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

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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:

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 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (97)

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  • Neil says:

    I applied for the Amazon card earlier and within five minutes the £10 voucher was on my account along with an immediate £500 spending ability with Amazon (no need to wait for the card) which is handy as I’ve just ordered a new gun safe from them!

  • George says:

    A quick check shows that LHR-ATH isn’t staffed by mixed fleet crew, but does anyone know what is the likelihood of one of those flights being cancelled anyway on the strikedays?

  • keith says:

    the U.S. version amazon card gives you 5% discount on amazon spending, U.K. version only 0.75%

    • Alan says:

      all credit cards way better in the US – annual free night and plat on their IHG card, $59 fee, no min spend!

  • Lev441 says:

    I remember a few years ago amazon would push a credit card at the checkout stage.. does anyone remember what perks the original card had compared with this one?

    • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

      The old MBNA card was much better, it was 1% on everything, 2% on Amazon. One other nice thing about the old MBNA one was that rather than getting the £10 vouchers into your Amazon account you’d get them emailed to you as voucher codes that could be used on any account. Often used them as gifts…

  • Mr(s) Entitled says:

    I’m not sure what Asda did to offend Rob so badly, but it really isn’t all that bad.

    If flashing the right brand card to impress people is a factor then I would highly recommend less time is devoted to all this embarrassing talk of Amex Plat benefits. Start promoting the benefits of Amex Black.

    Amex Plat is for one’s staff. Amex Black is for the Rich Kids of HfP. Word!

    • Brian says:

      I agree that it is faintly ridiculous to worry about the effect the appearance of one’s credit card might have on the girls/boys – it’s obviously an issue for Rob, though, since he always mentions it with the Tesco cards, too! :))

      • the real harry1 says:

        isn’t there a difference between wanting to impress others with your mighty card power vs not wanting (possibly small-minded!) other people to scorn & deride you for your pathetic card impotence?

      • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

        I agree with Rob on this one. I know it’s totally irrational but I don’t fancy whipping out an ugly Tesco or Asda card. It’s just… kind of ugly!

        • Martin says:

          Thats just….
          kind of pathetic.

          • Richard says:

            For what it’s worth, I’m put off the Amex Gold card for equally aesthetic reasons. That big gold medallion thing in the middle! So bling.

      • Rob says:

        Do you not judge people by the credit card they carry?

        • Mr(s) Entitled says:

          Absolutely not.

          I judge people, we all do, but not on something that is so easy to obtain in any guise that it is virtually meaningless.

        • Fenny says:

          When I finally got to apply for a Cole Brothers card, I was gutted when it arrived and said John Lewis on it.

    • Rob says:

      Black is a terrible package for the money. Was offered an IDC version once and rejected it.

      • Mr(s) Entitled says:

        But who can put a price on vanity? That bloke behind you in the queue at John Lewis that you don’t know, he will think you are a baller. Presumably people who do know you won’t be swayed either way.

    • the_real_a says:

      Over Christmas the lads from school meet up for night out – think Northern inner city. In the past 20 years we have all gone in different directions, and sometimes forget the northern “norms”. One lad brought out his Waitrose credit card and tried to pay for a round (think tough northern pub) to such ridicule from the barmen that that it brought the whole pub to hysterics. Cue at least 3 hours of “banter” about it.

      • the real harry1 says:

        I can imagine it:)

        Waitrose! Waitrose wonker! Does he work for them? Shop boy!

    • Talay says:

      Ah for the days when we basked in the light of Centurion.

      I swear, one day around 2001 or so, 3 people in a row in M&S in Angel handed over Amex Centurion cards. I kept my last one when I dumped it a few years afterwards. By then we had actually gone to green Amex, still Centurion but not in your face like the black card.

    • Imbruce says:

      American Express require you to spend USD $250,000 per year on your Amex Platinum card,
      Have a household income of USD $1.3 million per annum and have a net worth of $16 million.
      Then you have to pay a fee of £2.200 per annum and a joining fee of £2.500.
      To obtain the Centurion Card. It’s made of andodised Titanium
      It’s easier to get a JP Morgan Palladium Card than American Express Centurion card,
      The Pallidum card is now called a Reserve card but it’s still made of Palladium and your details
      are laser etched onto the card.
      There is no credit limit on either card you just have to be able to clear the balance each month

  • the real harry1 says:

    OT the Holiday Extras 15% Amex statement credit is back, combines/ double dipping with the best discount you can find – good for airport parking 45% off

    • mark2 says:

      thanks harry1 I was waiting for you to mention this. Is it MSE code to use please?

      • the real harry1 says:

        that’s the one I’d use (MSE links)

        don’t forget with DriveFly Meet & Greet you should be getting nearly 30% discount, if they start by giving you 15%, let it hang for half an hour and use you back button, which gets the higher discount

        • the real harry1 says:

          nice one
          the other thing I forgot with DriveFly is that they offer different rates for the different LHR terminals – just go for the cheapest then DF will change your terminal foc with a phone call

    • Nate1309 says:

      Damn it. I booked parking last night!

  • Tom says:

    Does anyone know if LHR-LED (St.Petersburg) is a Mixed Fleet route? Here’s hoping it’s not!

    • Andrew says:

      It is mixed fleet if I remember correctly. But as only one flight per day you’ll probably be okay (BA seemed to combine flights in the strike this week or only cancel flights where people can be rebooked to a very close alternative (think San Jose and San Francisco).

  • Duncan Stevenson-Price says:

    Damn it! Flying back from DFW to LHR on the 19th in First. Was looking forward to comparing this with our outbound CW flight. I hope it’s somehow magically not affected.

    • Andrew says:

      You *might* be OK as your crew will have booked onto their shift a number of days before to work the outbound LHR-DFW leg and then have a night or two rest at DFW.

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