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Here’s a discount code for £5 off £40 Amazon spend when you pay with American Express

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Here is a very nice little deal which will come in handy in the run up to Christmas – although I would take advantage ASAP because there is a quota.

Amazon is offering a £5 discount on a £40 purchase when you use code AMEX5OFF in the ‘Gift Cards & Promotional Codes’ box at check out.

There are few restrictions:

This offer is open to all American Express Cards with the exception of American Express Gift Cards and Prepaid products. The code must be used for a single order and is valid for one time usage only. Offer cannot be used towards the purchase of baby items, ebooks and Gift Certificates. Offer is limited to first 12,000 American Express Cardmembers.

If you are entitled to rewards points on your American Express Card, such as Membership Rewards® or frequent flyer points, you will only receive those points on the value of the qualifying transaction minus the Offer (for example the qualifying transaction is £40 and the offer is £5 credit, you will only get points on £35 of that transaction).

This offer is restricted to the first 12,000 customers.  It started on 30th October, although as it has not been widely promoted yet you should be OK for a few days.

Whilst the rules are not clear, I think that ANY Amex card is OK, whether or not it is issued directly by American Express.

Note also these additional rules:

Offer only applies to items purchased and dispatched from Amazon. It does not apply to purchases made from Amazon’s Warehouse Deals, from third-party sellers at Amazon’s Marketplace platform (i.e., purchase of items that are sold on the website by third parties) or at any of Amazon’s Trusted Partner sites, or from Amazon.com, Amazon.de, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es, Amazon.co.jp, Amazon.cn, Amazon.com.br or Amazon.ca.

Offer is available only to customers located in and with billing addresses in the United Kingdom who have an American Express card associated with their Amazon account or add an American Express card as an additional payment option on the select a payment method page. If for any reason your American Express card is inactive, denied or ineligible, you will not be able to use the Code.

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Want to earn more points from credit cards? – October 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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 & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 long list of travel benefits 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

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