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American Express Shop Small is returning in December

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American Express Shop Small is returning in December.

‘Shop Small’ is an annual American Express promotion which can prove very lucrative.  You receive £5 cashback for every purchase of £10 or more you make in a ‘small shop’ which is generally any independent retailer – including quite a few pubs!

Whilst limited to one credit per shop, you can register every American Express you earn to multiply your returns.

It has not been officially confirmed that Shop Small will return in 2018.  The website (here) is not saying anything.

However, my understanding is that it WILL happen.  It is pencilled in for 1st to 16th December 2018.

We will cover this again nearer the time.


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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here.

British Airways American Express card

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

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

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 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 card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

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

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Comments (112)

  • jane says:

    OT – when Hilton have a sale, does the amount of points for a premium room award also go down ? I appreciate that they standard room reward doesn’t tend to but the premium ones seem a bit more flexible.

    • Rob says:

      No, because the points are driven off Best Available Rate I think and the sale rates are always in addition to, not instead of, Best Available Rate.

  • Alan says:

    Food atrocious on my last JFK flight – had to make to with Club Kitchen. Thankfully I still find CW seat comfy (esp unrestricted legroom and lack of need to flip seat down to turn into a bed). Arriving 2.5h late didn’t make it a great flight all in all!

    • the_real_a says:

      Having flown virgin for the first time in ages, it really struck me how inconvenient it is to “flip” the bed. Especially if you cannot sleep and just want to lounge a bit.

  • Nick_C says:

    Who does the catering for BA001 from LCY to JFK? It was very good! Although maybe the overall ambience of that flight, and the empty seat next to me (plus the three empty rows behind me) made it seem better than it really was.

  • Soloflyer1977 says:

    O/T yesterday at Starbucks, I saw a lady pay for a couple of starbucks coffees for about £6 with her Tesco credit card. As you get no points for spend under £8, there was a look of disappointment on my face…

    • Chris says:

      You should have said something! Could have given her an Amex referral maybe?

    • Lumma says:

      She could maybe have a 0% purchase Tesco credit card perhaps and is currently putting all her purchases through that and keeping cash in an interest earning account?

    • Andrew says:

      Silly thing to do.

      Most major employers will sell you Starbucks Gift Cards with a 10-12% discount.

      Should have loaded it up with £8.80, Paid £8 and enjoyed the Clubcard Points and discount.

  • bsuije says:

    Have just logged into Amex and have the following message at the top of my home page about Amex Shop Small:

    “Get ready to Shop Small and enjoy £5 statement credits when you spend £10 or more in one transaction at participating small businesses between 1 – 16 December 2018. You can enrol in the offer from 1 Nov 2018. To find participating small businesses click here. Terms apply*.”