£10 discount on Amex Gift Cards – good for hitting your ‘minimum spend’

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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 wrote about Amex’s new gift cards recently.  They are poor value for money, but have one great advantage – they are a relatively cheap way of getting to the minimum spend requirement on your BA Amex or Amex Preferred Rewards Gold.

Amex has now emailed me with details of a special deal for cardholders who buy one.

  • If you spend £40-99 on gift cards, you get a £5 statement credit
  • If you spend £100+, you get a £10 statement credit

You can only get the discount by buying via this website.  The promo is not mentioned here, though.

It is hardly a great deal, given that you need to pay postage and the card issuance fee (nearly £10 between them) but it does help get through another £100 towards your minimum spend if that is an issue for you.

Amex Gift Card

The email says ‘Offer exclusive to American Express proprietary Cards’ which I assume means Platinum, Gold and Green plus BA, Nectar, Harrods, SPG and Costco cards.

You need to order by 1st January to get the statement credit.  It doesn’t say it is limited to one credit per card, but you should assume it is.

(To see our complete list of all current credit card bonuses, click here to visit our ‘Credit Cards Update’ page or use the link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. cmcbugg says:

    Even better for hitting your minimum spend – 3V visa gift cards from Tesco and since – they earn 150 bonus tesco points when buying £50 worth, have 0 % fees, can be used with a tesco money off coupon, and also the four square £10 credit promotion – it would be silly not to. I’ve gone through about £400 worth in the last month – and used them to pay my council tax, O2 bill, Virgin Media bill, and towards this years tax bill. Only downside is they only come in £25 cards (and only seem to be available in the bigger Tescos). Note: these are not the normal Visa gift cards – these 3V cards need to be activated online, where you then get an online VISA number, which can only be used online.

    • Interesting. For paying tax, are they treated as a debit card and so no 1.4 pc fee?

    • Thanx for the tip. So to confirm :

      1 This is an online only credit card?
      2 it does earn the club card 150 bonus? Normally credit card gift cards are exempt.

  2. cmcbugg says:

    Yes – it is treated as a visa debit card online. – and it does earn the 150 bonus tesco points. It doesn’t get treated as a Tesco Gift card or a Visa Gift card – but rather like a 3rd party store card.

    Unfortunately I wasn’t able to pay a credit card bill with it (otherwise it may have been that elusive perpetual points making machine) – and supply isn’t great. I’ve already bought them all from the Covent Garden Tesco 🙂 Although from the 3V website they are available in other places (but then you’d lose out on the tesco points – but you could still get Amex points, for places you cant otherwise use your Amex).

  3. cmcbugg says:

    and yes, no 1.4% fee for paying your tax. So buying £50 in tesco cost my £35 (£10 back from four square, and £5 money off tesco voucher) – plus with the added benefit on the 150 Tesco bonus (+ AMEX MR/BA points).
    I’ve taken the precaution on not holding more than £100 worth at any time, in case they stop being accepted in the way I’m using them for any reason.
    You could say, it is a bit strange paying your tax bill £25 at a time!!

  4. Hi
    Where is this offer advertised? I would like to see it before I go ahead. I am scare that it wont be honored for some reason.

    • I will email you their email later today if I can find it. It is only £10 at risk, though … not the end of the world if you don’t get it. And Amex is OK at crediting stuff retrospectively if it doesn’t credit automatically.

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