linked to my repeated plugging of the great deal which is Tesco’s ‘150 Clubcard points for buying £50 of gift cards‘ (see this article for details).
American Express Gold cardholders get, for their first year, double Membership Rewards points for all spending at supermarkets. This means, of course, that the gift cards you buy at Tesco also generate 2 MR points per £1! This makes the gift card promotion even more attractive, and may even make it worthwhile doing your normal shopping via Tesco gift cards even when the 150 bonus points deal has finished.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.