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Spend £50, get £25 back with Amex / London Restaurant Festival – and how to exploit it

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The London Restaurant Festival is back this year, running from 3rd to 21st October.

American Express is again sponsoring the festival, and is offering £25 cashback on your statement when you make 2 x £25 purchases at participating restaurants.

You need to register your card in advance at this site.  It seems that only Amex-issued cards are accepted, not MBNA or Lloyds cards.

The list of ‘participating restaurants’ is unfortunately nowhere to be found at that link but we can live in hope that it appears before the 3rd.  It may or not be the full list of all 400 restaurants participating in the festival.

I was a bit dismissive of this offer when it was first announced.  You won’t get much for £25 at any of the participating sites, even if you eat alone, so it will be £25 back on a far larger spend than £50!

However, the more I thought about, the more I thought that you can ‘play a game’ here:

If you and your partner each have an Amex card, you should both register for the offer and split your bill as long as each payment is over £25.

If you were very aggressive, you could ask to pay the bill over three or four cards, even for just two people.  (A cash tip may help here!).  Keep each payment over £25.

You could even ask to split the bill and then pay both bills with the same card!  That would trigger the £25 statement credit immediately.  However, if you do this I would make two unequal payments.  Amex may think it is an error if two identical charges are made on the same card within a minute of each other.

If you can find any participating restaurant that sells gift cards, this would also be an interesting option. 

 Any more ideas?

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Comments (21)

  • Mike Turnbullu says:

    ‘Table for four please, and we will be splitting the bill with seven cards’

    I need a decent restaurant to do this..any particular reccomendations ?

    • tangey says:

      ‘Table for four please, and we will be splitting the bill with seven cards’

      “and while you at it, be a good man and provide all food combinations that come to exactly £175”

      • Tom H says:

        During the last shop small promotion I split a bill for two of £70 between 7 different Amex cards. It raised a few eybrows but I got all the £5 credits, some of which were on supplimentary cards.

  • AJ says:

    It seems the charges for some of the restaurants aren’t that high, From the link below you can see a person can enjoy a three course meal between £19-£25, to me seems like a good value!..!pI=40

    The question I have is, will splitting the bill between two actually work, if the additional card is a supplementary card rather than an individual one?


    • andy21 says:

      It will do with Amex issued cards as they have different numbers, and the offer is ‘per card’ not ‘per account’.

  • pazza2000 says:

    During the last small promo, I went to a local merchant armed with several supplementary cards. Happy to put each individually though for X amount until mid way a keen eye noticed that the card names were different (albeit mostly the same surname), and refused to process the rest. Little embarrassing…

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