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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 end soon:

  • 10,000 Avios on British Airways American Express (ends 2nd November)
  • 40,000 Avios on British Airways American Express Premium Plus (ends 2nd November)
  • 60,000 points on The Platinum Card from American Express (ends 2nd November)
  • 30,000 points on American Express Preferred Rewards Gold (ends 9th November)

Here are the top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 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

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

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (96)

  • Simon says:

    Small shop is coming back as well, from Small Business Saturday on Dec 6th until Dec 21st.

    • Tom H says:

      Good Spot!

    • Rob says:

      Thanks Simon, hadn’t seen this

      • Johnny5a says:

        it’s very hit or miss whether you find out about AMEX offers. I get nothing in email despite opted in for all marketing junk

        • squills says:

          You could possibly try to be more proactive lol 😉

          So you expect the rest of the world to come to you?

          Just look @ the offers online.

    • squills says:

      Spend £10 or more and get £5 back*

      One of the best

      From Small Business Saturday until 21 December 2014, you’ll get a £5 statement credit when you spend £10 or more in-store at participating small businesses*. Register your Card here from 10 November to take part.

  • RC says:

    Has anyone tried if this offer works via a MBNA issued AMEX card?

    • const says:

      In T&C it says MBNA cards are fine, and I was able to register mine. I have not yhet done the travel, however.

  • pazza2000 says:

    I’m not sure if this has been answered, but can you top up your Oystercard anywhere with contactless to be eligible for this statement credit?

    • Rob says:

      Don’t think so, would defeat the point of the promo which is to get you to use your credit card instead!

  • Brian says:

    Amex are all over the place with this one.

    1st person I spoke to – Esso gargages with Tesco shop excluded but Malthurst included.
    2nd – Both are excluded
    3rd – Both are included

    Although he was careful with this wording the third person pretty much guaranteed a manual credit if any issues.

    • squills says:

      I’ve had several manual credits, all they do is look up the transaction then apply the credit.

      Leaky system it would appear but don’t worry about your £10 😉

    • grex9101 says:

      The whole “MALTHURST” thing is a pile of crap. My local Esso – which isn’t on the exclusion list – has a “Hurst’s” shop attached to it. Obvious now, but I didn’t think (or have reason to think) that this is a MALTHURST garage (indeed, the BP down the road also has a Hurst’s, so that’s clear as mud…).
      Poorly thought-out offer, and now I have to chase them for a bloody tenner. AAARGH.

  • RD says:

    I made the assumption, after reading how the billing would work, that the TFL contactless payment would be per charge, not per journey.

    To be on the safe side, I split my journey by exiting the tube within zone 1 and immediately going back through the gates again. Total journeys for the day thereby come to more than £5, but less than the original with the statement credit if I hadn’t split.

    What’s not so clear to me is if weekend journeys are charged at the end of each day, or at the end of the weekend? Would save me splitting my journeys if so.

    • RD says:

      PS. Must say, using the Amex card was a hassle – usually had to swipe 4 or 5 times before the barrier recognised it! (I had nothing else in my hand for it to clash with).

  • Outsharked says:

    Happy to report £10 credit received from a transaction at my local Esso-with-a-Tesco-Express. (Paid at a Tesco till and transaction came up on my statement as ‘Tesco Stores 3359’)

    So that’s success with my Gold… will see what happens with my Barclaycard-issued AmEx, which I’ve also registered for the promotion, next time I fill up…

  • Andy says:

    I have a Lloyds Amex, and my transaction tracked as MALTHURST so seems no automatic credit, but Lloyds bank wont help at all with this, anyone have a email address or phone number that would help me, I don’t have a ‘proper amex’ so cant just secure mail them.

  • Don says:

    I cannot find any Esso’s that sell gift cards of any kind. It looks like it’s not one of their lines.

    • flyoff says:

      My local Esso without a Tesco shop sells a wide variety of gift cards.

      The Esso with a Tesco shop sells some giftcards. I have bought Tesco giftcards though as they are easy to spend.

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