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’
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? – March 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios 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:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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