30% Bonus on Transfers from Diners Club to British Airways

Am I the last man standing that still has a Diners Club card? I keep it because:

  • Primary collision damage waiver on rental cars (United Explorer has that, too).
  • It’s chip and PIN, not that I’ve ever actually needed that. It doesn’t waive foreign currency transaction fees, so I don’t want to use it outside the U.S.
  • You can’t apply for one. I guess that makes me not want to cancel, somehow.
  • Obscure transfer partners – like EVA Airways, SAS, South African, and Thai. You never know when you might need that! (Though, to date, I haven’t except for South African many years ago.)

This used to be a great card, with two full billing cycles to pay and a restaurant savings program that morphed into iDine Prime (how crazy is it that Diners Club no longer has any dining benefits?).

They also regularly ran a 100% bonus on transfers to British Airways. So this isn’t that. But it’s still a bonus —

The US Diners Club Club Rewards program is offering a 30% bonus on transfers between June 1 and July 31.

Other decent transfer options (with no current bonus) include Aeroplan, Alaska Airlines, Korean Air, and Delta.

Hit the comments to show your pride if you still carry Diners Club!

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  1. Me, me! Pretty much use it to pile up points I can dump every 2 years for a WN Companion Pass.

    And for car rentals.

  2. Still have mine, too. Mainly for the primary collision waiver benefit. A recent observation–I noticed the Diners Club logo on the backside of my newly issued Discover card.

  3. I’m too young to have applied for it when it was still around (in Canada they don’t accept applications any more, not sure about the US). What did you transfer to SA for? The only thing that comes to mind is VS Upper class, although I’m not sure if they have YQ.

  4. DC MasterCard is actually my company’s corporate card. I don’t travel much at all for work and don’t have one yet, but expect to have one by the end of the year.

    It costs $75/year to participate in the re program, but the fee can be expensed. I work for accounts payable handling expense reports so know this for a fact. 🙂

  5. @Jeff – Diner’s Club isn’t accepting applications in the US, and frankly, I doubt they ever will. I’ve never needed Chip & PIN in my overseas travels, but I’d rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it, so I really hope I’m wrong about that.

    And to answer your other question, VS does have fuel surcharges.

  6. Did one of those 100% bonus things to BA (and maybe a few miles to AA) and canceled it a while back. Wasn’t worth the fee once I no longer got value out of the primary insurance.

  7. I keep it for primary collision coverage, and the occasional transfer with these boni.

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