Eurostar has, belatedly, begun to offer on-board catering again.
The buffet has returned for Standard Class passengers, whilst at-seat meals have returned for Standard Premier and Business Premier customers.
Apart from some minor changes in presentation to avoid direct handling of food, the meals are apparently unchanged from how they were pre-coronavirus.
There are, of course, very few Eurostar services operating. France, Belgium and the Netherlands are covered by the UK quarantine regulations. Summer Eurostar services to the south of France have been cancelled for 2020 and 2021, and the Winter ski services have been cancelled for 2020. Ashford and Ebbsfleet have also lost their Eurostar services until at least 2022.
The only piece of good news recently was the change to Amsterdam and Rotterdam services, finally allowing passengers to travel back to the UK without having to change trains. Outbound services had been direct since the 2018 launch.
How to get Club Eurostar points and lounge access from UK credit cards (October 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 cards. These are:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 2,000 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for your first year and also comes with two free airport lounge passes. 30,000 points is a limited offer until 9th November 2021.
- The Platinum Card from American Express (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 60,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 4,000 Club Eurostar points. Card benefits include Eurostar lounge access. 60,000 points is a limited offer until 2nd November 2021.
- American Express Rewards credit card (review here, apply here) – sign-up bonus of 5,000 Membership Rewards points converts into 333 Club Eurostar points. This card is FREE for life.
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.