American Express has launched a number of new cashback deals to help cut the cost of your Christmas shopping.
These are a very generous group of offers. However, if my own family cards are anything to go by, it seems that they are not appearing to everyone.
This is what I had across my cards:
Transport for London – 10% off contactless travel
The offer runs to 31st December. It does not include Heathrow Express or Heathrow Connect / TFL Rail when paid via contactless payment.
John Lewis – £10 cashback when you spend £50
Expires 29th December. Waitrose shoppers may want to buy a £50 John Lewis gift card instore which can then be used in a Waitrose. Excludes John Lewis Opticians.
Harrods – £30 cashback when you spend £100 (expires 24th December)
Debenhams – £10 cashback when you spend £50 (expires 31st December, so it can be used during the sale too)
Fenwick and Bentalls – £5 cashback when you spend £20 (expires 24th December)
If you’re a big fan of tuna baguettes, Upper Crust also offered me £2 back when I spend £5 before Christmas Eve!
There is also a new Accor hotels deal available.
It is offering £50 cashback when you spend £350 at selected luxury hotels in Europe before 28th February.
It is very select group of hotels included. The only countries covered are the UK, Netherlands, France, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
If you were planning to stay at a Sofitel, Pullman or MGallery then your luck may be in. Sofitel Heathrow and Pullman London (Kings Cross) are excluded, however.
Remember that Amex charges a 3% FX fee when you use your card abroad so, if you have a card from another provider with 0% FX fees, remember to factor in the FX fee when working out how much you will save.
The rules do not say if cumulative spend counts. It usually does with American Express hotel promotions, but until we get feedback from other readers you shouldn’t rely on it.
The Accor website is here if you want to scope out your options. If you don’t want to earn Le Club AccorHotels points, you can take Avios directly instead. Credit to Iberia Plus and not British Airways Executive Club as the rate is twice as high – you can use ‘Combine My Avios’ to move them across to BA afterwards.
PS. If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to apply for the free (in year 1) American Express Preferred Rewards Gold credit card.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
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:
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
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.