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The ‘Credit Card Offers’ page at the top of the site has been updated for November to reflect changes over the past month.
After a quiet start to the month, things have really picked up in the last few days.
Here are the changes over the past month:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – yesterday I discussed a special 30,000 Membership Rewards points (= 30,000 Avios) sign-up deal, good until 4th November only. Details here.
British Airways Amex – the sign-up bonuses have been considerably ramped up, and are now at the 2nd-highest level ever. The free card is offering 9,000 Avios and the £150 fee card is offering 25,000 Avios. Full details here in this article.
United Airlines Amex – after a couple of months of no bonus, which followed a few months with a paltry 5,000 mile bonus, United has brought back its 15,000 MileagePlus miles sign-up deal. Click here for my article which discusses this.
Lloyds TSB Duo Avios cards – the news is that there is no news! The current rather weak offer, which expired on 18th October, has been extended until next April.
Virgin Flying Club cards – the special deal has ended and the bonuses have dropped back to their usual levels of 3,000 miles for the White card and 6,000 miles for the Black card
and, of course,
bmi American Express and Visa cards – both cards were permanently withdrawn last Monday. Look out for a eulogy later this week on Head for Points! Full story here.
My top sign-up bonus picks for November
Looking at the special deals currently available, these are my picks.
1. British Airways American Express cards. 9,000 Avios for the free card and 25,000 Avios for the paid card is about as good as it gets. And the 2-4-1 voucher for use on Avios redemptions that comes with this card is the most valuable perk in the UK loyalty card sector, as I discuss here. If you have been thinking about the BA Amex, now is as good a time as any to jump in.
2. American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. Clearly the 30,000 point deal until 4th November is an outstanding deal. Even after that, the card still looks great. No fee for the first year and 20,000 Membership Rewards points if you are referred (see here for what 20,000 MR points can get you – 20,000 Avios points for a start!). Apply here.
3. Hilton HHonors Platinum Visa. A free night in any Hilton Group property for spending £750. That could be worth £250 if spent wisely at a Conrad or Waldorf-Astoria branded property.
4. American Express Platinum – if you meet the £40,000 household income requirement and have no other Amex-issued cards, including NO BA Amex then this is outstanding. 50,000 Membership Rewards points (see here for what that gets you), and you can cancel for a pro-rata refund of your £450 as soon as you’ve hit the £3,000 spend target. Apply here.
5. Priority Club Black Visa – this targetted link is good for 40,000 Priority Club points until 18th November. Despite being targetted, it should work OK for anyone who tries it. The £99 fee takes away some of the value of the points, but the addition of Priority Club Platinum status for cardholders also has some value.
6. United MileagePlus American Express card – after a few months of no bonus or just 5,000 miles, it is good to see a 15,000 mile deal back. This card is only really useful if you already collect United miles, though. I expect this deal to disappear in a few weeks.
My personal portfolio
We did a couple of changes across our household cards. I cancelled my wife’s Starwood Preferred Guest Amex, that we took out when they offering a 20,000 point bonus earlier in the year. I also decided to cancel the FlexSelect element of my American Express Platinum card, since it was adding £3,500 to my outstanding credit across all cards despite me never using it.
My wife’s 40,000 Priority Club points are now showing on her card statement, although they have not yet been sent over to Priority Club by Barclays. I now need to decide whether to cancel the card or whether to spend £10,000 on it to trigger the ‘free hotel night’ voucher, from which we would get £250 of value. As it is a Visa and so easier to put spending through it, we will probably go for it.
We also triggered her BA Amex 2-4-1 for the year!
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Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.