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What are the top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier Mastercard?

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Why should you get the HSBC Premier Mastercard?

Today, in our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, I want to look at the top 10 reasons to apply for a HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card.

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The serious legal stuff about the HSBC Premier Mastercard:

You can apply here: HSBC Premier Mastercard application form

What does it cost?  No annual fee, card only available to HSBC Premier current account holders

What is the interest rate?  The representative APR is 18.9% variable

The top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier Mastercard

There is a generous sign-up bonus once or twice per year

The HSBC Premier Mastercard does not, as a rule, have a sign-up bonus.

Once or twice per year, however, there is an incentive.  The last one, which ended on 2nd March 2019, was worth 10,000 bonus HSBC points.

The points you earn convert into FOUR different airlines

HSBC credit card points are HUGELY flexible because you can convert them into lots of different things.  You aren’t stuck with Avios, Virgin Flying Club miles or whatever.  You can keep them with HSBC for as long as you want and only convert them when you need them.

Airline partners are Avios, Singapore Airlines Krisflyer, Etihad Guest and Asia Miles.

You receive one HSBC point for every £1 you spend on the card

There are a few exceptions (cash withdrawals do not earn points) but in reality virtually every £1 you spend will earn another HSBC point.

One HSBC point is worth 0.5 airline miles, so you are getting 0.5 miles per £1 spent.

You receive DOUBLE POINTS when you spend in a foreign currency

Unfortunately, the HSBC Premier Mastercard adds a 3% foreign exchange fee when used outside the UK.  This means that the double points offer is not as generous as it appears.

Unfortunately there are no travel rewards card without a foreign exchange fee.  One option is to get a free Curve Card – see this HFP article – and link it to a miles-earning Visa or Mastercard.

Another option is to get a free card from Currensea. Currensea is a simple but clever idea. You pay abroad with your Currensea Mastercard debit card. Currensea translates the cost to Sterling with just a 0.5% fee (83% less than HSBC charges) and withdraws the money from your bank account. You can find out more by clicking here. Currensea is free so there is no risk in giving it a try.

This is the most generous Visa or Mastercard for earning Avios

At 0.5 miles per £1, this card is far more generous than the other ways of earning Avios from a Visa or Mastercard – via the Tesco Mastercard or via NatWest MyRewards.

As a Mastercard, it is far more flexible than an Amex card

Many of the travel rewards credit cards we cover are American Express cards.  The problem with these is that they are not universally accepted.

As a Mastercard, the HSBC Premier credit card is accepted virtually everywhere that cards are taken.

There is no annual fee

The HSBC Premier Mastercard is free for life.

Other cards with annual fees may offer better earning rates but, unless you are a very heavy spender, you will often struggle to justify the fee from the extra miles earned.

You get 0% interest on balance transfers for 18 months

A 1.4% balance transfer fee applies, however.

You get 0% interest on purchases for nine months

This counts from the date you open your account.

You get many other benefits via your HSBC Premier current account, including free travel insurance

You need to have a HSBC Premier current account to take out the HSBC Premier Mastercard.  HSBC Premier is free, although you need to earn £75,000 or have substantial investments with HSBC, and the benefits include free comprehensive travel insurance.


The HSBC Premier Mastercard is a very generous card, given that it has no annual fee.  0.5 airline miles per £1 spent is a decent deal.  The only problem is the requirement to have a HSBC Premier current account before you can apply.

You can sign up for the HSBC Premier Mastercard, if you already have a HSBC Premier current account, or find out more information, on the official website here.

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