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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 new readers.

What’s changed this month?

This week is ‘all change’ with the British Airways and Virgin Atlantic cards.

In theory, the special offers on the two British Airways cards are available until midnight tonight (8th February) but may well be pulled early.

The free British Airways card is offering 9,000 Avios instead of the usual 3,000 Avios (representative APR 22.9% variable)

The British Airways Premium Plus card is offering 25,000 Avios instead of the usual 18,000 Avios (representative APR 76.0% variable)

The two Virgin Atlantic cards have increased their bonuses.  This is an interesting tactical move, knowing that the BA offer was going to be reduced.  More details on those below.

The special offer of 1,000 Clubcard points (2,400 Avios) for getting the free Tesco Clubcard Mastercard was withdrawn during January.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our September 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.

The following offers will expire on 2nd November 2021:

  • 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express
  • 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus
  • 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express

Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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

60,000 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

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (64)

  • Anonymous says:

    Hi guys,

    I normally don’t need to say anything because I’m new and you guys are awesome teachers so I can’t add anything to the wisdom here. I can say I’m well on my way to card churning thanks to this site.

    Now, I have a question I can’t find answer to. So I know Tesco Mastercard withdrew their 1000 cc point bonus thing but I applied before it was withdrawn and have yet to use the card. If I use the Mastercard will I get cc points or not? And also is the offer of getting 50 bonus cc points for using the new payment method still standing?

    Thanks to all who answer.

    • Wally1976 says:

      If you applied while the 1000 point offer was still on and keep to the terms of it then you should get the points (chase them if you don’t).

      On your last question, I presume you mean the Payqwik offer? I dismissed it as didn’t work with my phone so don’t know but the article on here should give you the info you need.

  • Roger says:

    Looking to re-apply for AAdvantage MBNA card (I held it since 35k points offer back in 2013)
    Current sign up bonus is only 5000 AA miles.
    Any chance this will be upped over next 3/6 months?

  • Raj P says:

    Can someone please clarify if I can get bonus points on Amex Preferred Rewards Gold Card or not. My situation is:
    I have cancelled Amex Pref rewards gold charge card, but still have basic Gold credit card. I have got BA Premium plus card and have got its bonus avios and planning to downgrade it to no fee BA Amex card (and get back fee on prorata basis). I am waiting for 6 months to over since I cancelled Pref rewards gold charge card and reapply. Will having basic gold amex card prevent me from being eligible for bonus points which comes with Gold Pref rewards charge card.


    • Rob says:

      You need to go 6 months without a Membership Rewards account, so you can’t get the bonus on Gold.

  • Simon says:

    Sorry, I know this is a frequent question but I can’t see the answer in the comments threads I’ve skimmed through. How quickly after going through £10k on the Hilton card does the confirmation of gold status come through for that year? thanks.

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