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BIGGEST EVER BONUS: Get a huge 100,000 points (converts to 100,00 Avios) with American Express Platinum!

American Express has launched an exceptional deal on The Platinum Card – apply here. The bonus is more than tripled to 100,000 Membership Rewards points which converts to:

  • 100,000 Avios
  • 100,000 Virgin Points
  • 100,000 Emirates, Etihad, Flying Blue, Asia Miles, Delta, Finnair, Qantas or SAS miles
  • 66,666 Singapore Airlines miles
  • 200,000 Hilton Honors points
  • 150,000 Marriott Bonvoy points
  • 300,000 Radisson Rewards points
  • 6,666 Club Eurostar points

….. and many other non-travel rewards.

You receive 75,000 points after spending £10,000 in six months. You will receive a further 25,000 points if you keep the card for 15 months.

Whilst the annual fee is £650, this is refundable pro-rata if you cancel once you’ve banked the bonus. Pro-rata refunds are not available on any Amex card after 29th February 2024, so you need to ensure you cancel before then if that is your plan.

Our main article on the 100,000 points 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 …..

Big American Express changes:

It’s not all good news from American Express this week – Amex raises the annual fee on many of its cards.

American Express has also raised the sign-up bonuses on two other cards:

On Monday, Amex will also launch Member Week in the UK. Click to see what we know about it so far.

This week’s top travel news stories:

We visit the new €10 million Star Alliance lounge in Paris

Japan Airlines reveals its new flagship first and business class cabins (image above)

Air Europa suffers major data breach with credit card details exposed

Other British Airways and Avios news:

British Airways launched another batch of Avios-only flights for August 2024

Final week to book: BA moves to revenue-based Avios earning next week – book now to lock in the current rates

Credit card news:

What is the best use of American Express Membership Rewards points? We’ve adjusted our sums for the Eurostar devaluation.

Get £50 Hotel du Vin and Malmaison cashback with American Express

Get £150 cashback with Air France and American Express

How to boost your American Express spend by using PayPal

Hotel news:

Got a pre-paid hotel room you no longer need? You should do mobile check-in anyway ….

Latest reviews:

Whilst in Lisbon, Rhys reviews the new Convent Square Hotel – part of IHG’s new Vignette Collection (image above)

Sinead reviews the new ‘Suite to Seat’ service from the Renaissance St Pancras hotel and Eurostar – your room comes with fast track Eurostar check-in and a porter to carry your luggage

Rob reviews the Hilton Bournemouth, which is still looking good

Plus click here for an overview of all the central London hotels we’ve reviewed in recent years

Other interesting news:

What makes the best loyalty scheme? We get philosophical.

Heathrow Rewards launches new bonuses for shopping

Some good Aer Lingus business class deals to New York have returned

Earn double Virgin Points at Bicester Village – but Accor is still the best option

How does Aspire Rewards work, and do Priority Pass visits count?

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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