News in brief:
Want a job redeeming miles?
John from the Nightly.travel hotel booking site sent me an interesting job ad that came across his desk.
Seedstars World, an established start-up investor, is looking for a remote working ‘travel hacker’ to book travel for its staff using the frequent flyer miles they collected on previous work trips.
Not sure I like the sound of that as a company policy, and no idea what the job pays, although by definition they seem like they are a bit tight ……
airberlin adds new Avios routes to the US
How low? When Anika did her review of airberlin business class from New York to Berlin last year, she paid £4 in taxes and charges.
Orlando, from Dusseldorf – five flights per week
Boston, from Dusseldorf – four flights per week
San Francisco, from Dusseldorf – four flights per week
San Francisco, from Berlin – four flights per week
Other US destinations served from Dusseldorf are Fort Myers, Los Angeles, Miami and New York JFK. Other winter US routes from Berlin are New York, Chicago and Miami.
airberlin also serves a number of ‘winter sun’ destinations. Curacao from Dusseldorf is possibly the most interesting, as this Caribbean island is not well served from the UK. Most people fly with KLM, given the close links that the island has with the Netherlands.
Curve confirms $10m in Series A funding
We cover the Curve Card quite a bit on HFP because it allows you to spend abroad with just a 1% transaction fee AND have the purchase recharged to any other points-earning Visa or Mastercard you own. You can also withdraw £200 per month from an ATM and have it recharged to another credit card as a points-earning purchase. I wrote more about how it work here – the card is free to apply.
The list of investors in impressive and, given that Santander is on the list, raises questions over whether Curve is about to partner directly with major banks.
New investers include TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus, Azimo founder Michael Kent, Ed Wray of Betfair, former members of the Google Wallet team, Santander InnoVentures, Investec, Connect Ventures, Speedinvest, Oxford Capital, Breega Capital, Henry Ritchotte (ex Deutsche Bank COO), Gael de Boissard (ex Credit Suisse board member), Alessandro Hatami (The Pacemakers; ex Lloyds, Paypal, GE Capital) and Paul Townsend (Vitesse PSP, Barclays, WorldPay).
Curve will pay you £10 for trying it out if you use our link.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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.