American Express has launched a new bonus points offer for many people – but not everyone – who have Preferred Rewards Gold or The Platinum Card. The deal may also be available to Green, Centurion and Amex Rewards Credit Card holders.
It is a very simple ‘spend this, get that’ offer.
On my Platinum card, I have:
‘Spend £6,600 betweeen 11th July and 11th August and receive 6,000 bonus Membership Rewards points’
My wife has a more reasonable offer on her Gold card:
‘Spend £700 between 11th July and 11th August and receive 1,000 bonus Membership Rewards points’
There are a couple of things you need to note:
You are not automatically registered. You need to go to the ‘offers’ section of your Amex online statement page and click ‘save to card’.
It doesn’t start until 11th July
Spend via ‘Payment Aggregators’ such as PayPal does not count
Looking at our comments section yesterday, there are many different versions of this offer. The most aggressive was:
‘Spend £13,300 between 11th July and 11th August and receive 10,000 bonus Membership Rewards points’
I think the smallest was:
‘Spend £300 between 11th July and 11th August and receive 500 bonus Membership Rewards points’
If you are tempted to hit your target by putting your Summer holiday spending onto your American Express card, remember that Amex charges a 3% foreign exchange fee.
The bonus points above do NOT offset the 3% fee. You are still better off using a specialist credit card which offers no rewards but has no FX fees. The free Tandem Money credit card is even better, offering 0.5% cashback on your FX spending as well as not charging any FX fees.
I think it is fair to say that I won’t be triggering my 6,000 bonus points, although I am sure we can divert £700 of spending onto my wife’s Preferred Rewards Gold.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2022 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2022 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. Here are the top current deals.
There are special sign-up bonuses on both of the BA American Express cards until 28th February 2022. The bonus on the free card is doubled to 10,000 Avios and the bonus on the Premium Plus card is increased from 25,000 Avios to a huge 40,000 Avios.
British Airways American Express
10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
40,000 Avios (SPECIAL OFFER) and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.
The bonus on the Capital On Tap card is increased from points worth 10,000 Avios to 30,000 Avios until 4th February 2022.
The bonus on the British Airways Accelerating Business card is increased from 30,000 Avios to 45,000 Avios until 28th February 2022.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
45,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
30,000 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.
Apply 31st March 2022 and your cashback will be increased to 2% for the first three months.