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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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  • DavidG says:

    Nothing on my Centurion unfortunately.

    • Alex says:

      Can i borrow it for hotel statuses? 🙂 I joke but it would also come in very handy!

  • Gulz says:

    Wive’s got £1300 for 1000 MR points on her Rewards Credit Card

  • S says:

    Nothing on my Platinum (or AC), Green or low rate ARCC.

  • Greg says:

    Nothing on my preferred rewards gold – nor my wife’s. I wonder how they select such card holders ?

  • TigerTanaka says:

    Nothing for me either – although hardly any spend goes through my Amex Plat card.

    I have 31 offers on my Plat card and 27 on my BA PP. There is a possibility that I could use the Cafe Nero statement credit but that’s about it. I know that the majority of Amex spend is in London but they seem to make little effort with those of us who live outside the capital.

    • Davef says:

      Agreed. Out of 56 different offers across my 2 cards the only one I’ve saved is 5% off at Morrisons and I’m going to load up on Amazon cards.

      Everything else is either London…. seriously… Shop Small across 3 post codes, give me a break, or high end luxury goods for women which is hardly of interest to me.

      • Shoestring says:

        better not hang around, it ends tomorrow

      • TigerTanaka says:

        A Morrisons 5% would be welcome on my offers. Mine are basically obscure London brands, Hungry House pubs and car hire/hotels (holidays booked)

  • Ian M says:

    No bonus offer for me on Platinum.

  • Richard Branson says:

    Disgruntled American Express customers are welcome to apply for my fantastic range of credit cards. Bonus points for everyone! Yours Richard

    • ankomonkey says:

      Hi Rich, I’m Virgin FC Red, and the 241 on your credit only works on economy flights. Please let me use it on upper class flights as a Red member, then I’ll happily use one of your fantastic range of cards.

    • SG says:

      Is that Sir Richard Branson???
      Ohhh…If yes…I’m sure readers here have a few questions with regards to your Virgin Atlantic cards
      My and my wife both have your cards and like to know…and we’re honoured to be somehow connected to you!
      When we will be able to book Flybe flights,Air France and KLM with Virgin FC miles?
      Why Red FC members can use their companion voucher to book a reward flight on Premium or Upper Class?Is that likely to change?
      Amex type offers with Virgin Atlantic cards sometimes soon?Refer a friend or family?
      Just referred a family member to Virgin Atlantic FC and VA credit card,they will in the future bring you business,I have got not s single mike for this,this does not incentivise business!!

      Please advise

      • Richard Branson says:

        Please be assured my team are mulling over ways of improving our product including all the things mentioned. Rob is particularly scathing about the 241 voucher but my advisors have said that we must restrict premium seats due to their general availability on our airline. This may change in the future. Watch this space! I may pop in for the hfp summer party!

        • Definitas says:

          I was a VA FC gold member for many years (and corresponded with you directly on a number of occasions) and was totally enamoured of all things VA, especially the Clubhouse and LHR Revivals. Now I’m retired I don’t have status with any airline (or hotel group) and so target all of my spend into earning Avios. The current BA business product is abysmal but the BA Premium Plus Amex 2-4-1 voucher is a great incentive which keeps me coming back and tied in. Despite my fondness for VA, I would just never sign up for a Virgin credit card just to be able to fly in economy. Until you can compete with the Club Class (and on many occasions First) 2-4-1 voucher I’m afraid I wont be coming back to VA

    • Jason Thornton-Cousins says:

      I would have loved to take out the Virgin credit card, however despite a perfect credit rating (and held the previous MBNA version) I was declined (like many other readers here). From reader feedback here it seems likely that I would not be a profitable customer as I’d pay back my card each month. It is a shame as it would seem responsible use is shunned. I use my AMEX card to transfer to Flying Club instead. Bring Some of the Pride Flight joy to the HfP Party!

  • Scott says:

    I did/did not get this offer. My wife also did/did not get this offer.

    I hold 1/2/3/4/5/7 Amex cards, each of which has offers numbering 12/23/36/1/none/seven-and-a-half.

    Based on absolutely no evidence whatsover, I believe I’m being unfairly penalised/unduly rewarded for previous spending patterns.

    I think Amex will lose customers hand-over-fist/gain thousands of new customers with this promotion, and I, for one, shall be taking my business elsewhere/renewing my agreement with Amex.

    I hope this detailed explanation of the offers personal to me is of great use to the many thousands of HfP readers out there. Could anyone return the favour and share with me their IHG Accelerate targets?

    • Crafty says:

      Excellent work.

    • Chas says:


    • Gringo says:

      Comment of the week!

    • Peter K says:

      That clears up so much 😂 But what of those with 6 Amex cards? You avoid that point. Do they get a much better/worse deal I wonder…

    • TigerTanaka says:

      My problem is the relevancy of the offers. Some people moan about not getting a nice MR offer which matches what they would spend anyway but my offers are just not appropriate for me at all. The vast majority of the deals are either London only (I live 250 miles away) or aimed mainly at women (Cult Beauty, Beaux Avenue). The rest are either low end places that I would not go to (Hungry Horse) or high end places of the sort that I would never ever spend any money at (Vestiaire Collective).

      If I were thinking of hiring a car the Europcar offer (£20 credit on £150 spend) might be interesting and maybe Hilton as well if it were not pay at hotel only or I didn’t have a company credit card (not many people book a flexible rate at a Hilton when paying with their own money, and those that do should cancel a few days before and rebook a pre-pay rate).

      I put through about £30k a year of personal spend on my Amex, plus £10k on Visa – I am part of an average family on a decent but not spectacular salary who shops at normal places but Amex’s targeting seems totally off the mark.

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