News in brief:
Hilton / Amex cashback deal now open to all Amex cards
American Express has been running a cashback deal recently with selected Hilton Group hotels across the UK and Europe.
You receive a £50 statement credit when you spend £250. Whilst it is not stated in the rules, the spend appears to be cumulative and does not need to be hit in one stay.
The offer has now appeared on the Amex Connect website – click here. This means that any personal American Express card can be registered even if it is issued by MBNA, Barclays or Lloyds.
You need to stay (or have a prepaid booking charged to your card) by 8th May. Don’t forget to register and remember to check the list of participating hotels before you stay.
2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles with £70 of stationery
Tesco Direct has launched a new style of promotional deal – with stationery. Until 27th April, if you spend £70 on these stationery items at Tesco Direct you will receive 1,000 bonus Clubcard points. These transfer into 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles.
You can learn more in this Shopper Points article.
Only Avios-earning debit card now available again
Tesco Bank has reopened its current account to new applications. It recently relaunched with an exceptionally generous deal but, swamped by applicants, it was withdrawn and the criteria tightened.
a debit card which earns 0.3 Avios per £1 spent (you actually get 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent which gets you 2.4 Avios per £8 spent, note that you need to spend at least £8 per transaction to earn any points from it)
you will earn 3% credit interest on up to £3000, guaranteed until April 2019
your debit card will earn 1 Clubcard point for every £1 you spend on it in Tesco – this is a very generous 2.4 Avios or 2.5 Virgin miles – and this rate is guaranteed until April 2019
There are new rules on opening an account:
you must set up 3 direct debits
you must pay in £750 per month
If you make a lot of debit card payments or spend a lot in Tesco – or just want to earn an easy £90 per year in interest on £3000 of your savings – this is worth a look. You can apply here.
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:
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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
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 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:
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
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.