News in brief:
LAST DAY to book in the IHG Flash Sale
IHG has been running a flash sale this week covering Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Crowne Plaza, Hotel Indigo and Staybridge Suites.
This is ONLY for hotels in Europe. 600 properties are included.
Rooms are priced at either £39, £59, £79 or £99 (or € in Europe). Here is the list.
There are some impressive hotels included. Crowne Plaza The City in London, which most see as comparable to the InterContinental in quality terms, is £99 for example. The Paddington and Kensington Hotel Indigo hotels are also £99. Even the very good Crowne Plaza Kensington which I reviewed here (and pictured below) is £99.
You need to book by tonight, Sunday 5th November. Stays must be between 1st December and 28th February 2018. Start by checking the list of properties included here.
Is EgyptAir the best Star Alliance frequent flyer scheme?
Last week I ran this article on which Star Alliance air miles scheme was the best. There seemed to be no clear answer, as it depended very much on how you earned your miles and how you spent them.
One scheme that I did not consider was EgyptAir. This may have been a mistake.
This is the key point – you can set up a family account with EgyptAir and (amazingly) the status miles from all flights taken by family members count towards YOUR status.
This means that you may be able to earn yourself a Star Alliance Gold card simply by taking your family on one holiday. There is no requirement to take any flights on EgyptAir itself to get status with them.
It isn’t all good news. You will need to ring a Cairo call centre to book any redemption flights, which could be fun. That said, this could well be a viable option for people who travel on Star Alliance with their family.
New travel Visa cashback deals launched
If you a have Visa debit card from your bank, you should find a new batch of cashback offers have been loaded onto your deals portal assuming your bank runs one.
This is what I see over at the HSBC portal but it should be similar across other providers:
10% cashback on UK Hilton stays over £75 (expires 13th November)
10% cashback on Heathrow Express tickets (expires 10th November)
15% cashback on Affordable Car Hire (expires 14th November)
Other deals include £10 back on a £40 Lidl spend, £10 back on a £40 H&M spend and £3 back on an £8 Costa spend.
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.