News in brief:
Trump Turnberry to leave Marriott
The Turnberry resort in Scotland is, unfortunately, leaving Marriott Bonvoy.
A reader with an existing reservation received a note to say that the hotel is leaving Marriott on 15th January. In fact, if you look at marriott.com, you cannot book the hotel for any dates after 3rd January.
It isn’t clear if the hotel, currently part of The Luxury Collection, will be joining another brand or will be trying to survive as an independent.
The loss of Turnberry will be a blow for Marriott, since it offered one of the very few premium redemption options in the UK. With Turnberry gone, The Langley near Iver will become the most ‘aspirational’ Bonvoy hotel outside London.
Anika’s 2017 review of Trump Turnberry is here.
Save £300 on an easyJet Holiday with American Express
American Express has launched a new cashback offer with easyJet Holidays.
If you are targetted for this offer it will show under the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page or in the Amex app. You need to click ‘Save to Card’ to activate.
The deal gets you £300 cashback on a £1,250+ booking with easyJet Holidays. Your payment needs to be processed by 31st December.
The offer is limited to the first 20,000 people to save it to their card. Flights must depart from UK airports, but apart from that there is no onerous small print.
A Mandarin Oriental deal too ….
I’m not sure if this is new but we haven’t covered it before.
If targetted, Amex is offering £100 cashback on a £500 spend at Mandarin Oriental hotels in London, Paris, Munich, Barcelona, Geneva or Madrid.
The deadline is 28th February which gives you a bit of time to plan a Winter break.
If booking, get a quote from our hotel booking partner Emyr Thomas first. He can access additional benefits, for the same price as the online Best Flexible Rate, as he is a Mandarin Oriental Fan Club appointed agent.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2023 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:
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher 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
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 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
Get a 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.