News in brief:
Did you win our IHG Rewards Club competition?
Thank you to everyone who entered our IHG Rewards Club competition last week. There was a fantastic response and IHG was very impressed by the level of interest.
The winner was Jean H. Well done Jean. I have the codes you need to add the 50,000 points to your IHG account and I will be emailing them to you later.
Don’t forget that the IHG Winter Sale continues until 7th February.
You can save up to 30% on stays at 600 InterContinental, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza and Hotel Indigo hotels across Europe. The sale rates are valid for sale until 29th February 2016 and full details of the IHG Winter Sale can be found at this special website.
Marks & Spencer leaves Gate 365 and the Avios e-store
M&S is no longer available on the British Airways shopping portal, Gate 365, or the Avios e-store. This means that you can no longer earn Avios points for starting your M&S shopping at one of those site.
Oddly, M&S is still available on TopCashback albeit with a minimum non-food spend of £100. Remember that TopCashback is still offering a bonus of 500 Avios if you sign up this week. Thanks to Helen.
£20 cashback when you spend £100 at Harvey Nichols
Finally, Harvey Nichols is offering £20 cashback on a £100 American Express spend.
You need to go into the ‘Offers’ tab of your online Amex statement to register, where it should hopefully be showing. It is NOT on the cardmemberoffers.co.uk site yet so you cannot register via that route.
Lloyds, MBNA, TSB and Barclays Amex cardholders can register via the Amex Connect site.
The offer runs until 6th March and is restricted to the first 15,000 to sign up.
A less glamorous but more practical offer for ASK pizza restaurants is also available to most people!
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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.