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Another Amex / Foursquare update

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Here are a few more snippits from my Foursquare adventures to date, for those who are following this:

I have now successfully received cashback for supplementary Amex cards on an account, as well as on the main account. Very nice!

The Liberty offer (‘spend £50, receive £25’) is now working and can be ‘loaded’ onto your Foursquare account. If there is nothing you need, buy a £50 gift card and use it for cosmetics next time you need some.

The Tesco offer (‘spend £50, receive £10’) only works at Tesco Metro stores. If you have struggled to find the offer on Foursquare, that is why. You need to search for (and presumably spend in) a Metro.

Reader Andrew tweeted me to suggest buying the £50 Visa giftcards sold in some Tesco branches. These can be used anywhere that accepts Visa, so are easy to use. There is a £3.95 fee to buy one, but you are still £6.05 plus 12 Clubcard points in profit! (Personally I will stick with buying £50 of branded gift cards and getting 150 bonus Clubcard points along with my £10 cashback, but it is a sound idea if you cannot find gift cards in store for somewhere you go.)

The Gap offer (‘spend £10, receive £10’) is still not working again despite being plugged in the Amex email last weekend

My Harvey Nichols stash now stands at 2 bottle of £27.50 wine, 1 x £25 gift card and a £26 shower gel! Three more cards to go!


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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:

American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (51)

  • Johnny5a says:

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

  • Raffles says:

    Very nice! So Tesco gift cards can be used on Direct online, I assume?

  • Trickster says:

    Anyone having issues with the foursquare app no longer showing the special for Tesco, Starbucks and harvey nics when checking in? As far as I’m aware these specials run unt 31st.

    • Akhil Gupta says:

      Just decided to give this a go – cant see specials for harvey nics – no load to card thing either

      • Raffles says:

        I saw a similar report on Flyertalk … not sure what is happening

        • trickster says:

          Hmmm, worrying. I have several other Harvey Nics opportunities to take advantage of, but only up to Friday wehn I finish work.

          I have done a check-in a Tesco on an account that hasn;t had the credit yet, then done the necessary spend, but did get th eload to card option. However, no confirmation message in the app as in the past. If this credits I shall report back.

        • Johnny5a says:

          Hmm I managed to load the card on Friday evening, double checked it on Saturday and the system said “already loaded” – we made the purchase of gift vouchers on Saturday, no notification on Foursquare, I will chase it up with them on Tuesday.

  • Rich says:

    Has anyone had an offer not track through correctly? Is there a process for raising a claim? Couldn’t seem to find anything online..

  • Dominic says:

    Where has FourSquare gone?? I have tried to use it today, and none of the shops I logged into had the Amex offers anymore – Harvey N, HMV, Tesco, Liberty…. Hugely disappointing, as I thought it was running to 31 Dec.