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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)

  • Renaud says:

    I’m near the end of my 6 months cool-off period for a new BAPP or Amex Gold.
    Would taking this Nectar card prevent me from getting the bonus on any other Amex cards ?

  • roger says:

    No it should not.

  • Jumble Tales says:

    No targeted offer for me either through Nectar App or web site, unfortunately.

  • Alex says:

    Received an important communication from Etihad today.

    They are doing some sort of ‘upgrading’ (in fact, streamlining and downgrading) of its loyalty programme benefits which DIRECTLY affects me as I am flying with EY from Singapore on 15 January 2017. This may be interesting to your readers I guess.

    “Alexandre, we have some exciting news to share with you!
    From today, we’ve aligned the tier benefits you receive as an Etihad Guest Silver tier member when you fly with any of the eight Etihad Airways Partner airlines: Etihad Airways, airberlin, Alitalia, Air Serbia, Air Seychelles, Etihad Regional, Jet Airways and NIKI.

    So you will now be able to travel the world with confidence to over 400 destinations, knowing that you will receive a more consistent level of service and recognition when you fly. As part of the alignment of tier benefits, you will be eligible for priority check-in whenever you fly with any of the eight Etihad Airways Partner airlines.

    However, from 15 January 2017, lounge access for Etihad Guest Silver members will only be available in Abu Dhabi, Mahé (Seychelles) and Belgrade. Until then, you can continue to enjoy the same lounge access benefits as before.

    The list of standardised Silver tier benefits across all eight Etihad Airways Partner airlines is shown below. For more detailed information on all of the benefits and privileges available to you from 4 October 2016, click here. “

    • Rob says:

      Yes, this is not as great news as they claim. Will look at it on Thursday.

  • Mr Dee says:

    Seen the nectar 40k offer on a advertising banner when clicked it goes through to the Amex regular 20k offer and no mention of the 40k offer.

    • Rob says:

      Correct. But Nectar tracks the click and will add another 20k later.

  • Catman99 says:

    I applied for the Nectar Card and I’ve spent £600 but it is showing 0 points on the summary page, although if I drill down to view transactions I can see the points I have earned on my spend. They don’t seem to have been transferred to my Nectar Account and they are not showing at American Express. I presume I must have put my Nectar Account number in when I signed up, does it just take a while to show?

    • Rob says:

      They will go across once a month, 6 days before your statement is generated.

      • Catman99 says:

        Thank you…it doesn’t look very clear on their website

        • Plunet says:

          If you are a supplementary Amex card holder on another account that has been opened in the past 6 months does that prevent you getting the full benefits of the Amex Nectar offer?

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