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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.

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.

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The following offers will end soon:

  • 2,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard (ends 15th October)
  • 30,000 Virgin Points on Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard (ends 15th October)
  • 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

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 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

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 (82)

  • Eshaq Choudhury says:

    Damn, I booked an emirates flight yesterday night. If only I had known about this, I couldve booked it through Amex. Maybe next time.

    • Brian says:

      You should have read the comments on yesterday’s Amazon post – this info was contained in those before yesterday evening. It always pays to read the comments as well as the articles…

  • Simon says:

    I got a message saying my accounts were already connected – is that fine? Supplementary cards ok?

    • TimS says:

      If your card is already linked that is fine as long as you have now opted in to the offer.

      Supplementary cards are fine as long as they are linked to a grip advisor account in their own right.

      • shd says:

        Just followed the steps but turns out TripAdvisor is already linked to at least one of my cards

        How can I see which Amex card is linked?

        • TimS says:

          I couldn’t find a way of identifying which card was linked to which TA account so I ended up disconnecting and reconnecting them!

        • Scottnothing says:

          @shd – Do as Tim S suggests (disconnect and reconnect).

          Once reconnected you will then get an email saying: “Congratulations, your Card ending XXXXX was successfully connected with TripAdvsior”.

          I swapped my BAPP out for my new Gold Charge Card this way successfully and loaded the promotion to my GCC.

          • shd says:

            Just tried this, but when I went to reconnect I had to re-enter my Amex details including card number, so no way of knowing which card(s) was linked beforehand

          • TimS says:

            If it accepted the card details then that card is connected fine.

            If you got a message along the lines of “good news! This card is already connected to another tripadvisor account” then the card you disconnected was different to the one you tried to reconnect.

  • Adam says:

    Is there any way of booking other classes than Economy, Business or First?

    Specifically Y/B/H on Domestic or W on LH? Can’t see any settings on the AMEX site to do this.

    Follow on – if I have to phone up for this type of booking, will I still get the £50?

    • Raffles says:

      Good question. In theory, as the card transaction will still be processed by Amex, I reckon you would be OK. Check the rules though.

      • Nick Burch says:

        If you phone up to book, it normally seems to show on your statement as a transaction from the airline, not Amex. It also doesn’t generate the bonus 1 MR per £ that online bookings get. That makes me think that a booking by phone wouldn’t trigger it, though you might be able to argue it with Amex later (but no promises….)

  • jas says:

    Does the IHG price promise apply to hotels booked though the Amex site?

  • Matt says:


  • Chris says:

    Is this valid for MBNA issued AMEX Cards, such as a my Virgin Black one?

  • Praveen says:


    I alreadypaid for my Flight Tickets,On the website There isin’t an Option of Choosing Hotel+car only.Is there a way around this?

  • czechoslovakia says:

    Hmmm, linked my card to a new tripadvisor account. Got the Linked email confirmation from AMEX. HOWEVER, maybe there is a further step missing from the description? On going into TripAdvisor, logged in, under “get offers” there is:

    American Express Travel

    TripAdvisorSpend £150, Get £50 Back

    Save this offer to your connected Card then spend £150 on pre-paid hotels, flights, car hire or experiences at by 18 December 2014 to receive £50 statement credit.

    And a button to save. Maybe this is not a necessary step, but would suggest doing it if making a booking.

    • Xinran says:

      Yes – I’m a little concerned about this.
      Discovered it the minute AFTER making my booking. Have e-mailed AmexTravel for confirmation either way. Will post here when they reply.

    • James67 says:

      Thanks for this, I was feeling a little dim and just about to post a question on whether it was necessary to register for the promo. Now I will get my four cards linked and offers loaded and wait a while before booking.

    • Xinran says:

      Reply for AmexTravel confirms that you need to “save” the offer:
      “Thank you for your email, I have spoken to our marketing team regarding this specific offer for you to check whether the credit would be applicable. They have advised that the way the process operates between our system and TripAdvisor you would have needed to save the offer to your account prior to making the reservation to be applicable for the credit. As the correct process has not been followed on this reservation your account will not be able to be credited.

      I have looked into this matter further for you to see if we can reverse this booking enabling you to make a new booking now that the offer has been saved to your account, however this booking has been confirmed on a non refundable non changeable rate so we would not be able to refund this booking for you.

      Sorry we have not been able to apply the credit on this booking for you. ”

      Not good for me – hopefully helps some of you out there.

      • Head for Points says:

        I would make a formal complaint to Amex about this. The website I link to does NOT say you have to save the offer to your card.

        Assuming you had already linked your card to TA you would have had no reason to visit the TA site. Amex is very good with complaints like this and you are likely to get the £50.

        • Xinran says:

          I hope your right.
          I have been in touch, because I agree it is somewhat misleading. If you read through Amex’s T&Cs, the final point states that we must abide by Tripadvisor’s T&Cs also. My point is that something a crucial as this should be brought to the fore on Amex’s site.
          They’ve promised to look into it tomorrow. I don’t believe that either Amex or TA intended for it to be obscure – so fingers crossed.

          • Xinran says:

            Good news from Amex – they have agreed to apply the credit to my booking.
            Full marks to their customer service for dealing with this with minimal fuss.

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