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.
Good Amex deal at the luxurious Corinthia Hotel
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 is 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.
Hotel offers update – September 2021:
Want to earn more hotel points? Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.
Want to buy hotel points? There are currently special offers running with Marriott Bonvoy (‘mystery’ 45% or 50% bonus to 25th September), Hilton Honors (100% bonus to 30th September) and World of Hyatt (30% bonus to 31st October).