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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 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.

Amazon American Express offer

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
  • 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.  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

The Amazon home page is here.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our August 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. Here are the other top current deals:

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 offers.

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

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

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (163)

  • Adey says:

    Not available on my Centurion card.

  • Mike L says:

    Not on any of our 4 cards (2 gold and 2 BAPP) however my wife has 7000 mr points for a £250 spend at Curry’s. As a tumble dryer purchase is imminent, it eases the pain of not having the Amazon offer.

    • Shoestring says:

      Check eligibilty for the other 2 Amazon free £5/ free £6 links above

  • Susan says:

    Amex Plat – 3 offers only, none of which are remotely of interest or related to my spending patterns
    BA Amex – identical to Plat
    Plat supplementary- identical to Plat
    Amex CC – NO offers

    Am starting to feel rather unloved.

    • Alan says:

      My BA blue card has one, useless, offer.
      My wife’s gold card has nothing and hasn’t had a single offer since opening her account

    • Jonny says:

      Amex SPG – 3% off at Prezzo… struggling to contain myself
      Amex Gold Business – £20 off £100 spend at Gordon Ramsey (would be great if this was on the personal card)
      Share the sentiment that offers have really dried up of late.

      • Lumma says:

        I’ve got a really old “(Product)Red” Amex which I only keep cause it seems to get all the good offers mentioned on here – Had this one on the main card and the supplementary in my name that I only got for Shop Small last Christmas. I also seem to get the Amex travel money off deals too.

        My Gold and BA blue cards seem to get pretty much nothing useful or seem to be deals not really in line with what you’d think American Express stands for – Dominos, Nandos, Deliveroo

      • TGLoyalty says:

        Amex Connect site has the Ramsey offer you can add it to any Amex

  • Matt B says:

    A bit OT – I have a BAPP, my wife has a Platinum and we have a supplementary card of each others. However I don’t seem to be able to register either of the supplementary cards under our respective Amex accounts and so can’t get any of these offers unless they are on the main card.

    When I try I just get an error message saying not possible. Do I have to create a new Amex account for each? Or could it be because the addresses don’t match as we still each have our own places our main cards are registered to.

    • Nate1309 says:

      you have to make new accounts for supp cards, I have successfully registered supp cards to my account on the phone in the past but have had no success with that in the last year

      • Prune says:

        I have found that once the first monthly bill has been generated then you can add the supplementary to your account.

    • Rob says:

      Probably the address thing as the supp is technically registered to the address of the main cardholder.

      • Genghis says:

        I don’t understand the “adding card to an account” logic. Can’t be an address thing as it happens to me and my wife and we live together. Sometimes I can add cards to an existing account (including multiple supps of same type on one account sometimes), sometimes not at all. Weird.

        • BJ says:

          I got the feeling it is something to do with the weekend, as crazy as that sounds. When I try adding at card to existing account at weekend it has never worked but I’ve never had a problem during the week.

    • Mr dee says:

      Usually have to create a new login just for supp cards, never been able to add to a supp to my main account

  • xcalx says:

    OT sorry no bits.

    Does an Avios booking for IB express short haul MAN-MAD get a checked bag, usually book for cash but silly price for date I require. Thanks

    • Chris says:

      Pretty sure I had baggage included with the base fare for LGW-MAD on ib express back in the summer if that’s any help

  • Combat Johnny says:

    I got it on my nectar but not my ba card (mid cycle for Marriott and gold)

  • Roger1* says:

    We’re down to one AmEx account at the moment – BAPP + Supplementary: £5 credit on both (yesterday).

    I made a Prime purchase for £29.99 yesterday, the SMS ‘used’ message arrived almost immediately. The item was 5 miles away at 6:30 this morning and will be delivered later today.

    • James says:

      I think the Ts & Cs said something about Prime purchases not counting.
      Yeah, there it is in Rob’s article:
      “Offer not valid on purchases made with Amazon Prime or subscriptions to Amazon Prime.”

      Hope it still works for you anyway.

  • r* says:

    Which is the best curve card to have, the free or the black for probably lowish use? The black looked like theres nothing really that makes it worth paying for?

    Also, does anyone know if there are any hotel groups with sales for Hong Kong in Nov currently running?

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