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

American Express has temporarily increased the sign-up bonus on the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card from 20,000 to 25,000 points. The offer ends this Tuesday, 8th August.

If you meet the bonus criteria, you now receive 25,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 within 90 days.

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.

Special report:

What’s going on at Global Airlines, the new UK airline which has bought four A380s?

This week’s top travel news stories:

Avios is under investigation by HMRC for its VAT policies

British Airways brings back the A380 to Singapore, delivering some much-needed capacity

BA improves short haul snacks in economy

British Airways launches four new routes from Heathrow, including Cologne and Riga – wide-open for Avios redemptions

BA CityFlyer launches two new winter routes from London City Airport

Qatar Airways is increasing the frequency of its Manchester flights

BA orders six more Boeing 787-10s

Ethiopian Airlines launches three weekly flights from Gatwick – image below

Sainsburys ditches sign-up bonuses on its Nectar credit cards

Other British Airways and Avios news:

A closer analysis of BA’s peak / off-peak calendar for 2024 – what has changed?

Latest reviews:

Rhys is on board Etihad’s A380, reviewing the airline’s ‘Business Studio’ business class

Rob reviews the tranquil British Airways lounge in Terminal 5B

Sinead heads to Corfu to review the family-friendly Domes of Corfu, part of Marriott Bonvoy

Virgin Redemption University

We’ve started a new series of articles looking at how you can redeem Virgin Points with Virgin Atlantic and its partners.

Credit card news:

Get £200 cashback at Relais & Chateaux hotels with American Express

Get 30,000 bonus points with the current Capital on Tap Visa up offer – EXCLUSIVE to HfP readers who have a Limited Company

Hotel news:

IHG poaches a former Accor beach resort in Dubai – image above

Virgin Hotels boosts points earning on stays

Marriott Bonvoy members can get a Hertz car rental status match

Take a look at our 64 ‘My Favourite Hotel’ reviews from the pandemic

Other interesting articles:

easyJet twilight check-in opens in Glasgow

TfL reveals the first photos of the new Piccadilly Line tube trains

How does GHIC, the replacement EHIC health insurance card, work?

Finnair continues the rapid rollout of its new seat

Catch Rhys on the Simple Flying podcast

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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