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Diners Club acceptance to hugely increase in the UK with a new Barclaycard deal

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The most surprising event in UK loyalty credit cards last year was Lufthansa partnering with Diners Club to return to the UK market.  Luckily, given the exceptionally low Diners Club acceptance in the UK, the card came partnered with a prepaid Mastercard which is funded via the Diners Club.

As both cards have the same earn rate of 1.25 Miles & More miles per £1, I assume that 99% of Lufthansa credit card holders have done what I have done – put the Diners Club card in a drawer and just carry the Mastercard.

This might change.  Barclaycard has just announced that the 110,000 businesses which use Barclaycard as their payment processor can now accept Diners Club.  This article from Finextra explains more.  Barclaycard is not asking shops for additional fees on Diners Club transactions so the majority will presumably opt in.

I see a small risk here for the Miles & More payment cards.  If Diners Club acceptance increases sharply, it would make sense for Diners Club to reduce the earning rate on the Mastercard element of their UK payment cards.  This would allow them to stop paying Mastercard its fee cut on those transactions.  It won’t happen in the short term but I can see it happening eventually.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2023 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (138)

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  • Kevin Dulin says:

    OT – Does anyone know if the Trainline offer on AMEX works with the app as well? or just online? The app doesn’t include a booking fee for same day tickets, but online does…

  • Robman says:

    Hi, off-topic question for anyone who can help me with an answer. Yesterday I received a notification from Iberia that one of my flights that I’d booked in the Avios promotion that they ran will be cancelled. The flight was today from Asturias to Madrid. I wasn’t going to take this flight as I’m in London. However, being the opportunist that I am, I was wondering what compensation I would be entitled to, either from Iberia or through my Amex Platinum travel insurance. I’ve never had a flight cancelled before so not sure what my options are. Any advice much appreciated.

    • Shoestring says:

      You *might* be entitled to the EC261 compo from IB, worth filing it just in case. Timing is all, ie sounds like you didn’t check in, but that wouldn’t necessarily matter if they cancelled late enough before the flight.

  • Munch says:

    I reserved the Ritz Carlton NY before the change today but not exchanged my points to the travel certificate. I’ve checked this evening and its increased to the new 85000 point per night from the original 60000 points. Is this correct, I was led to believe they would honour the old rate if reserved before the 5th March even f the points were not exchanged?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, that’s the case. This has cropped up on some of the US blogs today. Marriott will hopefully fix it.

      • Munch says:

        Ok sounds like another Marriott IT fail. They seem to love frustrating their customers

      • BJ says:

        In anticipation of this I took screenshots of my two reservations and also sent myself emails of the reservation with the old points levels. I hope Marriott fixes it though as I’m not looking forward to potential turnarounds on the phone with misinformed CSA.

  • Rich says:

    I’m trying to get reward flights on BA from London to the US West Coast.
    I’ve got trackers set up to show when seats become availability however there are many options returning but none going out to the US.

    Is there something that I don’t know which means there are many more seats into the UK?

    • Kieran says:

      I suppose it depends on dates. Certain dates of travel are more popular than others and obviously certain destinations are more popular too.

      I had the same problem but in reverse. Could get out to the US but not back to London. I fiddled around with different airports and dates and eventually got something. If you are BAEC, don’t forget Alaska and Aer Lingus.

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