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Club Eurostar makes it harder to qualify for top tier Carte Blanche status

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Club Eurostar is announcing a change to its top-tier Carte Blanche status today.

From 23rd October, you will need to earn 2,400 points or make 32 return journeys in a membership year to qualify or requalify for Carte Blanche.

For comparison, the current figure is 1,800 points or 24 return journeys.  This represents a 33% increase in the travel or spend required to reach Carte Blanche status.

Club Eurostar increases Carte Blanche requirements

This change is seen as a way of reducing waiting time at the fast-track ticket gates and reducing overcrowding in the Business Premier lounges.  There will be no changes to tier benefits and no change to the qualification requirements for mid-tier Avantage status.

Whilst frustrating for members, you need to remember that as a revenue based programme (1 point per £1 spent) Club Eurostar needs to reset its qualification tiers on a regular basis to keep up with ticket price inflation.  I admit that this increase is substantially steeper than RPI, however.

I am guessing that this kicks in from your next full membership year although it is not clear at the moment.  You can find out more about how Club Eurostar works in this lengthy article we ran last week.


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How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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 cardsThese are:

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.

Comments (106)

  • EvilGazebo says:

    “Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer.” 🙄

  • Claire says:

    OT – does Tesco credit card charge you when you use it with Curve? I know they started to charge 3.99% in 2018 but then refunded people but no other info on Google about what is the current situation ….

    Thanks

  • ThinkSquare says:

    No difficulty registering for the comp, but this puzzles me “To be counted as an Eligible Participant, an entrant to the prize draw must: submit their entry on the form below”. What form below???

  • Holger Sell says:

    At the moment you cannot get to the Eurostar business lounge with your Amex Platinum charge card as they have a separate path during checking from the usual check in gates. At least this was what my other half experienced last week on her way to Paris. They channel you via a different gate and when she asked the Eurostar staff said that no access to the lounge via that route is possible. I guess they separate business premier from the normal crowds and you can’t use the same barrier. Anyone else has seen this?

    • n_g says:

      That’s worrying, has this changed recently?

    • meta says:

      I was in Paris lounge on Tuesday. There was no separate channel for the lounge. I admit though, It’s easy to miss it if you don’t know.

      • meta says:

        Just realise you were talking about London lounge, sorry. I was there two weekends ago and got in. Maybe they just changed some set up for the day. I can’t imagine they would restrict access for Amex Plat as this is an advertised benefit. Did she flash the card to the staff? I would have insisted.

      • Rob says:

        How can there be a separate channel? The steps up to it are on the shopping concourse.

    • Eddie Davies says:

      No problems accessing the Eurostar lounge last month when oh and self travelled to Marseille after cashing in AMEX rewards. As we didn’t have Business Premium (Only Standard Premium) we had to use the general ticket barriers rather than Fast Track. Once through we flashed our Platinum cards and had no problem accessing Business Lounge. Advised to use upstairs as slightly less busy even at 0630 am. No lounge at Marseille but expect same procedure in Paris when we travel there in November. Any feedback from users of the Paris lounge?

  • jmw says:

    Interestingly nothing in the rules says the flight has to be taken, only booked at the time of the draw…

  • Waddle says:

    OT: Hilton via Amex Travel
    Have never booked a hotel stay via Amex Travel. Will I still get status benefits and points (base, promotional and bonus)? If so what is the booking process? Do I pass my HHonors details to Amex or do I get in touch with the hotel after booking to give them my membership number?

    • Andrew says:

      Why are you doing it that way?

      • Waddle says:

        There’s no Hilton card at the moment and Gold earns 3x when booking via Amex Travel.

        • John says:

          No points or status benefits on Amex travel bookings. Likely to be cheaper direct. If not, hotels.com will have the same price as amex travel but it has 9.1% back.

  • Roger says:

    Anyone got £250 off £750 spend at U.K. Google store on their Amex Platinum?
    It says Pixel 3 but nothing further specific in detailed terms.

    Wish it was for preorder of Pixel 4

    • Vivian says:

      I got that too. A 128GB Pixel 3 is currently priced at £714 so I’m not sure how strictly they’re interpreting the name of the offer.

    • MD says:

      Damn, no. Wish I had that.

    • Lady London says:

      Pixel 3 seems to have had a raft of extremely generous promotions in quite a few places at launch (like the extremely generous carphone warehouse offer) and others since. IMV at full price it’s just not competitive for what it offers at it’s price point.

      Personally i’d wait for Pixel 4 and evaluate that against alternatives also.

    • Harry T says:

      I have this offer too on my Platinum. I assume you can actually buy anything on the Google Store, as the T&Cs don’t specify it has to be any particular phone.

  • Definitas says:

    Wow, two economy class flights to be won. Is the second prize 3 economy fares? BA not exactly splashing out for their centenary.

    • Andrew says:

      It’s not that bad.

      Just a simple return trip to Edinburgh for two in Economy for the bank holiday weekend could set you back £1,200

      • Charlie Whiskey says:

        It is not indeed bad, but seems quite typical of BA that they offer the absolute minimum of a prize even in their Centenary Year: economy only, no right to upgrade, seat offering entirely at their discretion so they can insist you go on a flight with low take-up etc. and costs them the minimum possible.

        It would have been so easy (and affordable) of BA to at least offer Premium Economy or even Business Class as so many other airlines do in competition, and make it a special occasion. Or do they really think that most BA Amex cardholders want to go in economy?

        • Rob says:

          Can’t argue. Note that little old HFP has got two Business Class tickets from Etihad for our current competition.

    • Spaghetti Town says:

      Do you have to pay the taxes on the fares or is that all covered?

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