This year, on Saturday 7th December, we will see the first ‘Small Business Saturday’ in the UK. This has been a successful US event for a number of years, encouraging shoppers to visit local retailers instead of larger chains.
Why have I written about this, you may ask? Because American Express is the main sponsor of ‘Small Business Saturday’ in the US, and will also be sponsoring the UK version. And, in the US, Amex runs very attractive promotions on the day.
Last year, American Express offered a $25 statement credit for any purchase of $25 or more made at a qualifying ‘small business’. If something similar happens here, we may see a similar statement credit offered on 7th December – essentially ‘free money’, available on each and every American Express card that you have!
We need to wait and see what turns up, of course. It is potentially a very interesting development, though. There isn’t much detail on the UK scheme available yet, although there is a Facebook page.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 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.
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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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
10,500 points bonus – 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.