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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Comments

  1. RussellH says:

    OT Airline Insolvency

    Report in todays Travel Trade gazette at https://www.ttgmedia.com/news/government-moves-to-formalise-repatriation-scheme-21306

    “All UK scheduled airlines could be made to offer financial protection under new government proposals – but passengers would only be covered for repatriation, TTG understands.”

  2. Paul Stevens says:

    I have a companion voucher assisted F flight to Tokyo coming up at the start of March – returning four weeks later. Does anyone know what the latest time I can cancel it is and get a full refund of avios, voucher and taxes (minus the £35/person)?
    Also, I’m not too bothered about the virus but I would be bothered about being put into quarantine on my return to the UK. What are the odds of the government doing that for people returning from Japan?

  3. OT: 40% boost with Virgin mile booster. Up to 3x available.

    • “Miles Booster purchases between 17th February to 8th March 2020 inclusive will be eligible to receive up to 40% Bonus miles. 1x Boost will receive 20% Bonus miles. 2x Boost will receive 30% Bonus miles. x3 Boost will receive 40% miles.”

      • Just boosted a flight from 5 months ago (max is 6 months in the past)….worked out at 0.71p/per mile using 3 x boot (18,557 miles for £132.69). Need to call Virgin Flying Club to do this.

  4. So what new flight does BA have to land at 10.05 in order not to lose this slot vacated by the rescheduled Athens flight? Or they do not care so much about this one?

  5. OT – does lloyds still have an Avios card?

    I didn’t thin they did.

  6. O/T Holiday Inn London Heathrow Ariel is closed until further notice as it’s been block booked by the government for use as a possible Coronavirus quarantine facility. Will not reopen until mid-March at the earliest.

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/coronavirus-heathrow-hotel-airport-outbreak-quarantine-evacuation-flight-uk-a9339201.html

    • Just to add: the hotel confirms that there have *not* been any Coronavirus cases at the Hotel.

    • Oh that’s “Ariel”, for some reason I thought it was the big one by the spur road junction.

      • Yup, it’s the circular building – the former Ariel Hotel, built in the 60’s and now a Holiday Inn. It’s on Bath Road, but it’s distinct from the new Holiday Inn London Heathrow Bath Road, or indeed from the former Holiday Inn London Heathrow Bath Road Sipson Way (which is now the Leonardo Hotel London Heathrow Airport).

        • Lady London says:

          Bit surprised by this as structurally that hotel has over the years had various problems as it’s old build and renaming it etc hasn;t apparently improved it. If you got coronavirus into the air ducts or wherever it must be so much harder to know you’ve got it clean afterwards than in a modern, theoretically more cleanable, building.

          • TGLoyalty says:

            Is it transmitted like that? Is that a problem for any cold / flu then?

          • Shoestring says:

            it doesn’t look as if it gets spread in a way similar to Legionnaire’s Disease

          • I don’t think typical hotel air conditioning systems have air ducts, at least in this part of the world. Usually a boiler and a chiller plant provide hot and chilled water pipes that feed fan coils within the in-room units. The air within the room is just recirculated, having been either heated or cooled by the water in the fan coils as appropriate. This setup allows you to have centralised heating and cooling plant, but still allows the temperature within each room to be individually controlled.

            (Cheaper installations, seen in some budget hotels, only have a single water circuit, chilled in the winter and heated in the summer. Such systems are incapable of cooling the room when in winter “heating mode” and similarly, can’t heat the room in summer “cooling mode”.)

            I don’t think the kind of systems you see in films, with large grilles, and ducts behind them large enough to crawl through, are that commonplace in real life, although they probably were in the US in the 60’s.

          • Also, viruses can’t survive that long outside of a living host.

            If the hotel does end up getting used to house Coronavirus patients I imagine that as well as giving it a deep clean they may well also choose to wait a couple of weeks after that before reopening it, just as a precaution.

    • This is probably the best use for it as this hotel is honestly a shithole… The worst hotel in the HI family I’ve ever seen…

  7. OT

    40% Miles Booster VS promo now active till 8th March

  8. OT: any news on Emirates flights sale? Prices in December are extortionate!

    • Do they have them? I honestly don’t recall seeing any advertised.

      • Thanks BJ, was hoping admin or readers here would be aware if they did, often see comparisons to other airlines sales per year and hoped Emirates might be the same, guess not

        • Ages since I looked at their website but ISTR they almost always had a few special offers listed that changed regularly. If that’s still the case it migbt be best to keep an eye on those. I have also noticed that Emirates fares are featured/promoted on Skyscanner. These are generally incompetitive with other carriers IME but whether they are cheaper than going via Emirates own website, or that is where they are for, I don’t know. I have noticed too that skyscanner finds some very attractive fares at times but the agents selling them are usually very obscure companies I have never heard of so I’ve avoided them to date. An exception has even Opodo but when I look I cannot find the fare rukes so that puts me off them too.

          • Thanks I’ll give those a try online. Will also call in Kuoni and see what they can do, as I require a few nights hotel stop over in Dubai on the return leg.

  9. reader reader says:

    OT: Has anyone topped up Monese with Curve-frontede Virgin MC? Is this treated as a cash advance or purchase by Virgin?

    • Up until a few weeks ago was doing virgin direct to revolut with no charges, things have changed now.

      Paid Brighton £1200~ on Friday Virgin via curve then paid virgin within the hour 0.04p interest.

      • Shoestring says:

        sounds like a decent workaround

      • Virgin is either cash advance + interest, or neither. So *IF* you did get charged immediate interest for that transaction, you’ll also be charged 5% cash advance fee..

        • Spaghetti Town says:

          Since when were virgin charging interest on curve transactions? I did it last month, left it two days before paying off and all seemed fine.

          • Never been charged pulling out cash, but don’t pay Brighton or anywhere else with it – don’t want to be banned from Curve

  10. Shoestring says:

    My wife had a wee spot of bother using her Dragonpass app on the way home today – the desk agent had never seen it before & needed some convincing it was genuine! I got the impression she’d never heard of Dragonpass either – slightly unclear what happened but my wife got in.

    • Seems odd, most lounges clearly indicate someplace (usually at the door) all the different ways you can get in.

    • Lady London says:

      Bit like Tesco where if the till person says it won’t work you can maybe just say to them “can you just try it ” and it works?

      • Shoestring says:

        yep I didn’t get much detail but I distinctly remember my wife saying ‘she had to look it up’

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