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Bits: more on the HSBC Premier deal, Qatar Airways / HFP competition winner

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News in brief:

More on the HSBC Premier deal from yesterday

I did a long article yesterday on the new sign-up bonus on the HSBC Premier credit card:

the free card is now offering 5,000 airline miles for signing up

the £195 World Elite card is now offering 45,000 airline miles for signing up and spending £12,000 in one year

I wrote in the article that HSBC has – for some people – been refusing to award the second half of the World Elite bonus until you have renewed your card for the 2nd year, at the cost of a further £195.

As a reader pointed out, this is strictly in breach of the full terms and conditions.  The rules state, in respect of the £12,000 spend bonus, that:

3. If you meet the requirements for this offer as described above, we will award 40,000 Premier Reward Points to your HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard Credit Card within 60 days from point of qualification

This means that you should NOT have to wait until the end of the year to get your 2nd lot of 40,000 points / 20,000 miles.  Because it is in writing, in the terms and conditions, HSBC has no choice but to give you the points before the end of the year as long as you’ve spent the £12,000.

This makes the World Elite deal more attractive.  As long as you can spend the £12,000 within 10 months, you will receive the full 90,000 points / 45,000 miles before your card is up for renewal.  This means you’ll be getting 45,000 Avios / Asia Miles / Etihad miles / Singapore Airlines miles for £195.

If you missed my article yesterday, you’ll find it here.

Qatar A350

Who won the two tickets on Qatar Airways?

A couple of weeks ago we ran a competition in collaboration with Qatar Airways giving away two tickets to (almost) any Qatar Airways destination.

We can now announce the winner:

Wayne L

Congratulations Wayne and enjoy your flights!  Thank you to everyone who entered – we were overwhelmed by the response.

Comments (36)

  • Genghis says:

    OT. A very apt banner advert from Raffles Hotels & Resorts on HfP: “Rise and shine with Raffles” 🙂

  • Andrew says:

    They’ve had this for ages.

  • David2910 says:

    OT but I guess related in some ways to anniversary discussions: my OH has gone through her black virgin anniversary. £140 debited from her account. She can cancel and get rebate now because no further spend this card year-wont be a problem they confirm over the phone. But…could she refer me to a white virgin card for 10k sign up bonus before she cancels , I think she gets 3k or similar-would that count as account activity and void 140 rebate? Any views?

  • BP says:

    As a new Premier customer (opened account today), could I take out the free card to get the bonus and then upgrade to the paid card for a second bonus?