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.
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