Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

New Amex statement credits including £5 back on £5 London transport spend

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

American Express has launched a few more special cardmember offers. You can see if you have been targeted for these deals by logging onto your online account, going into each card you have and clicking on the offers tab at the bottom.

The most interesting is £5 back when you spend £5 on contactless travel in London.

If it is not showing on your online account, you can also register via the cardmemberoffers.co.uk website.

A few weeks ago, Transport for London rolled out contactless payment via debit and credit cards on the tube and overground rail network – it has been in place on buses for a while. If you previously used a ‘pay as you go’ Oyster card, you can throw it away. You can now use any contactless debit or credit card.

All of the same features are available as you got from your Oyster card – you can register your credit card on the TFL website to see a record of past trips, and you still benefit from the daily cap on how much you pay, however many journeys you make. The only downside I see is the fact that you will get an additional 20+ entries a month on your credit or debit card statement!

It is valid until 30th November and for the first 25,000 people to register. What was not clear is whether you get your first £5-worth of transactions refunded or only your first purchase, whether or not it comes to £5 or more – which rarely happens.

There are three other offers which are less interesting but, if I’m honest, not too bad.

Cineworld is offering £5 back when you spend £15. This is valid for the first 30,000 Amex cards to register. You need to make your cinema visit by 30th November.

Esso is offering £10 back when you spend £50. Remember that you earn Clubcard points now on petrol purchases at all Esso garages whether or not they have a Tesco Express attached. You should also be able to trigger the cashback by purchasing a gift card for another retailer at an Esso garage.

The Esso deal is limited to 25,000 people and you must make your purchase by 24th November.

D&D Restaurants, the ex-Conran group, is offering £20 back on a spend of £100. It is valid for the first 5,000 people to register and you must visit before 16th December.

You will also find other offers still available that I have mentioned before. The Ryanair ‘£10 back for any transaction’ deal ends on the 31st if you were targetted for that.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 Gold

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

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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

Comments (88)

  • Louise says:

    Thanks Sqills, no winnings but tracked straight away!

  • ComeFlyWithMe123 says:

    Gave it a good shake and got £1.00 🙂

  • Stefan says:

    The Esso on the A4 at Chiswick roundabout has gone onto my card as ‘Chiswick Fly Over (Dart)’. No mention of Esso anywhere, even though it is an Esso without a Tesco store (therefore not billed as Tesco). Am I likely to receive their statement credit or looks unlikely if it doesn’t specify ‘Esso’ in the merchant title?

  • Free £5 tube or bus contactless payment from Amex says:

    […] Last week I wrote about the generous new American Express promotion from Transport for London. […]

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.