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STILL RUNNING – Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS £200 travel credit, and great benefits, with American Express Platinum
Don’t forget that American Express has recently 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.
Even better, American Express is throwing in a £200 travel credit too. Once you have triggered the 60,000 points (£6,000 spend in six months required) you will also be given £200 to spend at Amex Travel.
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 plus £200 travel credit’ bonus is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus.
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:
Want a £2,000 hotel suite in Bangkok for just 87,000 Marriott Bonvoy points? The Athenee hotel in Bangkok, which Sinead reviewed recently, has launched an incredible offer just for HfP readers.
Forgotten how many British Airways eVouchers you have or what they’re worth? A new online tool will tell you.
Heathrow has extended the passenger cap to the end of October, further limiting how many passengers can fly through the airport per day.
Rhys flew to New York last weekend on Norse Atlantic’s first transatlantic flight from Gatwick Airport. You can read his review of Premium on Norse Atlantic here.
During his trip Rhys stayed at the Moxy Chelsea – review here – Marriott’s cool but basic hotel chain. The hotel has quite possibly the best view of any New York hotel we’ve ever stayed at.
Avios and BA news:
Rhys reviewed the BA Galleries Arrivals lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5 this week. With an astonishing 94 showers, the lounge is a great place to freshen up after a long flight.
No, British Airways hasn’t reduced the tier point threshold for Silver status again: let’s clear up the confusion over the tier points needed to earn or renew status in 2022.
Which British Airways lounges have pre-flight dining? We take a look.
Credit card news:
Here’s how to keep your Amex Membership Rewards Points alive with the Amex Rewards Credit Card if you choose to cancel your Platinum Card.
Hilton Honors has launched its new Autumn bonus points promotion for travel until the 31st December. It is even more lucrative than before – offering double points AND an additional 2,000 point bonus. You can click here to register.
The Hotel Indigo Birmingham is leaving IHG …. which isn’t surprising after Rhys’ review, which found the hotel to be an odd choice for the Indigo brand.
Rob stays at IHG’s York Principal hotel again …. and is disappointed, for a second time in a row, despite his best attempts to beat the system. The photo above is from Principal York.
Sinead reviews the One Hundred Shoreditch hotel in East London, currently with £60 Amex cashback.
Radisson Rewards has launched a new promotion, letting you earn 1,000 bonus points per night.
Hyatt has also announced its new promotion although it doesn’t start until 15th September.
Other interesting articles:
A new lounge has popped up at Gatwick – the O2 Roam Freely Lounge. Running until 9th October, this temporary facility is free for anyone with O2 Priority. A reader tried it this week and wrote a review of the Roam Freely lounge for us.
In other lounge news, we now have some photos of the new Plaza Premium lounge at Edinburgh Airport, and it looks swish. We’re hoping to head up soon for a full review.
Ethiopian has launched a new 5th freedom service between Manchester and Geneva with its long haul aircraft!
Air France has extended its direct Heathrow to Nice service into the Winter, offering a nifty way of heading to the South of France on Virgin Points.
Deals you missed:
IHG’s crazy half price or less redemption pricing returned this week. Huge savings were available if you booked quickly enough.
See you next Saturday!