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Did you get the Amex Platinum ‘5,000 points for a travel booking’ letter?

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A lot of American Express Platinum charge card holders, including myself, got a special offer in the mail yesterday.

The card offers 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for making ANY booking on the Amex Travel website before 31st January.  This is on top of the current ‘triple points for a travel booking’ offer.

You can, of course, play silly games with an offer like this.  Which is exactly what I intend to do!

You should be able to find a hotel to book for under £9.  That would be 5,o00 Avios for under £9!

I am not going to point you to any specific item, because it would overwhelm the properties involved.  However, if you pick some typical backpacking cities in Asia and search for a one-night hotel stay, you should find a few options under £9.

Don’t forget that you need to register for this offer before making a booking, using the instructions on the card.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2023 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

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

30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (48)

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  • Clive Field says:


  • Clive Field says:

    Not yet

  • Paul says:

    Anyone got the 5000 yet for Amex FX transaction?

    • cmcbugg says:

      Not yet – it does say 90 days after end of promo (31 Dec) – so guess we need to wait a bit longer

  • Paul says:

    Was due to book a flight to Glasgow today so used this offer. Not only was one way fare 90p cheaper on the Amex site than with but I also avoided the BA rip off £5 credit card charge per person.
    Would also add that car hire rates look very good and one day hire of group B. just cost £19.
    So this is a good deal all round for me

    • gagravarr says:

      The Amex site won’t do premium economy, mixed class, or multi-city. However, for BA flights that don’t need any of those, it’s great because it’s the same price or a tiny bit cheaper, and no credit card charges!

      • Flashware says:

        Handy to know. Will need to do my future bookings that way then!

        • gagravarr says:

          As long as your BAEC account is UK based too, you should even be fine to do avios upgrades on the booking, but you’ll miss out on the cheap ET->CE upgrade offers before checkin.

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    Date: 09/01/2013
    Charge: £8.69
    Base points: 8
    Bonus Points: 5,016
    Total Points: 5,024


    • Raffles says:

      Fantastic! Let’s see if we all get them automatically.

      Relieved to see one of these posting automatically and not in arrears …. one less thing to chase up!

      • Flashware says:

        I’ve received mine automatically as well. On top of that I also got the easy 5000 points that are for the taking by complaining that HHonors Gold is now gone 😉

  • Alan says:

    Well I got the offer in the mail, but couldn’t register with either FF or IE – text was all corrupt. I didn’t want to use the code above in case it wasn’t the same for everyone so thought I’d phone them – boy what a mistake! Took 20 minutes as rather than just registering me for the offer they instead put me through to travel to make the booking. This was for a simple domestic return where I even knew the flight numbers, but it still took an age!

    They also provided incorrect info (saying BA required photo ID when this isn’t the case for domestic flights – they even say so on their website!), didn’t have my BAEC number on file (despite me having used it with them on a previous bookIng) and to cap it all off said there “may” be a £4.50 CC fee, but they couldn’t confirm either way?!! Certainly inspires zero confidence to book through them again.

    • Alan says:

      Just as a follow-up – when the charge moved from pending to actual on my account it did indeed incur and extra £4.50 cost. Plat CS have now refunded this as well as crediting an extra 5000 MR as goodwill for such rubbish service on their part!

  • Joanna says:

    My 2,500 MR for Gold posted today and I got a hotel for £4.92 (is this the best?) – in Bodrum, Turkey.

  • christian says:

    Thanks for this, Even better for me. The website wouldn’t let me register so I had to call in. The nice lady said thanks for reporting it and gave me 5k ex gratia any way! Now that with my 25% transfer bonus 🙂

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