Bits: new IHG Spire Elite benefit launched, “Amex 2-4-1 – the Book” launches
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News in brief:
New IHG Spire Elite benefit launched
A few people have emailed me recently to ask if I know anything about the promised new benefits for IHG’s new Spire Elite top tier.
The answer is ‘No’.
However, thanks to an eagle-eyed HfP reader, we do have a lead on something.
On the Spire Elite Benefits page of ihg.com (click here), the following has appeared:
Enjoy an Upgrade to Five Star status with Hertz Gold Plus Rewards
IHG Rewards Club has teamed up with Hertz to extend to Spire Elite members a complimentary upgrade to Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Five Star status.
To take advantage of this special benefit, click Request Hertz Upgrade.
You can apply via the link on this page of the IHG website.
This is not the greatest offer in the world (American Express Platinum cardholders get the same deal, for example) but at least it is proof that IHG is out there trying to arrange something. Hint – free breakfast would be nice, IHG.
Amex 2-4-1 – The Book
It can only be a matter of time before we get “Amex 2-4-1 – The Movie” ….
“American Express has teamed up with Phaidon to create Companion, a free, unique online travel guide which features ten of the most exciting cities in the world explored from the differing perspectives of the insiders who live and work there, such as celebrated photographer Martin Parr.
Designed to satisfy the diverse interests of travelling companions, the guide is inspired by the Companion Voucher, a British Airways Amex Card benefit that provides a complimentary second seat companion on a British Airways flight.”
It is fair to say that this is probably the first book ever to be inspired by a Companion Voucher.
You can take a look – and, to be fair, BA has spent some money on this – by clicking here to visit the BA Amex application page. Scroll down to the section on ‘Companion Voucher’ and you can access the book.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 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.
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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard
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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
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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.
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
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Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
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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:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
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British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
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Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
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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.
Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card
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