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Register for a new £10 cashback offer at BP garages with American Express

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American Express has launched a new cashback offer with BP.  You may, or may not, find this under the ‘Offers’ section of the online statement page of one or more of your Amex cards and will need to register.

You will receive £10 back on a £30 fuel purchase before 31st December.  You can only earn the statement credit once per card.

You need to download the BPme app to your smartphone and add your American Express card as your means of payment.  When you arrive at the garage, you open the app, type in your pump number and how much you want to spend, submit, and you can then load your car up to the payment limit you entered.

You can add your Nectar card to the app so you don’t lose out on those points either.  Not all BP stations are BPme enabled but apparently there is a map of participating garages in the app.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2020 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my November 2020 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 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 (254)

  • AspirationalFlyer says:

    I was in the BA Munich lounge a couple of weeks ago. It was a dump. Broken down furniture, hardly any drinks (majority of the fridges were completely bare) and food not worth eating. The fact that the lounge was about to be closed explains why. Thankfully I have access due to OW status. I would have been very annoyed if I had paid for Club Europe.

  • Mark E says:

    O/T IHG Creation Premium credit card free night.

    I have a free night to use up before March 14th. It looks like I can book a stay beyond this date but I am wondering what would happen if I book my free night for August 2019 and then change my plans and cancel it in May 2019. Would I lose my free night?

  • Paul says:

    So several people seem to have this offer on multiple cards, but is there a way of claiming an offer on my main card through the supplementary card of Mrs. Paul, or do they only apply to primary

    • Genghis says:

      Each supp needs to be registered to an online account to then see the offers available.

      • Paul says:

        I did try that, but when I try to add the card number it automatically defaults back to my (main) account details…

        • Genghis says:

          I’m not too sure which stage you at so best I explain how I do it. Once I receive a new card, make sure you’re logged out of all accounts. Register the card and then add to existing account (or new account if it fails). Once registered, you can then select which card you want to see (i.e. you can have different cards on the same online account).

        • guesswho2000 says:

          Try logging out, clearing cookies and restarting the browser, or using a different one.

          Amex online connected me to live chat in Australia when I was logged into my UK account yesterday, I’d logged out of my Australian one and logged straight into the UK one without closing, which is the only explanation I can think of.

          Was very confusing initially, they had no idea what the Starwood Preferred Guest card was, until I made reference to a balance in £, when everything clicked!

    • Shoestring says:

      @Paul, simple answer is that each cardholder, supplementary & principal, can use the offers listed under their card. So if you both have it, you can use the offer twice – but only once per card.

  • Concerto says:

    A friend just signed up for Hilton and therefore missed the bonus. Probably not worth her canceling her member ship and starting again, is it? Also, if her work paid for the last stay, does that mean she can’t get the points for it?

    • guesswho2000 says:

      Depends how much she values £6.60 worth of points ;o) I wouldn’t bother personally.

      As for the stay, depends on how they booked it. If it was a direct booking, on an eligible rate, then she might be able to retro-claim it (not actually sure if hotel chains do this, or if Hilton’s CS can actually handle such a request, but may be worth a try). If it was booked through a third party aggregator or something, then highly unlikely.

  • Alan says:

    No sign of this on my Plat or BAPP.

    My Plat now has about 30 offers on it, plus 10 saved – I’ve had it for many years. By comparison BAPP has 9 + 6 saved. My parents’ Costco card has 3+1 saved (Shop Small) even though they’ve had it a couple of years. Lots of the Plat ones aren’t of much interest but I was a little surprised quite how different the number of offers was!

    • Genghis says:

      The only negative of me planning on using the SPG Amex “long term” (for me anyway, around 4 months) is the lack of offers that appear on the card.

      • Shoestring says:

        Nectar is a bit rubbish in this respect as well – though both ours have the BPme offer. I think 4 offers each including shop small and BPme.

        similar for other Nectar cardholders?

      • Jonny says:

        Agree, SPG card offers have been the worst of any Amex I’ve had. Though ironically I do have the BPme offer on this and not my gold card. Offers appear to be improving slightly on SPG, but probably due to the time of year.

        • Gill says:

          Likewise, although also on my platinum. I’d pretty much stopped checking for spg offers so thanks for the prompt.

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Indeed, Amex appear to be pushing offers more towards their own, non-cobranded cards, I’m assuming it’s to do with encouraging people on to the higher interchange earning card!

    • Rich says:

      Presumably the offers depend on your level and Tues of spend.

      I get pretty good ones through on BA and ARCC, often very different. Never got much on Nectar. I now also have SPG and Plat, so I’m going to have to spread the love a bit when I move the bulk of my spending from Lloyds.

      • Alan says:

        Yes, not worked out the pattern though. Rarely use Plat, lots of offers. Used BAPP a fair bit but not as much as my parents use their Costco yet I have way more offers – guess different co-brand partners may also set rules.

  • Alan says:

    Bits OT: unlikely, but anyone found a use for expiring Aegean miles? Have just over 3k, likely of zero use anywhere given small amount but thought I’d ask in case anyone had found a route to make use of them!

    • Rich says:

      If you know anyone with Silver status, they can transfer them to their account for free (otherwise €15).

      Bear in mind you can open a brand new account at the moment and get 2000 welcome bonus!

      • Alan says:

        Ah OK. By any chance do you have silver? If so do you want them? Small amount but seems a shame to let them go to waste if someone else can make use of them!

        • Rich says:

          Sadly not. I’m only just learning the ins and outs as I’ve just been tidying up some family members accounts with some orphan miles.

          Thanks for the offer though.

          You can also transfer in from SPG if you any, and reach enough for a redemption.

          • Alan says:

            No probs, was worth a shot! Yeah, not sure I’d want to topup from such a small baseline.

        • Florian says:

          Hi, I‘m silver, if you still don’t need them 🙂

      • John says:

        Be aware A3 has a trigger-happy audit manager who will happily close your account if there is any activity he doesn’t approve of and this sort of thing would count.

        • Rich says:

          Makes sense, thanks.

          Hopefully my parents transfer to me – within the spirit and letter of the law – is not on their radar.

        • Alan says:

          Oh does it not allow transfers to friends? Must admit I don’t know the rules they have.

  • rufusrea says:

    OT .Need some advice.
    booked San Juan to Belfast via Miami , Paris and Heathrow using American airline points first two legs were with American Airlines and last two with BA. The flight from Paris to Heathrow was cancelled about 6 hours before boarding in Paris and we eventually got booked for same flights next day.
    My question is should i claim hotel expenses etc through American Airlines or BA? Any advice would be appreciated.

    • Shoestring says:

      Did you get different PNRs for different elements of the journey or was it 1 PNR? Where/ when did you incur the hotel expenses?

      See Post 6 here
      [EU261 places the obligations of care, refund/ rerouting and compensation on the operating carrier.]

      So the operating carrier is very important. For example, if the duty of care expenses are the responsibility of AA, it’s not an EU carrier and the flight originated outside EU, so EC261 regulations / duty of care rules do not apply.

      • Rufusrea says:

        The flights were all on one ticket booked with AA miles . SAN Juan – Miami on AA, Miami- Paris on AA, Paris- Heathrow on BA, and Heathrow – Belfast on BA. on arriving in Paris we went to make the connection and the BA flight Paris to Heathrow was cancelled. We were given the four different boarding passes in SAN Juan

        • Shoestring says:

          Then I think you’re OK. The operating airline was BA, they cancelled the Paris-LHR flight so you’d make an online compo complaint on their system.

          Duty of care (hotels) plus compo for the cancelled flight. See the CAA guidance on cancelled flights. We don’t know the reason for the cancellation yet and if it was extraordinary circs, no cancellation compo would apply but you’d still get duty of care.

      • Anna says:

        Is the reason for cancellation not also relevant? If it was weather, for example, I think airlines can get out of paying compensation.

        • Simon j says:

          They still have a duty of care and should cover costs of hotel and meals even if weather related.

  • Craig says:

    Are BP using PayPal for the backend processing, the cards I’ve added have all put through a test PayPal £1 transaction.