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ENDING SOON: Which of the FIVE special credit card sign-up bonuses currently available should you get?

Time is running out on a number of aggressive American Express sign-up bonuses across airline and travel rewards cards right now, including:

  • 30,000 Membership Rewards on the Amex Gold card
  • 60,000 Membership Rewards on the Amex Platinum card
  • 10,000 Avios on the free British Airways Amex
  • 40,000 Avios on the British Airways Premium Plus Amex
  • 60,000 Avios on the BA Business Amex

This article compares all of the bonuses and will help you decide which card(s) to apply for.

The latest travel and aviation news:

Our comparison of premium economy between British Airways and Virgin Atlantic sparked some heated discussion. Although British Airways has closed the gap in recent years Virgin Atlantic still offers some additional benefits. Many readers felt we had been too soft on BA, however.

We take a closer look at the lateral flow Day 2 testing requirements for UK arrivals which are in force from Sunday. Here are the full guidelines.

Credit card news:

American Express has made some changes to the £200 dining credit on Amex Platinum cards. Don’t get caught out.

British Airways news:

Aer Lingus has joined BA Holidays with its Manchester flights to Barbados, Orlando and New York now bookable as packages including hotel or car rental. (The Aer Lingus route to Barbados from Manchester launched last Wednesday, the US routes launch soon.)

Heathrow Rewards has launched a sign-up bonus – get up to 1,000 Avios or other miles.

Hotel news:

Good news for Hyatt loyalists: it looks like Crowne Plaza London The City will rebrand as a Hyatt Regency when it reopens in March.

Our ‘HfP in Dubai’ review series started this week, with a review of the W Dubai – The Palm and the Sheraton Grand Dubai – one of the first ‘new look’ Sheratons.

On the subject of the UAE, InterContinental is opening a new luxury breach resort in Ras Al-Khaimah in February.

You can get a free hotel night worth £150 if you sign up to IHG Rewards and do two (cheap) stays.

Radisson Rewards has launched a new double points promotion. You can register here.

easyjet lounge The Gateway Gatwick

Other interesting bits:

easyJet has decided it wants to get into the lounge business and has opened ‘The Gateway by easyJet and No1’ in Gatwick’s North Terminal. This used to be My Lounge and very little has changed inside, it seems.

The Club Aspire lounge Gatwick North has been shuttered for good – reducing the number of Priority Pass lounges available at the terminal. What will replace it?

Heathrow, already the world’s most expensive airport, wants to increase the fees it charges airlines (and therefore passengers) even further. Will the CAA let it?

Barbados has dropped its PCR arrival testing requirements for double vaccinated tourists, making it significantly easier to visit this Caribbean island this winter.

The Singapore Airlines SilverKris lounge at Heathrow Terminal 2 has re-opened and HfP reader Callum was there to check it out.

Here’s an easy way to earn 100 free Miles & More miles.

In the market for a Star Alliance credit card? Here are your best options.

Rob was featured in BA’s online magazine ‘The Club’ on a piece about British Airways super travellers.

Offers you missed:

We covered the release of a chunk of business class Avios seats to the Maldives and Mauritius for October – January, including Christmas and New Year – readers snapped them up quickly.

See you next Saturday.

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