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News: Crowne Plaza Kingston hotel shuts, United Airlines / Amex £250 cashback extended

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News in brief:

Crowne Plaza London Kingston hotel to close

The Crowne Plaza London Kingston hotel – formerly the Holiday Inn Kingston South until it was rebranded in 2018 – is closing for at least 10 months.

In a mysterious email to people with confirmed reservations, guests were told that “the hotel has to close unexpectedly”.

It’s not closing for one night or one week, however. It is closing until 1st August 2023. This seems a rather long term given that the closure was “unexpected”. It is also odd that it feels confident to give a specific reopening date 10 months in advance, given the “unexpected” nature of the shuttering.

At the time of the 2018 rebranding, IHG said that “the hotel is considered to be one of the top performing hotels within Europe” and was “a finalist for Hotel of the Year 2017 at the IHG Europe Conference”.

Amex / United Airlines cashback deal extended

Amex / United Airlines cashback deal extended

Finally, a quick note to say that the generous United Airlines / American Express offer appears to have been extended by two weeks to 10th October. Our original article is here.

You would receive £250 cashback with any ex-UK flight booking for £500+ booked on the UK version of the United Airlines website.

The offer is no longer available for registration as far as I can tell, but if you saved it when we originally wrote about it, you should see the expiry date extended.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2022 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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 sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

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