After dropping their bonus to a measly 2,000 Membership Rewards points a couple of weeks ago, American Express has reintroduced a decent bonus for taking out their American Express Platinum Charge card. The bonus is now 35,000 Membership Reward points. This is still some way off the previous best of 52,000 points, but is still a very good deal.
It looks like Amex is testing the market, to see what level of bonus they need to offer to entice people to take the card and its benefits, albeit for a fairly hefty £450 per year charge.
Update: BA have changed this offer and the bonus is now 19,000 Avios.
Amex and BA have significantly increased the bonus Avios you receive for being referred for the British Airways Premium Plus Credit Card. This offer used to provide 19,000 Avios, but was recently reduced to 7,000 Avios.
However, Amex has today increased the bonus to a whopping 31,000 Avios!
The only note of caution on using Aer Lingus over British Airways is that their business class cabin is probably not as good as the equivalent cabin on British Airways, but if the cost is the most important thing to you, then you should definitely check the availability.
Update: This increase in the annual fee has been confirmed. More information here.
We’ve been long-time advocates of the Amex Platinum Charge card and the 42,000 Membership Rewards it gives for its £300 annual fee. The Membership rewards can then be converted into 42,000 British Airways Avios or BMI miles and the card gives a host of other benefits such as top-tier travel insurance, lounge access (via free Priority Pass), Cathay Pacific Gold Tier status and hotel tier benefits, amongst others.
However, according to the UK Amex website, the fee for this card is to increase by a huge 50% to £450 – almost unbelievable.
However, the referral link, still says that the annual fee is £300, so if still deciding on whether to sign up, you might want to make your mind up soon. If you do, you’d also be recommended to take some screenshots of the process.
An alternative idea is to take out the card and then once you have received the Membership Rewards points, transfer them to your airline scheme and then cancel the card for a pro-rata refund of the annual fee. eg, after 6 months, you’d get £150 back, based on the £300 fee.
Tesco have a free-to-enter competition where you can win 10,000 Clubcard points. All you have to do is email Games.Competition@uk.tesco.com and you’re entered into the draw. Note, however, that this signs you up to Tesco’s games marketing emails, so you might want to use something other than your regular email address.
10,000 Clubcard points can be converted into 24,000 Avios at today’s rates, but we’d recommend keeping them in Clubcard vouchers and hope that another deal, such as the recent 400 bonus points per £2.50 converted, comes along again. You can also convert them into Virgin Atlantic miles.
The offer seems to be targeted at US members, but it accepted my UK Priority Club login details, so there is no harm in seeing if it works for you. These points can be kept within Priority Club, or converted to miles for various airline frequent flyer programs such as BA’s Executive Club.