HSBC Premier Mastercard

The HSBC Premier Mastercard is the most generous Visa or MasterCard which offers Avios points. It can also be used to earn Etihad Guest, Krisflyer or Asia Miles points. You need to have a HSBC Premier current account to apply which, whilst free, requires specific income and investment criteria. My review of the card is here. A new World Elite version, with a £195 fee, was launched in 2016 and is reviewed here.

Why 0.2% cashback is the ‘new normal’ for Visa and Mastercard – and why travel cards are far better

HSBC launched a new rewards credit card last month called, erm, the HSBC Rewards Credit Card.  This does not give travel rewards, but I wanted to highlight it because: it shows, very clearly, where all cashback credit cards in the UK are heading, and it […]

Top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier Mastercard

Why should you get the HSBC Premier Mastercard? Today, in our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, I want to look at the top 10 reasons to apply for a HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card. You can see all of our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, focusing on […]

Top 10 reasons to get the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

Why should you get the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard? Today, in our ‘Top 10 Reasons’ series, I want to look at the top 10 reasons to apply for a HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard credit card. You can see all of our ‘Top 10 […]

What are the top UK credit card sign-up deals by £ value?

What I thought might be interesting to look at today, in very mercenary terms, would be to rank the best UK travel credit card sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. How do I value my miles and points? The biggest question mark is […]

Will Amex devalue Membership Rewards – and should you convert Amex, Clubcard, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

In the comments to our article yesterday on the changes to certain American Express card sign-up and referral bonuses, a couple of readers questioned the merit of leaving their Membership Rewards points sitting with American Express, rather than moving them. The logic, according to these […]

Why the only thing better than transferable points is INSTANTLY transferable points

One of the key ideas I push on Head for Points is that transferable, or convertible, points are better than non-transferable points. The best way to explain this is via American Express Membership Rewards points, earned from Amex Gold, Amex Platinum and the Amex Rewards […]

Get 5,000 Avios (or other miles) sign-up bonus with the free HSBC Premier credit card

HSBC Premier has launched a special sign-up bonus on its free HSBC Premier credit card. Until 2nd March, you will receive 10,000 HSBC Premier points – the usual bonus is nothing – when you take out the free HSBC Premier credit card and spend £1,000 […]

What is the best credit card for foreign spend when someone else is paying?

We write a lot on Head for Points about ways to minimise the 2.99% foreign exchange fee added to most credit and debit card transactions outside the UK. For personal travel you might want to get a separate free credit card to use abroad.  There are no travel […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

I wanted to take a look another look what is out there in the way of UK Star Alliance credit cards, since access to earning via a credit or charge card is often a key factor in choosing a programme. The merger of Marriott Rewards and […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (7): HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard

This is my review of the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard credit card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles will be linked to […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (6): HSBC Premier Mastercard

This is my review of the HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card. It is part of my series of articles looking at the major UK loyalty credit cards and discussing whether or not they are worth applying for. These articles will be linked to the relevant […]

Bits: free £18 with a $ prepaid Mastercard, Virgin launches NYC Pride flight, HSBC Premier gives Langham status

News in brief: Get £18 ‘free’ with a FairFX prepaid Dollar Mastercard Groupon is running an interesting offer on FairFX prepaid currency cards at the moment. Via this link you can, for £7, buy yourself a US$ prepaid Mastercard.  When you load the card with […]

Bits: free hotel night with HSBC Premier credit card, Hilton to open at Silverstone

News in brief: HSBC Premier credit card offering a free hotel night HSBC Premier has brought back its ‘free hotel nights’ offer on its free HSBC Premier Mastercard credit card. If you take out the HSBC Premier credit card before 9th November you can claim […]

Which five loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you never use them?

Typically there are three different types of travel loyalty credit cards you can apply for: Cards you get just for the sign-up bonus Cards you get primarily for the strong on-going earnings rate Cards you get but don’t use because they come with generous perks […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow or HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

This article is another of the ‘how to’ pieces we have been running over August for the benefit of newer readers, although hopefully everyone will get some value from them. A regular email question I receive from readers is about ‘convertible’ points.  There is a […]

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