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.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – October 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:
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 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 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
60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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:
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
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.