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: 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 four 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 […]

Bits: 25% bonus on HSBC Premier to Avios transfers, new Heathrow Rewards sign-up bonus, 40% bonus buying Hyatt points

News in brief: 25% bonus when you transfer HSBC Premier credit card points to Avios HSBC Premier has launched a (targeted?) 25% bonus on points transfers to Avios. This is a little surprising, since in October 2016 they said that they were ending their annual 50% […]

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

I 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. This week saw the final closure of the MBNA […]

What is the best Avios credit card? (Part 1: comparing sign-up bonuses)

What is the best credit card for earning Avios points?  This is not as easy an answer as you might think and beginners to this hobby may not be aware of the full range of cards which are available.  You have more options than you […]

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

If you are heading off on holiday soon, you may want to check if you can access an airport lounge at your departure airport.  If not, it might still be possible to arrange free access via a credit card or by buying a pass. Many […]

Comparing the 11 Avios credit cards that can earn you points!

What is the best Avios credit card?  With the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card now closed to new applicants, I wanted to take another look at the other remaining options for earning Avios points from a UK credit card and suggest your best strategy. If […]

HSBC Premier drops its income requirement to £75k – can you now get the best Avios Mastercard?

I have covered the HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard extensively in articles like this.  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 points for spending £12,000 in the […]

The top 10 UK loyalty 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 sign-up bonuses in terms of cold hard cash. Put simply, if I get this card purely for the sign-up bonus, how much value […]

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 […]

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 […]

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