American Express has announced the return of ‘Shop Small’ for 2019, but with a catch.
‘Shop Small’ is an annual American Express event aimed at encouraging cardholders to visit local independent shops. (It is also a way of persuading local independent shops to accept American Express.)
When you make a £10 purchase in a participating shop, you receive £5 cashback on your Amex statement.
Historically, ‘Shop Small’ has been uncapped, although you were restricted to one £5 payment per store. Some HfP readers have received literally hundreds of pounds in cashback.
Last year, however, American Express started treated excessive cashback as ‘abuse’ and was suspending cards. One way of triggering this was if purchases were split, with multiple £10 purchases made in the same store at the same time but using different cards.
For 2019, ‘Shop Small’ is capped at £50 cashback per card. Note ‘per card’ and not per person. You will be able to register from 31st October, with the event itself running from 7th December to 22nd December. We will remind you nearer the time.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our June 2021 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 other top current deals:
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion 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
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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 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
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review