£25 Amex cashback with London Restaurant Festival – and how to exploit it

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The London Restaurant Festival is back, running from October 8th to October 27th.

American Express is again sponsoring the festival, and is offering £25 cashback on your statement when you make 2 x £25 purchases as participating restaurants.

London Restaurant Festival

You need to register your card in advance at this site. It seems that only Amex-issued cards are accepted, not MBNA or Lloyds cards.

The list of ‘participating restaurants’ is here.

You might think that you won’t get much for £25 at any of the participating restaurants – although a few pubs seem to be included, and I am pretty sure that Amex won’t know the difference between food and beer spend.

If you want to take full advantage of it, this is probably the best way to approach it:

If you and your partner each have an Amex card, you should both register for the offer and split your bill as long as each payment is over £25.

If you were very aggressive, you could ask to pay the bill over three or four cards, even for just two people. (A cash tip may help here!). Keep each payment over £25.

You could even ask to split the bill and then pay both bills with the same card! That would trigger the £25 statement credit immediately. However, if you do this I would make two unequal payments. Amex may think it is an error if two identical charges are made on the same card within a minute of each other.

Gift vouchers are another potential opportunity.  D&D, the ex-Conran restaurant group, sells vouchers in its outlets.  They even do £25 vouchers!  You could purchase a number of £25 vouchers in separate transactions (two per Amex card) and then use them in one go for a half-price meal.  If you being really tight / smart, you could wait until the Evening Standard £15-£25 D&D meal promotion comes around again and spend the vouchers then!

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  1. Does this offer apply to supplementary cards too? In the past others seem to have made it work, but I was unable to.

    • I think (happy to be corrected if I’m wrong) that Amex-issued supplementary cards are OK but MBNA and Lloyds supplementary are not

      • This is right – the card numbers need to be different in order to register a supplementary card.

  2. Steve M says:

    Registered last week. Went to London for the weekend. Spent about £30 each in 2 x locations – Tiger, Tiger & 5th Floor Waterstones – and by Saturday evening had an email from Amex confirming they would credit my account with £25. Great fun and worth it!

  3. pazza2000 says:

    I would be confident that 2 transactions in the same restaurant, even just minutes apart, will earn the statement credit. However for the purpose of playing it safe I would perhaps put forward two slightly different amounts. What D&D restaurants are taking part?

  4. Tracking is super quick – you get a pretty much instantaneous email both for the first and second purchase, and this was with a Lloyds and MBNA Diamond Club card

    I would highly recommend going to more than one restaurant though, that’s the point of the festival, to try new places! So far I’ve been to Picture and Foxlow, and they’ve both been excellent.

  5. AndrewM says:

    Despite what the website quoted says, I went into 4 D&D restaurants and 3 of them said they never sell gift cards, and the last one says they have sold out….

  6. squills says:

    Ooh I’m in the top percentile 😉 – how come I always feel poor?


    • If you have $3,650, including the value of your home, you’re among the wealthiest half of people in the world. (This is net wealth – so, once debts have been subtracted.) The other half own less than 1pc of global wealth, while 77pc of adults – that’s 3.3bn people – have less than $10,000.

    • The top 10pc of people – membership requirement is $77,000 – hold 87pc of the world’s wealth.

    • You need $798,000 to make it into the top percentile of the world’s wealthiest. This select group accounts for almost half – 48.2pc – of global assets.

  7. do you need to spend at least £25 at the SAME restaurant in the period? or 25 at each of at least 2 of the participant ones?

  8. Systemet says:

    Does it matter on which day its spend on? Eg. Saturday and Sunday’s?

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