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.
You receive 1,500 miles on acceptance and a further 5,000 when you spend £500 within 90 days.
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? – September 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: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios 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 a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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.