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News in brief:

The BA credit card booking fee has gone

If you book a British Airways flight today, you should notice that the 1% credit card and Paypal fee has disappeared.  It was removed last night (in theory, I am typing this earlier).

By law, BA had to remove these at close of business on the 12th.  I am guessing it has acted early to avoid any problems if there are delays in ticketing.

Fees have also been removed in Finland.  They will remain for transactions made in Switzerland as it is not part of the European Economic Area.  No other European countries had booking fees.

BA Amex credit card

Hertz is 100!

Hertz is 100 years old in 2018.  As part of the events surrounding this, it is offering 20% off 2+ day rentals booked via this special link.

You need to book by 22nd January and pick up by 23rd March.

In terms of earning miles, remember that Virgin Atlantic offers 1,000 Flying Club miles on most Hertz rentalsThis page of the Virgin site explains more.

Etihad sale now on

Etihad has never been as aggressive in its pricing as Qatar Airways, probably because it has fewer departures out of London each day and so fewer seats to fill.

The current Etihad sale runs until 13th JanuaryFull details can be found here.

Some readers will have a ‘save £100 on an £800 Etihad purchase’ as an offer on one of their American Express cards.  This will work on sale fares.

You must travel outbound by 30th September and back by 15th October.  Business Class deals include:

  • Edinburgh – Singapore £1594
  • Edinburgh – Ahmedabad £1866
  • Edinburgh – Bangkok £1643
  • Edinburgh – Colombo £1689
  • Edinburgh – Hong Kong £1776
  • Edinburgh – Seoul £1863
  • London  – Bangkok £1789
  • London – Dubai £1500
  • London – Kathmandu £1928
  • London – New Delhi £1662
  • London – Shanghai £2134
  • Manchester – Chennai £1939
  • Manchester – Mumbai £1742

You can find more details here.

Your best option to maximise your miles when paying is American Express Preferred Rewards Gold.  This offers double points – 2 per £1 – when you when you book flight tickets directly with an airline.  Our review of Amex Gold is here.

How to earn Etihad Guest miles via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Etihad no longer has its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent, reviewed here) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent, reviewed here).

Charles Tyrwhitt discount plus double Avios

Shirt company – and Avios partner – Charles Tyrwhitt is offering a discount on purchases from now until the end of the month.

Enter code BUTTONUK on the website and you will save:

  • £5 off a £50 spend
  • £10 off a £75 spend
  • £15 off a £100 spend

Tyrwhitt is also offering double Avios on all purchases before 31st January, meaning that you will receive 8 Avios per £1 spentYou can order via their site here.

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  1. For anyone interested Kimpton hotels now bookable via ihg using reward points, don’t seam the best value but still another option at least

  2. Re where to credit Hertz rentals – is the 5,000 Marriott point bonus still going? If so, do you have to use the special CDP when booking or will you get the points anyway? I ask this as I believe the Virgin offer is supposed to require using their CDP but you seem to get it anyway.

  3. Re. the BA credit card booking fee – I booked a flight late last night (Jan 10) and it was indeed showing no fees for most credit cards. HOWEVER – it is now listing separate charges for CORPORATE credit cards. My colleague and I have read what we can find on the new legislation and can’t find a distinction relating to the ‘ownership’ of the card. Any ideas??

    • I believed it was just for consumers rather than businesses if that is what you meant

  4. Paid for a BA flight by Curve on the 11th and was charged a fee…annoying.

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