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Small Business Saturday – a possible Foursquare-style date for your diary

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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.

Small Business Saturday

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.

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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

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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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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

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Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (4)

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  • Rob says:

    Yes, spotted that. There is a post lined up, which will run at some point before 1st October.

    • Andrew says:

      Ah, sorry for jumping the gun – there’s been such a lack of Foursquare offers recently I was excited to see an Amex offer back!

  • WW says:

    Now I’m wondering if I should cancel my SPG Amex that I got only to get the 25k avios bonus. If the card is 75gbp per year and we get a few promotions like this one, it probably makes sense to keep it and only use it for such purpose. What do you think?

    • Alan says:

      I must admit I’ve recycled the SPG card twice – the sign up bonus was just too good to resist! Have cancelled it again in the hope of a further application in another six months or so…

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