I have updated the ‘Credit Cards Update‘ page at the top of the blog for August.
It has been a relatively quiet month. The negatives outweighed the positive – no new bonuses were launched during July, whilst the British Airways American Express cards dropped back to their ‘usual’ level of bonus. This is 3,000 Avios for the free card and 18,000 Avios for the £150 annual fee card.
Last call for the Miles & More bonus!
Until 31st August, the sign-up bonus for the Miles & More credit card is increased from 1,500 miles to 6,500 miles. Frankly, even 6,500 miles is far from great. However, the card does stop your Miles & More miles from expiring and it worth getting for that reason.
Here is my advice on the best cards currently available if you are thinking of ‘churning’ the contents of your wallet:
What are the best loyalty credit cards currently available?
This is currently an outstanding deal, which is showing no signs of going away. No fee for the first year and 20,000 Membership Rewards points (see here for what 20,000 MR points can get you – 20,000 Avios points for a start!) My full review of the card is here. The Amex home page is here.
The card now offers 30,000 Membership Rewards points, worth 30,000 Avios amongst other things.
You receive a pro-rata refund on the £450 fee when you cancel the card and you will retain most of the benefits – Starwood Gold, Carlson Gold, Accor Platinum, Cathay Pacific Gold (= BA Silver) for the rest of the year even after you cancel!
You can learn more about this offer in this post here. My full review of the card is here. Amex’s own home page is here.
You receive 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. My full review of the card is here.
This is good deal and is much improved on the previous promotion. However, Lloyds is being VERY nasty in arbitrarily deciding if you made the spending target or not, which is why I do not recommend it wholeheartedly.
The free (‘Duo’) cards give you 15,000 Avios points for signing-up. The £50 fee ‘Premier Duo’ cards give you 20,000 Avios. You need to spend £500 per month for the first three months on the American Express card to receive the bonus and please read this post very carefully before applying and decide if you want to play Lloyds at their game.
If you are used to having Platinum status for your Holiday Inn, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn Express, Indigo, InterContinental etc stays, you will probably have noticed by now that you are very unlikely to requalify in 2013. The incredibly harsh new regime – which means only base points and not bonuses count for status – will see 80%+ of Platinum cardholders drop away, I imagine.
The IHG Rewards Club Black Visa comes with Platinum status as a free perk. There is an annual fee of £99 but if you do enough stays at Priority Club hotels then it is a decent deal.
Full details on all of these cards, including links to the application forms, are on the ‘Credit Cards Update’ page.