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Eurostar station staff to strike on 28th July

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Eurostar station staff at London St Pancras have called a 24 hour strike for 28th July. 

It is to protest at what the RMT union describes as “shocking and dangerous” working conditions due to recent service failures, caused by issues in the tunnel, train breakdowns and French rail strikes.

Eurostar strike

As anyone who has used Eurostar since the move from Waterloo will know, the concourse area is not huge and can soon become overcrowded if trains are not running on schedule.

Eurostar currently believes that it can continue to run services as normal if the strike does go ahead.


How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards

How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards (June 2022)

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

Cards earning Membership Rewards points include:

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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 – Eurostar 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.

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      Don’t they already make a loss on the manufacturing cost of these devices but they do so as they want you in the Amazon “ecosystem”?

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        • Alan says:

          Yes they used to pricematch themselves but don’t offer that anymore – as you say they’re pretty good on returns though. With my Huawei Mediapad M5 (excellent tablet!) it had dropped £45 in a week so they gave me a freepost return label and I repurchased at the new price – then just sent the new one straight back to them, still shrinkwrapped. Seemed a bit of a silly system with them paying for postage bothways but worth the minor hassle for that sort of saving.

  • JPV says:

    OT: What’s the latest on calling BA call center in the US to book redemption flights just after midnight? Does it still work?

    Thank you!

    • GeoffGeoff says:

      yes but it’s best to call well before midnight to get through call queueing, security etc. And it’s midnight GMT (UTC) so that’s unfortunately 1 a.m. during BST.

  • Jack says:

    OT: Is there any site etc where people who want to sell unwanted Marriott reward points? I think they can be transferred to anyone. I’ve reached my limit on buying SPG points and buying Marriott reward points from source is extensive.

    Thanks!

    • Mark2 says:

      you are only allowed to receive 50,000 points per year unless you need them to complete a booking

  • Ian says:

    On the subject of Eurostar, I faced a chaotic situation at Paris Gare du Nord recently when my train was cancelled at very short notice. A huge crowd (Eurostar doesn’t do queuing) was waiting for something to happen like being allocated seats on other trains but I gave up and flew home. On the outbound journey, at St Pancras trains were cancelled, mine was late and no real information given and the waiting area was absolutely bursting to the seams with people. I will never ever be travelling Eurostar again but was interested to read that Eurostar thinks it can run services without any staff at St Pancras. As there never seem to be any staff around, I might agree with them that it doesn’t make any difference.

  • PAL says:

    Rob, what do you value IHG, could probably spend £120 to get 30,000 bonus offer. debating it. thanks!

  • :-) says:

    O/T – RE: Redemption rates. I have seen rates such as 10% for infants on BA from example. Do children over 2 pay the 100% redemption rate like adults or are they discounted too, specifically BA and VS please

    • KevMc says:

      I believe they pay 100% of the points rate, as they are taking a seat, but they pay a little less in fees, as under 12’s are exempt from APD. They still get stung by surcharges though.

      • David P says:

        On BA, children between 2 and 12 pay 75% of the adult fare. For redemptions this means 75% of the avios cost for an adult as well as 75% of the taxes (apart from APD as mentioned above).

    • Rob says:

      100% on BA for redemptions

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    • Pangolin says:

      Someone should make a version of that for hotel rooms! 🙂

    • Alan says:

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  • guesswho2000 says:

    OT – just got an email informing me that the Amex Platinum card will be getting Accor Plus as a benefit in Australia, along with an annual fee hike ($1,450!!)…any such changes on the horizon for the UK card, that anyone’s aware of?

    • :-) says:

      Isn’t the travel credit increasing from AUD300 to AUD450 as well as going from plastic to metal cards?

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Not sure about plastic to metal, but the travel credit is increasing yes.

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