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Has ‘£5 back on a £20 Amazon purchase’ appeared on your American Express accounts?

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American Express and Amazon have launched another of their occasional offers.  And it is a generous one.

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.

Amazon American Express offer

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.

Amazon American Express offer

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.

Amazon American Express cashback deal

And if you are buying something …..

If you go to amazon.co.uk via this link, or any other link on this page, Head for Points gets a small commission on what you buy and it helps keep us ticking over.  You pay the same regardless.

As we pay 40% tax and National Insurance on the commission we get from Amazon it will also increase the percentage of your purchase which flows back to the Treasury!

The Amazon home page is here.


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 (163)

  • James says:

    Three Parts. 1st more time sensitive 🙂

    I have Amex Plat.
    My Brother has my Plat supplementary card (and Premium Pass etc…)

    Can I refer him from my Amex Plat for an Amex GC for the bonus MR for myself & him ? OR will that not work because he is a supplementary on my Plat (I notice that Rob’s wife (Anika) has his supplementary Plat. and her own GC)).
    If not, Can my mother (who jhas the Amex GC already and is about to cancel to avoid the 2nd year fee kicking oin at the end of the month) ?
    He has never held an Amex in his own name.

    Related – but not as crucial – which other Amex’s could I refer my Mother & Father to now (they will both have help an Amex GC in thge past 6 months). (Nopt the Amex Plat as they won’t get enough benefit from it – they used to have the (then) excellent Natwest Black card until they made a few changes to it 🙁
    They would definitely take up the Amex Plat if the travel insurance covered them (they are over 70).

    Thirdly, I’m pretty sure I know this ius a negative but…….if you pay for another supplementary Platinum card (not the free one), what benefits does that card holder get ? Premium Plus lounge access ?

    Cheers.

  • James says:

    Sorry – some terrible typos in there !

  • Shoestring says:

    O/T just paid 12 months vehicle tax, on Amex no probs.

    22 YO 4×4 got thru the MOT this morning on re-test – just needed to tighten up the parking brake (handbrake). Halfords definitely not out to find things wrong on purpose, as some say.

    MOT was completely free of charge – well, 40p as I had to buy a cheap light bulb – from Halfords – promotion is still going but ends Sunday for Halfords purchases (any purchase will do) – you can redeem to get your free MOT any time until Oct 31st 2019 so I should get 2 MOTs in per car. Got a few codes lined up. Re-test was meant to be £15 but service with a smile etc and the nice guy waived the fee, helps to be pleasant yourself.

  • BJ says:

    OT: £25 on a FairFX prepaid MC for £5.95. Issues with what we post on here, don’t want to cause HFP any issues so you need to do some simple searching to find out how. If it is ok to post I am sure Rob will.

  • paulm says:

    Hi shoestring, thanks for mentioning the top up offer, just used it with the amex offer 🙂

  • James says:

    The link in the terms takes you to more terms and conditions which say buying store credit or gift card will not count. Did it pay for you in the end?