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What are the best credit card sign-up deals for November? – plus your news round-up

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It is time for our regular round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.

We have also included a round-up of all of the loyalty credit card news from the last month.

Best UK credit card sign up bonuses

Our directory of the 13 main UK travel credit and charge cards can be found by clicking the ‘Credit Card Offers’ tab at the top of the site or – for email, Flipboard, Apple News or mobile readers – by clicking here. We have also introduced a separate directory for small business credit cards which is here.

What was new in October?

The big news in October came from American Express.

Many BA Amex companion vouchers extended by a further six months

All British Airways American Express 2-4-1 companion vouchers due to expire between 1st October 2020 and 31st March 2021 have been extended by a further six months.

In addition, all new companion vouchers issued between 1st October and 31st March 2021 will come with a six month extension.  This means that vouchers on the free British American Express will be issued for 18 months and those on the British Airways Premium Plus for 30 months.

Full details are in our article here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Amex doubled the sign-up bonus on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold to 20,000 points (=20,000 Avios)

It is about 18 months since Amex cut the sign-up bonus on Preferred Rewards Gold to 10,000 Membership Rewards points.

This doesn’t seem to have worked out too well, because the bonus is now back at 20,000 Membership Rewards points. These convert into 20,000 Avios, 20,000 Virgin Points and loads of other things.

A lot of HfP readers won’t qualify for the bonus. If you have had a personal Amex card (not a supplementary) in the past 24 months, you don’t qualify. However, does your partner? Your adult children? Your parents?

They could apply, issue a supplementary card to you and then you could focus on doing the required £3,000 of spending within 90 days to trigger the bonus.

You can find out all about the deal in this article and you can apply here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

Amex Platinum gives out £400 of Marriott credit and £100 of Harrods credit

If you have The Platinum Card, you may (or may not) have been targetted for two excellent offers.

The Marriott offer is worth £400 cashback when you spend £400 at selected hotels – see our article. This was restricted to the first 2,000 people to register. Many HfP readers signed up, although it is clearly now touch and go whether the credit can be used before it expires on 19th December.

The £100 Harrods offer was a bit of a mess. We STILL have not got a clear answer from Amex on whether this is for everyone or just those who were invited. The problem is that if you opted out of postal offers you won’t have had the letter, and if you opted out of email offers you won’t have had the email. It seems hit and miss as to whether it shows under ‘Saved’ on your offers page even if you were invited.

If you DO have it, remember that the store closes tonight and will not reopen until the offer has expired. You could order online but the selection is limited. Our main article on the £100 Amex Harrods offer is here.

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Barclays Premier Rewards closing

Barclays wrote to its Premier customers to say that Premier Rewards is closing on 15th December.

It claimed that this was down to minimal take-up. Readers claimed that it was death by a thousand cuts and that there was nothing left worth bothering with.

The reason I mention this is that Barclays Premier has agreed a deal with Avios to offer points.

The official launch has been delayed to 2021, but it is possible – with Premier Rewards closing next month – that something will be offered earlier to existing customers.

You can find out more in this HfP article.

Barclays Premier Rewards closing

American Express is letting Business cardholders sell their Membership Rewards points for 0.9p

American Express is, until 18th November, letting Business Gold and Business Platinum cardholders sell their Membership Rewards points for 0.9p each.

This is a very generous deal, and better than the majority of miles and points redemption options.

You ‘sell’ your points by using them to part-pay for items on your card statement. The usual rate is a poor £4.50 per 1,000 points redeemed, but it is currently doubled to an excellent £9 per 1,000 points redeemed.

Our full article on redeeming American Express Business Membership Rewards points for 0.9p is here.

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

Amex extended the offer for Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders to sell their points

A similar offer is running for Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders. This was due to end on until 1st October but is now extended to 21st November.

The rate is not as impressive. You only receive £6.75 per 1,000 points.

This is NOT a no-brainer and you should think carefully because you can get better value for your points. It isn’t a terrible deal, however, and if your job is currently looking uncertain you may prefer the certainty of cash.

Details of the Amex Gold Membership Rewards redemption offer are here.

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

No more Avios from Tesco credit cards

We exclusively revealed in early October that Tesco and Avios are splitting up.

From mid January 2021, you can no longer convert Clubcard points, from Tesco shopping or from Tesco credit or debit card spend, into Avios.

Virgin Flying Club WILL remain as a Tesco Clubcard partner.

HFP Tesco credit card

Amex still has a 30,000 point bonus on the Dollar / Euro versions of the Platinum card

Finally, a reminder that Amex is currently running a rare sign-up bonus on its Dollar and Euro Platinum charge cards – 30,000 Membership Rewards points to be precise.

The good news is that you can get this bonus even if you already have a UK Platinum or Gold card.  The bad news is that this is a complicated product with poorer transfer rates to most airline schemes than the UK cards.  I wrote about the pros, cons and sweet spots of the American Express International Currency Cards in this article.

Further reading ….

We ran the following credit card articles during October:

An Amex Centurion Lounge opens in Virgin’s terminal at New York JFK

Got Amex Platinum? Get £400 of TOTALLY FREE Marriott stays!

No more Avios from Tesco Clubcard

Got your free Amex Plat £400 Marriott credit? Get an extra $100 and breakfast if you book through us

Some British Airways Amex 2-4-1 companion vouchers extended by ANOTHER six months

Something happening to the Miles & More payment cards?

Barclays Premier Rewards closing

Amex Gold sign-up bonus doubles to 20,000 points – should you apply?

Amex Platinum adds a £100 Harrods credit – no minimum spend!

Amex deals: £100 at Mr Porter and Qatar Airways, Harrods 10% off + £100, Wheely, FREE NOW, Corinthia and more

visa mastercard credit card best bonus

What are the best travel credit card sign-up deals for November?

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.  These deals are listed in no particular order and their position on the list is not a sign of how good or bad the offer is.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

Head for Points focusses primarily on personal cards. However, if you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (5)

  • Chris Heyes says:

    I’ve now got a decision to make i have a 241 booked Aug 21
    plus another for 2022, plus will have achieved another by next year.
    i normally use 241s for long haul flights (Avios + £34 short haul)
    Not short of Avios at the moment (lots) Daughters partner fills works vans up at Tesco using my Amex & Clubcard gets me 1000s of Clubcard points per Month, but coming to a end. Jan 21 (well from Thurs probably)
    I’m 73 in Dec and we made a decision to stop long haul flights after our 3 week America trip Boulder, Sedona, Lake Powell next Aug 21.
    do i carry on after i hit my 241 target in 21 or should i cancel and use just my Gold Amex (no sign up bonus anyhow)
    we had platinum down-graded after referring family
    We now have BA Amex premium and Gold Amex.
    What was relevant in the past (2/3 European then 1 long haul of 2/3 weeks) wont be relevant going forward we envisage from 2022 only one European trip (although still 2/3 weeks long) and stays within England as long as health holds up

    • Aliks says:

      Drop the BAPP and focus on the best available card that gives you the most useful points. For us it was the IHG card, backed up by the HSBC World Elite card.

  • Sundar says:

    Awaiting better deals/offers –
    Hilton Visa
    Barclays Premier
    Marriott Creation ?

    • Ali M says:

      So looking forward to if there is something new Hilton wise – I know US has so many amex versions of it.If there is a new product, will the old barclaycard versions be cancelled?Does a new card have anything to do with points not being posted? Heard something about Barclays Premier…

  • Phatbear says:

    Is there anyway to upgrade from the basic virgin atlantic cc to the premium version apart from cancelling the basic and re applying in 6months.

    Ive tried phoning them but cant get through to them