News in brief:
Check out ‘The Concorde Bar’ on YouTube
Back in October, I published a brief reader review of ‘The Concorde Bar’ in the new British Airways lounge in Singapore.
This is a new model which BA is rolling out. Instead of a separate First Class lounge, there will be a separate room where you can go. The ‘bar’ does not have much in the way of dedicated facilities however.
A HfP reader made a short YouTube video of the Singapore ‘Concorde Bar’ which you can see here.
If you are heading to Dubai soon this should be of particular interest. The 2nd ‘Concorde Bar’ will be in the new BA lounge in the new Concourse D, should it ever open. I have lost track of exactly how late Concourse D is now and it is a little frustrating as I was hoping to use it next month.
Last 48 hours for the IHG Winter sale
A quick heads up that the IHG Winter sale, covering Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, InterContinental etc ends on Sunday night.
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 stays until 29th February.
The picture below is the new InterContinental Bordeaux which will be reviewed next month.
New American Express cashback offers
Four new American Express statement credit offers launched this week, with a very loose Valentines Day theme:
Hawes and Curtis fashions: Spend £100, to receive a £20 statement credit
Sofa.com: Spend £1,000, to receive a £100 statement credit
Monica Vinader jewellery: Spend £150 to receive a £25 statement credit
Appleyard Flowers: Receive statement credit to the value of 10 per cent of your total spend
These all run until the end of March except for Monica Vinader which expires on 29th February. American Express cardholders should find some or all of these offers under the ‘Offers’ tab on their online statement page.
Hawes & Curtis and sofa.com can also be accessed on the cardmemberoffers.co.uk site instead.
Holders of Lloyds, MBNA, Barclays and TSB Amex cards can register via the Amex Connect site here.
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.
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 American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
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
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard
The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review
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
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
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: