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Receive £5 from Amex for writing a review on TripAdvisor

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This seems like easy free money, to be honest.

American Express is offering a £5 statement credit when you connect your Amex card to your TripAdvisor account and write one review on the site.

The promotion runs until 31st December.  However, it is limited to 25,000 people so I wouldn’t leave it until the last minute.  Remember that you can review restaurants and attractions, not just hotels.

The rules are straightforward:

Your Amex card must stay connected to TripAdvisor until the £5 credit has posted

The credit will appear within 90 days of the end of the offer period (so it could take until 31st March!)

Registering is easy.  Simply go to this link here and connect one of your Amex cards to your Tripadvisor account.   If you don’t have a Tripadvisor account, it is easy enough to open one and link it up.

It seems that only Amex-issued Amex cards qualify for this promotion – ie BA, Nectar, SPG, Gold, Green, Centurion, Platinum, Harrods, Costco.  Lloyds and MBNA Amex cards do not qualify.  Think of it as another reason to get yourself a card if you haven’t got around to it yet!

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2024 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

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5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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:

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (50)

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  • Roger says:

    When I was still taking Miles & More semi seriously, I submitted some TA reviews and earned M+M miles. That offer was ‘enhanced’ down and in the end was barely worth it.

    However, I’d be more active if airline miles were a possibility.

    • Rob says:

      I am mentioning the Miles and More promo with HolidayCheck tomorrow, as it happens

      • avstar says:

        talking of which – i just got the 3k airberlin topbonus miles for posting reviews on holidaycheck!

  • Andrew says:

    I just linked my Gold card and it asked me to review a restaurant I went to in NYC last week. The only way Trip Advisor would have known that I had visited is via my Amex. I’m sure it says somewhere in the T&Cs that this would happen, it just surprised me.

    • Roger says:

      Me too. I wondered about this and wondered at first whether I had checked the restaurant at TA. I don’t think I did.

      You’ve squared the circle, I think.

    • Luke says:

      That wouldn’t surprise me. I wondered how it knew I was at the Marriott in NYC.

  • Andy says:

    It worked with SPG, AAdvantage, Gold and BA Amex on all 8 of our cards

    • Rob says:

      You’ve used 8 different TA accounts? Or have you swapped them over on the same one?

      • Andy says:

        Yes, already had 3 accounts active so registered another 5 and did 8 reviews. Got 5 emails this morning saying that my reviews have been published .

  • kipto says:

    do you have to set up a different trip advisor account for each different card or can you put all your cards on the same trip advisor account ?

  • Brendan Sweeney says:

    I wonder does this signal the end for Amex’s link this Foursquare. There’s an awful lot of overlap in what Tripadvisor does

  • flyforfun says:

    Hmmm. Call me paranoid, but I’m not doing this for £5. Why does Amex want to know what I’m reviewing? I use a fake name on Tripadvisor (and Facebook!) and only put the bare minimum of info needed to create accounts. I never register my real date of birth or mother’s maiden name on these sort of sites.

    This isn’t like a Tesco spycard where you just buy stuff, but here they want to know what you think.

  • Fred says:

    I just submitted one but I regret a bit.

    When I was submitting the review, the website asked for First name & Surname, which is not compulsory for general TA review submissions. A scary thing was that whilst filling in the First name box, the username (which is displayed in your reviews) was automatically replaced with the name in the First name box. I nearly submit my real name for the review, which horrified me.

  • David Butcher says:

    I believe that this promotion, added to the increasing number of “cardmember offers” in recent times, plus the lack of any Foursquare activity, probably means that Foursquare is dead and buried so far as Amex is concerned. A shame – I thought it was a brilliant concept.

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