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Most British Airways American Express cardholders were emailed about this offer on Tuesday, but you can also take part if you have any other American Express card.

The first 24,000 people to register their American Express card via this site will receive a £25 statement credit when they spend £25 at TWO of the following retailers ONLINE:




Banana Republic

The White Company


Currys PC World (either website)

Virgin Wines

You need to make your transactions before August 24th.  The small print says that the charge should hit your American Express statement by this date, so in reality you need to order a few days before.

What is not clear is whether you can make two purchases at the same retailer.  The website implies that it should be two different retailers but it is not explicit.

You can register supplementary cards for this offer as well as main cards.

Code WELCOME2014 gets you £10 off a £50 spend at Achica at any point during 2014 if you were thinking of buying something there.

Be careful if you try to buy gift cards to qualify for this deal.  Debenhams sells gift cards online but you are taken to a third-party website to make your purchase.  This could mean that you do would not receive the credit as the payment will not be processed by Debenhams.  Similarly, redirects to which is not a qualifying website.

However, in our comments section yesterday, TimS posted:  “Debenhams should be fine. When I bought Debenhams gift vouchers online for the recent statement credit it showed up as ‘ Southampton’.  So you never know ….

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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:

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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.

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The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

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If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

American Express Business Platinum

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20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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Comments (63)

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  • nakedeconomist says:

    It’s a long process – but for Currys you could buy a few items online, have them delivered and simply go back to the store to return them. Instead of a refund, get a gift card. Build them up and buy whatever you want.

  • Andy says:

    It should work for Debenhams if you buy a physical gift card as this is purchased via

    It is the e-giftcards which are sold via a separate website which probably won’t work.

    Note if you buy a physical gift card you have to pay £4 delivery on a £25 purchase, but is free if you spend £30.

    • squills says:

      Nice spot. Might possibly be similarly true for other sites?

    • TimS says:

      This method of buying online a physical giftcard was how I did my giftcard purchase previously where it showed up on the statement as ‘ Southampton’.

  • squills says:

    It’s not a Foursquare promotion though?

    • Rob says:

      It is being promoted via Foursquare as well, just to confuse people.

      • Andy says:

        And the link on foursquare website links to the same page as above to register your card.

  • squills says:

    Stand corrected! (Probably! 😉 )

    Probably worth a call to Amex.

  • What's the Point says:

    Has anyone tried the Achica code WELCOME2014

    It tells me its not valid.

    • squills says:

      £10 off when you spend £10. New customers only.

      Did you satisfy both those conditions?

      • What's the Point says:

        I registered with them ages ago, but never bought anything – although I did place an order that they cancelled. I think it was when they were offering £50 for Plat Amex holders – which wasn’t!

    • MDM says:

      The Achica code worked fine for me.

  • Simon says:

    I notice the terms and conditions define an “Eligible Card” as a card issued by American Express Services Europe Limited, Lloyds Bank plc, TSB Bank plc or MBNA Europe Bank Limited. There is no mention of BarclayCard.

    The last set of FourSquare deals worked on my AMEX BarclayCard, I wonder if they just copied and pasted a previous set of Terms and Conditions for this offer and forgot to include BarclayCard.

  • call_me_lukas says:

    Does anyone know whether this promotion will work while having an AMEX from the UK, but doing the purchases in the US stores i.e. GAP?

  • Michael says:

    If I am to register more than 1 AMEX card, do I need a different email address, as for the Foursquare offers different accounts?

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