I knew it couldn’t last! (Although it’s annoying it happened on the day that I reviewed the card and gave it a slating for not having a bonus ….)
After just three weeks of offering a sign-up bonus of precisely nothing, Amex has brought back a decent sign-up bonus for the American Express Platinum charge card. Click here to see the full details of the card on the American Express website.
You need to spend £2,000 in 3 months to trigger the bonus. You cannot apply if you have had a Gold, Green or Platinum Amex in the last 6 months. As I wrote in my review of the card yesterday, the benefits are good:
- Cathay Pacific Gold (= BA Silver, gets you BA lounge access)
- Starwood SPG Gold
- Club Carlson Gold
- Le Club Accorhotels Platinum
- 2 Priority Pass cards for lounge access when not flying BA
The fee is £450. However, it is refunded pro-rata when you cancel, so cancelling after 3 months gets you almost £350 back. You will also keep your Cathay, Starwood, Carlson and Accor statuses, although the Priority Pass cards are cancelled.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2022 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:
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.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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 & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.