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Bits: new BA strike dates announced, new Amazon cashback credit card launched

News in brief:

New British Airways strike dates announced

The Unite union announced yesterday that a further wave of cabin crew strikes will take place on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st January.

British Airways will announce its contingency plans on Monday.  This is likely to involve, based on the strike this week:

some flights being cancelled where a route is served by several daily BA flights

charter aircraft being used on some flights

First Class catering being replaced by Club World catering on some long haul services

Do not ring BA now and try to change any existing flight plans.  The call centre will not allow changes, unless you have a flexible ticket, until the contingency plans are released.


Amazon launches a good cashback credit card

With little publicity to date, Amazon has launched the Amazon Platinum MasterCard.  The package is pretty decent and it is arguably the best cashback card on the market for heavy Amazon users.

You may want to weigh up whether this is a better deal than any miles or points MasterCard or Visa you have.  Here are the core benefits:

the card is free

you receive £10 of Amazon credit for signing up

you get 0.5% cashback on all spend in Amazon credit (same rate as the John Lewis and ASDA cards)

you get 0.75% cashback on all Amazon spending (the John Lewis card gives 1% back on John Lewis and Waitrose spending, the ASDA card gives 1% on ASDA spending)

The card also looks pretty smart and is likely to be more of a hit with the boys / girls than carrying around an ASDA credit card!  The only downside is the interest rate which, at 21.9%, is very high – don’t touch this card if you ever roll over a balance.  The issuer is New Day.  Full details can be found here.  Representative APR 21.9% variable.

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  1. OT – sorry; I looked through a bunch of the ‘favourites’ articles but there aren’t many on Virgin!

    I have just discovered a small stash of Virgin Flying Club points (c.14,000) from years ago when I used to collect these rather than Nectar points for train journeys – the reason for this switch being that I have no main source of Virgin miles, so will never accumulate enough for a redemption.

    What’s the best use of these? I have seen some comments about transferring them to IHG or Hilton HHonors, both of which are possible for me; but before I go ahead I wanted to make sure I’m not missing anything more obvious.

    Thanks in advance.

    • the real harry1 says:

      have you kept them live/ unexpired?

    • Harry is right, either one of the £50 vouchers or move to a hotel. Pretty much same value either way but IHG points would count towards status.

    • Aren’t 10,000 virgin miles enough for a 1 way economy to the east coast USA now? Taxes are high going to the US but only about £80 on the way back, use avios for iberia/air berlin/aer lingus to the states and it’s a cheap return to America

  2. Will Squires says:

    Agreed – or NatWest Reward (which has a £24/year fee, waived for holders of the £3/month NatWest Reward current account which itself is a very good product). 1% at supermarkets, 1% on contactless (time limited but extended several times already), 0.5% elsewhere.

  3. Premier01 says:

    OT:know a lot of the QR sale fares have gone but looking for Ex-EU to HKG- any suggestions appreciated!

    • Hi Premier, you just have to look at robs list then link into the QR sale site to chase HKG seats. Think maybe from HEL, ARN, maybe Italy. But you need to keep putting in various departure points like l did. We finally got our HEL HKT HEL for 960. Def options for HKG. Or you may need to do cheapest to BKK, then hop on avios with CX or MAS to HKG, which we did one time. Enjoy the lounges there, best in the world. The PIER or the WING, both fabulous.

  4. Yes Sir says:

    New Day are currently doing a lot of Rewards Cards and Co-brand cards. I genuinely don’t know how they can afford to pay for these rewards points as the rewards elements is higher than the interchange kick backs that issuers get… It just doesn’t make any commercial sense…