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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,,,,,,, or

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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Comments (37)

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  • Andrew says:

    Just used to buy Kindle Paperweight, via your link! Thanks for this information 🙂

  • Gulliver says:

    Thanks. Affiliate link and code duly used.

  • Morgs says:

    Don’t forget to try first as they may, or may not, offer a better deal than the GBP5 off.

    • TimS says:

      Flubit used to be better when they accepted paypal (so could use Amex) but now they only take Visa/Mastercard.

      Also they can’t compare to shopping baskets, only individual items.

      Flubit used to be so much better when they claimed to beat ANY internet site, not just Amazon.

  • pazza2000 says:

    I wonder if this £5 discount would work if part paying by Amex / Giftcard? Still have some x£25 cards left over from the Shell 4S promo earlier this year.

    • Rob says:

      Rules don’t say you must pay with Amex, only that you must have one in your Amazon profile ….

      • pazza2000 says:

        Great, on that basis I can outright pay (vs. part pay) with giftcards and still enjoy the discount.

    • Keith Jenner says:

      I had a £30 gift card balance and I bought something costing £60 so the Amex part was only £30.

      Code worked fine.

  • Sinizter says:

    I can’t seem to get this code to work on anything I want …

    • Kathy says:

      Same here. I ordered the kid’s Christmas presents last week, so I don’t think I ahve £40 worth of Amazon-sold stuff on Amazon I want to buy!

  • Simon says:

    Thanks, it worked for me, I used a gift certificate I purchased via your link the other week to pay for the full amount. Ended up being 25p short of £40 so had to throw in a 29p bar of soap!

  • zark says:

    I used the AMEX5OFF earlier today and required Amex card for payment. Worked fine.
    Just tried to order again , but code refused even with a different Amex card on same Amazon account.
    Tried another persons’ account with Amex card and worked fine.
    Seems like the code only works once per Amazon account.

  • creampuff says:

    Just used it, although I got overexcited and ordered £50 worth of stuff even after the discount.

    Damn you Amazon, your clever promo codes got me to spend too much again!!!!!

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