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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.


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

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge 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.

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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  • mark2 says:

    More importantly, the Waitrose ‘Pick Your Own’ scheme is closing on 28th Feb to be replaced by ‘personalised rewards selected just for you’.

  • mark2 says:

    OT
    For current accounts which pay interest and/or other benefits you often need two or three direct debits. Tesco Internet Saver (TIS) accounts allow you to set up a direct debit to collect small amounts from a current account each month. You can have one TIS account each and one joint. It also pays 1.3% with instant access. Don’t set up too many at the same time or it gets shirty.

    • JamesB says:

      Just a reminder though. that it is not a qualifying direct debit for their own tesco current account so don’t anybody rush off doing that.

      • Genghis says:

        Cough. Works for me…

        • David says:

          N.B. The T&Cs are changing and From 22nd April 2018 and you’ll be unable to set up new, regular or one off direct debit payments. All existing direct debits set up on your account will be cancelled.

        • JamesB says:

          On the relaunched account requiring 3 DD?

        • JamesB says:

          Oh well, no longer relevant given comment from David.

        • mark2 says:

          That’s a blow; probably too many people like us doing small direct debits!

        • David says:

          To be clear, my comment specifically relates to the T&Cs of the Tesco Bank Internet Saver and Tesco Bank Instant Access Savings Account which have changed and I was sent details of in the post a little while back.

        • Genghis says:

          @David. Thanks for letting us know. I rarely read those savings acct T&C change letters

  • Anna says:

    OT – my avios.com account is now showing avios and vouchers earned from the Lloyds avios cards, however my Lloyds credit card statement is still not showing any of this, and there is no spend indicator either – should I just assume this is never going to happen and continue adding it all up myself?!

    • meta says:

      Weird. At the very end of my statements there is a breakdown of Avios earned. It’s in the PDF statement.

      • Anna says:

        I’ll have a look on my next statement, it might still be catching up.

  • Matt says:

    I tried applying for Aqua and was rejected! The waiting list for the Tandem has been removed – can just apply now

    • Lumma says:

      Really? Perhaps balance layers are not what they’re after. I do find them to be quite immoral to be fair. I’ve had the card a few years now, they gave me just a £450 limit at first (I only applied as they were giving a free night in a hotel as a sign up bonus, stayed in the Mercure sheffield) and within a year they put it up to £3800. The minimum payment is always lower than the estimated interest too.

      Still they’ve not gotten a penny in interest or fees from me 🙂

    • Lumma says:

      Or balance payers even

    • rams1981 says:

      Thanks. Have applied for a card. Will report back if any good

    • Matt says:

      Subsequently checking on MSE’s eligibility check I was down as ineligible for Aqua, so presumably they have some upper limit for credit score or income.

  • Anna says:

    If you look at the Curve rewards section on their website there’s quite a bit of info about this.

  • Scallder says:

    Something to note – I tried doing a £30 shop this morning splitting over 3 cards and they wouldn’t take multiple cards for one transaction. Was told I could do card and cash… One item was £25 though so ditched the others I had picked up to make to £30 and will get those another day…

    • Cate says:

      When I get to the till I just put separators between the stuff I’m buying so it goes through as separate transactions. I’ve only been queried on this once and said I was shopping for myself and another and needed separate receipts. No problems.

      • Scallder says:

        Will certainly do that the next time I’m in there Cate to make use of the remaining 2 cards I have it on, however didn’t fancy my chances taking the £25 item out of the box and getting them to price up parts individually 🙂

  • Scottydoggiom says:

    With regards to Aldi , i just tried to order some wine online with them and there is no option to pay with Amex , maybe its to be added to the online side at a later date ?

  • Optimus Prime says:

    OT – Marriot is making changes to some hotel categories.

    http://www.marriott.com/marriott-rewards/use/category-update.mi

    • rams1981 says:

      Just booked JW Marriott Orlando using rewards package for 330k points. Was cat 7 and about to move to cat 8 it seems so saved 30k Marriott points.

      110k SPG points for one week’s hotel at £1100-1200 plus 120k Avios was a decent return.

    • Will says:

      Phu Quoc moving out of cat 5 to 6, just managed to redeem a travel package against it while it was cat 5!

      Worked out at 90k SPG points for 162k avios and what would have been a cash rate of £2800 for the week. Very pleased with that.

    • Tracy says:

      Thanks for the heads up, have booked my hotels for US summer trip, San Francisco and LA. Both hotels were going up…

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