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New American Express cashback offers launched

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Another batch of offers has launched on my American Express cards, and presumably on yours too.  To find these, you need to go to the ‘Offers’ section of EACH Amex card you hold, either on the app or website.  For some reason the website often shows more offers.

Of things I found interesting:

£75 back on £250 spend at MR PORTER (exp 30 September) – not travel related but a great opportunity to get a serious discount on some new season fashion

5,000 Avios or Membership Rewards points on £300 spend at Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley (exp 10 September) – this is ONLY valid on room spend which means that eating and drinking in the hotel without staying there is unlikely to count.  I got this twice, on my BA and Platinum card, so in theory a £600 bill split over two cards would trigger both bonuses.

Bonus points on Hilton stays in Europe (exp 18 October) – this appeared a couple of weeks ago and there are numerous permutations of bonus and spend.  My Platinum has 7000 Membership Rewards points for £500 spend.  My wife had a VERY generous 5000 Membership Rewards for £150 spend.  There is a separate US offer too.

There are various others available including high end restaurant options such as Nandos …..


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2024 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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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:

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

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