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DEAL OF THE WEEK: BONUS DOUBLED – Get a huge 60,000 points, and great benefits, with American Express Platinum

American Express has launched an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card. The bonus is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points which converts to:

  • 60,000 Avios
  • 60,000 Virgin Points
  • 60,000 Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Alitalia, Asia Miles, Delta, Finnair, Qantas or SAS miles
  • 40,000 Singapore Airlines miles
  • 120,000 Hilton Honors points
  • 90,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
  • 180,000 Radisson Rewards points
  • 4,000 Club Eurostar points

….. and many other non-travel rewards.

Whilst the annual fee is £575, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus.

Our main article on the 60,000 points bonus is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus.

We did two follow-up articles on how Amex Platinum can get you into airport and Eurostar lounges and what the four free hotel status cards that come with Amex Platinum get you.

You can apply for The Platinum Card with the special bonus on this page of the Amex website.

In other news …..

The latest travel and aviation news:

Qatar Airways is running a companion sale in Business Class on selected routes, offering a 25% discount when 2+ travel. You must book by today.

In a fascinating story, we explained how SeatSpy – a tool which alerts you when Avios reward seats open up – showed that a rival service was stealing its data.

The story of the forgotten West London and Imperial Airways Empire air terminals.

Credit card news (apart from the 60,000 points Platinum deal):

American Express has launched a cashback deal with Boots.

Good ‘£70 back on £200’ Amex offer launched with Millennium & Copthorne hotels – where can you stay?

British Airways news:

BA trialled ‘queueless check-in’ for premium passengers in the Terminal 5 Arrivals Lounge.

You can earn double Avios at Bicester Village.

Readers have been reporting telephone bills of up to £206 for calling British Airways. We look into what has been going on.

BA flyers in Newcastle can now use a lounge again.

Hotel news:

You can book the Sloane Square Hotel in London with breakfast for just £99 – an exceptional discount on the typical rate of £273. Here’s how. The deal is valid seven days per week until next April.

Accor Live Limitless has tickets for The Vamps at the Hammersmith Apollo up for grabs, including lounge access.

Hilton Honors is offering a 100% bonus when you buy points in a new offer. Details here, buy here.

How to earn Marriott Bonvoy points from restaurants and bars without a stay.

Rhys headed to Cambridge to review The Fellows House which has just opened, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection.

Fellows House Cambridge exterior

Other interesting bits:

If you took part in the Virgin Atlantic status match in February, this is what is happening with your free Clubhouse lounge passes.

You can book Arsenal tickets, standard or VIP box, for Emirates Skywards miles or indirectly by transferring American Express points.

We reviewed the brand new First Class Lounge at York railway station.

Get 25 Nectar points for every £1 spent at Europcar.

Offers you missed:

We ran a competition this week to win one of five Priority Pass airport lounge passes, each loaded with 10 free lounge visits. Unfortunately it closed last night.

See you next Saturday.

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