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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? – September 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 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.

The following offers will end soon:

  • 2,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard (ends 15th October)
  • 30,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard (ends 15th October)
  • 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express (ends 2nd November)
  • 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus (ends 2nd November)
  • 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express (ends 2nd November)
  • 30,000 points on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (ends 9th November)

Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 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

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

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (29)

  • Jovanna says:

    Had a prang in my Hertz rental this evening. Everyone ok, fortunately, but front end of vehicle gone. Rented using Lloyds Amex (default card on profile and paid in advance) but I hold an Amex Plat. Can I claim the excess insurance via the Plat card?

  • 1nfrequent says:

    Slightly OT but offered as a head’s up – BA Amex apparently had a technical fault a couple of weeks ago. Anyone who applied for the card and was accepted but who has not received either a PIN or plastic within the 10 day period needs to give them a call. I was told that mine would take another week or so to process and that Amex was offering additional Avios as compensation for the delay in service (amount to be determined).

  • AndyGWP says:

    I got Five Star Rewards status through the Platinum Credit Card (as you suggested in your article Rob)

    What I can’t figure out is where to find it’s expiry… any pointers? Been all over the Hertz website and can’t seem to see it (I’m sure it will be somewhere obvious now!)

    Thanks

    • AndyGWP says:

      Ended up adding the Hertz program onto awardwallet… hope it’s correct (it always seems to get my Heathrow Rewards expiry wrong! 🙂 )

  • Pid says:

    Just looked at the hertz offer and noticed that I had been given a second 25,000 points bonus. Must have been for renewing in the NY. Therefore 50,000 bonus pts (or at least two hotel stays) for achieving Spire last year by getting the credit card and a third night for meeting the £10,000 spend limit is excellent value for the credit card fee for one year! Thanks Raffles, they will come in very handy for my Honeymoon this year!

  • Polly says:

    Enjoying pre flight dining in The Wing ATM in HKG. It’s freezing outside, 6* looking forward to returning to milder GB! What a contrast from bali 36 * every day. Using our 241 in F. It’s truly a great bonus if we can get F. Any other HFP folks around HKG tonight ? Read the 241 book,,it’s quite good actually. Hilarious yesterday pm waiting to check in for CX J, heard they had replaced the aircraft with an older 744, so expressed disappointment, and got upgraded to F at the gate. Result!
    Back to reality tomorrow …

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