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If you have a large chunk of travel spending coming up, travel agency Trailfinders is offering selected American Express cardholders £100 cashback when you spend £1,000.

If you are targeted for this offer you will see it under the ‘Offers’ tab on your American Express online statement page.  Remember to check for all of the cards that you hold as the offers vary by product.

The offer expires on 11th October.  Trailfinders does not sell online so you would need to visit a travel centre or book via their call centre.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 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.

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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

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  • DaveL says:

    OT – HKG airport lounges with Amex plat. Are all plaza premium lounges accessible, including plaza premium first (dep) and wellness (arrivals) without additional payment? Are there any lounges you would recommend over these (e.g Amex lounge)? Arriving in J with BA. Thanks

    • The Original David says:

      Are you connecting somewhere else? if not, you won’t be able to access the departures area.

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      If not connecting, you cannot use the departure lounges

  • KevMc says:

    O/T BA multi-carrier award. My planned itinerary will be something like this, but not sure if it’ll be allowed, as one trip ends back in UK, and another one starts/ends in Finland. Could anyone confirm if this I s allowed?


    • Lady London says:

      I am not an expert but think you’re backtracking if you try to put it on one ticket so not allowed.

      There’s a natural split into 2 tickets when you returned to MAN. After that it works, as a sep
      arate ticket. You can’t return to
      your point of origin(MAN) on a rtw and keep on going same ticket. Possible to do by using married segments that might actually do that but not by explicitly making the point of origin your destination.

      I think if you go out from MAN and return to HEL that works (even via MAN or LON but for MAN would have to be married segment to HEL not sure about if you can out LON and still continue to HEL but think possibly). I think you can build in Japan as a side trip on the outward or the return. Then you are not backtracking. Unsure how much you could use QR for that but but think you could still maybe team with CX/JAL.

      Hope I’ve understood what you’re trying to achieve

      • Lady London says:

        Wondering if Japan to MAN via HEL then MAN to AKL via your route might work – it would satisfy OJ requirements but wouldnt get you to Japan in thé first place and you probably wont want to fly it in that order.

        • KevMc says:

          Thanks LL. From reading around I think I can have one open jaw segment, so I think that I can add a MAN-HEL leg (for a little later in the year) and therefore have an itinerary like this, which comes to 34,895 miles.


          • KevMc says:

            …I should clarify that I am trying to effectively book two trips on one; one to NZ in Feb/Mar and then another to Japan in May/June

          • Lady London says:

            That was what i though you were trying to do and thats why i Saïd you cant backtrack unless you fool it a bit by using a married segment. Basically you’ve been out and back Est and you want to then go back East again same ticket. Fare rules wont allow you to start back again east same ticket.

            Unless you know some way of beating ticketing system such as dumpers would know. In your case that wouldnt help as you are going to have to talk to an agent at an airline to get this ticketed as it’s an award ticket. In the days of Dennis at BMI, whom i sadly came too late ro this hobby to encounter, you might have got it done. But I’m not aware of any current airline that has agents that would miss the issues with issuing your proposed séquence on one ticket.

            You could do it by going out West (via US or possible via South America / SCL on LAN or maybe use IB to go that way then from US West Coast (most likely) or SCL to AKL on LAN if you can find it. Then come back thé Eastern route bringing in Japan and prob you can squeeze QR in too. You could structure to start/end MAN HEL as you chose, that part can be achieved.
            However if you have to come back to EUR from NZ before you go East again, then out West back East or vice versa wont be enough on it’s own as you couldnt mix it with that extra return from NZ in the middle.

    • Andrew M says:

      Like Lady London I’m also not an expert but Rob is and he wrote the following in this post regarding the multi carrier award –

      “In theory, there are no rules on backtracking although this may be down to badly trained agents. One example I saw was basically multiple holidays from London to somewhere, back to back, to get to eight sectors! If the agent allows it you could book, say, London to Qatar and home, London to Hong Kong and home, London to Tokyo and home, London to Kuala Lumpur and home as one booking – as long as you are using at least two oneworld carriers – and save a huge number of Avios on booking four holidays separately!”

      • Lady London says:

        I would like to see this.

        Always been told award ticket can only use structures available for cash tickets.

        If you manage to book this itinerary in this séquence please post. If you can, include which agent you booked it with. I’ve always regrettés never having dealt with Dennis and any agent that books this has got my attention.

        I dont mind if you do a Na-Na-Na-Naaaaaaah-Na when you post i just want to know.

  • The Original Nick says:

    O:T, Q: Does anyone have any experience in Iberia checking bags through? I’m flying HAV-MAD on IB Business class in February then a layover of about 3 hours then fly HBO with BA MAD-LHR. I’m considering paying for extra baggage for my outbound flight LHR-MAD to then have a night in Madrid then fly to Havana but not pay for extra baggage for the return if IB will check the bag through.
    I have one night booked at the new aloft Gran Via for the one night in Madrid. Cuba hotels not booked yet so I need to get a move on.
    Roberto, did you say you’re going to Cuba in February or January on IB?

  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Aa advice – had 50% luck upgrading with miles on first AA trip this.month. flying out next month and will attempt same.but does anyone know any way of identifying the chances of a given flight being available for mileage upgrades? When I called after booking last time I was upgraded (25k AAmiles +some cash) on the inbound there and then, so theres presumably a bucket or some such that upgrades go into, like upgrade with avios requires award availability with ba?

    But I cant find it documented anywhere… anyone got a clue?

    • Lady London says:

      I guess you’ve checked on flyertalk?

      • Chrisasaurus says:

        All I found was the priority order they give and a bunch of reports of.success/not.- but Ill keep digging through

  • Bs says:

    OT: is the £10/month Addison Lee platinum benefit per calendar month? Or per statement period?

  • Ali says:

    OT has anyone successfully used their Lloyds upgrade voucher recently?

    Just called BA Executive Club who said the vouchers aren’t on their system and that I have to call Avios to redeem. They would then temporarily reopen the account, transfer the Avios across to them, redeem the voucher, and then close the account again?! Seems fairly long winded.

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