Eurostar is gearing up for the launch of its services to the Netherlands on 4th April.
Redemption seats on the new routes for Club Eurostar members are now bookable online. In reality – because the return trip currently requires a change of train in Brussels as passport facilities are not yet available in Amsterdam and Rotterdam – most people will choose to take the train outbound and then fly back.
There will be two trains per day from London St Pancras, leaving at 8.31am and 5.31pm. It will take 3 hours 1 minute to Rotterdam and 3 hours 41 minutes to Amsterdam.
A one-way Club Eurostar ticket is priced at:
Standard – 500 points for a general redemption, 750 points for an ‘anytime’ redemption
Standard Premier – 1000 points for a general redemption, 1250 points for an ‘anytime’ redemption
Business Premier – 1500 points for an ‘anytime’ redemption
An ‘anytime’ redemption is when you force open a seat on a train which otherwise has no reward availability.
Remember that American Express Platinum cardholders get free access to Eurostar lounges. You cannot bring a guest but your partner is likely to have a supplementary Amex Platinum card anyway.
How to earn Club Eurostar points from UK credit cards (November 2020)
Club Eurostar does not have a UK credit card. However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 1,333 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two airport lounge passes.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 2,000 Club Eurostar points. Card benefits include Eurostar lounge access.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 333 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for life.
Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points which is an attractive rate. The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you will get the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.
American Express Platinum comes with a great Eurostar benefit – lounge access! You can enter any Eurostar lounge, irrespective of your ticket type, simply by showing The Platinum Card at the desk. No guests are allowed but you can get entry for your partner by issuing them with a free supplementary Amex Platinum card on your account.