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 miles and points from credit cards?  Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

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

    • 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?

    • 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.

  4. 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*.”

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