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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?

The bonus on the two British Airways American Express cards dropped down to its usual level on 8th February.  The deal was not extended, despite the fact that ….

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

That’s about it …. things have got very quiet.

One thing which I didn’t mention elsewhere is that HSBC has added new benefits to its HSBC Premier credit cards (only available to HSBC Premier current account holders):

£20 of free Uber credit whenever you spend £500+ on flights

10% off hotels at Expedia when you book via a special link

12 months of Expedia+ Gold membership (see our article on that here)

10% off hotels at Agoda when you book via a special link

The only one of these I value is the Uber one, although it purely depends on your personal spending pattern.  £500 would cover the taxes on a BA Club World Avios redemption.

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 (111)

  • Ammar says:

    OT – I am trying to buy internal/domestic flights in Indonesia for jakarta to Lombok with Batik Air/Lion Air, The price comes up as 2200000 IDR, which according to xe currency is about £135 pounds but when I tried paying with my MC, i got a fraud dept message stating the company was trying to charge me £176 pounds, not sure how the exchange could be so far out – any thoughts???
    I confirmed it with the Lloyds Avios Fraud Prevention team when I had to unblock the account and decline the transaction

    • Anon says:

      Try setting the currency on the airline website to the one you’d prefer to pay in, is that closer?

  • Polly says:

    PLAT ? Anyone know how you get a bonus for adding a person onto your plat card? Is it worth phoning in to ease, or do you get an email invitation?

  • simon says:

    seriously, when are we going to get the level of perks that Americans get with cards. Its enough to make me think of moving there!

    • Rob says:

      When interchange fees go up to huge levels, forcing up the prices of goods in the shops!

      I am shocked Americans still put up with it. Why does Wal-Mart accept paying 0.3% to Visa in the UK but 1.75% in the US? We are talking literally hundreds of millions of $.

      • Alan says:

        Although it is making hee-haw difference to prices here thanks to the payment intermediaries still charging retailers (apart from the large ones like Tesco, etc) a big percentage…

  • Graham Walsh says:

    Looking for my next credit card. I’ve maxed out my Amex Gold this year to get the bonus points that will come at the anniversary in May. I’m still using my Virgin Black to max out the miles so I’ll use them for flights on next year’s holiday which I’m planning on Dubai. As Dubai hotels aren’t that cheap, what is the best hotel card to get so I can use hotel points to pay for the accommodation?

    Am I better off sticking with Amex so I can use in either Hilton, SPG or Club Carlson?

    Also any recommendation for hotels with a beach in Dubai? AI would be good too. I know I’m here now, but don’t get to see a beach when working!!

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