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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 June and early July?

The topic that dominated the credit card news last month was 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:

British Airways American Express changes

The sign-up bonus doubled on the Marriott Bonvoy Amex – and you get Gold Elite status

American Express and Marriott Bonvoy have launched the first special offer on the Marriott Bonvoy American Express card since it launched last year.

The bonus is doubled to 40,000 Marriott Bonvoy points. You will also receive Gold Elite status in Marriott Bonvoy until February 2023.

Not many HfP readers will qualify for the sign-up bonus due to having other American Express cards. However, you would still receive Gold Elite status.

You might consider it worth the £75 card fee purely to get Gold Elite status until February 2023.

Full details of the Marriott Bonvoy American Express 40,000 points bonus are in this article. You can apply here.

Mariott Bonvoy American Express credit card

American Express Business Gold got new features – and a higher fee

The American Express Business Gold card got a refresh in June.

The good news is that, whenever you spend £20,000 in a calendar quarter, you will receive 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points. This makes the card very generous if you can hit the target, which I admit is a high one.

The bad news is that the card fee is increasing to £175 per year.

Our full article on the changes to American Express Business Gold is here. You can apply here.

HFP Amex American Express Business Gold Card

Still running: all Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders can earn 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. You have until 12th August to spend.

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.

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. A similar offer to holders of the free BA Amex card is still running for another two weeks:

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.

Amazon Business Prime silver card

Amazon Business added a £100 gift card to its credit card

Amazon Business is VERY keen to get people with any sort of business or extra income to sign up for the Amazon Business American Express card.

The package couldn’t get any better:

  • the card is free for the first year
  • you get a £100 Amazon gift voucher as soon as you are approved – no spending target to hit
  • everyone qualifies for the bonus, irrespective of what other American Express cards they have, and it won’t impact your ability to get future Amex bonuses

You can find out more in this article on the Amazon Business credit card.

Amazon Business American Express

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: Get 40,000 points and Gold status with the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card

Pay HMRC taxes with your credit card via Billhop and earn points, even with Amex

NEW: Amex adds a quarterly spend bonus to American Express Business Gold

Visit the American Express lounge at Wimbledon – all you need to know

Get £50 cashback with a new IHG and American Express hotel promotion

Is Radisson Rewards the best American Express Membership Rewards hotel partner?

Which airline credit card is best for long term spending?

What else does Barclays Premier offer apart from Avios?

NEW: get a £100 gift card and ‘no fee for a year’ with the Amazon Business American Express card

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

Save £20 with American Express when you spend £120 on Regent Street

If you get a free grandfathered BA Premium Plus Amex, it’s over – but you saved £3,000+

You can’t combine ‘new’ and ‘old’ BA Amex 241 vouchers – and why it is an issue

best travel rewards credit cards

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2024 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

20,000 points for signing up and 15 elite night credits each year Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

30,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback Business Credit Card

1% cashback uncapped* on all your business spending (T&C apply) Read our full review

Comments (9)

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  • PJJ says:

    Anyone taken out the Sainsbury’s Nectar Card with the 10k points and can confirm that purchase of Sainsbury’s own Gift Cards is included in the £400 spend

  • Sammyj says:

    As a BAPP holder, am I right in thinking that the only other Amex I’d be entitled to a sign-up bonus on is the £575 Platinum?

    • Rob says:


      The £575 is refundable pro-rata though (so £150 spent if you cancel after 3 months), you’d keep all the hotel statuses for a year or so AND there are targetted 70k referral offers floating around.

      • Sammyj says:

        Thanks. I’m waiting for a year when I’ll actually be able to make use of the hotel status and airport lounges, I’ll get very little benefit this year!

  • Vasco says:

    Shouldn’t the Tesco cards still be in the directory, as you can use them to earn VS miles indirectly, just not Avios?

    • Rob says:

      I pulled it because there is no logic to the Tesco card when Virgin has its own Mastercard paying twice as much. I would have kept it in if the Virgin card was an Amex.

  • Alex says:

    Any 0% balance transfer cards apart from those mentioned on moneysavingexpert?

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