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American Express and Preferred Hotels launch an ‘extra night’ offer

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American Express has launched an ‘extra night’ offer with Preferred Hotels.

You get a third, fourth, or fifth night free when you book two, three, or four consecutive nights at selected properties, paying with an American Express card.

Preferred Hotels Group is not a hotel chain, which is why you may not know it.  It is basically a marketing consortium made up of a number of independent hotels from around the world.

Preferred Hotels American Express offer

There are over 700 hotels represented from 85 countries.  Almost all of the hotels trade under their historic names with the phrase ‘A member of Preferred Hotels’ tacked on the end.

The quality is generally high.  In London, for example, they have The Beaumont, The Stafford, Royal Lancaster, Draycott Hotel and The Bentley amongst others.

Bookings can be made until 30th November for stays until 31st December.

Don’t forget to sign up to the iPrefer loyalty programme before your stay – details here.  Whilst a low profile scheme the company claims to have 2.5 million members.

Full details of the Amex promotion are on the Preferred Hotels site here – click on ‘Credit Cards’ on the menu bar.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 (91)

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  • rams1981 says:

    OT anyone have luck with Amex or Marriott about the missing points or fact points were not multiplied by 3?

    • Nick says:

      Nope… still wrong. Some haven’t posted at all, the bonus has but at the lower (old) rate. I’m giving them a fortnight to sort it out naturally before raising a formal complaint.

    • Phillip says:

      After more than 3 months, my SPG Amex points have now all posted correctly!

      Still waiting on missing stays from August though.

    • Sam says:

      Watching this too now that they’ve finally posted!

  • S879 says:

    OT: I want to buy 35,000 Avios via the Groupon Spain offer. Do I need to open another Groupon account or will the one I have in the UK be fine? I am part of a British Airways household account with my husband and kids in it. Will that be a problem? Lastly, the Iberia account I have was opened sometime back but I haven’t had any avios in it so as long as I’m able to log-in, can I avail this offer?

    • Peter K says:

      I think you need a new Spanish Groupon account. Look for offers signing up like 15% off your first order that often float about.
      No problem having household account…as long as you transfer via (eg Veuling).
      Shouldn’t be a problem that no points activity as this will be points in from a partner, as long as your account has not been deactivated from lack of activity.

      • S879 says:

        Thanks Peter. How long does this process take? I have my eyes on a BA redemption but if the whole process takes a few working days then might not be feasible

      • Craig says:

        I think the last few have taken around 10 days, don’t forget to buy through the IberiaPlu groupon link for a few extra Avios.

  • Peter K says:


  • Matt says:

    I’ve now had my Spg points from Amex at last, but they don’t seem to have reset the expiration date for my points. They’re listed as “bonus” – anyone else had this?

  • Peter K says:

    Congrats Caleb. Enjoy your voucher!

  • ee says:

    Has anyone applied for Amex cards during the period from moving address to appearing on the electoral role? We moved in August but updates are suspended until December for the annual canvas. Am wondering whether no entry on electoral roll will mean automatic rejection?

    • Peter K says:

      Are you still on the electoral role at your old address (check for free at noddle) and do you have your post redirected by royal mail from your old address? If so can you apply as still at that address?

      • ee says:

        Yes we are still on the role at old address, but not sure id be comfortable doing that. We both have other active Amex cards moved to the new address for almost two months now, so hopefully that would count in our favour on manual review.

        • John says:

          You need to igve your old address anyway as less than 3 years at current address.

          You are asked to enter an amex number if you have an existing amex, therefore amex knows who you are anyway.

    • AndyK says:

      It should not be an issue. I am in the same situation as moved in early September. I applied and got approved for new cards.

    • Callum says:

      I was accepted while not on the electoral roll (and haven’t been over a year). I believe they wanted proof of address sent to them though.

      • ee says:

        Thanks for the comments, sounds like we’re good to start the 6 monthly churns in that case!

  • John2 says:

    Want to travel to LAX. I have tons of avios but no availability. How else can you get there?

    • Louise says:

      Go via a nearby airport, look at San Diego etc

    • Peter K says:

      Fly to San Diego and drive to LA. Not too far away on the freeway and has an amazing cake shop there!
      Or fly To another further but not too far airport eg Las Vegas/San Francisco/San Jose and fly from there to LAX.

    • RakishDriver says:

      You’d need to check but you could try John Wayne airport, an hour drive away on the i405 to LA.

    • Cormac says:

      Go via Dublin with Aer Lingus – saves on the tax, and pre-clearance is handy.

  • Nick_C says:

    Test – I don’t seem to be able to post!

    • Doug M says:

      As it’s Aer Club I’m sure you won’t have to pester them relentlessly for months for the Avios to actually appear.

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