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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. You can apply here.

It’s time for our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.

Our updated directory of all 23 UK travel credit cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Cards’ tab at the top of the site or – for email, Flipboard, Apple News or mobile readers – by clicking here.  This article is a summary of the recent changes, and will hopefully be a useful starting point for the surge of new readers we get every January.

UK Rewards credit and charge cards

What’s new?

December was a quieter month, following November’s overnight closure of the two TSB Avios credit cards with no warning story here.  The special offers on the Etihad and Lufthansa cards were extended by a few weeks but finally ended during the month.

The current higher bonuses on the British Airways cards continue until February.

I was told yesterday that the 2,500 Clubcard points (6,000 Avios) on the Tesco Premium credit card – which was due to end today – is actually being pulled at 7am so it will have gone by the time you read this.  I will take a look at the replacement package and report back!

You can also still get 1,000 Clubcard points (2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles) via this link for the FREE Tesco Clubcard credit card.  This offer is not available via the Tesco Bank website.  This card comes with 0% interest for 17 months on new purchases which could be useful if you have some major spending planned.


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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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 BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

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 Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 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:

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

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 card

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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (107)

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  • rams1981 says:

    OT IHG card by Barclays and the 10k spend per year to trigger free night. How do you know when the spend starts accumulating towards the next voucher?

  • Darren says:

    OT new American Express offers, helpfully a new offer for Cafe Nero as my son has taking a liking to it (which appears to stack with the Avios Offer at Cafe Nero)

    • Rob says:

      Get a Nectar Amex with 20k points and redeem those at 350 per drink!

  • Emily says:

    I had a phone call from Lloyds today (they are sorting out my 4,500 bonus avios for the referral which didn’t appear automatically – got the card in September). Said there were issues getting it to go through as the refer a friend has finished as of 31st Dec. They are honouring it though. Just wondered if you were aware the referral bonuis no longer.

    • Peter K says:

      Rubbish. I had hoped to get referred by Rob for this next month!

    • Rob says:

      Technically it has finished but for the last 3 years it rolled over after a week.

  • Mark1980 says:

    Is there still an upgrade offer from Gold to Plat?

    • Wally1976 says:

      Don’t think there’s an ‘official’ offer but phone up/send a message to ask and you may get lucky. I’m planning to try this before referring my wife for Plat so any feedback on how it goes would be good.

    • Adrian says:

      I tried 2 weeks ago (both by phone and secure message) but was told “this offer is no longer available”, shame as this was an easy way to get more free/cheap Avios.

  • Vish says:

    I read about people paying their tax bills using credit cards as an ‘easy’ way to get points. i didn’t think HMRC accepts credit card payments?

    • Rob says:

      Visa and MasterCard accepted with a 0.4% fee. Search ‘tax weekend’ and you will get my last article (cannot copy and paste at the moment).

  • Sam Wardill says:

    Is anyone else finding that the fraud security policies on Lloyds Avios are extremely restrictive? I struggled to buy my wife’s Xmas present (and £750 camera from Currys) on my card. In the end it went through on the Mastercard but not the AmEx. I just struggled to buy some suits for £300 from House of Fraser. In the end they went through on the primary cardholder’s Mastercard but not the AmEx nor the secondary cardholder cards. Calling up Lloyds customer service didn’t help. They couldn’t see the declined AmEx transactions.

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