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.

Bits: HSBC World Elite bonus developments, 25% bonus on Amex Travel MR redemptions, Cathay sale

News in brief: HSBC Premier World Elite bonus developments (positively!) There has been an interesting development in the saga of the HSBC Premier World Elite credit card bonus (which I am legally obliged to tell you has a representative APR of 59.3% variable including the £195 fee […]

HSBC Premier offering you a free hotel stay to switch – and get the best Avios non-Amex credit card

I have covered the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard in some detail in the past – my full review is here.  It is a VERY attractive MasterCard product if you want to earn Avios. There is a £195 annual fee but you will receive 40,000 Avios […]

4 WEEKS TO GO: Last chance to pay your tax with a credit card – what should you use?

Time is running out to earn large chunks of very cheap airline miles and hotel points from HMRC via your credit card. As we first announced in early October (but the newspapers only caught up last weekend!), HMRC will no longer accept personal credit cards for […]

Bits: Nutmeg / Avios deal for existing clients, 20% off National Express, up to 4800 Avios with LEGO

News in brief: Avios bonus from Nutmeg for existing customers Last Monday we wrote about the very lucrative offer of up to 50,000 Avios from Nutmeg if you open an ISA or SIPP with them. You can read more about that offer in this article.  […]

Credit & Charge Card Reviews (9): 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 (8): 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 […]

HMRC to stop accepting credit cards on 13th January – no more cheap miles

HMRC has announced that it will no longer accept personal credit cards for income tax, PAYE, VAT or any other payments after 13th January 2018. You can see the announcement on this page of the HMRC website. This is clearly a blow for those people, […]

New travel (and High Street) cashback deals launched for HSBC and First Direct customers

Both HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have jumped on the cashback statement credit bandwagon.  This is excellent news for readers who bank with either of these groups – which includes myself – as there is a good opportunity to save some money on your […]

What is the best Visa or MasterCard travel loyalty credit card?

I continue to get a steady stream of reader emails looking for advice on the best Visa or MasterCard miles and points card.  With earning rates being cut following the EU cap on interchange fees, it isn’t easy. The Head for Points credit card guide […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow, 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 […]

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. You can either get a dedicated credit card to use abroad with 0% FX fees – of which […]

Which loyalty credit cards are worth keeping for their benefits even if you don’t 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 […]

Comparing UK lounge networks of Priority Pass, Lounge Club and LoungeKey

Many Head for Points readers can access airport lounges, even when flying economy, via their membership of Lounge Club, Priority Pass or LoungeKey. Lounge Club membership comes with the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card, which is free for the first year. You receive two […]

No card bonus unless you pay for Year 2? Updates on Creation / IHG and HSBC World Elite

There are two ongoing bonus sagas in the travel credit card world at the moment – one relating to the Creation IHG Rewards Club Premium card and one relating to the HSBC Premier World Elite card. Both have the same core problem: The cards promise […]

What are the travel benefits for UK World Elite MasterCard holders?

Over the weekend Rob covered the Santander Select World Elite MasterCard and the HSBC Premier World Elite MasterCard. As well as the specific benefits that come with each of these cards, there are some that are generic to all World Elite MasterCard products.  The main […]