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A new £20 Eurowings American Express cashback deal has launched

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American Express has launched a cashback deal with Eurowings.  Eurowings is the Lufthansa-owned low cost carrier which now flies all of Lufthansa’s UK flights which do not go to its Frankfurt or Munich hubs – Berlin, Hamburg etc.

Eurowings American Express cashback

If your account is targeted and you register (see your online statement page) you will get £20 back on a £100 Eurowings transaction.  You need to make your booking by 19th March.

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

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my December 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 (173)

  • Nigel Williams says:

    I’ve been hearing that Amex are classing the Gold Credit and Plat Charge as “differing products” and therefore someone on a Gold credit can apply for the Plat and *still* receive the welcome bonus. I know this breaks the traditional ruleset for Amex, but…

    1. Anyone here done that successfully (Applied for Plat whilst holding Gold credit)?
    2. Any reason to believe it woudlnt work for the opposite (Self-refer for a Gold credit from Plat) to get the gold welcome bonus?

    • Rob says:

      Complete rubbish, because the trigger is not the product but whether you have a Membership Rewards account.

      • Nigel Williams says:

        My thoughts – but there are incidents out there on the web of Gold Credit users getting the Plat welcome bonus, as there is no current “upgrade offer” on the credit version of the PRG so they are honouring it.

        TBH the 18K self referral for me is enough, I just need a new Amex bonus to point my sepnding at (since I dont want to churn the Plat)

  • Henry T says:

    OT – I think I am right that if I hold a platinum card and refer someone and they decide to apply for a different card (say BA, Nectar or SPG), I would still get the 18,000 referral bonus? Please could someone confirm?

    • Genghis says:


      • Henry T says:

        Thanks – and I suspect I know the answer to this, but are you able to refer to yourself…?

        • Steve-B says:

          Technically you can do it. Some have been successful getting the bonus, others have not, but obviously not in the spirit of the offer so entirely at your risk. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Amex are tightening up on this.

        • Tom says:

          I’ve had 100% success so far doing approx twice per year.

        • Alan says:

          Generally works but don’t go complaining to Amex if it doesn’t!

      • Alan says:

        Indeed – I’ve always viewed it as you’re bringing them the business, it’s not your fault if the person taking out the card changes there mind as to which card to opt for.

  • AndyGWP says:

    haha – (at least it made me smile Mr. AC)

  • Victor says:

    It was effectively 50% off oyster top-ups last month 😉

    • AlexT says:

      Not really… I accounted for time and effort (significant, and I didn’t have a free weekend to devote to that) spent chasing (ever fewer) shops that accept topups sometimes at rather crazy conditions (asking for a 3 GBP charge to do a 10 GBP topup just so one can get 5 GBP back…)

  • James carp says:

    OT: I purchased some tesco Christmas saver and tried the trick of using some to purchase an item and then returned it for a refund into clubcard vouchers, however, they put the refund onto a gift card.
    How does one use this work around to be the refund into points so can purchase avios?
    Any help gratefully appreciated.

    • Bazza says:

      You took a punt and lost, looks like you gotta cut your losses and do your best with the GC

    • Genghis says:

      From recent reports now not possible. You pay your money and you takes your chances.

      • Lady London says:

        If its any consolation, even our beloved Harry hinted he’d had a glitsch on that one.

    • Scallder says:

      Haven’t used any of mine yet, but reckon I won’t bother trying now. Although between my wife and I the £744 should pay for our petrol for the year.

      • Jeremy I says:

        Ahh a shame – Im in the same boat and will now need to find something to spend the vouchers on… not the end of the world and happy to have taken the risk.

        By the way, on topic, I havent found any ex-ARN destinations on Etihad in business which are as little as 1400 EUR except Delhi. I would be very grateful if anyone could post any decent ex-Scandi Etihad deals they come across. I have found very cheap ex-Bud to Tokyo fares but nothing else.

  • bsuije says:

    I think I’ve previously seen comments that if you call Amex to book, then offer won’t trigger, because T&Cs state it needs to be booked online, or something like that.

    Haven’t seen any comments on cumulative spend.

    • AndyGWP says:

      Cummulative spend is confirmed by those who have split the transactions

      Having had difficulty making use of the spend online myself, Amex (and Amex Travel) do insist that the terms state it is on a “single spend” (they don’t but I’m not rocking the boat by making that argument on this particular occasion)

    • Alan says:

      Cumulative spend definitely OK – commented a day or so ago that I got the email immediately upon doing my second transaction (a day after the first one) that pushed me over the threshold.

  • Benylin says:

    OT: Email from BAEC to my parner saying sign up to BA blue amex and get 10,000 pts on £1k spend in 3 months.

  • John says:

    Curve – I was charged for my “free” £1000 Amex topup this month. Complaint submitted.

    • the_real_a says:

      Who charged you? Did you receive a cash advance fee from AMEX?

    • Mr. AC says:

      Just to clarify – you’d waited for 31 calendar day since your last 1000 topup, topped up on or after the 32nd, and were charged the 0.65% fee?

      • John says:

        30 days. But only waited 10 days between Nov and Dec topups and was not charged. Also (as with previous topups) it confirmed there was no fee for £1000 and there would be a 33p fee for £1050, but pending charge on Amex now says £1006.50

        • Alan says:

          I think they’ve had issues with the spend calculator and also think the second fee free topup was a happy fluke.

    • John says:

      30 days exactly this time, but previous times were 30 Nov and 11 Dec and was not charged.

      There is a sort of “tracker” though. On 9 Jan app said there would be a fee for any amount then on 10 Jan £1000 became free again, so I pressed the button but was still charged.