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American Express Business Gold 60,000 points

CRAZY TIMES: Get 120,000 points with Amex Business Platinum and 60,000 points with ‘free for a year’ Amex Business Gold

American Express has launched the biggest payment card sign-up bonus we’ve seen in the UK. Ever.

If you apply for American Express Business Platinum, you can receive 120,000 Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus. This converts into, amongst other things, 120,000 Avios or 120,000 Virgin Points.

If you apply for American Express Business Gold, which is FREE for Year 1, you can receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus. This converts into, amongst other things, 60,000 Avios or 60,000 Virgin Points – and from a card which is free for 12 months.

T&C apply to the bonuses – read our articles for details:

Sole traders are welcome to apply as well as Limited Companies. If you don’t have a business of your own, please forward this email to any friends who may be interested.

The application form for Business Platinum is here and for Business Gold is here.

IAG to buy Air Europa

Latest travel news:

IAG has finally agreed terms to buy Spanish airline Air Europa giving it a ludicrous 73% share of the domestic Spanish market.

British Airways has regained 86 weekly take-off and landing slots at Heathrow Airport following the collapse of Flybe. What happens next?

Aspire will expand its lounge at Belfast City Airport, expanding capacity by around 70%

Norse Atlantic is to drop its Boeing 787 Gatwick to Oslo service in late March.

Qantas has announced a new First Class lounge for Heathrow Terminal 3 – the world’s best airport terminal for airport lounges is getting even better!

Accor is replacing its ibis Business paid-for loyalty programme – sign up now if you want instant Accor Live Limitless Gold status.

IHG has opened a Staybridge Suites hotel in Brighton.

Qatar Duty Free use Avios

Other British Airways & Avios news:

Rob tries out the process of spending Avios on goodies at Qatar Duty Free at Doha’s Hamad Airport – it is very slick. The bear above is at Hamad!

You can donate Avios to the DEC earthquake relief fund – and IAG Loyalty will match your donation.

Hart Shoreditch review

New reviews this week:

We review Hart Shoreditch, a new-ish Hilton ‘Curio Collection’ boutique hotel on the fringes of the City in East London. Photo above.

Slightly further away, in our final article from Ethiopia, Rhys reviews the Skylight In-Terminal Hotel at Addis Ababa Bole Airport. It could be the smartest airside hotel in the world.

Credit card news:

We launched Round 2 of our competition to win ONE MILLION AVIOS when you apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards!

As part of our ‘win one million Avios’ competition, we answered 19 questions you may have about the Barclaycard Avios Mastercard credit cards.

IHG has launched a new £75 cashback offer in association with American Express – you only need to spend £300 to receive it.

Yours Truly DC hotel on points

Hotel news:

There are exceptionally good value redemptions available at IHG’s new Vignette Collection hotel in Washington DC. Room photo above.

Get a 40% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points (click here to buy).

Get 10,000 bonus Marriott Bonvoy points with a ‘Homes & Villas by Marriott Bonvoy’ booking.

Other interesting articles:

Do you know that you can earn Avios in Qatar Privilege Club whenever you stay at an Accor hotel? This is ON TOP of your Accor Live Limitless points.

Rob proposed an idea for making the British Airways American Express cards more attractive – with a win/win for everyone.

Learn how to transfer Avios from British Airways to Qatar, Iberia, Aer Lingus or Vueling using ‘Combine My Avios’.

Learn how to get a status match between Avis and, slightly oddly.

Is Radisson Rewards the best hotel loyalty scheme? This is the 5th of our scheme overviews.

That’s your lot ….

Our latest round-up of miles and points offers closing soon is here. An updated version will run on on Sunday.

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.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

Comments (2)

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  • Tony says:

    Will BA return their London – Bangkok service anytime soon? Or is there an alternative airline to use Avios and even better companion vouchers with?

    • Rob says:

      No and no. Not until there are business passengers willing to pay £10k return. All the low value Asia routes are being pushed onto Qatar codeshares.

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