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HSBC Premier offering you a free hotel stay – and get the best Avios non-Amex credit card

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I have covered the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard in some detail in the past – my full review is here.  It is a VERY attractive MasterCard product if you want to earn Avios.

There is a £195 annual fee but you will receive 40,000 Avios points for spending £12,000 in the first year*.  You also earn an unbeatable 1 Avios per £1 on your MasterCard AND get access to 500 airport lounges worldwide via LoungeKey.  Travel insurance is also included as part of the HSBC Premier current account benefits.  Other credit card benefits include a £20 Uber credit each time you spend £500+ on an airline ticket.  Full details can be found here.

The standard HSBC Premier MasterCard is also attractive.  As you can see in my review here, the card is free – albeit there is no sign up bonus – and you earn 0.5 Avios for every £1 you spend.

HSBC points can also be transferred to Etihad, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific at the same attractive rates.

HSBC Premier World

Join HSBC Premier

The only snag with these cards is that you MUST have a HSBC Premier current account.

HSBC Premier has tough eligibility criteria.  See here and click on the Eligibility button to see the details.

As well as opening a HSBC Premier current account, you must ALSO have £50,000 invested with HSBC, either in a savings account or via an investment product.

Alternatively, if you earn over £100,000, you qualify if you just have a HSBC mortgage or any investment or insurance product.

If you earn six figures and are attracted by the HSBC Premier credit card package, there is a new bribe available to persuade you to switch.

Join now and HSBC will give you a free night in one of 50 ‘premium’ hotels across the UK.

Details of the deal can be found here.  I am generally suspicious about deals like this, because you never know how much flexibility you will be given on dates.  That said, as HSBC Premier is behind it I would hope that you will not have serious difficulties.

Here is the small print:

HSBC Premier Customers can stay in one of 50 premium hotels from around the UK when they switch to HSBC Premier using the Current Account Switch Service. You can choose venues based on your preference of the type of experience you want to enjoy.

For each venue, you will have a specially created HSBC package which enables you to experience something unique or you can simply go to the venue and indulge in a night away.

You will receive a Premier booklet containing information about the specially selected venues and experiences, along with terms and conditions and details of the booking phone number. 

Hotel booking subject to availability. Offer available from 29 December 2017. Package includes cost of one night in selected hotels for two people. Other charges may apply for additional services. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time. Vouchers to be used by 19 March 2019.

The offer is available to new customers only* who are UK resident, and it is subject to availability. The offer is limited to one per customer or joint relationship on eligible HSBC Premier Bank Accounts. Our partner, MLP will be booking and providing this offer on behalf of HSBC Premier. Terms and conditions apply.

* ‘New customers’ means customers who have not held an HSBC current account since 1 January 2015.

Once your Premier bank account is open, you will be able to apply for either the HSBC Premier or HSBC Premier World Elite credit cards and start earning Avios, or Etihad, Singapore Airlines or Cathay Pacific airline miles, at the generous HSBC rates.

(The sign-up bonus is a little messy.  You receive 40,000 HSBC Premier points, worth 20,000 Avios, for taking out the card.  You receive a further 40,000 points after spending £12,000 in a year.  However, you will not receive these points until after you have renewed the card for a second year, paying a 2nd £195 fee.)


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2020 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my November 2020 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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 card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

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.

Comments (54)

    • Rob says:

      Good article. Need to hope they decide to move into travel blogs as their 14th online investment 🙂

    • Brighton Belle says:

      I know a few folks in Nice that rent out via Airbnb. They loved it because they could pocket the income without declaring it to the tax authorities. Hotels hated them as they were always getting undercut, carrying big overheads, social charges, tourist tax etc. An enormous glut of room ensued.

      As soon as Airbnb said they going to cooperate with tax jurisdictions rental owners have been falling over themselves to sell and get out.

  • Peter says:

    HSBC. GOLD MASTERCARD can the points earned be exchanged for Avios?

  • James says:

    Wildly unrelated !!

    But is related to the below post regarding the £15 off a £25 Amazon purchase by using just 2 Amex MR Points (now extended until 31st March as noted by Rob in the old post below)
    https://headforpoints.com/2017/10/27/starwood-preferred-guest-and-uber-end-partnership/

    My parents both have Gold Amex cards (I have Plat) and have used this offer (ages ago) on my Amazon account using my Plat card.
    Can I use their Gold cards on my Amazon account too to get the relevant discounts too ?
    Or would they have to be used on their own Amazon accounts (think my Dad has one).

    • the_real_a says:

      No – you can only link one MR account to one Amazon account.

      If they have Gold cards in their own right (account each) then they also have an individual MR account. You can create Amazon accounts in their name and link their MR accounts to avail of the bonus.

  • EwanG says:

    I’m sure I have linked more than one Amazon account to one MR account in the past to take advantage of this promotion.

    It’s once per Amazon account i.e. if James has linked his MR account to his Amazon account, if he was to try to link any other MR account (i.e. his parents) it would not work with another £15 off £25.

    But if James linked his MR account to his dad’s Amazon account, that should work (as I think – per my first line, but if I am wrong, then link his dad’s MR account to his dad’s Amazon account).

    It won’t work on a brand new Amazon account if he was to open one for his mum today – the account must have some age to it (someone like TRH might be able to advise how old it must be).

    • EwanG says:

      The above was a reply to James / the_real_a

      • the_real_a says:

        Ah I wasnt aware that the Amazon account had to be “old” to avail of the offer. Good info.

    • the real harry1 says:

      hi the_real_a

      I used the same Amex card to link one MR a/c to 4 different Amazon a/cs (myself, wife & 2 kids) & got the £15 discount x4

      @EwanG – yep, there’s a defined date limit in the T&Cs, so you can’t just open a new Amazon a/c – however, this is still worth doing as Amazon keep changing the date opened requirement, ie making it more recent

      this was how I managed to get the £15 a fifth time for my 3rd kid – ie Amazon family a/c #5 – it didn’t work when her a/c was too new, but after a few months Amazon shifted the date onwards and then it worked fine

    • James says:

      Thankyou everyone for your replies.

  • Max35111 says:

    Hi fellows,

    In your experience, Is there any chance that the HSBC to Avios point ratio changes to better than 2:1? Maybe as part of a spot promotion?

    • New Card says:

      There have been 35% bonuses on conversions in the past, but HSBC have indicated that those are not likely to be repeated in the future.

      • Max35111 says:

        Thanks for the info! Will wait until needed, in case of a good surprise!

  • filipino_chino says:

    to get the free hotel you need to use their switching service and switch some DD…