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Miles & More credit card sign-up bonus raised to 6,500 miles

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As part of the 20th birthday celebrations for Lufthansa‘s Miles & More programme, the sign-up bonus on the UK Miles & More credit card has been increased (again) from 1,500 miles to 6,500 miles.

This is the second time this year that MBNA has run this promotion. This time it runs until 31st August.

The application link is here.

You receive 1,500 miles on acceptance and a further 5,000 when you spend £500 within 90 days.

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This is not the best offer we have ever seen on this card. Last Autumn, for instance, they were offering 11,500 miles. However, if you had been thinking about getting the card then it is certainly an improvement.

It is issued by MBNA, who also issue the bmi, American Airlines, Etihad, Emirates and United Airlines cards in the UK. Historically, MBNA was happy to give out multiple cards – although sometimes you needed to offer to reduce your existing credit limits first. Recently they appear to have toughened up on this stance, though.

Assuming you earn Miles & More miles from elsewhere to top up your balance – since long-haul rewards are the only ones worth bothering with, given the huge taxes on short-haul – the card is not bad. The standard rate is 1.5 miles per £1 on the Amex and 0.75 miles per £1 on the MasterCard (the cards come as a pair). However, for the first 6 months you get a 33% bonus.

The other good news is that holding and using the card stops your Miles & More miles from expiring. There is also no annual fee.

MBNA has also been known to offer 15,000 Miles & More miles in targeted postal promotions – my wife applied via this route recently. If you have a Miles & More account, check that you have agreed to receive junk mail from Miles & More partners, as that will improve your chances of being targeted with similar offers in the future.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our June 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

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

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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 offers.

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

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

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