News in brief:
Kempinski opens the first 5-star hotel in Cuba
Kempinski opened the Gran Hotel Manzana Kempinski La Habana this week. It is Cuba’s first five-star luxury hotel, centrally located in Old Havana. It is a conversion of what was originally a European-style shopping arcade, later used for offices.
The hotel has 246 rooms, six restaurants and bars and a spa. Full details are on the Kempinski website here.
Get 150 free Marriott Rewards points
Marriott Rewards is offering 150 free Marriott Rewards points if you link your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds (50 points per site).
This promotion originally ran last year and offered 1,500 points. For the sake of 150 points, which I value at around 75p, I’m not sure it’s worth handing over your information.
No BA lounge access at Stansted
(EDIT: BA has now renewed its agreement at Stansted and the lounge is available again)
If you remember our review of the Escape lounge at Stansted Airport a couple of weeks, you may remember the picture above which lists British Airways. This is because passengers on the BA ‘regional Cityflyer’ weekend services from Stansted were using the Escape lounge.
For some reason, British Airways has not renewed its contract with the lounge. There is currently a bit of paper stuck over the BA logo on the sign above and passengers from the British Airways services are not being allowed in. You can still access it with a Priority Pass or Lounge Club card if flying on BA.
With no other lounge in the airport, you’re going to be stuck in the main Stansted terminal area. To be honest, I would be filing a compensation claim with British Airways if I was impacted by this as it is not acceptable.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
Run your own business?
We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.
You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.
There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)