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NEW OFFER: Get 25,000 American Express Membership Rewards points with ‘free for a year’ Amex Gold

American Express has increased the sign-up bonus on the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card from 20,000 to 25,000 points.

If you meet the bonus criteria, you now receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 within 90 days. This is a special offer which runs to 8th August.

This is an exceptionally generous deal for a card which is FREE for the first year.  Remember that 25,000 Membership Rewards points convert into 25,000 Avios, amongst other things.

You can apply here. Our full article on the deal is here.

The representative APR is 75.2% variable, including the annual fee.  The representative APR on purchases, and in the first year which has no fee, is 30.7% variable.

This week’s top travel news stories:

EXCLUSIVE: Take a look inside the new First Dining Room in Heathrow Terminal 3

EXCLUSIVE: Malaysia Airlines CEO reveals new business class seats and wifi in a HfP interview (image above)

The UK is launching its Electronic Travel Authorisation for international visitors. This is how it works.

Has British Airways locked you out of your Executive Club account? This is how to get back in.

British Airways launches a new flight to Fuerteventura from Gatwick.

Other British Airways and Avios news:

British Airways brings back First Class to five routes

British Airways announces refresh and Whispering Angel bar in Heathrow T5B lounge

Get bonus Avios with new Marriott Bonvoy accounts

Other airline news:

FLIGHT SALE: £275 return economy fares to the USA are back with Norse

Cathay Pacific increases Manchester flights

United Airlines sponsors Wrexham, the Welsh football club

Credit card news:

NEW OFFER: get 25,000 points with the ‘free for a year’ American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card (plus get entered into a prize draw on top). Apply here.

NEW OFFER: get 40,000 points and £100 credit with the American Express Business Platinum card

Did you know you can use Virgin Atlantic credit card 2-4-1 vouchers on CASH tickets?

Reviews this week:

Rhys reviews The Gantry hotel in Stratford, part of Hilton’s Curio Collection

Hotel news:

IHG has removed Mr and Mrs Smith hotels from its website after Hyatt acquisition

Accor adds more concert redemptions including Lionel Richie

The Moxy Plymouth hotel has opened

Hyatt opens a new hotel in Montenegro

IHG’s Hotel Indigo Tokyo opens in late August

Get 15% off IHG hotel rewards at new hotels

Join a Marriott Bonvoy food tour of Venice

Get triple Avios at NH Hotels

Hyatt finally adds Lindner hotels, primarily in Germany, to its website

Other interesting articles:

Get a £40+ wine for 3,000 Virgin Points during English Wine Week

Get high-speed wifi at Gatwick Airport by signing up to myGatwick

Get 20% off Railcards

Take a look inside the new Belfast City Aspire lounge, opening later this summer – image above

Get bonus Heathrow Rewards points when dining

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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