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.

It’s back: Get a 25% bonus on HSBC credit card points conversions to Avios

HSBC has launched a 25% bonus on conversion of HSBC Premier credit card points to Avios until 31st August. It isn’t clear if this is targeted or open to everyone.  You should find full details of the transfer bonus if you log in to your […]

LateRooms.com and Super Break go into receivership

LateRooms.com, one of the UK’s oldest internet travel companies, and Super Break went into administration last night. Both groups were owned by Cox & Kings, which decided to withdraw funding after continued losses.  Attempts to find a buyer failed. There is an official statement on […]

Which six 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 […]

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 […]

Free Langham ‘1865’ Voyager status for HSBC Premier credit card holders

Free Langham ‘1865’ Voyager status is currently available for HSBC Premier credit card holders. One of the lesser known benefits of being a British Airways Gold member is that you can get free mid-tier Voyager status in the Langham Hotels ‘1865’ loyalty scheme. I wrote […]

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