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Bits: new Amex cashback deals, how HFP helped Paul see South America

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News in brief:

New American Express statement credit deals launched

A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched yesterday.

Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement.  Unfortunately, if they are not showing, you cannot (yet?) register for them on the website.

These offers do appear on the Amex Connect site where you can register MBNA, Lloyds or Barclays-issued American Express cards.

The three new offers are:

Argos – £10 back on a £100 purchase, expires 10th January, 14000 registrations allowed

Eurostar – £20 back on a £100 purchase, expires 10th January, 14000 registrations allowed

World Duty Free – £10 back on a £70 purchase, expires 10th January, 10500 registrations allowed

(EDIT: since I wrote this, Post Office – £5 back on £10 – and Pizza Express – £10 back on £30 – deals have been added.)

These deals were added a week or so ago.  They are not on the Amex Connect site:

Costco – £10 back on a £100 purchase, expires 31st December, 10000 registrations allowed

Paul Smith – £65 back on a £350 purchase, expires 21st December, no limit on registrations but only valid in Paul Smith own-brand stores excluding factory outlets (Heathrow seem OK)

The World Duty Free offer is especially valuable as it will double-up with any £5 off coupon you may have been sent, as long as your spend after discounts is still £70 or more.  It would also tie in with the ‘3000 Avios for spending £100 at Heathrow’ offer being run by Heathrow Rewards at the moment.

The Argos deal would be triggered by gift card purchases, although for just £10 back it probably isn’t worth the bother unless you are walking past a quiet store.

Amex American Express

How Head for Points helped Paul in South America

Reader Paul dropped me a line over the weekend after a successful two week trip which saw him visit Argentina, Chile, Brazil and Uruguay.  He listed out everything that he had done which he had learned from reading Head for Points:


Booked a low tax Iberia Avios redemption from Madrid to Santiago
Booked a low tax (as no fuel surcharges from Brazil) Avios redemption on BA from São Paulo to Heathrow
Booked a low tax LAN Avios redemption for an internal Brazil flight
Used an American Express £50 travel statement credit against another internal flight
Got a status match from Cathay Pacific (which he got for free from Amex Platinum) to Qantas Gold to allow him to continue to access oneworld benefits


Used Hilton points to book a hotel in Madrid, with an upgrade because of the status he gained from spending on the Hilton credit card
Booked the Pullman hotel in São Paulo during a sale featured on HFP, and gained extra benefits via his Accor Platinum status which came free with Amex Platinum


Used Azimo to transfer money to himself in Argentina at close to the dollar blue rate, rather than the artificial official rate

New Head for Points readers may not recognise some of the deals above, such as free Cathay status with Amex Platinum (now stopped).  However, I hope it gives a good impression of what can be achieved using the ideas and offers I highlight.

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  1. Just got email, unique code £25 off £100 when you buy £100+ short haul BA flight

  2. Santander card holders currently being offered money off Hilton and Hilton family (Conrad and Wardorf) purchases too.

    Anyone going to the Leicester game at Arsenal? I don’t support any premiership team (but admire Arsenal for the same reasons as Rob). Struck me as being completely undervalued given Leicester’s form this season so that’s the one I went for.

  3. I have a £5 voucher for Heathrow rewards for a different card number to the one I want to use tomorrow – will it work – I got a new card to take advantage of the 3000 bonus points but this voucher was for a previous card ?

  4. seeing as Azimo gets a mention again, just a reminder that there actual currency rates are pretty poor. On a 1000GBP transfer to Malaysia i would lose out on 100MYR (about 15GBP) when compared to Western Union.

  5. Amex Shopsmall also seems to be back soon:

  6. To add to the veritable flurry of off topic but interesting opportunities, Shell are giving away a fair few Avois, 72 million to be precise, over December, if you use the fill up and go payment method via their app…

    • Sussex Bantam says:

      Be aware that the Shell App only works on a 3G connection or better. I’ve NEVER made it work !!

  7. Very OT. Booked a rewards flight to NYC and back (booked pre devaluation out in First, back in Club for 2 during September 2015). Total fees were £1030.12. We subsequently cancelled the return leg via the call centre. The Avios were refunded but I am yet to receive a refund of the fees. I think the fees for the return leg were £293 pp (based on what they are today for JFK-LHR) so for the two of us I would expect over £500 back after the cancellation fees. To complicate things, the original fees were paid on a BA Premium AmEx but this was downgraded to a regular BA AmEx. AmEx assured me that any refunds to the original card number should transfer to the new card but so far nothing. Has anyone else had this happen? How long do the refunds take to process and is my rough valuation correct?

    • Thanks Harry. Not on Amex cards yet but no doubt will follow.
      With ShopSmall, Post Office and Superdrug giving 50% back and 11 Amex cards I shall be running out of things to buy!

      • It will be a good chance to buy a new Oral B toothbrush, some good models on better than half price, provided your cashier lets you split it across 2 cards

  8. Can’t see the Costco one (got Eurostar, Pizza Express, post office and a few others…)
    How would I register for that one?

  9. Argos £5 and £10 vouchers are back when you spend £50 get a £5 voucher and
    £100 get a £10 voucher
    from the 4th of December to the 8th
    combines with Amex deal

    • Apparently buy 3 pay 2 on toys is due back this Friday, wait & see.

      Would stack nicely

  10. I noticed there were some epay VISA cards at our local Argos.

    Can someone please answer these qns:
    1. Will you get the £5 Argos card on purchase of £50 VISA pre-paid cards?
    2. Can we still use these VISA cards to pay HMRC tax?

    • Giftcards are apparently excluded but as the assistants do each £5 or £10 card manually, they might allow it, just ask them first. You do realise there’s a fee?

      People are reporting that they won’t work with HMRC (or only 1 transaction allowed).

      • I have bought loads of gift cards at Argos on these schemes (no actual goods) and got the statement credit every time. Remember that Amex just gets an amount.
        But have found it difficult to find a decent selection of cards at most stores.

        • Thanks Harry,
          I was planning to offset the charge by Argos+Amex credit

          I was not referring to Amex credit but to Argos credit for purchase over £50 or £100

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