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.

Can you transfer Amex Membership Rewards to someone else when you cancel your card? Er, ‘Yes’.

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Until early 2013, American Express allowed you to transfer your Membership Rewards points to someone else for a £15 fee.  This option no longer exists. However …. The terms and conditions of the Gold and Platinum cards (PDF) explicitly allow you to transfer your points to another […]

Holiday Tips 2 – earning miles with your credit card abroad

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In Part 1 of Holiday Tips yesterday, I looked at ways to earn points when booking airport car parking. Today I want to provide an updated look at the best ways to earn points when using your credit card abroad. Something I stress on Head for […]

Bits: Heathrow Express free upgrade for Star Alliance Gold, new Amex fashion deals

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News in brief: Free Heathrow Express upgrade extended If you have Star Gold status via any of the frequent flyer schemes in the Star Alliance, you can still claim a free First Class upgrade on Heathrow Express. The link with the offers is here. This […]

Bits: New Amex cashback deals, Expedia and hotels.com flash sales, more miles at Bicester Village

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Some news in brief: New American Express cashback deals A new batch of statement credit deals may have hit your BA Amex, SPG Amex, Amex Gold or Amex Platinum online account over the weekend. These include: £10 back on £70 spend at World Duty Free (old offer, […]

REMINDER: Don’t lose your £10 Amazon Amex cashback! Ends tomorrow.

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If you registered for the ‘£10 cashback when you spend £30 on amazon.co.uk’ offer two weeks ago, you have until Tuesday evening to spend your £30.  Remember that you do not need to buy anything now.  The easiest thing to do is to buy a £30 […]

Amex Gold offer: £50 off a £100 booking with Amex Travel

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American Express has launched a generous new offer for holders of the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card. Until June 30th, you will receive £50 statement credit when you spend £100 or more at Amex Travel. The £100 needs to be on a pre-paid product […]

£5 cashback on £10 Post Office spend with BA, SPG etc Amex cards

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American Express has launched a new cashback deal in association with the Post Office – and a pretty generous one at that. I wrote back in April about how the Post Office had begun to accept Amex cards.  This offer is presumably part of that deal. […]

DEAL DEAD: Register for £10 American Express cashback on £30 Amazon spend

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(EDIT, 8pm.  Well done everyone!  We have successfully exhausted the majority of the 8,000 registrations between us in just 6 hours and the deal is now closed.  Please do ensure that you spend £30 on each of the Amex cards you registered, even if you just buy a […]

New Amex cashback offers with retailers you may actually visit!

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If you had begun to think that the American Express statement credit deals were getting rather too eclectic (Plenish Cleanse?  Paper London?), the good news is that a new raft of deals was launched yesterday. If you have an Amex-issued American Express card, you need […]

Post Office now accepting American Express

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In one swoop, the Post Office has become the largest retail network in the UK to accept American Express cards.  As of last week, all 11,500 Post Office branches in the UK are accepting Amex for transactions for which they would previously have accepted a MasterCard or […]

Amex Gold relaunched today – some good news, mainly bad news

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This news was embargoed by Amex until 9am which is why this article is later than usual. American Express has relaunched the Preferred Rewards Gold card today.  This has involved a rejig of the benefits package which, for many people, makes it a poorer deal. […]

What is your credit card ‘end game’ strategy?

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(This article was updated in August 2015) People who drift into this odd hobby of ours often apply for a couple of credit or charge cards almost at random, perhaps because they were on promotion or because they didn’t know any better.  They don’t have a […]

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

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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

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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

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(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. […]