Double the bonus for my first credit card: TPG reader success story

Apr 19, 2020

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We’ve been asking to hear your travel success and mistake stories to both celebrate and help our TPG U.K. community.

This week, Mark contacted me to share his good timing when applying for his first points-earning credit card.

“Since Christmas, I had been considering getting my first credit card. I read some of the credit card reviews and guides on TPG U.K. and was planning on The Prerferred Rewards Gold Credit Card from American Express, as it’s one of the best cards for beginners like me. It had a bonus of 10,000 American Express Membership Rewards points, which I could then transfer to any of its transfer partners, including British Airways.

I didn’t quite get around to actually applying for it, but I was lucky because then I saw that the welcome bonus had doubled to 20,000 points as long as I applied before 30 June. I quickly applied, was approved and I’m well on my way to earning that bonus.

While I’m not flying right now because of the coronavirus, all those Avios will come in handy when I can travel again — time to get my thinking cap on!”

It’s true we’re big fans of the Preferred Rewards Gold Credit Card as a starter card, as there’s no annual fee for the first year and a generous welcome bonus that has doubled for a limited-time only. While you might not be spending as much on travel right now as you normally would, it’s still easy to earn a sign-up bonus on a card without even leaving the house.

If you have a travel success (or failure) story even if you’re stuck at home, we would love to hear about it!
Featured image by Josh Gribben / The Points Guy

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