News in brief:
Lloyds hits a new low in credit card referral behaviour
If you have ever tried to refer a friend for the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit cards, you will know that it is only slightly more fun than having a tooth extracted without anaesthetic.
I recently heard from three readers who I had referred who had just received their referral links – six to seven months after I had requested them. After the first one of these was reported I actually raised it with Avios who gave me a reader-specific explanation …. but then I heard about the 2nd one …. and the 3rd one …..
Even on the rare event that a referral link turns up, don’t count your chickens.
Another reader just got in touch to say that Lloyds has refused his 4,500 Avios referal bonus. The reason? Apparently, back in 2007, he had held a different Lloyds credit card for a short period although it is nearly a decade since he cancelled it. On this basis he is apparently not a ‘new’ customer of Lloyds and therefore he does not qualify for the ‘refer a friend’ bonus!
It is clearly only a matter of time before anyone who has ever used a Lloyds ATM to withdraw cash is also told that they are also a Lloyds ‘customers’ and can’t have a bonus either ……
Potential chance of 5,000 free Avios from Royal Air Maroc
Let me state up front that I am very negative about the chances of this actually working out. Readers keep emailing it to me, however, so I decided to publish it and you can make your own call as to whether you want to bother.
Royal Air Maroc, the national airline of Morocco, is currently offering 5,000 free Safar Flyer miles if you open a family account.
This sounds utterly irrelevant, I admit. However …. Royal Air Maroc is about to switch its reward currency to Avios as I wrote here.
This leads to a potential chain of events which could go like this:
Royal Air Maroc joins Avios (very likely)
The conversion rate of Safar Flyer miles to Avios is 1:1 (no idea if likely or not)
Royal Air Marco becomes a ‘Combine My Avios’ partner (not hugely likely in my view given that Meridiana is not in ‘Combine My Avios’ and you cannot move Flybe credit card ‘Spend & Fly’ points either)
You move your 5,000 free Safar Flyer miles into 5,000 Avios
I would not be betting my own money on all of the above things coming to pass, but if you want to give it a go you will find details of how to open your Safar Flyer family account on their website.
American Express FX promotion
Finally, American Express sent certain British Airways Premium Plus cardholders a special offer yesterday. It is not clear if the offer is targetted or not.
For all foreign spending done before 31st August, you will receive 3 bonus Avios for every £8 spent in foreign currency.
It is not clear from the wording if this is every £8 per transaction (which would be a con, as a £7.99 purchase would get no bonus) or on your cumulative foreign spending.
Assuming the latter, this still isn’t a great deal. It would take your earning rate from 1.5 Avios points per £1 up to 1.875 Avios per £1. Due to Amex’s 2.99% FX fee, you are paying 1.6p per Avios compared to using a 0% credit card.
Unless you are struggling to hit your £10,000 target to trigger your 2-4-1 voucher, you would be better off getting a ‘no FX fees’ credit card such as Lloyds Avios Rewards (review, £24 fee) or using a free Supercard (read more here) linked to any other reward MasterCard or Visa.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our March 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.
You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:
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:
American Express Business Platinum
100,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and a long list of travel ….. 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
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.