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LAST CHANCE – Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS a new £200 ANNUAL travel credit with American Express Business Platinum

This is your last chance to jump in on American Express’s exceptional deal on the American Express Business Platinum card.

Until Wednesday, the bonus is increased 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 ANNUAL travel credit too. You will receive your first one with the card (you need to book via Amex Travel to redeem it) and you’ll get a fresh one each year when you renew.

Whilst the annual fee is £650, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus.

Our main article on the ‘60,000 points plus new £200 annual travel credit’ offer is here. Make sure you read the bit about whether or not you qualify for the bonus.

You can apply for the American Express Business Platinum card with the special 60,000 points bonus on this page of the Amex website.

The closing date for the 60,000 points offer is Wednesday 16th November.

The latest travel and aviation news:

Virgin Atlantic has just bought an extra 24 slots at Heathrow. By all accounts the airline is about to announce a big route expansion …. but where?

Don’t fall for this British Airways Black Friday scam. If your friends and family have forwarded you WhatsApp links to a BA giveaway, they’re fake.

The Elizabeth Line now runs through from Heathrow to Central London. Rhys takes a look and finds out how convenient it is.

British Airways says it is about to launch a new route. Could it be …. Kansas City? It probably wasn’t on your radar, but here’s why Kansas City makes sense (image below).

British Airways & Avios news:

British Airways has launched a new double Avios promo. It is valid for flights until the end of January, new bookings after registration only.

A new partnership between British Airways and Uber will let you earn Avios on every ride, plus a 250 Avios registration bonus (registration not yet open though).

Fiji Airways flights are finally bookable on with Avios. Four years in the making, the newest member of the oneworld alliance is finally bookable online for points.

Credit card news:

Star Alliance is launching a credit card …. in Australia. It was meant to be secret until Monday but Singapore Airlines leaked the details in error. The airline-agnostic card could eventually make its way to the UK.

Here’s how to use your Amex Platinum card to get into Lufthansa lounges. It’s just another option when it comes to lounge access with the Platinum Card.

Hotel news:

Rob interviews Chris Hartley, CEO of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA). The alliance has grown signficantly recently, with the addition of NH Hotels and The Set Collection.

Rhys reviews the brand new Tampa EDITION hotel. As always, the EDITION brand shines. The foliage-heavy lobby is pictured above!

Save 25% when buying Marriott Bonvoy points. It can often be cheaper than paying the cash rate.

When do World of Hyatt points expire? We take a look.

Rhys reviews the Radisson Collection Hotel in Tallinn. Recently refurbished, it is an impressive hotel on the outskirts of the old town.

Hyatt has opened new hotels in Lisbon and Krakow. Its European expansion continues apace.

Other interesting articles:

Get a Virgin Wines Advent calendar for just 12,500 Virgin Points. It includes 24 mini bottles plus one full sized bottle for Christmas Day!

Rhys tries a new airline by flying Ethiopian Airlines between Manchester and Geneva. A brand new fifth freedom route, it’s your opportunity to fly something different (and get long haul service and a flat bed in the process!)

Rob takes a day flight from New York to London. How does it compare, and is it worth it?

How to get Avis Preferred Status from your Priority Pass membership. You probably didn’t even know it was possible!

What you missed:

The Amex Gold 30,000 point sign-up bonus offer expired this week. So too did the Marriott Bonvoy Card’s 40,000 point sign-up bonus.

Virgin’s 50% off US and Caribbean flight redemptions offer also ended this week.

If you’re fast, you might still find the last of the rugby tickets on the IHG One Rewards site for 20,000 points per pair.

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.

PS. If you have your own small business, do check out the 60,000 points sign-up bonus on American Express Business Platinum before it ends on Wednesday

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