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Free TfL £5 and ‘£10 off £50 at Esso’ offers now open to all Amex cardholders

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

It is offering £5 cashback when you spend £5 or more on tube, bus and rail tickets in London when you use your Amex as a contactless payment card.

Few people seemed to have received the offer on their online Amex accounts.

However, it has now appeared on the American Express cardmember offers website which you can access here. This means that it is now open to everyone.

Via that link, you can register any BA, SPG, Nectar, Costco, Gold, Platinum, Green or Centurion Amex you have, plus supplementary cards.  Don’t waste your time if your Amex cards are not contactless.

It is limited to the first 25,000 cards to register and you must spend your £5 by November 30th.  I am guessing that this is cumulative and that you do not need to spend £5 in the same day.

The decent Esso offer is also on the ‘cardmember offers’ site. This gives you £10 back when you spend £50 in one transaction.  It is limited to the first 25,000 cards to register and you must spend by November 24th.  You could top up a small petrol payment with a third party gift card if your garage sells them.

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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

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BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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American Express Platinum card Amex

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Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

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British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (96)

  • Idrive says:

    Last night all my offers on Ba Prem and Plat offers available at this i the only one?

    • ankomonkey says:

      I had this too on 2 cards, but not on a third. I haven’t tried to re-check since, but I suspect they were having system issues. On one of my cards I couldn’t see any transactions either, not just offers.

  • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

    Any idea whether you can get the TFL credit with a £5 Oyster top-up?

    • JQ says:

      No, the T&C specifically say that this only applies to contactless and not ticket machines

      Unless your question was really asking if it will work anyway…

      • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

        Exactly that. I have a gold card discount on my PAYG oyster, so I’d rather take the £5 as a top-up.

    • ms says:

      Unfortunately, it does work.
      I have already tried it (£5 as a top-up). Transaction on my statement on 26.10.14, on record agaist my saved offer.

  • JQ says:

    Has anyone been to a MALTHURST Esso and received the credit? Mine hasn’t come through after 7 days, I know it says 8 weeks but never waited more than 5 days for any previous offer. Also the offer is not marked as “redeemed” on my Amex page.

    • TimS says:

      Have the avios/MR points tracked yet?

      I find that credits track at the same time as the points, not the original charge.

      • JQ says:

        I find that the credits track about 2 days after the points track, which is usually the day after the trasnaction is processed. And yes, the points have tracked

        • TimS says:

          MIght be worth sending a secure message to Amex then for them to investigate. The last time I had a credit not track they looked into it and applied the credit within 48 hours.

    • Frenske says:

      Mmm mine has not appeared. I went to Esso Tolworth but it has a little Tesco attached to it and payment appeared as Tesco Express. *sigh*

    • grex9101 says:

      I could be wrong, but I’m sure I saw somewhere that MALTHURST Esso’s were excluded, just as Tesco ones are?

      • gadgetcakes says:

        Below is the list on the Amex site of excluded stations.
        Budgens Langford, Tout Limited, Bridgwater Road, Langford, BS40 5JG
        Budgens Nailsea, Tout Limited, Bristol Road, Wraxall, BS48 1BN
        Coop Westways, The Co-operative Group Ltd, A39 Marksbury, Marksbury, BA2 9HN
        Coop North Road Garage, The Co-operative Group Ltd, Station Road, Builth Wells, LD2 3SS
        Coop Golden Lion, Arbroath, Angus, DD11 5JP
        Coop Springfield, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, AB15 7SE
        Coop Stonehaven, Stonehaven, Kincardineshire, AB39 2NQ
        Coop Birkhill, Birkhill, Dundee, DD2 5PG
        Coop Gosforth, Gosforth, Newcastle, Tyne & Wear, NE3 5EH
        Derby Garage, Lancashire, Bury, BL9 9NS
        Old Mill Filling Station, 7A Glasgow Road, Clydebank, G81 6AU

  • Danny says:

    I bloody love Amex

    The morrisons deal for 15 off last month and now these

    The pizza express and zizzi 10 off 30 on top of my taste card…. It just keeps giving 😉

    • grex9101 says:

      Hopefully this was intentional. Giving a week or so lead time for those of us who are loyal to amex rather than to those who just happen to have been given one by their generic big bank is a great way to reward our loyalty.
      Not that I’ve ever missed out on any of the card holder offers, but it could happen I suppose.

    • grex9101 says:

      What Morrisons offer was that (if you don’t mind me asking)?

      • Danny says:

        15 off 40 or 50 for online morrisons. Com shop

        58 laurent perrier down to 43

        • grex9101 says:

          Missed it. I wish HfP would cover these sort of things too..

          • squills says:

            Morrisons offer got fair coverage, down here at least 😉

            Personally I would like to see rather more than 6 entries in recent messages, then you’d be much less likely to miss good tips.

            More like 12. Not sure if that would b*gger up the look of the page, though.

          • Rob says:

            The focus of the site is frequent flyer and hotel loyalty schemes – ripples echo out from there to other things but they only go so far ….

          • grex9101 says:

            Ever considered a sister site?

          • Alan says:

            Head for Cash?
            Head for Moolah?
            Head for Spondoolicks?


          • Rob says:

            Yes. But I am never convinced enough. My concerns have been a) splitting the HFP audience and thus reducing my power with advertisers, competition providers etc, b) Tesco runs hot and cold on promos and when it is quiet there is no content, c) who pays? Travel ads pay a lot. General interest ads do not, d) Tesco stuff needs to appear here as well so the only extra content might be Nectar which seems to be on its last legs, e) if I repeat articles across 2 sites then Google deranks both of them.

  • David says:

    One nice thing is that once you register a card where the offer was not previously targeted, the offer appears under ‘My Offers’ in your Amex online account so you can be reasonably sure it has been properly enrolled. This also works for supplementary cards. Helpful as there’s no enrollment confirmation email for this offer.

  • JQ says:

    There’s a new offer for £75 off £750 on SAA

  • Mark B says:

    I’ve had my gold charge for just over a year, am I right in assuming if it was contactless AMEX would have told me?

  • Fenny says:

    I’m not getting the TfL offer on my Plat Amex. If it does show up now, I’ll be annoyed, as I was in London last weekend and seemed to get charged a lot more for my contactless travel than the TfL page said was the max for a day. I only travelled in zones 1 off peak, but when I checked the website, it couldn’t show my my journey history for the contactless card.

    • Richard says:

      It probably means you didn’t touch in or out at some point and got a “maximum charge” for that journey, which is on top of the daily cap. In my experience if you call TfL they refund it without any quibbles (for Oyster at least, I don’t see why it would be different for contactless).

      • Fenny says:

        It’s taken me all week to finally manage to access my travel history. It didn’t register my touch in at Green Park, so I’ve applied for a refund. It’s just frustrating that I’ve checked several times and been unable to access the info due to “system problems”.

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