An Amex / Foursquare update

(EDIT, February 2013 – see this post for details of the Spring 2013 Amex / Foursquare offers)

Two days ago I ran this long introductory post to the Amex / Foursquare offers.  It attracted a lot of interest – read the comments as well as the main post.

This was the list of deals we knew about on Thursday:

  • Harvey Nichols – spend £25, get £25 back (ends 31/12)
  • Starbucks – spend £10, get £5 back (ends 13/2/13)
  • Tesco – spend £50, get £10 back (ends 31/12)
  • Argos – spend £20, get £5 back (ends 31/12)
  • Fenwick / Bentalls – spend £50, get £10 back (ends 24/12)
  • HMV – spend £20, get £5 back (ends 31/12)
  • House of Fraser – spend £50, get £10 back (ends 31/12)

Amex sent me an email yesterday which added some new ones.  At the time of writing (yesterday), none of these offers were available on the Foursquare site – hopefully they will appear this morning.

  • Urban Outfitters – spend £50, get £25 back (ends 31/12)
  • Liberty – spend £50, get £25 back (ends 31/12)
  • Nike – spend £50, get £25 back (ends 31/12)


The Amex email also mentioned the Gap deal (spend £10, get £10 back) again.  However, this has been pulled from Foursquare so unless you have already checked in there you won’t be able to get it.  Perhaps it will be back this morning.

Remember that you need to ‘check in’ to each shop via Foursquare before the discount will work!  And you need to repeat this with a new FS account for every Amex card you intend to use.

Liberty is especially interesting.  This weeked they have a massive discount promotion instore with up to 20% off.  This will combine with the Foursquare deal.

I was in Harvey Nichols yesterday, picking up a £27 bottle of wine.  This is by far the most I have ever spent in a shop on a bottle of wine, but as the net cost will only be £2 I thought it was OK!

It is also worth remembering that the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nichols contains a food market, so you could even get £25 of groceries for free.  There is also a lot of cookery books up there, plus (oddly) some Time Out guidebooks to New York, London and Paris.  Do NOT try to spend your £25 in Yo Sushi, Wagamama or the bar as it may not qualify – it may be possible to buy a £25 HN giftcard at a normal till and use that in the restaurants, though.

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  1. Boddingtons says:

    I’m planning a run on Harvey Nichols in Manchester this afternoon equipped with 11 Amex cards, no less.

    Can I ‘check-in’ to Harvey Nichols on FourSquare whilst at home or do I have to do it in store?

    I’m assuming if I ‘check-in’ for all accounts whilst I’m setting them up i won’t have to mess about with the phone again?

  2. Raffles, Amex have confirmed that the restaurant concessions, Yo Sushi and Wagamama do NOT provide the our square rebate

  3. Boddingtons says:

    Aside from checking in, it seems you have to go onto ‘unlock the deal’. Is that correct?

  4. Just recently discovered the blog and would like to say thanks to raffles, and also the other frequent contributors, for all tjhe invaluable info over and above that I already knew. I have started using 4SQ this week and so far so good excepting Harvey Nics. My nearest store is Edinburgh about 55 miles away. I cannot even find it within 4SQ nevermind check-in.At first I thought that this was simply because it was too far away but this cannot be the case as many other stores in edinburgh can be found. Would be grateful if somebody could advise what might be going on or where I might be going wrong. Thanks.

  5. Belsize77 says:

    No Liberty special showing for me on any account either. Bizarre as everything else has worked perfectly.

  6. I don’t think Liberty is loaded yet, and Nike only partially so.

    Liberty shows no special in map view or when the item is opened in 4S.

    In the map view I can see a couple of Nike stores in London and see that they have specials, but when I click on a listed store to view the item and save it, no special shows, when viewed on computer or phone.

    Saved Liberty, Nike and Urban Outfitters (which does show special) to a list though so easy find once correctly loaded and I visit.

    4S looking rather void of specials now that November is over 🙁 and I took good advantage yesterday performing 20 transactions of just over £5! In my final store, the assistant saw my Lloyds duo Amex and remarked it was odd cos she’d seen a lot of those cards that day lol Lucky her, I guess that meant business did pick up as a result of the offer!

  7. I just tried online to sync my BA Amex for the first time using a new e-mail address and got ‘Good news! Your account is already synced …’. The giveaway was the word ‘Sorry’ in the URL.

    Presumably my name has been remembered by cookies. I’m unsure whether I can check in multiple times using different cards.

    The answer would seem to be to use Private Browsing or similar to avoid info being retained.

    Or can I use different cards with different e-mail addresses after all, I wonder.

  8. Thanks Trevor, I’m all sorted on Harvey Nics and getting hang of things now 🙂

    Have just used three separate accounts and so far none of the issues reported by Roger but remails to be seen once I put my cards to use.

  9. Please can you tell us where you managed to sign up for these e-mail updates? I keep missing out on these offers! Thanks

    • You can log in on the Amex website and tweak your marketing preferences. There are various categories of stuff you can ask to receive, tick the lot. Note that you need to do this for every Amex-issued Amex card you have – if you have a BA, SPG and Gold Amex, you need to do the form 3 times.

  10. Boddingtons says:

    We I can confirm that Harvey Nic’s worked a treat along with HMV and Starbucks in Manchester.

    Only gripe is that Harvey Nic’s were paper vouchers and not a plastic gift card like the Starbucks one.

  11. Boddingtons says:

    Further, Urban Outfitters was showing as a Special, however, what a load of crap they sell. And they ain’t cheap either. Unfortunately, the Nike Store is still not showing anything from my end.

    • I’m sure the £225 from Harvey Nichols made up for it! Urban Outfitters is definitely not your thing, I agree!

      • Mummy55 says:

        Is there a time limit between checking in and visiting the store? We have registered several cards and have had “offer loaded to card” for HN but I am not going to Leeds (nearest store to Newcastle) until Friday on our way to Liverpool Airport?……..

        • I don’t believe so, as long as you do it before the offer ends (31/12 for Harvey Nicks)

        • Mummy55 says:

          Thank you for that. I will try all cards on Friday and see how I get on!!!
          Hope I can do as well as Boddingtons!

  12. Just a quick question – If I spend £220 at Liberty with the AMEX/FourSq promo, do I only get £25 back?

    And by the way – cannot find the promo on my Liberty page on FourSq after I check in 🙁

    • Yes. If you want to spend more (and you have more Amex cards) then register each card with FS (different email needed), buy a £50 gift voucher with each card and then use those vouchers to make the purchase.

      And, yes, after appearing very briefly on Saturday morning the Liberty offer has vanished!

  13. Hi.
    If anyone has O2 Priority there are a couple for HMV and House of Fraser that could complement the Foursquare offers nicely.

    The HMV one is £5 gift card for £20 and the House of Fraser one is £15 gift card for a minimum of £40 spend.

    Absolutely love the blog, read every day.

    • David, how do I find the HMV and Frasers nmoments. I’ve just signed up for PM but don’t see any of those deals currently listed when I’m signed in (on PC). Thx,

      • Just remembered ‘Simply Rewards’ If you are a nationwide building society Flex account or credit card holder you may also be able to combine offers. For example, there is currently 10% off purchases over £20 at HMV. To redeem Simply Rewards you need to pay with Nationwide debit or credit card. Obviously not useful in connection with AMEX but could be used in conjunction with gift cards/vouchers first purchased using your AMEX.

  14. Hi James, thanks for replying. I believe the Priority Moments on PC are the moments meant for online use (i.e. the ocado offer)

    I am using an iPhone 5 and believe you need a smartphone to access the geographical moments (if you will – similar to foursquare). You don’t have to “check in” but the codes only appear if you live in the vicinity of a HMV or House of Fraser store.

    Though, I believe if you search O2 Priority via your mobile and access it through the mobile site you can gain access to the deals for physical stores. Or, if your mobile has the capacity for applications you may consider downloading the O2 Priority app which is easier.

    These are branded as Xmas moments and I don’t live in London so there may be more O2 moments that I do not see.

    The deals are code based too so if you know anyone that is on O2 and does not take advantage of the offers you could take those; it’s based on one mobile number per registration so unless you have more than one O2 mobile number it is difficult to have more than one account.


  15. Johnny5a says:

    Bought £75 Harvey Nics gift vouchers yesterday with my 3 cards. Almost bagged another £25 but they wanted to see the card … it’s my wife’s card

    • Nice that you got your £75 (as I did the other day), but a shame about not using your wife’s card, and that’s where our experiences differ. I have used my wife’s card at least 10 times to benefit from the November £5 specials, the HN offer and most recently, the Tesco £10 special. Don’t give – checking cards I thought was a thing of the past since chip-n-pin, specially when you insert your own card.

  16. I’ve found 2 Nike stores in London to be live with offers now for check-in. Here are their URLs so you can add them to a list on your computer with ease to assist with check-in on the day:

  17. Charlie says:

    GAP has a “secret” deal – spend £10 get £10 back..

  18. Trickster says:

    Did a single gift voucher purchase for £50 and split this evenly across gold card and BA card. Both tracked in Foursquare almost immediately!

    Now to ramp it up, is it confirmed than companion cards, and also mbna issued Amex cards count?


    Ps: I also had a Starbucks track when I checked in AFTER the purchase!

    • Yup, I can confirm companion cards (I have Lloyds Duo) and MBNA issued Amex do work, and having literally just checked, can confirm that you even earn the points despite the refund on the MBNA cards. In my last billing period I only used my MBNA card for specials, so net statement total was about £7.50 when you add up all the bits over £5, yet I still earned 113 points for my transactions!

      • Trickster says:


        Interesting about the points because I’ve noticed on the gold card that the credit goes on the statement as from the merchant, and therefore remove points and first year welcome points too. Presumably, also removes from spend towards sign up bonus too.

        • I’d already qualified the previous month for the MBNA sign-up which posted yesterday (woohoo) since they wait a statement period to award, but yes, refunds are posted per merchant (tho not with Lloyds), so I’m assuming original spend less refund is all that counts towards sign-up bonus on my Amex plat. I’m going to call Amex to see if they can tell me how much more I need to spend though, do the maths, and see for real.

    • I can confirm 100% that Amex supp cards work OK. MBNA cards also reported to work OK but I don’t have one to check. Note that MBNA supplementary cards tend to have the same card number as the main card, so those would not work if you have already signed up the main card.