This very generous offer – £50 cashback – has just been launched as part of the American Express partnership with TripAdvisor.
The Amex / TripAdvisor arrangement is an odd one. Once you have linked your American Express account to your TripAdvisor account, a little mark will appear next to any review you write saying that it is an “Amex Cardmember Review”. Does this add to the sum of human happiness? Probably not.
However, £50 off a £150 travel spend is a different matter.
This is a slightly complex promotion and you need to make sure you follow all the steps.
You MUST connect your Amex card to TripAdvisor using the link on this page. Once logged in to TripAdvisor you must go to ‘Get Offers’ and save the offer to your Amex card.
You need to spend £150 on pre-paid flights, hotels, experiences or car hire at americanexpress.co.uk/travel
Non pre-paid products do NOT count
You need to make your booking by December 18th but there are no limits on when you fly or stay
Only one statement credit per card (supplementary cards may or may not count separately)
Apart from that, you can book anything you like.
This promotion would work best when booking a flight because you will still earn airline miles and status credits for flights however they are booked. It also works fine for car hire and non-chain hotels.
Remember that any chain hotel booked by Amex Travel may not count for points, status benefits or stay credit. That said, as Amex is a major corporate travel agent I would expect that you have a pretty good chance of getting credit for your stay. You certainly have more chance than you would if you booked via Expedia.
ALL American Express personal cards are eligible, even those issued by Lloyds, Barclays and MBNA. The exact wording is:
Only consumer cards issued in the UK by American Express Services Europe Limited or a licensed third party issuer are eligible for registration (eligible card). The following cards are not eligible: prepaid cards, gift cards and corporate cards.
American Express is also still giving away £5 statement credit when you connect your card and post your first Tripadvisor review. Details are via the same link.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 Platinum
40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.