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BONUS DOUBLED – Get a huge 60,000 points PLUS £200 travel credit, and great benefits, with American Express Platinum

American Express is currently running 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, 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.

The representative APR is 704.6% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases is 31.0% variable.

In other news …..

British Airways & Avios news:

British Airways is increasing Avios Subscription prices. You have until Monday to buy under the old pricing.

Avios issues 220,000 points per minute …. is that a problem?

BA Euroflyer (Gatwick) unveils improved food offerings. It’s better than Heathrow in Economy!

How much does it cost to reserve a business class seat on British Airways? More than you think ….

Other airline news:

Save £100 on Virgin Atlantic Upper Class flights to the US. This weekend only.

Lufthansa launches two new UK routes from the regions.

….and don’t forget you can still win 1 Million Virgin Points with Virgin Red and HfP! Click through to enter. Ends Sunday night.

Credit card news:

How many airport (and train) lounges does the American Express Platinum card get you into? Hint: it’s more than you think.

New Four Seasons and Point A American Express hotel cashback offers have appeared.

Get £100 Amex cashback at WorldHotels – just £250 spend needed.

How do Barclaycard Avios upgrade vouchers work?

Reviews this week:

Review: the new W Hotel in Rome, featuring W’s new ‘grown up’ design. Image above.

Rob returns to InterContinental Boston …. a decade after his last stay.

What’s it like flying Virgin Atlantic’s new Retreat Suite? Rob pays the £200 surcharge to find out.

Rhys reviews the American Airlines First Class lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3.

Hotel news:

BREAKING: It emerged yesterday that Hyatt is buying the Mr & Mrs Smith hotel booking platform. What does this mean for the Smith partnership with IHG One Rewards?

Use your Accor Live Limitless points to see Lana Del Rey at BST Hyde Park in London.

Get an 80% bonus buying IHG One Rewards points. Click here to buy.

Which hotels don’t give Avios but DO let you earn Virgin Points?

A new Radisson sale has launched – save cash and earn bonus points.

How to gift a Marriott Bonvoy reward night to someone else.

Two new high-end hotels opening in Liverpool from Accor and IHG.

The Hard Rock Hotel in London rebrands. Image below.

Other interesting articles:

Gatwick Airport unveils a new logo.

Why Fine Hotels & Resorts is one of the best Amex Platinum benefits.

See ICC Cricket (India vs Australia) at The Oval with Emirates Skywards miles.

How to do a hotel mattress run – and what can go wrong!

How a solo traveller can benefit from the Barclaycard Avios upgrade and BA Amex 2-4-1 vouchers.

Get up to £100 off Cathay Pacific flights.

Is it worth converting Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards points?

That’s all, folks

Our latest round-up 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.

Rob, Rhys and Sinead @ Head for Points

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