American Express launched a new batch of ‘conditional spend’ offers recently. You will see these either by logging in to your online account and clicking the ‘Offers’ button on the statement page (different cards may show different offers) or by visiting this website.
Here are a sample:
£5 off £60 spend at World Duty Free (to 31 August) – what is good about this is that it will double up with one of the various £5 off coupons for World Duty Free that tend to float around the internet
£5 off £40 spend at Argos (to 31 August) – a trick here is to buy third party gift cards at Argos, effectively getting a £5 discount at a totally different retailer
£10 off £70 spent at Fenwick or Bentalls (to 31 August)
An interesting one is this:
£10 off £50 spend at the First Great Western website (to 19 November)
The key here is that you can buy tickets for ANY train company via the First Great Western site. You are not restricted to travelling on FGW. This means that it is easily the best choice for buying a train ticket at the moment as long as you will be spending over £50 – the only exception would be if the train company you will be using has exclusive rates which are only on its own site (eg East Coast).
Remember that all of the above offers require pre-registration.
Don’t forget that the ‘£50 back for spending £250 at a UK Hilton’ offer is also still available, details on the same site via the ‘Travel’ tab.
Get £5 back with Tripadvisor
American Express has also brought back its Tripadvisor promotion.
If you link your American Express card with the Tripadvisor website and write one review (not necessarily a hotel review, a restaurant or attraction review would do), Amex will give you a one-off £5 statement credit.
Full details on how to register can be found here. I am pretty sure that if you took part in this last year you CANNOT get it again ….. although you could always register a different Amex card.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge 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. You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
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.
The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios or other airline miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.
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) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.