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.