News in brief:
British Airways closing Toronto lounge
It was rumoured on Flyertalk earlier this week that the British Airways lounge in Toronto was closing.
The closing date has now been confirmed by the Twitter team as 31st October. BA will be using the Plaza Premium lounge instead, where an area will be roped off for BA passengers with a separate sub-area for First Class passengers. It isn’t clear how pre-flight dining will be catered.
Looking at the Flyertalk comments this is another move in the wrong direction, especially as this does not appear to be one of the better Plaza Premium facilities.
Medium term, Plaza Premium is going to take over the existing British Airways space and develop a new lounge. This will be available exclusively to BA passengers for part of the day and used as a third party lounge at other times. It will not be staffed by BA employees, unlike the current lounge.
New SPG Moments added
Starwood Preferred Guest has released tickets for a few more O2 concerts in London. All of these are for the SPG Suite, and include all you can drink and a very decent hot buffet. This is the updated list of concerts currently available with the newly added ones in bold.
- Bluesfest presents Chic feat. Nile Rogers, 27th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Bluesfest presents Daryl Hall & John Oats, 29th October (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Queens of the Stone Age, 21st November (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Depeche Mode, 22nd November (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Deep Purple, 23rd November (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Little Mix, 25th November (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Kasabian, 1st December (15,000 points for two ticekts)
- Jamiroquai, 3rd December (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Gorillaz, 4th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Mariah Carey, 11th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, 21st December (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure, 28th December (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Paramore, 12th January (15,000 points for two tickets)
- Chris Rock, 27th January, (20,000 points for two tickets)
- Chris Rock, 28th January, (20,000 points for two tickets)
(I saw Paramore in one of Hamburg’s tiniest concert venues about 10 years ago – my friend’s boyfriend’s band was Paramore’s support act.)
You can get your tickets via the SPG Moments site here. Click on ‘see all music moments’ and then choose Europe, London.
New Amex offers with Thistle, Amba, every and Guoman
American Express has added some new hotel cashback offers. These are probably – but not guaranteed – showing on the ‘Offers’ section on the online statement page of one or more of your cards. They are:
£35 off £100 at Thistle Hotels, excluding Thistle Express
£55 off £200 at every Hotels
£55 off £200 at Amba Hotels
£55 off £200 at Guoman Hotels
All offers are valid at participating London hotels, plus Thistle Poole, for stays until 17th December. The cashback will be triggered on both prepaid and ‘pay at check-out’ bookings. Remember that you need to ‘save’ the offer to your card to trigger the payment.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion 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
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.