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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:

easyJet is launching 15 new routes from Birmingham Airport

BA Euroflyer Gatwick routes for Summer 2024 are now bookable

Virgin Atlantic has tightened Clubhouse entry rules at Heathrow

Virgin launches a new flight sale on redemptions to the USA

Over 500 people attended our annual Summer Party at Renaissance St Pancras. You can see some photos here and see above. Thank you to everyone who came.

Other British Airways and Avios news:

How to earn Avios when you fly United Airlines

How does the British Airways Best Price Guarantee work?

Credit card news:

American Express brings back its cardmember lounge at Wimbledon

What is the best Avios credit card?

A new £200 Qantas cashback credit has launched on Amex cards

Save £100 on Air France flights with a new Amex offer …. on your BA Amex card!

Reviews this week:

Review: The Gateway by easyJet lounge in London Gatwick’s North Terminal. Image above.

Rob visits Grantley Hall near Ripon, probably the UK’s most luxurious regional hotel. Image below.

Grantley Hall

Hotel news:

How to book low-cost day rooms at Hilton properties

Luton Hoo to become a Fairmont hotel after refurbishment

Get a 25% bonus buying World of Hyatt points

Why transferring hotel points to a friend is good (but transferring to airlines is usually bad)

Iberostar points earning and status benefits are now live with IHG One Rewards

Redeem IHG One Rewards points for Wilderness Festival glamping packages!

IHG opens a hotel in the Galapagos under its Hotel Indigo brand. Image below.

Virgin Hotels Glasgow finally opens in late July

IHG cuts earning bonus for ex-credit card holders from 4X to 0.4X

Norwegian and Nordic Choice Hotels merge their loyalty programmes

Crowne Plaza JFK Airport hotel closes with no notice

Hotel Indigo Galapagos

Other interesting articles:

Receive between 2,500 and 300,000 Avios with Nutmeg when you transfer a SIPP or ISA

Get up to 60% bonus when buying Virgin Points

Nectar Connect has been fixed and you can now register Amex cards again

Virgin Holidays launches Dubai & Maldives deals

You can now redeem Virgin Points for High Street gift cards including Pizza Express

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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