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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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The following offers will expire on 2nd November 2021:

  • 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express
  • 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus
  • 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express

Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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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

60,000 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

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60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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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

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Comments (96)

  • gadgetcakes says:

    Anyone know if your card also needs to be registered with TfL for that offer?

  • Andy says:

    So an Esso with a Tesco Express attached is not included?

    • Danny says:

      I am wondering about th… A ‘pure’ easy doesn’t have much to offer in terms of gift cards but an essay tesco express is a little gem , )

  • Jonny says:

    Where exectly is the TFL offer on that link? I can’t find it!

  • Danny says:

    Just registered my virgin back Amex. ..and got the confirmation of registration screen 😉

  • Danny says:


  • Constantine says:

    How does the £5 amount work, is it cumulative over the whole of November, or is one obligated to spend that much in a single day to receive the credit? For me a trip into Central London is back is only £4.40

    • Brian says:

      I was going to ask the same thing. Most single journeys will be less than 5 pounds, so I do home it’s cumulative….

      • Brian says:


      • const says:

        I’m pretty sure it’s not a single journey. In normal usage (no incomplete trips, etc), Tfl don’t bill AmEx per each single trip, instead they bill the total amount at the end of the day. However, it can still be under £5, clearly.

        • MattK says:

          I used my BAPP Amex for a single tube journey last week which cost £3 and then 6 days later took the same journey for £3 again and the £5 credit was applied to my card a couple of days later.

          So yes, it’s on cumulative spend.

    • JQ says:

      Why don’t you just take a bus as well then you would spend £5.85, so your trip would cost 85p

      Alternatively take one for the team and do 2 days of £4.40 each and report back whether you still get the credit! 😀

      • Constantine says:

        yes, possibly. I just don’t travel that much in general by public transport, so it may take a while…

  • Mark Bannister says:

    Are Essos with tesco shops attached excluded from the Esso deal because the payment rings up as Tesco rather than Esso? Was hoping to get club card points as well but perhaps that’s too greedy?

    • JQ says:

      You can get clubcard points at all Essos, even if they are attached to something else.

  • Mark says:

    I’m wondering if you could spend £50 in a Tesco shop attached to an Esso garage and still get the credit. Or whether you’d need to buy some fuel, even if only £10 worth? Raffles suggested you could top up with a gift card to bring it over £50 if available, wonder if that goes for food etc as well?

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