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American Express launches a spend-based bonus promotion for Gold and Platinum cardholders

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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’

Important ….

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? – February 2023 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus 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:

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (151)

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  • Neil P says:

    Nothing showing yet on my Amex Preferred Rewards Gold card. So perhaps not everyone gets the offer.

    • Frenske says:

      Ditto for me. This is double annoying for us since we just moved and easily could have achieved the minimum spend.

    • Steve says:

      I’ve only got a Hilton spend based MR bonus nothing else.

    • Mike says:

      Platinum and BA – “You currently have no available Offers. Please try again later.”

  • Rich says:

    Nothing for me on my platinum card.

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    Delighted that Tandem is at last recognised as the leading global cash back card with no caveats! Until now there have been so many “curves” that it has easily gone full circle and is slowly getting dizzy and running out of steam; not to mention the recent report of fraud on this site.

    • Jimbob says:

      Interesting, I had a fraudulent transaction on my Curve card over the weekend. Fortunately they tried to put such a large transaction through, the underlying credit card bounced it. Made me rather wary of continuing to use Curve

    • Rob says:

      Curve is clearly better but only up to £500 per month, whereas here we are discussing spending thousands.

  • NigelthePensioner says:

    …and nothing on Centurion for a spend incentive!

    • mradey says:

      Nothing on mine either. I’ve still got 5% of every purchase at Nero (subject to a minimum spend of £7)!

      • Ken says:

        5% !

        This is surely the worst ‘usable’ offer.

        Do we have any worse ?

  • M Todd says:

    I got a spend £5k get 4k on my Centurion

  • vol says:

    Didn’t get that specific offer unfortunately, but did get “Spend £350 at checkout at on Hilton, get 4000 MR points”

    This was on preferred rewards gold and Amex rewards credit card

  • Disappointed guy says:

    Nought on my card either. Why do Amex do this?

  • vol says:

    Oh wow!!!

    I’m not envious at all ( 🤢 )

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