News in brief:
Free Heathrow Express upgrade extended
If you have Star Gold status via any of the frequent flyer schemes in the Star Alliance, you can still claim a free First Class upgrade on Heathrow Express.
This deal was originally due to expire at the end of May but has been extended for another month.
Note that you must be travelling on a full-fare Standard Class ticket which means that you cannot link it to the 12% discount for Mastercard holders which is currently available.
London shopping deals with American Express
Thanks to reader Yosuke, I was sent details of an American Express promotion aimed at people who live outside the UK but are visiting here – although anyone can take part.
As well as hotel deals, it has the following fashion offers:
20% off at Gap
10% off at Liu Jo
£10 off £100 spend at Pepe Jeans
£15 off £150 at World Duty Free
10% off at Zadig & Voltaire
10% off at Camper
20% off at Banana Republic
To redeem, you must print off a voucher to take into the store and pay with an American Express card. Most are valid until the end of August.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our July 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
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 offers.
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
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: