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New travel and High Street cashback deals launched for HSBC and First Direct customers

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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 ridedetails 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? – 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 (47)

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  • Nick says:

    If you have both a nationwide and an HSBC card, can you register both, and would they ‘clash’ and default to one only or pay out on both? As in, they make you sign up with an email address but do they link based on it? (I know I could change the address on one account, but this is more effort than I’m willing to go to!)

    For those asking for bank support, note that Visa runs this itself – it’s a white-label site onto which they add a bank logo – so there will be no CS support from the bank itself, and none of the Amex-style begging for an offer to be added will be possible.

  • Cham says:

    I thought HSBC issued Mastercards for Premier customers? I couldn’t register my credit card… Do they offer visa as well?

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