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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.


Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

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)

  • Chris D says:

    If this is a change to compensate for inflation, then why have the number of return journeys required also increased? I think you’re being a bit generous in defending this hike on that basis alone, Rob!

  • Paul says:

    Can’t see any detailed list of the Avios Prizes, it says “The 44 prizes will be split as follows:” then its blank?

  • Lady London says:

    I hope Eurostar knows what they are doing. If someone is convenient to an airport flying to Paris BA gives Silver status for less than that number of flights. As does *A although Paris routing for *Awould prob not be from LHR.

    For someone doing frequent short flights for work that dont earn much in Avios / miles or tier points, this route to status is available on some other airlines too.

  • Chris H says:

    I too logged in. Both to BA and Amex, just in case. Then got the message Your registration has been unsuccessful, unfortunately you are not eligible for this offer. Why, who knows. I do have BA amex, so will try again. But I never expect too much from BA.

  • Sorin says:

    Does the booking have to be absolutely new or is it ok to book something that I held 2 days ago for £5? The terms seem a bit ambiguous in that regard.

    • Rob says:

      Needs to be on 13th or later. Whether you had to register first is more ambiguous but I reckon you do.

      • Dawn says:

        I booked flights yesterday so as it’s a day early and wasn’t registered guess that counts me out 🙁

  • Alan says:

    Completely O/T but after some advice from the experts on here. We are looking at driving up to London from the Westcountry for a long weekend (Fri-Sun). Where is the best place to park to get transport in to the city – don’t want to drive in the city or pay the ridiculous parking fees for leaving my car in there.

    We have previously parked at Hounslow West tube station but just wondered whether this is the best option. Cost is an important factor as is convenience.

    Thanks

    • KevMc says:

      Try Hillingdon tube station – parking is £7 day Mon-Fri and £3 Sat-Sun, so will cost you £13 for the weekend.

      It is a tube line, so costs about £5 each into London and takes about 45 mins into Euston on the Metropolitan line (It in on both the Met and a Piccadilly lines)

    • Gavin says:

      There’s probably a lot of on-street parking around Zone-3 ish that will be free Friday evening – Monday morning. For example you can park on most streets in the Barnes area (north of the station) from Noon Friday until 10am Monday for free. It’s only 20 minutes on a direct train from Barnes to Waterloo.

    • Pierre says:

      Area around Barons court station south side of the A4 is free from Friday 5pm onwards (except during Aegon championship)

    • BJ says:

      Wenley if nothing on, option of trains to Marylebone or tube into centre. 15-25 minutes. Relatively cheap hotels too including Hilton, HI and Novotel.

    • Alan says:

      Thanks everyone. I will actually need to park Friday morning to Sunday Lunchtime so the on-street options are probably out. Sorry I didn’t make that clear.

      • 3742 says:

        East Finchley on the Northern Line. Loads of 24/7 unrestricted on street parking within walking distance of the underground station.

        • Alan says:

          Thanks for the suggestion. It’s a bit of a trek round from the M4 though.

  • Xcalx says:

    OT. What’s the best way from LHR t5 domestic arrivals to hix t4. Thanks. Managed to blag way in to PP lounge at LBA they claimed to be full. Half empty

    • Chuck says:

      Take the local bus from arrivals level at T5, it goes around the ring road to Cargo then T4.480 or 490.
      Then walk to HI … and it’s free

      • Chuck says:

        Also great for cheap parking at T4 long term, I got 3 weeks for £89 earlier this year, keep your own keys and safe. Just walk up the road to take the same bus route.

      • Xcalx says:

        Thanks. Will do.

      • Lyn says:

        Chuck, how far is the walk and is there any problem with luggage? This or the CP could be useful for me as for the future.

        • Chuck says:

          @Lyn
          The bus stops at T4 departures so that walk is a doddle, I’m not familiar with CP location, I normally stay at Hilton T4 for benefits and the Chinese restaurant !
          The other walk from Long Stay parking is about 200m, you only do that if you need to go to T5 and can’t be bothered going up to T4 on the shuttle and back to T5 on the free bus…
          Cases not a problem, usual singe decker with big standing space by middle doors for wheelchairs and buggies…the typical passenger is an airport employee so no bags…

          • Lyn says:

            Thank you, that’s helpful. It sounds as if CP is in the same building as the Hix.

            The Hilton is worth thinking about as well, so thank you for that reminderl. We always seem to arrive too late in the evening for a restaurant but Hilton Gold breakfast would be useful.

  • Waddle says:

    Sorry for another OT.
    Has anyone who had the 4,000 MR for £350 at Hilton managed to have it awarded yet? If so was it cumulative spend?

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