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Get £50 cashback when you spend £150 at American Express Travel!

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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!

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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

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.

Full details, promotion rules and the link to connect your card to TripAdvisor can be found here.

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.

Comments (83)

  • CC says:

    If anyone is thinking about renting a car double check prices direct on the rental company website.

    I just checked a few cars at Hertz and they were all more than £50 cheaper than on Amex and in one example £122 cheaper!

    • CC says:

      Ignore my comment, I entered different pick up time of day which gave higher quote on Amex!

      Prices are identical to the rental firms.

  • Dom says:

    I went for this deal and booked two experiences which brought the order total over £150, even though the total amount (£162) showed in my pending transactions when it reached my statement AMEX split the transaction, this has caused me not to qualify for the deal.

    After quick email to AMEX yesterday they have agreed to honour the deal on my card and my additional card holder card.

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Booked a nice hotel in Rome next February and got the £50 discount. Very happy as the hotel price was the same as Expedia etc plus I get additional MR points!

  • Lyssie says:

    Should I be considered that I keep getting this message when I try to head to AMEX travel via the TA link-up page?

    “Looking for something at American Express?
    We’re sorry. The web address (URL) you requested has either moved or no longer exists.

    Please feel free to use our site map or choose your country.

    Thank you for visiting American Express.”

  • Rob says:

    Give it 2-3 weeks. It is always slower posting to MBNA or Lloyds cards.

  • Mark2 says:

    Talking about slowness, has anyone heard anything from Lloyds Bank yet about the Avios Reward referrals?

  • Michael says:

    Has anyones £50 posted yet? Seems to be taking longer than most.

    • idrive says:

      yes, i got it on one card, a couple of days after the review was published. It takes so long to have it checked.
      on other card, the Customer rep aknowledged I spent over £160 and manually pushed it to backoffice but review was just published so I will need to wait a couple of days to see.

      • Michael says:

        Interesting, thanks.

        I have also used 2 cards, both almost 3 weeks ago. Neither has posted. Asked Amex and they said I need to wait the 90 days after offer period, then they will escalate. Don’t really mind waiting, but was hoping to close one of the cards this month.