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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.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

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BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 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

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending 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)

  • Akhil Gupta says:


    Does anyone know about the cancellation policies for Amex Travel? I want to book the Doubletree Hilton Tower of London. I usually book this hotel via and the cheapest rate is fully refundable. Can’t find anything about cancellation policies on the amex travel site.


      • Akhil Gupta says:

        Thanks for the reply. I have read this before – it seems quite vague

        Bookings may be amended or cancelled in accordance with the relevant supplier’s terms and conditions and subject to the supplier’s amendment and cancellation charges. In many cases our flight suppliers may impose charges of up to 100% of the cost of the travel arrangements and these will be passed onto you. Please refer to Section D7 for more details on changing your booking.

        Most hotel website clearly state the cancellation policy for that specific rate?

        • Idrive says:

          Try calling the hotel or amex travel can not help otherwise sorry

        • Alan says:

          Yeah it’s a pretty poor website TBH – it doesn’t state things like this nearly as clearly as it should.

  • Mark Cleverly says:

    Does anyone know if you can use this in conjunction with the Thistle and Guoman £50 back against a £100 spend offer?

    • Rob says:

      I assume Amex will charge your card as Amex for a prepaid Thistle room so it would not trigger the Thistle bonus. However, if you spent £100 in the hotel on food etc the bonus would trigger then so you would be getting £100 back on £250 spend.

  • Flieduk says:

    Further to Raffles’ comment in the main article, does anyone know for sure if (and in respect of which brands) Amex Travel is a “corporate” travel agent and able, therefore, to award stay credit for.

    I have got some Hilton stays lined up and it would be a no-brainer to use this offer for them if I was going to get stay credit for it. Alternatively, I would stay at another chain through this offer if I could credit it to the relevant rewards program.

  • Justas says:

    More complicated bookings are outsourced to an agency and are not processed by Amex.

  • Cambus says:

    Re whether the £150 is cumulative or a single transaction, this is what Amex had to say when I asked them:

    “I confirm that this offer is eligible on a single charge of £150 or above. It will not be eligible on charges which are less than £150”.

    Slightly annoying as there is not a lot of flexibility to add additional items to the basket before checking out, but it’s a great offer nonetheless.

  • Idrive says:

    I can not check my account yet but i will challenge them in case. This is not clearly stated on T&C and i will fight for it

  • BLT says:

    Not yet. I paid for some flights for 2 people which came to over £150 on the 9 Nov. When amex billed them on the statement they appear as 2 separate transactions (1 per person) and therefore below the £150. I feel I’m going to have to contact them for this. Annoying as I have enough bookings to make use of this on all 8 of my cards, not sure I can fight for all of the credits!

    • Anon says:

      Is this standard? I notice BA did 2 x transactions for a flight of mine too. I don’t fly much so not seen this before.

      • squills says:

        Yes I had exactly the same thing last month. Booked 2 of us to fly @ the same time (1 a minor so couldn’t fly on his own or book flights independently in any case) – paid with one payment my end – but BA split it into 2 transactions.

  • 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.

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