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News: Sainsbury’s Nectar credit card bonus cut, did you win our Plaza Premium competition?

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News in brief:

Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card bonus cut

We ran an article last week warning that the bonus on the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card was about to change.

We didn’t know what the change was going to be, but it has dropped from 10,000 Nectar points (6,250 Avios) to 8,000 Nectar points (5,000 Avios).

You need to spend £400 at Sainsbury’s or Argos within two months to trigger the bonus. Gift card purchases for other retailers count.

Our full review of the Sainsbury’s Nectar Credit Card, which has been rewritten to reflect the new bonus, is here.

Sainsbury's Nectar Credit Card bonus cut

Plaza Premium lounge pass winners

Thank you to everyone who entered our two competitions – one on the website and one on Instagram – to win two passes to any Plaza Premium airport lounge.

The 10 winners are:

  • Olly L
  • Ruediger K
  • Chris W
  • Ben M
  • Dawn K
  • Jordan D
  • Tracey L
  • Mark E
  • Mark G
  • Robert H

Rhys has already made contact with the winners, so if you think one of the above names is you, it isn’t ….

Thank you to Plaza Premium for donating the prizes. Remember that you can book Plaza Premium’s Heathrow lounges for cash via this page, and if you download their Smart Traveller app there is currently a special offer running for buying multiple passes.

Getting airport lounge access for free from a credit card

How to get FREE airport lounge access via UK credit cards (May 2022)

As a reminder, here are the four options to get FREE airport lounge access via a credit or charge card:

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with two free Priority Pass cards, one for you and one for a supplementary cardholder. Each card admits two so a family of four gets in free. You get access to all 1,300 lounges in the Priority Pass network – search it here

You also get access to Plaza Premium, Delta and Eurostar lounges.  Our American Express Platinum review is here. You can apply here.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

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

If you have a small business, consider American Express Business Platinum instead.

American Express Amex Gold

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 Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for the first year. It comes with a Priority Pass card loaded with two free visits to any Priority Pass lounge – see the list here

Additional lounge visits are charged at £20.  You get two more free visits for every year you keep the card.  

There is no annual fee for Amex Gold in Year 1 and you get a 20,000 points sign-up bonus.  Full details are in our American Express Preferred Rewards Gold review here.

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

A huge bonus, but only available to HSBC Premier clients Read our full review

HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard gets you get a free LoungeKey card, allowing you access to the LoungeKey network.  Guests are charged at £20 although it may be cheaper to pay £60 for a supplementary credit card for your partner.

The card has a fee of £195 and there are strict financial requirements to become a HSBC Premier customer.  Full details are in my HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard review.

PS. You can find all of HfP’s UK airport lounge reviews – and we’ve been to most of them – indexed here.

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