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Get 30,000 Membership Rewards points with Amex Gold – 5 days only

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I have spent the last few days with some friends of ours in Stuttgart.  Had I not been there, I would have tried to get across to the Hyatt Churchill Hotel in London, where a group of 40 or so members of the Flyertalk community were having a get-together.

The event was sponsored by Hyatt, Virgin Atlantic and American Express who arranged some impressive events for attendees.  I was across there on Thursday afternoon and met a couple of the attendees for a drink.

During the event, Amex launched a special deal for attendees – 30,000 Membership Rewards points if they signed up for the American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card!

Now, this is a fantastic deal.  In fact, it is possibly the best sign-up deal ever offered for a free UK credit card.

The card is FREE for the first year, but if you keep it any longer you will be charged £125 annually.  To qualify for the bonus, you need to meet the following conditions:

  • Have a household income of £20,000
  • Spend £2,000 on the card within 90 days of your account being opened
  • You must not have a Green or Platinum Amex charge card (any other Amex is OK)

To see what you can get with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, look at this post here.

How do I sign up?

The link to sign-up is and the code you need to enter is FLYER.

Please note that the Amex representative at the event was happy for this offer to be circulated outside of the small group who attended the Hyatt function.  The leaflet also implies in the headline that they are happy for it to be shared (“Amex is offering you and your followers ….”).

The deadline to sign-up is November 4th, so don’t delay if you are interested.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2024 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (47)

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  • Mumof4 says:

    I really would like to do this, but just can’t see us managing the £2,000 spend in 90 days. Any tricks I should know about? I can’t get that many gift cards!!!

    • Raffles says:

      Book a refundable BA flight, move the points to Avios as soon as the bonus is credited, cancel the refundable flight. £15 BA fee to cover the cancellation. You need to time it right so the whole thing is done within 1 statement period.

      • craigmshaw says:

        Hi, can you go into more detail about this ‘trick’, precise timings etc. I would’ve thought the refunded amount would see the relevant # of points deducted, or is it that the t&c refers to money charged? Thanks.

        • Raffles says:

          The refund does remove the base points for the transaction. However, Amex will not take away the 20,000 point bonus which will have gone on your account by then, in most cases. (90 per cent of people get the bonus as soon as they hit £2k of spend, on the same day. The other 10 per cent have problems and end up chasing Amex for it. If you are in the latter camp, then obviously this won’t work as you won’t have got the bonus by the time your refund is processed.)

          • trickster says:

            Of course it doesn’t need to be BA. Are there any airlines that you can buy a refundable flight on that won’t charge a cancellation fee, and the holly grail, won’t charge a CC booking fee?

            I may have to do this too, now that I’ve realised I am shooting for three targets by Feb – BA Amex 2for1, Amex Gold bonus and PC Black Visa free night!

          • Jonathan says:

            Amex have got wise – I refunded a purchase which took me under the £2k spend limit, and my bonus MR were removed as well. I dont know what would happen if you had spent them already…

          • Raffles says:

            Interesting. However, nothing would stop you buying something refundable to take you over the limit and then refunding it AFTER you have spent the right amount next month. Eg if you spend £500 per month, you could buy a £500 refundable flight in Month 3 to ensure you hit £2k in 3 months, and then refund it at the end of Month 4 when you would have a £500 balance to pay anyway from Month 4’s spend.

  • Andrew says:

    I have a green corporate amex (doesn’t earn MR). Am I still eligible for the promotion?

  • Andrew Seftel (@andrewseftel) says:

    Any idea what the redemption rate is on Tripflex?

    • Raffles says:

      Click and it shows you, as long as you have some travel on your statement. It is under 0.5p I seem to remember, nearer 0.4p per point – I had a look a few weeks ago.

  • cardman says:

    thanks for posting raffles, my application is pending a decision

  • Emma says:

    Thanks for posting this, I’m waiting for my card to come. It sounds like my husband would be able to apply for a separate account too? How does the referral work, is this something I can do as soon as my card comes or am I better getting him to apply now with thhe 30,000 point offer?

  • Aoife says:

    Thanks for passing this on Raffles, great offer

  • JimM says:

    Thanks too, just signed up in time.

  • rossmacd says:

    Thank you Raffles – I have just signed up and been approved. Now to get spending the £2k….. I see someone upthread (Jonathan) used the book a BA flexible ticket and have it refunded trick, but does anyone else have any more evidence of Amex being smart in terms of removing the bonus MR points.

    Also, what does one do in the situation when your BAEC account is registered at an address in the EU, and my new Amex Gold is registered in the UK?

    • Raffles says:

      There is no problem sending UK MR points to a BA EU account, I have done it numerous times in the past.

      The obvious way to get around Amex taking the bonus back is to move it to BA as soon as it posts! However, it is easier all round if you do try to get the money out of the door within the 90 days even it means buying a few hundred pounds of supermarket gift cards. If you do need to book a refundable flight, try to delay refunding it as long as possible, even if it means having to settle your card bill with Amex and end up going into credit when you do eventually refund.

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