Earn double Club Eurostar points on Eurostar trains to the Netherlands

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The good news for anyone travelling between London and Amsterdam or Rotterdam is that DIRECT Eurostar return trains are about to start running.

Eurostar has been running from London TO Amsterdam and Rotterdam for a while now.

However, due to on-going work constructing immigration facilities, you could not travel TO London directly.  Passengers from Amsterdam needed to get off the train in Brussels, clear passport control and get back onto a different train to complete their trip.  Passengers from Rotterdam had to take a Thalys train to Brussels and change.

This nonsense is about to end!

From 30th April, trains will run directly from Amsterdam to St Pancras.  From 18th May, you will also be able to travel directly from Rotterdam to St Pancras.

If you book a ticket THIS WEEK (the final date to book is 25th February) for travel to Amsterdam between 30th April and 30th June, or Rotterdam between 18th May and 30th June, you will receive double Club Eurostar points.

I value a Club Eurostar point at 10p-12.5p as this article explains.   With this offer, you will be earning 2 points per £1 spent which means a rebate of 20p-25p per £1.

You can also transfer Eurostar points to the Accor Live Limitless hotel loyalty scheme at 1:3 (minimum transfer of 500 Eurostar points).  As Accor points transfer 1:1 to Avios in Iberia Plus, you could earn 6 Avios per £1 spent on Eurostar via this offer.  We explained how the Accor / Eurostar partnership works in this article.

How to earn Club Eurostar points via UK credit cards

As a reminder, Club Eurostar does not have its own UK credit card.  However, you can earn Club Eurostar points by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cards.  These are:

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – 10,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

The Platinum Card from American Express – 30,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

American Express Rewards credit card – 5,000 Membership Rewards points sign-up bonus

Membership Rewards points convert at 15:1 into Club Eurostar points.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, so you earn the equivalent of 1 Club Eurostar point for every £15 you spend.

American Express Platinum also comes with a great Eurostar benefit – 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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  1. Jordan D says:

    I seem to remember the Athens to Heathrow route back in about 2004 had a similar flight, at around 0445 departure time, so this is only a little earlier.

  2. OT – does anyone know when the Emirates sale is due please?

  3. Do you know when BA will announce the halving of flights to and from HKG please? I have reward in First flight booked mid April from HKG on A380 which looks like it will be cancelled as they’re not selling that flight anymore ( looks like later flight on 777 is going ahead ). Not had any contact from BA yet either. Thank you.

    • Have you checked Manage My Booking?

      (If you know it’s going to be cancelled though, I’d be inclined to proactively contact BA 🙂 )

      • Hi Andy. Yes -still says ‘confirmed’ strangely enough. Yup will contact them. Thank you

    • Mid April is still a way yet. You may not hear anything until March.

  4. Planeconcorde says:

    But what’s happening to the 10:05 arrival slot now there won’t be an Athens arrival at that time? 🙂

    • Presumably, like the 0445 slot, they only need to achieve 80% usage to keep hold of it. Maybe they’ll cycle through a bunch off different Alyssa as necessary

    • They’ve been using it for Athens during October to March season for more than 80%, so now they’re safe until October.

      • Lady London says:

        They’ll can it as soon as they can commercially re-use the slot for a long haul route – HKG or another one. Maybe even mid-season as costs will be low to reroute people.

    • I suspect there’ll be a ‘new’ flight somewhere quietly slipped in, using both the HKG departure slot and the ATH arrival one. Probably domestic… this kind of thing happens a lot, usually unnoticed. Wouldn’t take much to put in LHR-GLA (for example) in the evening, then GLA-LHR to arrive 1005.

  5. OT, If I have booked car hire in the USA does my Platinum cc cover insurance even if I never booked it with my Platinum cc?

  6. Secret Squirrel says:

    The IHG White card with the new 20k bonus on £500 spend, how long does it take for the extra 10k pts to credit? I got the 10k for spending the £200 requirement immediately but this morning the £500 spend requirement purchase cleared but only the base points, no extra 10k?

  7. OT:
    Based on the survey I took yesterday, looks like there could be a hotels.com devaluation on the way (or at least a change to the way the system currently works).

    • Could you please elaborate more?

    • I was on a 48 hour long research group for them at the end of last year on this and yes it seems likely there will be a change to the way it works.

      Too many people fail to get beyond 3 or 4 nights in the current system so they want to shake it up. I gave several suggestions like being to redeem at 5 nights at 40% value (and also keep the 10 nights for 100% value). A points system was also mooted.

      They may even keep a “classic” version as now for casual users with an “advanced” version with a points based system for those with more an interest in these.

      They are also looking at being able to redeem points earned from nights on things like breakfast/parking etc (though likely at a poor value).

      • Sounds like they might have taken onboard some of your suggestions but redemption rates will definitely be more expensive than before

        Most of the “options” they wanted feedback on in the survey included earning points and spending them at various rates e.g. “Earn 10 points per £1 spent. Redeem 1XX (anything from 100 to 180) points for £1 off the price of a redemption”.

        Redeem points at 50%/70%/90% of their value if you haven’t stayed 10 nights/don’t have enough points to cover an entire night.

        Ability to redeem points with some partners (various, mainly hotel related)

        Those are the main things I remember.

  8. OT, sorry.

    Just a quick question. Can you still refer someone to an AMEX card from a different type of AMEX card i.e can you refer someone to a BAPP from a gold card for example?

    I know you used to be able to do it but not sure whether you still can following all of the changes at AMEX.


  9. OT: purchased a return ticket using Avios and £91. If I cancel after 24 hours what is the cancellation fee? Thanks

  10. My thanks to HFP combining a few offers has got me to Perth on mostly Business seats for about £1500 per person. Admittedly it’s not Qatar madness but pretty close. It breaks down to
    Lufty 2 for 1 Ams to Singa
    Scoot. Singa to Perth
    Eurostar Lond to Ams.

    • Scoot business class seat is the same as the SQ regional business class seat which is to say mediocre at best . However, at the prices they charge, and for a 5h flight it is quite adeqate and good value.

      • SQ now has 787s with new seats on many regional routes. Flying it mid-April from Fukuoka. I believe I read it is also on Perth route.

      • Those were my thoughts looking at the description. It will be a new airline for me so it should interesting.

        • Service is good. With Scoot, AirAsiaX it’s better to focus on what you get for the money as opposed to how they compare to full service carriers.

  11. George K says:

    I’ve got a question around Heathrow slots and curfew. As you say, the 4.45 arrival is curfew busting, yet a slot for that time exists. How does this work, exactly? Do you get penalised/charged extra for securing such a slot, or is there provision for limited arrivals before 6 (and if so, why call it curfew, or why have it at all)?

    I just find the whole concept behind the parallel existence of a Heathrow curfew and that of pre-6am slots… confusing.

    • There are a limited amount of slots permitted during the curfew

      • Lady London says:

        I know. I think that;s the **** aircraft that flew over my house every d*** morning at about 4.35am when I lived in Kew. Rumble… rumble… I had thought it was a third world oldfashioned jet. But the timing is right for it to have been that British Airways one.

        There are a fixed number of slots for planes to land outside of the Heathrow “curfew” (no landings no takeoffs) hours. It may be about 6. Additionally you always get planes that are late incoming and still allowed to land at G** knows what hours in the night. Making life under the flightpath a sleepless one.

        • David the 1st says:

          How annoying them building an airport so close to where you had your house. If only you’d known it was to be built before you’d moved there.

    • Pretty certain Heathrow don’t call it a curfew, it’s a restricted time slot. When the early flights from the USA East Coast where arriving near 2 hours ahead of schedule last week they got to land, there is no curfew, just restrictions that can in some circumstances be ignored in a limited way.

    • Heathrow doesn’t actually have a curfew, it’s officially a 24-hour airport. What they do have is a ‘noise quota’ for operations between 2300 and 0600. Airlines have a certain number of points they can use, with noisier aircraft attracting more points (hence fewer 747s on the morning arrivals now) – the limited number of points acts as an effective limiter on night flights. It’s just easier for lazy journalists (!) to talk of a ‘curfew’ than explain this properly. On disrupted days then alleviation can be made which doesn’t take up more points.

      Part of the Heathrow consultation that’s out now is about the possibility of the airport agreeing to a total night ban except emergency traffic – if this happens then these morning flights will have to be retimed.

    • From the Heathrow web site:

      * There are two time periods: 11:00pm–7:00am and 11:30pm–6:00am both with restrictions on certain types of aircraft;

      * The more restrictive period (11:30pm–6:00am) is known as the Night Quota Period (NQP) and has limits on the number of movements which are set by the DfT. The limits are set on a seasonal basis: summer and winter;

      * Heathrow is currently limited to 5,800 night flights a year: 3,250 in the summer season and 2,550 in the winter season;

      * Heathrow is also permitted to carry over up to 10% of the ‘left over’ movements from summer to winter, which means the winter season limits vary more than the summer limits. The summer season is defined using British Summer Time. Heathrow is not permitted to accumulate the carry-over from one year to the next.


      • yes it’s restrictons not an absolute curfew like some airports actually have.

        Time people started calling it what it actually is (same as nt calling carrier surcharges ‘taxes’)

        Accuracy matters

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