Both HSBC and its subsidiary First Direct have jumped on the cashback statement credit bandwagon. This is excellent news for readers who bank with either of these groups – which includes myself – as there is a good opportunity to save some money on your travel and general spending.
There is one particular difference between the First Direct / HSBC cashback offers and those offered by American Express. You do not need to register for each individual offer with HSBC. Once you are signed up to the cashback website, that’s it. You will receive a statement credit regardless – you may even find yourself receiving money unexpectedly!
How to register
This is very simple.
You need to verify your email address and then submit your Visa card number from your credit or debit card. That’s it.
Here are some sample offers
The offers appear the same for most people, with possibly some regional tailoring based on your address.
The following travel deals currently show for me:
10% back when you spend £75 at a UK Hilton (includes Hampton etc) – expires 28th September
£8 back on your first Uber ride – expires 22nd September (but this is worse than the Head for Points exclusive offer of £15 off your first ride – details here)
10% back at Europcar – expires 21st September
12% back at Airport Hotels & Parking – expires 21st September
To be honest, these are not hugely generous. However, some of the general High Street deals ARE good:
£5 back when you spend £40 at Esso – expires 28th September (remember that you earn Avios at Esso via Clubcard)
£10 back when you spend £40 at Lidl – expires 28th September
£5 back when you spend £30 at Boots – expires 28th September
£10 back when you spend £40 at H&M – expires 28th September
£3 back when you spend £8 at Costa – expires 28th September
…… amongst other deals.
Remember that HSBC has two attractive Avios earning credit cards exclusively for HSBC Premier customers. Amusingly, though, these are both MasterCard products (the free HSBC Premier card is reviewed here, the £195 HSBC Premier World Elite card is reviewed here) and so don’t qualify for these offers!
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion 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
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
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
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.