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Bits: Amex Gold / Plat £15 Amazon discount extended, new £50 Hilton / Amex discount

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Two bits of American Express-related news today:

£15 Amazon discount code extended

Amazon has extended its £15 discount code for Amex Gold and Platinum cardholders until 31st October.

This came as a big surprise given that the offer was meant to be limited to 33,333 people and must be close to that target.  I think HfP readers have done at least 10% of that quantity between them ….

You can save £15 on your next Amazon order of £25 or more as long as you part-pay with Membership Rewards points.  This is what to do:

If you have not already done so, link your Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account by visiting this page on the Amazon website

Buy £25 of items on (these must all be sold by Amazon and not third party merchants, and excludes digital content, including digital gift cards)

Enter code AMEX16SWP at check out

You MUST select your Membership Rewards-earning Amex card as your payment card (you cannot use gift cards or any other payment source)

Part-pay for your order using Membership Rewards points.  The sneaky option is to redeem just 2 points for a 1p discount.  This saves you ‘wasting’ MR points on a low value redemption.  You will only get 0.45p per point and you shouldn’t waste more than 2 of your valuable points on such a poor deal.


£50 cashback on £250 of Hilton spend

A new Hilton cashback offer has appeared on a lot of American Express accounts.  To see if you are targetted, visit the Amex website and take a look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the online statement page for each of your cards.

You will receive £50 cashback when you spend £250 or more at selected UK and European Hilton, Doubletree, Waldorf-Astoria, Curio and Conrad hotels before 8th May.

Not all hotels are participating.  Make sure that you check the list of hotels on the Amex website before booking.

In the past, these offers have been triggered by cumulative spend.  There is no mention of this – so you are not guaranteed to receive it if the £250 is not hit in one transaction – but you might be lucky.

Note that the Amex website also talks about ‘checkout spend’.  Does this mean that prepaid bookings will not count?  Perhaps, perhaps not.

This deal could work out nicely when combined with the current ‘2000 bonus points per night’ Hilton promotion.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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:

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

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (98)

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  • Mark says:

    Hilton offer details in case your card is missing it: offerId=EE17DCAB478A43500905EBFF8DE94F61 offerSourceId=B4C0C0C62FDA1D6E3D99D55E701A5CB3

    • Tony Pastore says:

      offerId=EE17DCAB478A43500905EBFF8DE94F61 offerSourceId=B4C0C0C62FDA1D6E3D99D55E701A5CB3

    • Simon says:

      How do you make use of this information, is there an address string to attach this to?

  • Charlie says:

    Got this email from BA at 6pm today, does not look targeted.

    5,000 Avios for the first 100 to book with Avis

    Hitting the road just got even more rewarding – you can now collect 800 bonus Avios with Avis rentals of three days or more. That’s on top of the usual 700 Avios you’d receive as a British Airways Executive Club member. Just book and rent between 7 February and 7 April 2017*. And don’t forget, you also get a free additional driver on every rental.

    But wait, it gets better. The first 100 to book get an extra 5,000 Avios**. So with all those Avios to collect, your next trip could soon lead to another.

    *Terms and conditions apply. To qualify for 800 bonus Avios, rentals must be booked and rented between 7 February and 7 April 2017 on, or with the British Airways contact centre. Minimum 3 day rental length, minimum car group C. Rentals booked using Avios or Avios and Money do not qualify for the bonus. For full terms and conditions visit

    **The 5,000 bonus Avios prize is available to the first 100 people who book their Avis rental within the promotional period and pay in full. Eligible entrants must be residents of the United Kingdom (UK), aged 23 years or over and who hold a valid UK driving licence. More information on terms and conditions and prize availability can be found at

  • James67 says:

    OT: Called AF this afternoon, got a super friendly and competent agent within two minutes who split and changed our ticket, advised on and selected seats, and arranged a refund all in under 10 minutes. Within two hours the split ticket was issued along with a receipt for the refund. On the 4th of January I called BA to upgrade two WTP tickets to CW, I waited over 20min for an agent who was friendly and competent enough but over a month on I am still waiting for them to issue the tickets and bill me, and as a result we will likely miss out on our favoured seats. Just a sign of the times and how far BA are falling behind.

  • Ben says:

    Firstly a quick thanks for the great blog Rob! I spend c.£10k a month on amazon through business activities and since reading this have tried to put a number of sales through your link. Whilst this is useful to hit spending thresholds on cards etc, I was wondering if there’s anything exciting you would recommend to monetise?

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