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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:

News was thin on the ground this week following the funeral of HM Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

British Airways is ramping up and restarting services to both Hong Kong and Japan as as both countries relax entry restrictions for foreign tourists.

Flybe is adding Isle of Man – Heathrow flights over the Winter season, as well as Isle of Man – Belfast City.

Avios and British Airways news:

Want to use your Avios to book ‘open-jaw’, multi-stop tickets? We look at the British Airways ticketing rules.

Upgrading economy flights can be complicated. We demystify the rules on how you can use Avios to upgrade economy bookings.

Amex Centurion by Rem Koolhaas

Credit card news:

We rarely write about the Amex Centurion Card, colloquially referred to as ‘The Black Card’ because it is invite-only, but we thought you might want to see behind the veil of secrecy.

There is a little-known Mastercard travel benefit where you can get free fast-track security at five UK airports including Gatwick, Luton and Glasgow. Confusingly, the offer only applies to some cards – and it’s not very clear which. Even readers with the same card are getting conflicting results.

A new £50 Hilton cashback offer has landed on American Express cards, covering various European hotels.

Not to be outdone, a new Marriott cashback offer has also dropped, with £100 off £400+ luxury bookings, including in Venice and a number of London properties.

Plus a £200 Air France American Express cashback deal covering premium and business class flights from the UK. If you don’t have the deal, Air France currently has some very decent deals from Dublin.

Capital On Tap has a very generous 50,000 point promo currently running on its SME credit card – but what if you can’t hit the £3,000 minimum spend to qualify? You may still benefit from the card, as we examine here.

Moxy Bergen

Hotel news:

Rhys heads to Norway to review the Moxy Bergen, one of the very few Marriott, IHG, or Hilton hotels in the Nordics.

Closer to home, Rhys also popped into the Andaz London Liverpool Street for a review, which is now phenomenally well connected thanks to the Elizabeth Line.

Our series looking at the value of hotel continues as Rob examines what a World of Hyatt point is worth as well as what Radisson Rewards points are worth.

No1 Lounge Gatwick South

Other interesting articles:

Rhys reviewed the No1 Lounge at Gatwick’s South Terminal last week. He was impressed by the lounge itself, despite queues and a downgraded food offering.

Flying an unusual airline and not sure whether you can earn any frequent flyer miles? is a great resource for finding out.

Did you know Lufthansa Miles and More offers a 25% discount for childrens’ redemptions?

Here’s how you can earn Virgin Points or credit by recycling printer ink cartridges!

Deals you missed:

London NFL tickets were available through Marriott Bonvoy Moments, although they were hoovered up quickly. All had gone within an hour of an article being published.

Our latest roundup of miles and points offers closing soon is here.

Don’t forget to visit our forum if you have any questions relating to frequent flyer or hotel loyalty programmes or loyalty credit cards.

See you next Saturday.

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