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Bits: Heathrow protest today, Etihad sale, update on 40,000 Nectar points deal

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News in brief:

Heathrow anti-expansion protest today may cause delays

British Airways has issued an advisory warning due to a protest against Heathrow Airport expansion which will take place today, Saturday.

To quote:

A peaceful demonstration against airport expansion is expected to take place at Heathrow Airport on Saturday 1 October.

Heathrow Airport is working with the Metropolitan Police who will manage any protest activities in and around the airport or terminal facilities.

Roads around Heathrow may see a period of disruption around the middle of the day and customers travelling to/from the airport may wish to allow extra time for their journey.

Etihad A380

Etihad launches 96 hour sale – with bonus miles

Etihad is running a sale this weekend which runs until Monday evening.

As well as some decent prices in Business Class, the airline is offering 15,000 bonus Etihad Guest miles for every Business Class flight.  Economy flights will attract a 5,000 mile bonus.

Whilst Etihad Guest was devalued sharply last year, the ability to top up your account via American Express Membership Rewards, the UK Etihad credit card, the HSBC Premier credit card and Heathrow Rewards makes their miles flexible.  You can also redeem across the full Etihad Airways Partners alliance.

Here are some headline business class fares from London.

  • Abu Dhabi £1,500
  • Bangkok £1,550
  • Mumbai £1,552
  • Johannesburg £2,191
  • Perth £2,600
  • Melbourne £2,600

Whilst these are not the cheapest deals seen this Winter, you need to remember that I rate the Etihad A380 Business Class Studio as the best seat on the market.  Heathrow will be operating a 100% A380 service from November.

These deals can be booked for travel until June 2017.  Full details are on the Etihad website here.

Update on the ‘40,000 Nectar points’ credit card deal

Yesterday I wrote an article about the attractive American Express Nectar credit card promotion which launches today.  If you are targetted via the Nectar app or website, you will receive a whopping 40,000 Nectar points for signing up.

Full details of the card are here although you should not sign up via this page.

This is worth at least – in the worse case scenario – £200 to spend at Sainsbury’s, easyJet, Expedia etc.  However, if you use your points wisely during special offers, you could get as high as £400.

I missed out a key point in the early version of the article yesterday which was the version emailed out.

Anyone who is targetted will receive the 40,000 points as long as they have not had a Nectar credit card in the last six months.  That statement was correct.

However … the terms and conditions state that you only receive the first year of membership for free if you have not had any Amex-issued Amex cards in the last six months.  That will disqualify 95% of HFP readers, who will have a BA Amex, Amex Gold, Amex Platinum, Starwood Amex or similar.

You WILL still get the 40,000 points but you need to be resigned to paying the £25 fee.  This is still very small in contrast to the sign-up bonus, however, and is refundable pro-rata if you cancel the card.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 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. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

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

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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 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

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

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 (107)

  • Jo says:

    Would it make sense to apply as a new card member or an existing one?

  • Matthew says:

    There are still some days (notably Wednesday) that have one Etihad service using an A340 in November. Still worth checking before you book.

  • James67 says:

    Correct.

  • Boris says:

    If it causes delays and disturbs lives it is not peaceful ….

    • Mr(s) Entitled says:

      The expansion or the protest?

    • Steve says:

      To avoid any delays I’d suggest people get dropped off at either a picaddilly line tube station and tube it in to Heathrow or to Hayes overground and get the Heathrow connect train.

  • Boris says:

    The protest :-).

    On the expansion they should build all three.

  • Boris says:

    Is that good value?

    Accor points are quite valuable. IIRC reward nights start at 2000.

    • Roger says:

      2000 points don’t necessarily get you a free stay but at least gets you 40EUR off your stay.
      If your stay is below 40 EUR of course you get that as reward.

    • James67 says:

      In addition to Rogers reply, as a general rule it’s usually best to use hotel points for hotel stays to maximise value. However, some people are chasing big miles goals or are only a few miles short of a target so they will choose mikes over points, even if comparative value is very poor.

  • Chris says:

    Have a flight landing into Heathrow at midday and then have an Addison Lee booked to take back to South London – looks like might be best to cancel and book Heathrow Express instead – thanks for the heads up https://www.facebook.com/events/1764336040473934/

  • Nicola Walton says:

    OT question for Rob, have you found out if there has been a security breach re the emails Supercard has been sending out apologising for PIn problems? I commented on this the other day and other HFP readers said they had received the same email?

    • Rob says:

      Not sure what is happening there. I didn’t get the email.

    • Leo says:

      I seem to remember they sent out similar emails before which were reported in HfP comments – there was no follow up from anyone. I’ve not had the new card they were supposedly sending out – I suppose I should contact them.

      • Jonty says:

        I had email last week, new card arrived first class this morning

        • Talay says:

          Same here for the wife but my card was never affected, potentially !

          • YL says:

            I go the email a couple of days ago and the new cad arrived today.
            The strange thing was that I have not used my card since it relaunched…

          • Paul says:

            Mt card failed when in France earlier in the week. I called and was told a new card will be posted due to pin issues. I explained how this was inconvenient as I had planned to use whilst abroad and have received an email today from CS offering £30 if I email by return my travel docs to prove I was abroad when this occured.

    • Nicola Walton says:

      Update – new Supercard arrived in the post today. Replacement IHG visa lost in transit new one being sent out! It really does seem a big coincidence that the IHG card is connected to the Supercard and the fraudulent charges are on the IHG card the week before the Supercard email!

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