American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card

The American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card is a hugely popular card among miles and points collectors in the UK. This is because of its generous sign-up bonus, the lack of a fee for the first year and the 'double points' earning for supermarket, petrol, travel and overseas transactions.

Our main article reviewing the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card is here. You can learn more and apply for the card via the Amex website.

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?

Credit cards

People who drift into this odd hobby of ours often apply for a couple of credit cards almost at random, perhaps because they were on promotion or because they didn’t know any better.  They don’t have a long term strategy at that time, not surprisingly. If […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for March – summary of the current top deals

Credit cards

After a break in February – because there was nothing new to write about – it is time for the return of our monthly round up of what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals.  […]

Amex still offering the ‘secret’ Gold Rewards Plus to cancelling Platinum cardholders

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A reader emailed me last week to say that American Express tried to offer him the Gold Rewards Plus card when he called to cancel his Platinum charge card.  This is the first time in two years that I have heard of this happening – […]

Got Amex Gold? Get 3,000 free MR points by adding the Gold credit card

Amex Gold credit card

I know that a lot of Head for Points readers have taken out an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card in the last few weeks as they try to top-up their Avios before the April 28th devaluation. As a reminder, Amex Gold is free for […]

Hit your credit card sign-up bonus by buying FEE-FREE Amex gift cards

Amex Gift Card

(EDIT:  A reader report in March 2015 suggests that gift card purchases are no longer earning points.  This was only one incident but be aware!) I have written before about the range of American Express gift cards. They were not, to be honest, fantastic value. […]

Five Avios credit card sign-up bonuses you can get which will arrive by April 28th

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The last day to book Avios redemption tickets before the massive devaluation kicks in is April 28th.  Whilst that is still 11 weeks away, you may already be too late if you need to top up your account before you can book. The next Tesco […]

End of ‘mistake’ Membership Rewards points for Amex Gold holders

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There has always been something odd about the way that American Express awards Membership Rewards points at certain retailers if you have an Amex Gold. As a reminder, Amex Gold gives double points on all foreign spend transactions.  (It also gives double points on travel […]

Bits: Virgin Trains cuts Traveller, Amex airport cashback, 20% off ALL Flybe routes, Iberia Avios via HEx

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I continue my attempt to empty my inbox by running various short pieces on items which don’t justify a full article! Virgin Trains puts the breaks on Traveller Hot on the heels of news that the generous East Coast Rewards loyalty scheme will be wound up at the […]

New Amex hotel cashback deals: Thistle (£50 off £100), Hilton and others

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EDIT:  Direct links to register now available, includes MBNA and Lloyds cardholders A large number of new hotel cashback deals were launched by American Express yesterday. Whilst only the Thistle deal is outstanding, what is great about these deals is that you can combine them […]

How to indirectly pay your January tax bill with an American Express card

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If you are self-employed or pay tax outside PAYE for other reasons, 31st January is the day that you will need to make your final tax payment for the 2013-2014 tax year. HMRC accepts credit cards for tax payment. However, they do not accept American […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for January – summary of the current top deals

IHG Rewards Club 350

It is time for our monthly round up of what is new, what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. What’s new? Not much, to be honest.  I was expecting a burst of activity […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

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When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty much anywhere. Even better, both schemes allowed […]

PhD Avios: Which is the best way to collect Avios when buying petrol?

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I first wrote about this topic 18 months ago, but I thought it was worth re-running. It needed updating to reflect the new earning structure for buying petrol at Esso garages, the fact that you no longer receive double points for Tesco Momentum fuel and […]

New Amex cashback deals including £50 back from Apple

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American Express has launched what I assume will be its final batch of ‘statement credit’ offers for the year.  You can access these deals with either an American Express-issued card (British Airways, SPG, Gold, Platinum, Nectar etc) or with an Amex card issued by Lloyds, […]

‘Credit Cards Update’ updated for December – summary of the current top deals

Credit cards

It is time for our monthly round up of what is new, what is coming and what is going in the world of UK airline and hotel credit card sign-up deals. What’s new? Not much, to be honest.  December is never a good month for […]

Amex ‘Shop Small’ is coming – get £5 back on a £10 transaction for 2 weeks!

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Saturday 6th December is the second outing for the UK version of ‘Small Business Saturday’, a slightly more welcome US import than Black Friday! It is, in theory, little more than a PR exercise for small traders and the benefits of shopping at local small […]