I have recently applied for the new Creation IHG Visa as a result of Barclaycard’s closure of the existing IHG card. Ben got in touch to ask if I had considered the HSBC Credit Card as an alternative – to which I had to say no as I didn’t know anything about it. So, thanks… Read More The HSBC Avios-earning alternative credit cards
Anyone serious about miles and points is going to use an American Express to rack up the miles as they are the best earners, but what do you use when you are spending money somewhere that doesn’t accept AmEx? I have always advocated for the IHG Black Visa card – for £99 a year I… Read More Goodbye Barclaycard – there is a new Creation in town!
I had an email from a very good friend the other day asking for some advice with a miles and points credit card purchase. This friend is a very savvy the person who, since being referred for the American Express Gold card 18 months ago, has been able to redeem miles for a return flight… Read More Should you pay a credit card surcharge to earn miles?
I wrote a couple of days ago about why I gave up my Curve Card. It wasnt that there was anything bad about the card, but having had it for a while, I just felt that it didn’t work for me, especially as the Supercard is now back. A little while after the post was… Read More Chatting with Curve
I wrote a while ago about the Curve card, one of these ‘front’ cards that allows you to choose, via an app, which if your payment cards the transaction goes to. It’s similar to the Supercard, except that it does have foreign exchange fees and you can use an American Express. The ‘game-changer’ for this… Read More Ahead of the Curve? No – I’m leaving it behind!
In the olden days, and by that I mean last year, you would wait patiently to see if and when the bonus points for referrals would drop into your American Express account. There was no fanfare and no communication. I referred someone last week and, as usual hadn’t heard anything. When I saw them this… Read More AmEx referral email
I found out yesterday from my number one source of information, headforpoints, that the Barclaycard IHG Visa that I have has been discontinued. Apparently, it disappeared from the site at the end of March. If you go there now, there is no mention of the IHG cards at all; just the Hilton Visa. This is… Read More Goodbye Barclaycard IHG Visa?
So, if you were to have followed the advice in the previous post, you would have found yourself in possession of 57,000 American Express Membership Rewards points, which are worth 57,000 Avios, and not have spent any additional money. If you want to go further, and experience more luxurious travel, the best next step is… Read More Part two: Taking the next step with credit cards
Over the Easter weekend I had a couple of conversations with people who were keen to find out more about travelling on Avios, but didn’t know where to start, so I thought I would dig out and update some advice I gave to a friend a while ago. This will eventually be a three part… Read More Part one: Dipping your toes in with credit cards
A couple of years ago, I took out the Starwood Preferred Guest AmEx when the sign up bonus was 20,000 SPG points. This was a great deal, not least because you get a 5,000 mile bonus if you convert them to an airline programme if you didn’t want to use them for hotel nights. I… Read More Should I get the SPG Credit Card?