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With travel, at least domestically, and life in general hopefully getting back to some level of normality, we are bringing back the regular HfP features which were suspended last year.

Today 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 12 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, RSS 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 May and early June?

One topic has been dominating the travel rewards credit card news in the last week – the substantial changes to the British Airways American Express cards.

What are the changes to the British Airways American Express credit cards?

I don’t want to go into the details again, but there are the five articles you should read if you missed them last week:

British Airways American Express changes

Amex launches a hugely generous targetted offer on the BA Accelerating Business credit card

If you received an email from American Express encouraging your small business to sign up for the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card, don’t delete it.

It is a hugely generous deal, with an additional bonus of 50,000 Avios for signing up.

Importantly, you qualify for the bonus irrespective of whatever other American Express cards you hold.

Full details are in this article. Our review of the BA Accelerating Business credit card – the standard package, not this special one – is here.

The Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card finally died

31st May was the last day to use your Lloyds Avios Rewards Mastercard.

With no sign of a pure-play Avios replacement Visa or Mastercard yet, this article looks at the best replacements for the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card.

For most people, one of the two Virgin Atlantic Reward credit cards will be the most valuable alternative.

All Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders were offered 1,500 bonus points

It is, by far, not the most exciting credit card deal of the year, but if you have the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card in a drawer you may want to dig it out.

You will receive 500 bonus Bonvoy point each time you cumulatively spend £500, up to a total of 1,500 bonus points.

This takes you to 3 Bonvoy points per £1 for your £1,500 of spending. This was, of course, the standard earning rate on the card before it was cut in the 2020 card relaunch.

This article explains more, as well as highlighting the impressive 41 airline partners which Bonvoy has. For many of those 41 airlines, this credit card is the only way of earning miles from plastic in the UK.

Our full review of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express is here and you can apply here. The real benefit is the 15 elite night credits you receive each year.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

B&Q will now accept American Express cards

The last major national retailer which did not accept American Express cards, B&Q, has folded.

Amex cards are now accepted in all stores – I don’t think they are valid online yet.

Full details about B&Q’s American Express move are in this article.

B&Q accepts american express

The Amex bonus for free BA American Express cardholders continues

In April American Express launched an Avios bonus offer on the British Airways Premium Plus card. It has now rolled out a similar offer to holders of the free BA Amex card:

This is how it works:

  • You receive 1 bonus Avios for every £2 you spend
  • This is on top of the usual earning rate of Avios per £1
  • The bonus is capped at 1,500 Avios, representing £3,000 of spending
  • The promotion ends on 19th July
  • Spending by supplementary cardholders does not count

You can find out more about the British Airways American Express bonus points offer in this article.

We ran an updated series on Barclays Avios Rewards

During May we updated most of our articles on Barclays Avios Rewards, for those interesting in signing up – and you can get 43,000 Avios in your first year.

Have a look here:

Get 43,000 Avios and an upgrade voucher with Barclays Avios Rewards

How does the BA upgrade voucher from Barclays Avios Rewards work?

Why Barclays Avios Rewards is great for the solo traveller

You can apply here.

Barclays Avios Rewards

Nectar launched in-store points earnings with Nectar Connect

Nectar has launched its own card-based in-store points earning scheme, called Nectar Connect.

Other people, notably British Airways and Virgin Atlantic, have tried their own versions of this but it hasn’t take off with retailers. Nectar is launching with a fairly wide selection so lets see if this is more successful.

All you do is link your credit and debit cards to a Nectar Connect account. Each time you use that payment card in a participating store, you will earn Nectar points. Simple.

Full details on Nectar Connect are in this HfP article.

Nectar Connect logo

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

Finally, a reminder that Amex is still running a 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 over the last month:

New Harvey Nichols American Express cashback offer launched

Arsenal football tickets bookable again with Emirates Skywards miles or Amex points

SME? Get points worth 10,500 Avios with Capital On Tap’s Visa card

New American Express and Hilton £50 cashback offer launched

Why the free BA Amex credit card is now the best cashback card in Britain

Why should you add an Additional Card to your British Airways American Express Card Account?

Why the £120 Deliveroo credit makes the Amex Gold your best first card

B&Q will now accept American Express cards

How can American Express improve its cashback ‘statement credit’ offers?

American Express fined for sending unsolicited emails

Earn 1,500 bonus points on your Marriott Bonvoy Amex – and a reminder of its 41 (!) airline partners

What will replace your Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card in 8 days?

Good Amex offers with B&Q, Rimowa and top UK independent hotels

Introducing Currensea – a new low-fee way to spend abroad

Save £100 on a £300 spend at Small Luxury Hotels – and earn Hyatt points

NEW: Earn Nectar points on in-store spending with Nectar Connect

Good Amex hotel promo for FHR and The Hotel Collection – but is there a catch?

Should you drop your free BA American Express for the Amex Rewards Credit Card?

I should also remind you that Amex Shop Small is now live, getting you £5 back on £15 purchases at participating retailers.

visa mastercard credit card best bonus

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

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 fee 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.

Amex 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 (17)

  • Dubious says:

    Any news on the replacement Miles&More card?

  • ChasP says:

    Looking at doing some major travelling once we are able to; so probably time to take out a Plat Amex again – fortunately I cross my 24 month boundary in a couple of days 🙂

    Could take out either a personal or business card the latter would be better for me age wise as I’ll be 70 in 10 months but it appears that while personal supplementary cards insurance covers the family the business one only covers the supplementary cardholder

    Am I reading that correctly ?
    is first supp free on both and charge for second the same ?
    Are referral bonuses the same ?

  • Russ says:

    My Hilton Barclaycard runs out 1st July and still haven’t had a new card. I do hope it isn’t being culled.

    • Doug M says:

      I don’t think there’s ever a link between a card expiry and a product expiry, but who knows.
      Did anything ever come of those surveys Hilton did suggesting they were looking at a new credit card?

  • Vasco says:

    Has anyone actually had any points from Nectar Connect come through yet?

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      Expect them to be as late as possible, Nectar are not known for paying earlier than required

    • Anne says:

      Yep – 170 posted from a 2nd June transaction at Pets at Home yesterday. Annoyingly this transaction was actually made before I’d opted into the 20 points/£ offer and it triggered on a lower value transaction than I one made subsequently!

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    Also a targeted referral offer for Amex Gold, get 32,000 when you use a targeted link. Rob has my link if anyone is interested

  • ANTHONY HUTSON says:

    I used my Lloyds Avios card on 31st May for a £160.69 charge expecting to receive Avios for it as it was on the last day. However, I didn’t and the transaction appears on my Lloyds ‘Cashback’ card statement as it posted on 1st June. I feel that this was unfair as I made the transaction within the deadline. I will be reverting to using my Barclaycard Cashback card and will no longer use the Lloyds one or my BA Amex where possible. Anyone else have this sorry experience?

    • DaveS says:

      I can confirm. My transactions on Sunday 30th May generated Avios in my BA account. Transactions on Monday 31st May did not. Amounts for me are too tiny to query it.

    • Genghis says:

      Contact Lloyds. They may give you a few quid for your trouble.

  • Andrew says:

    I received the British Airways American Express® Accelerating Business Card offer with 50k Avios signup bonus, applied via the link, received and activated the card. However, the 50k bonus does not appear under the list of bonusses earnable on this card (when I view my online account). Is anyone else in this situation?

  • SJ says:

    As like Super Secret Stuff above, I’ve got a similar targeted offer. If anyone’s looking to sign up for Amex platinum, Rob has my link for a 70K sign up bonus. Let him know and I’m sure he’ll send it your way!

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