For the last couple of years, Amazon has been offering a generous bribe to anyone with an American Express card which offers Membership Rewards points.
You may not be aware that Amazon lets you pay for your purchases on the UK site with Membership Rewards points. I absolutely do not recommend this, because you are only getting 0.45p per American Express point, but the feature exists.
Have you already registered for the Amazon / Amex offer?
If you have signed up for this feature at some point in the last couple of years, there is some interesting news.
A new Amazon discount code – AMEX25OFF – seems to get you £25 off a £40 order when you part-pay using Membership Rewards points.
For absolute clarity, this code works even if you already got a £15 or £25 discount when you originally linked your American Express and Amazon accounts.
Here is a screenshot I took when I was ordering something for my son:
As you can see, £25 has been deducted from my order. You can also see that I redeemed a grand total of 10p of Membership Rewards points (22 points deducted).
To get this to work:
You need £40-worth of items in your basket which are ‘Sold by: Amazon’
For absolute clarity, anything sold by a third party, even if it is ‘Fulfilled by:’ Amazon, won’t count, neither will digital content or gift cards
If your basket contains multiple items, they must all have identical shipping times and be delivered to the same address
You need to select your Membership Rewards-linked American Express card to pay
You MUST select the option to fully pay with points (bad idea due to the poor value you get) or ‘part pay with points’ (a good idea, redeem 10p-worth as I did!)
You add promo code AMEX25OFF
All sorted, as the screenshot above shows.
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Does this work if you have not already linked your Membership Rewards and Amazon accounts?
Comments last week suggested that the code DOES work with new Amazon accounts and it DOES work with existing Amazon accounts newly linked to Membership Rewards.
This is what to do, assuming you have not done this offer in the past:
Link your Membership Rewards account with your Amazon account by visiting this page on the Amazon website – note that this discusses a poorer offer, worth £15 off a £40 spend, which has now closed anyway
Buy £40 of items on amazon.co.uk following the guidelines I listed above
Qualifying credit and charge cards would include:
- American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
- The Platinum Card from American Express
- American Express Rewards credit card
…. plus Green, Centurion and various cards now closed to new applicants.
You MAY find that the AMEX25OFF code then works. Or it might not ….
Credit and card charge information
Here is the legally required interest rate information on the credit cards mentioned above, together with links to our detailed reviews:
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold – sign-up bonus of 10,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £3,000 in three months – apply here – our American Express Gold review is here – representative APR 57.6% variable including fee (free in year 1) based on a notional £1200 credit limit, interest rate on purchases 22.9% variable
The Platinum Card from American Express – sign-up bonus of 30,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in three months – apply here – our American Express Platinum review is here – this is a charge card which must be repaid in full each month
American Express Rewards – sign-up bonus of up to 5,000 Membership Rewards points based on card variant – apply here – our Amex Rewards review is here – interest rate varies depending on which card variant you choose
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