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The latest travel and aviation news:

British Airways has put all its managers on furlough, in part due to the government’s disappointing green list announcements. It doesn’t appear to be very optimistic for the future.

Rhys spent a week in Portugal – just before it was downgraded to the amber list!

Credit card news:

The Amex cashback / Economist saga continues: Amex now confirms it will pay £45 cashback regardless of where the subscription was purchased.

Amazon has increased the sign-up offer on its American Express business cards to a £100. There is NO minimum spend required to get the £100 gift card and you qualify irrespective of what other American Express cards you have.

We take a look at what else Barclays Premier offers, in addition to the new Avios Rewards benefits. This is work a serious look, especially as you’d earn 43,000 Avios AND an upgrade voucher in your first year.

We summarise the best credit card sign-up deals for June here.

Given the upcoming changes, should you drop your free British Airways American Express card in favour of the American Express Rewards Credit Card (ARCC)?

Get £20 credit with Amex when shopping on Regent Street.

British Airways news:

British Airways and Ryanair are facing enforcement by the Competition & Markets Authority over their treatment of passengers requesting refunds last year. Is this fair?

Hotel news:

What are the best hotel promos in June? Don’t make a booking without checking our list of bonuses.

Get better rates at Marriott hotels in Europe via the British Airways sale.

Hilton adds a boutique hotel in Madrid and a water park hotel in Curacao ….

Get a free hotel night worth £150 if you join IHG Rewards and do two cheap stays!

Hilton is auctioning tickets to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone via its Hilton Honors Experiences page.

Is Marriott Bonvoy the best hotel loyalty scheme? We review the programme here. Marriott also tightens up its ‘Points Advance’ scheme – although it remains useful.

Other interesting bits:

The latest Virgin Atlantic sale features transatlantic fares from £1,175 in Upper Class.

Despite a fully vaccinated population, Gibraltar has decided to implement further restrictions on UK visitors ….

Today marks the end of free bus travel in and around Heathrow as the Heathrow Free Travel Zone is limited to tube journeys between terminals.

Here’s why is a key tool in any points collector’s arsenal.

See you next Saturday!

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