If you are targeted, you will receive £5 cashback on your next £20+ purchase on amazon.co.uk made with your American Express card.
To see if you are targeted, you need to log into your online American Express account and look at the offers tab for EACH card you have. You should also look under any supplementary cards which you have registered.
If you see the Amazon offer, click ‘Save To Card’. The offer is “only” valid for the first 74,000 people who save it.
We have the offer on:
- my Platinum
- my wife’s supplementary Platinum
- my wife’s Gold
I do not have it on:
- my BA Premium Plus
- my Starwood Amex
- my wife’s Starwood Amex (which now has no offers at all)
- my wife’s BA Premium Plus
…. which means £15 of free money for us.
Here are the official rules, but it may not work this way in practice:
- Offer intended for UK Cardmembers only.
- Offer only available online at www.amazon.co.uk.
- Offer only applies to spend made in Great British Pound (GBP) on the Card to which the offer is saved, including an American Express Card loaded into a mobile payment wallet.
- Offer does not apply to spend on other Cards you might hold and is not valid for transactions made using Payment Aggregators.
- Only one £5 statement credit per UK Card.
- Rewarded credit may be reversed if qualifying transaction is refunded or cancelled.
- Offer only available to the first 74,000 Cardmembers who save the offer to their Card.
- Credit should appear on your billing statement within 5 days from qualifying spend but may take up to 90 days from 9 December 2018.
- Offer not valid on orders paid on finance.
- Offer is only intended for the targeted recipient of this offer.
- Spend must be billed to your Card account by 9 December 2018 to be eligible for this offer. If Amazon does not charge your Card during this period, e.g. because of a delay in dispatching your goods, you may not be eligible for this offer.
- Offer not valid on purchases made with Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime.
- Offer only valid on orders delivered to the UK.
I am unsure about the ‘not valid on purchases made with Amazon Prime’ rule. I don’t know how American Express can tell the difference. That said, for 100% security you may want to have it delivered normally instead.
Do gift card purchases work?
The easiest way of triggering the bonus should be to purchase a £20 e-gift card, emailed to yourself and then applied to your account.
It should also work if you top-up your Amazon account with £20 of credit. Topping up your account means that you end up with a £20 balance at Amazon and, next time you buy something, the £20 is used first before your credit card is charged for the balance.
I ordered a £20 e-gift card for myself and it appeared to work – see below. I got an immediate confirmation from American Express that I had triggered the offer ‘if your transaction meets the offer terms’. I should know in a few days if the £5 credit will be applied and will report back.
You can buy an e-gift card for yourself, or top up your balance, via this page of amazon.co.uk.
And if you are buying something …..
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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.
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
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
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
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.