I first wrote about Amex’s new range of gift cards last year.
Basically, you can now (in theory) walk into a WH Smith, Sainsbury or Superdrug and a buy a £20, £30, £50 or £100 Amex gift card. The fee payable on top is £2.45, £2.95, £3.45 and £4.45 respectively.
Via the Amex Selects website, Amex is offering a £5 discount when you purchase an Amex gift card.
Now, this hardly makes the deal an unmissable one. However, buying these gift cards DOES count as a ‘purchase’ and therefore qualifying spend towards triggering any sign-up bonus. You may therefore be willing to pay the fee if you may otherwise struggle to hit a spend target.
You also need to add a postage fee of up to £4.95 to the fees above. However, this is capped at £4.95.
Including the £5 discount, you therefore pay, in fees and postage:
- £100 gift card – £4.40
- £200 gift card – £8.95
- £300 gift card – £13.30
- plus £4.45 for each additional £100
Is it worth it? Well, if you are £500 short of qualifying spend for a sign-up bonus then paying £23 in fees to buy a £500 gift card may be worth it. It is cheaper than buying the £50 Visa gift cards with £3.95 fees found in Boots, Tesco etc. (Of course, if you can find 3V cards with no fee then they are clearly a better deal!)
The offer runs until August 15th.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our June 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. Here are the other top current deals:
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
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
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
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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 offers.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
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