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 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:
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:
SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.
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 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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.