News in brief:
Hotels.com planning a UK credit card
To be honest, I thought that the 0.3% cap on interchange fees meant that we would, over time, see a major thinning out of UK travel credit cards.
The losses so far have been few. Ryanair dropped its card, as did Marriott – but that was apparently for FCA compliance reasons. Lloyds dropped the premium version of its Avios card, and TSB dropped its Avios cards altogether.
develop a launch strategy for a new co-brand credit card, and provide ongoing account management for the product
Because of the way that Hotels.com Rewards works, it would be difficult to give points in that scheme in return for card spending. It may end up being something boring like x% back on Hotels.com spend and y% back elsewhere, all paid in credit. Let’s see.
What is clear is that the impact of 0.3% interchange fees has not totally stopped the desire of big travel brands to get their logos into your wallet. Thanks to Scott for this.
Good Amex deal at the luxurious Corinthia Hotel in London
The Corinthia Hotel in London – website here – is one of, if not the, most luxurious hotels to open in the capital for decades. What is even more surprising is that the rest of the properties in the small chain are fairly pedestrian.
I was lucky enough to get a tour of The Corinthia a couple of years ago, which I wrote about here. The photos above and below are from that visit.
American Express is offering a special deal with the hotel which could out quite nicely. For any stay between Thursday and Monday, you will receive:
a free bottle of Laurent Perrier champagne
£125 to spend on food and drink in the hotel
The offer runs until April 2018. There is no minimum stay so if you can find a decent deal on a cheap weekend night then you could do well. The only condition is that you book a Deluxe room or higher and pay a flexible rate.
You must book via a special Amex booking page which is here.
7,200 bonus Avios with a car seat
If you’re in the market for a child’s car seat, Tesco Direct is offering 3,000 Clubcard points – worth 7,200 Avios or 7,500 Virgin Flying Club miles – with a £149 Graco Milestone all-in-one high back booster seat. It is suitable for children from 0 to 12 years.
Full details are in this Shopper Points article.
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