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HUGELY EXCITING NEWS: BARCLAYCARD HAS LAUNCHED TWO AVIOS MASTERCARDS!

There was huge, huge news in the UK airline credit card market this week. Barclaycard has launched two Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards.

In a couple of weeks, there will be a special promotion with an extra incentive for signing up.

If you want to try your luck now, perhaps because you have some spending coming up which you need to trigger the sign-up bonus, you can apply for the free Barclaycard Avios credit card (5,000 Avios bonus) here. You can apply for the Barclaycard Avios Plus credit card (25,000 Avios bonus) here.

The first of our three articles on the Barclaycard Avios Mastercards is here.

You will be hearing a LOT more about these exciting new cards as March progresses. You will, absolutely, want to get one of them.

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GET 100,000 POINTS WITH AMERICAN EXPRESS BUSINESS PLATINUM

As a reminder, here are the – frankly a little bit crazy – limited time credit card sign-up bonuses on the two American Express small business payment cards.

American Express Business Platinum

Until 31st March, you will receive a crazy 100,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Business Platinum. Those would convert, for example, into 100,000 Avios or many other interesting things. Click for our full article or apply here.

American Express Business Gold

Until 31st March, you will receive 50,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with American Express Business Gold. Those would convert, for example, into 50,000 Avios. Business Gold is free for your first year too. Click for our full article or apply here.

American Express Business Platinum

The latest travel and aviation news:

The Heathrow Airport catering strike, due to run yesterday and today, was called off after HGV drivers were offered a 14% pay rise.

Jet2 has become the first UK airline to say that passengers no longer need to wear face masks. Will others follow?

Finnair is in crisis, after the closure of Russian airspace makes it impossible to fly the majority of its long-haul Asian routes.

British Airways and Avios news:

British Airways is moving six long haul routes back to Heathrow Terminal 3 during March and April.

BA Holidays is offering a new ‘triple Avios’ promotion on new bookings (registration required) but only if you have a BA Amex card.

BIG NEWS – you can no longer stop a 241 BA Amex companion voucher from expiring by turning it into a Future Travel Voucher. We have the story.

Did you know that you can earn 50,000 Avios by joining Citigroup Wealth Management?

Do you know that BA has a special phone line – answered quickly – for anyone booking or amending a First Class ticket?

Hotel news:

This weekend is your last chance to get a 30% bonus buying World of Hyatt points. It can make a lot of sense at very expensive hotels.

Hilton has relaunched its discount scheme for public sector workers. You’ll save 25% on hotels across the UK and Europe.

IHG has launched a short flash sale, ending Monday.

Marriott has opened the – very expensive – Madrid EDITION hotel.

Jumeirah has lost control of its Frankfurt hotel which will become a JW Marriott after refurbishment.

The Madrid EDITION

Other interesting articles:

Don’t waste your money on the overpriced and infrequent Heathrow Hoppa bus service to the airport hotels. We show you how to take the local buses.

We looked at how, for 2022 only, you can use your InterContinental Ambassador free weekend night voucher at Regent Hotels – and not just at weekends.

Do you know that you earn tier points, towards elite status, when you fly on Virgin Atlantic redemptions?

We published a guide to the history, present and future of St Regis hotels, following the news that the brand is coming to London.

Offers you missed:

The 45,000 Avios for getting the BA Accelerating Business SME credit card ended.

We closed our Snoop competition to win a £955 Tumi suitcase.

Our round up of deals ending soon is here.

Interesting threads from our forums this week:

The full forum index is here.

See you next Saturday.

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