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Lots of new American Express cashback offers launched for hotel stays

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A new wave of American Express cashback deals has been launched.

You can see what you are targeted for by visiting the Amex website and looking at the ‘Offers’ tab on your online statement page.  You need to do this for each card you own.  Offers must be saved to your card as registration is not automatic.

As soon as you make a qualifying transaction, you receive a statement credit for the promised amount.

The most relevant is another good Hilton offer.

There may be various versions of this, but I was offered – on The Platinum Card4,000 Membership Rewards points for spending £350 at selected European Hilton hotels by 31st August.

These offers are usually cumulative so the spend does not have to be in one transaction.  Remember that there is a 3% foreign exchange fee on all American Express cards so it is best to spend the £350 in the UK if you can.

You can double dip with the current Hilton Honors promotion which offers double points for stays until 8th September, starting with your 2nd stay.  You can register here.

Other travel-related offers on my family cards include:

£100 cashback on £1,000 spend with travel agent Destinology (expires 31st August)

£50 cashback on £200 spend with Hand Picked Hotels (expires 27th November)

£55 cashback on £200 spend at Guoman Hotels (home page here, expires 6th September)

£100 cashback on £400 spend at Hotel Cafe Royal on Regent Street (expires 24th October)

£30 cashback on £100 spend at Thistle Hotels (home page here, expires 6th September)

£10 cashback on £60 spent with Sixt Ride (a Blacklane-style business, expires 31st August)

£55 cashback on £200 spend at Amba Hotels (home page here, expires 6th September)

£55 cashback on £200 spend at London’s Hard Rock Hotel (expires 6th September)

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – May 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge 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. 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios or other airline miles, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 points bonus (SPECIAL OFFER) 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:

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

American Express Business Gold

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

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (81)

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  • Matt B says:

    Usually nothing useful for me but I was planning to use the Thistle at t5 for a night and parking so a nice saving. Makes up for leaving it so long and seeing the official parking prices shoot up.

  • George K says:

    Speaking of 3% ForEx, for many years I was bemused with the fact that buying an airfare originating from outside the UK (but with a UK carrier) would trigger the charge (obviously you would say, as the fare is quoted in that currency). With the Lloyds 0% card gone (as the only avios-earning 0% forex card), I thought I might ask if there’s something I’ve been missing all these years: Is there a way to *not* trigger the forex charge if I am booking a trip, say from Greece to England with BA, using Amex Platinum?

    • Shoestring says:

      I’ve not found it, I generally buy T-355 so 2x 1-ways, the second one originating out at our place in the sun.

      2 solutions:

      1. use a card that doesn’t charge the 2.99% eg Halifax Clarity
      2. suck it up, no problem really using Amex Gold as (with the 2.99% fee) you are earning MR points @2.67 per £1, which all boils down to buying Avios (or MR points) @1.1p/ point, nothing to worry about, really.

      • George K says:

        Good suggestions. I think Curve will be my go-to card for 0% from now on.

        Speaking of Amex Gold though, I just had a thought. Is it possible, as an Amex Plat holder, to issue a supplementary Gold card to… myself?

        • Mark2 says:

          Yes; useful for ShopSmall. Use ‘other’ as relationship.

        • Sundar says:

          And extra-polating that logic, does that gold get the double bonus points for airline booking ?
          15K for 10K spend ?

          • George K says:

            That’s what I was thinking about, and I think the answer is yes. Once upon a time I tried to go another way about this, but taking an Amex Gold (charge card as it was then) and getting a Gold credit card on the same account. I kept the latter, even as I upgraded to Platinum, which is actually still a live supplementary card on my account (even alongside the Platinum credit card). I used it to buy BA tickets thinking that it would trigger x2 MRs as a Gold card, but no…

          • Charlieface says:

            No they are just Plat without the benefits.
            What @George K is referring to is an entirely separate account called Gold Companion card which was a credit card available to Gold Charge holders, there was also a Plat version but they wouldn’t upgrade at the same time as the charge card

    • Andrew says:

      Book the journey with an online travel agent rather than direct with BA?

    • BigSi says:

      @GeorgeK, you can call BA and ask for ticket to be priced in STG. I do it all the time for USD fares airports but I think it would work for you also. Sometimes the fare buckets are different and can be even cheaper on occasion. If you use AMEX travel or Expedia you will also get those fares in STG and avoid the FOREX charge.

      • George K says:

        Very good knowledge – thank you!

      • guesswho2000 says:

        Or even GBP…

        • Nick_C says:

          Stg is an acceptable abbreviation for Sterling. And arguably a more accurate description as NI also uses Sterling.

        • BigSi says:

          @guesswho2000 guess who must be bored stupid at work? Hope you get paid lots and lots of GBP.

  • SimonW says:

    O/T On my Platinum, I spent £15 on Addison Lee 10 days ago, still no £10 credit showing.. But I have been made ClubLee GOLD at addison lee – 15% off at peak times, and a load of other offers on the app….

    • Ian says:

      Similar situation for me. 14 days ago though. I contacted Amex through chat last Friday, who fobbed me off claiming it had only been 5 working days on Friday since the transaction appeared on my statement, which is how long the t&c’s say it will take (at the same time I was looking at my statement and could clearly see it was already 7 working days). They told me to wait 24-48 hours and the credit would post.

      Guess what, still nothing.

      • Dev says:

        No credit so far and it has been 9 days since I used Addison Lee.

      • SimonW says:

        Spooky…. The £10 credit just hit my account, dated 22nd June….. I booked the car on 14th for travel 15th June…. All good….. Now just waiting for the £10 off my £100 Nespresso order. Didnt even get an email for that one.

        • Ian says:

          Very spooky, that happened to me as well after I replied to your previous comment!

          No sign of the credit when I checked this morning, but it was there after I replied. Coincidentally also dated the 22nd (not sure why it wasn’t showing up today or yesterday though).

          Let’s see how it works going forward.

    • darrenf says:

      Not sure how to get any benefit out of Addison Lee myself. Pretty much the only time I use cabs is to get to LHR, and when I try to book in advance for a flight next week all I get is a notice saying they’re fully booked for cash/card bookings, and to pick an “ASAP” booking nearer the time. Hailing an ASAP for 0645 is not my idea of fun, so I guess I’ll be sticking with my local minicab firm after all.

      • SimonW says:

        You need to create an account for advance bookings I think. Net £5 for a £23 fare hard to beat really. £10 off via Amex, stacked with £8 off via ALee code.

        • Rob says:

          Not sure where you live, but I can get an Uber 24/7 within 3 minutes. It has never even crossed my mind that a car is not available on demand. AddLee is probably not as good but won’t be far off if you live centrally.

          • darrenf says:

            I live in SW London/north Surrey. Uber is available but after a sequence of awful drivers and cars, and an £80 surge price to LHR (minicab is £25, without luggage I get two buses for £1.50), I’m no longer using them. Want to try Addison Lee once for the plat credit and £8 to make it competitive but having never used them I’ve no idea if they’ll be available on demand out here!

  • BS says:

    What time last year did we have the Amex travel offer?

  • combatjohnny says:

    OT: has anyone elses Virgin Credit card up recently stopped working?
    also if I refer myself for BA card from an AMEX gold will i still earn a referral fee?

    • combatjohnny says:

      *app. sorry autocorrect

    • PJJ says:

      I got the bonus miles for referring myself from BAPP to Platinum

    • daniel macdonald says:

      Virgin Money app has been down for 1 week+ at least..I can still login though via the website.

    • Nick_C says:

      Virgin Money Android app is working fine. Are you using Apple?

      • Peter K says:

        My android app stopped working over a week ago. Uninstalled then reinstalled and it worked once then stopped working again. I’ve been using the website since.

        • Matt B says:

          Same here, wiped my cache and logged in again and it’s been OK l since though.

          • Simon says:

            I tried wiping the cache but problem unresolved. According to responses to negative reviews in the Google Play app store Virgin are aware of the problem and seeking to resolve it.

  • Tu Nguyen says:

    Hi, my first comment here from a long time reader. I’ve been using Amex Gold Charge for more than 1 year and I haven’t got any offer on my Amex tab. I contacted the live chat team and they said its normal. Well, I’m not really sure it is normal to be honest. I’m wondering has anyone have the same issue like me? What should I do to fix it? Pretty much appreciate it!

    • Jody says:

      I’ve got a similar problem, although mine is a newish card (had about 5 weeks now). Every time I log in it says “offers unavailable”, I have only ever been able to view offers once. Live chat said it was because it was new, but clearly not if I have seen the offers once. Then they told me I would have to contact Amex by phone (which I haven’t done yet).

    • J Shank says:

      Hello – are you running much spend through the card? Offers I believe are semi targeted to your spend and on what you choose to purchase. For me it normally takes a month or so for them to start coming through, same with my other half from scratch. 1 year however does sound very strange to me, I think there’s a good chance you can push this with them over the phone and get offered some free MR points with a bit of charm.

    • Harry T says:

      Heck, I’ve got a supplementary card on my brother’s Gold credit card and even I have 41 offers.

      • Nick_C says:

        Sadly, I’m getting better offers on the supp on my partners Gold than I am on my BAPP, which we are both currently using to earn a 241.

        Neither of us have used the Gold for the last 3 months.

    • Charlieface says:

      Try removing the card from online services then readding it. Sometimes works.

  • J Shank says:

    OT: Does anyone think the current Avios offer on the BA amex is worthwhile? Bonus 10k points when you buy 20k for £335? Cheers!

    • Daniel Macdonald says:

      Only worth it if you have a premium redemption that you know you are going to get from the maths below:

      £335 on the Premium plus card gets you 30,000 + 503 points (depends if goes thro as, 1005 if a BA spend)

      £335/30503 = 1.09p per avios…

      Only a buyer if deffo looking at a specific redemption…not as a top up…

  • RTS says:

    Literally… nothing.

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