American Express Platinum charge card

The American Express Platinum charge card is a hugely popular card among miles and points collectors in the UK. This is because of its generous sign-up bonus, free travel insurance and a wide range of travel perks.

These include Club Carlson Gold status, Starwood Preferred Guest Gold status, Le Club Accorhotels Platinum status, two Priority Pass cards for airport lounge access (admits four people in total) and Eurostar lounge access.

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

New Amex cashback offers with retailers you may actually visit!

Amex Travel

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

Post Office

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 […]

‘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

Amex Gold 350

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 – […]

Extra ‘secret’ Amex Plat benefit – access to Virgin Australia lounges in Oz

Virgin Atlantic

The American Express Platinum charge card offering differs from country to country.  Whilst the cards look the same wherever you go (unless you turn them over) you receive different benefits depending on where it is issued.  These benefits do NOT always apply to holders of […]

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

BA Amex - NEW

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 […]

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

Flybe London City

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 […]

Amex adds free wi-fi to its Fine Hotels & Resorts benefits

Four Seasons Hampshire

One of the most useful benefits of having an American Express Platinum card – and one which genuinely helps justify the £450 fee – is the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme. FHR, as it is known, is a collection of 600 luxury hotels worldwide which […]

£100 cashback on £300 Amex Travel spend for Platinum cardholders

Amex Travel

(EDIT:  as per the Comments, it seems that there is a technical issue with card numbers whose 5th number is a 0 resulting in a “by invitation only” message and a refusal to register you) American Express Travel has launched a very decent bonus promotion for […]

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 […]

‘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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(This article was updated in April 2015) 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 […]

Is the Amex Platinum ‘UK Hotel Collection’ a good deal?

Chewton Glen

American Express Platinum (and indeed Centurion) cardholders get a number of decent hotel deals, mainly through the Fine Hotels & Resorts programme (late check-out, upgrade if available at check-in, free breakfast, bonus amenity).  We are starting a 3-night Fine Hotels & Resorts stay tomorrow as […]

New Amex cashback deals including £50 back from Apple

iPhone

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, […]

Up to 50,000 – yes 50,000 – free Membership Rewards points for Amex Platinum holders!

Amex Platinum

If you have an American Express Platinum card, this is a fantastic deal. If you don’t have an American Express Platinum card, this deal may well persuade you to get one – especially as it runs until the end of February. Take a look at […]