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Get £5 off at ALDI with American Express

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If you missed our article last week, American Express is now accepted at ALDI.

A ‘£5 cashback when you spend £10’ offer appeared on many Amex cards yesterday – I have it on my Platinum.  This is valid for one transaction before 30th April.

You need to save the offer to your card in order to register.  If you have it, it will be under the ‘Offers’ tab on your statement page on the website or app.


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In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points 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 (102)

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  • Mikeact says:

    Just come off the phone with Avios.com. They say their rules are the same as BA re Avios Rewards. You can, by phone, book a reward within 24Hrs and Awards can be changed for free and refunded within 24 hrs.

    • Rob says:

      Odd, because they refused to do it for a reader last week which is what prompted the complaint to me.

    • mike oscar says:

      Yes 100% you can book within 24Hrs.
      I booked last week 4Hrs before a flight to Bru with their[Avios-Lloyds] ‘companion voucher’ no problem.
      Only issue it has to be done over the phone!

  • Mikeact says:

    Another Avios Award question. Can I make a booking for travel within the next 24 hrs ?

    09:59:23 i.e. book now totravel this afternoon?

    09:59:29 You can indeed, you do need to call to book on, 0844 49 333 49.

    • Rob says:

      The T&C’s actually say that you CANNOT book within 24 hours, even if the call centre allows it.

      • Mikeact says:

        Updated response from them, Avios.com

        ‘It’s not always possible to book for the same day based on availability and ticketing which is why we don’t advise of this in our terms’

  • Mikeact says:

    . Are Avios bookings changeable for free within 24 hrs of Booking?

    09:41:49 it’s just a general question, i.e. if I book something today, change my mind,call back tomorrow to cancel, is it free or do I still incur the £35 fee ? Tx.

    09:44:06 Let me find out for you, I will be right back. 🙂

    09:45:48 You can book and cancel within 24 hours of booking on a British Airways flights free of charge. Other airlines may differ.

    09:46:43 *flight

    09:47:12 Is that available on line or by calling, and I guess any fees and Avios wil be returned?

    09:47:38 You do need to call to cancel and yes, you get everything back.

  • Justin says:

    I was told that if you have used your voucher and cancel your booking T-24 you lose your voucher is that correct?

    • Rob says:

      You lose the Lloyds voucher if you cancel your booking, not the BA voucher. It isn’t fully clear given the comments whether an avios.com booking can be cancelled within 24 hours anyway, I assumed not but ….

  • Reeferman says:

    Bits:
    Another AVIOS-related matter.
    Yesterday I asked if anyone had experience of booking with AVIOS using 2 Lloyds upgrade vouchers regarding taxes/fees when booking the return leg some time after having booked the outbound leg.
    Despite fears that the higher taxes would apply for 2 separate bookings (over £400 more for 2 people in J to USA) am pleased to say that have just booked my return leg with AVIOS and they combined the booking – only applying the lower, r.t. taxes (a la BA 2-4-1 procedure).

  • Michael says:

    OT: Is there anyone here who knows how I can pay a fee abroad, who are not willing to accept credit card payment BUT only bank transfer. I need for them to receive payment urgently within 24 hrs. Is there a way around the hefty fee for international urgent payment?

    • Matt says:

      Transferwise (or similar service) is probably your best bet – if it’s a Euro transaction O think they’re fairly quick and they’re relatively cheap

    • mark2 says:

      I once paid for an apartment rental using PayPal.
      There was no charge, but the owner had been charged and expected to be reimbursed.

  • kt1974 says:

    Aldi offer is a weird one… It’s not on my offers list and not my Amex app, but I did get an email which I clicked and claimed to activate the offer… Mysterious and no proof/confirmation beyond a web page.

    After the whole fiasco of Shop Small – several shops on the map had either closed down, no longer accepted amex, or simply didn’t honour the offer (e.g. by using a “different” card terminal, and therefore wasn’t the same business listed on the map) – I don’t really trust Amex offers unless I can SEE them.

    • Michael Jennings says:

      The Aldi offer is on my offers list for my PRG, and I also got the e-mail to click through and register for the offer (after I had already registered for it from my honours list). Neither of these things for my SPG card, alas, so looks like I only get it once.

    • john says:

      After querying Amex shop small where card not accepted they said their database is based off places that accepted Amex in last 6months.

      • Genghis says:

        Baloney! Some places on the map hadn’t accepted Amex for years even after just putting the card in the machine

  • rams1981 says:

    That does look interesting, thanks. Anyone on here have it?

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