Good new American Express cashback deals for Christmas shopping: TFL, Harrods, John Lewis, Fenwick etc …. plus Accor

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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.

American Express Harrods cashback deal

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!

And …..

Pullman Berlin cashback deal

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.

Pullman Berlin, which I reviewed earlier this year (our Pullman Berlin review is here and see the photo above) and liked a lot, IS included.

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 miles and points from credit cards?  Click here to visit our dedicated airline and hotel travel credit cards page or use the ‘Credit Cards Update’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.)

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  1. I have most of the above across my various cards as well as a weird one on my platinum card.. Bloomingdales (US stores) – spend £100 get £25 back..

    • They deliver to the UK. They did the offer last year too so it must have been a success given they are back again this year.

  2. I’ve had Harrods, Selfridges and Harvey Nichols in the past but nothing this time round… Surely it’s not because I tend to actually use them

  3. M Corrêa says:

    I don’t have the TFL one.. others are there

  4. Also don’t forget that the Amex £5 back when you spend £10+ in-store at a participating Shop Small business starts this Saturday 7th until the 22nd.

  5. OT: BA 241 required spend ‘by’ a date. As per standard expectations does Amex include the given day itself or should spend be completed before this day ticks over.

    • It must have converted to avios to count as a spend towards the 241. I noticed the spend counter doesn’t update until this has actually happened. So, be vigilant….

      • Very useful to known Polly – I best put it through a few days before the date then!

        • Yes, l always allow 5 days before deadline date, as a precaution, and it’s highlighted in my diary!

  6. Looks like the £200 back with Amex travel won’t be back this year.

    • Travel Strong says:

      I would happily have locked in a nonrefundable booking with amex travel if the offer had run in october… but now I’ve got a suitable Comp offer from the hotel I was after instead – so worked out well for me! Less well for amex travel.

  7. SultanOfCroydon says:

    Also good to combine the Amex card offers with BA Exc Club, which is currently offering double the usual avios rates for spend with most partner retailers.
    Every Little Helps…

  8. Reliable Amex targeting, 2x London gyms. Would be great for countering all those London based restaurants – if I didn’t ruddy live in rural Scotland.

  9. Ian McDowall says:

    No John Lewis for me. But I have tfl.

  10. TFL ‘contactless’ – presumably doesn’t work on oyster top ups, as intended to encourage contactless payment? Haven’t used oyster for years but tempted to revert if I can top up for 2020 and save 10%(!)

    • Can you pay by contactless at the machines? (it’s been a while) If so, you like top up in batches of £30 or more of they accept apple/google pay etc. You could probably argue that the terms and conditions dont specifically rule this out and ask for a manual credit. “offer valid on contactless TFL transactions only” is slightly vague

    • No it doesnt work.on Oyster top ups. The reason being you don’t use contactless to pay for Oyster top ups as you have to insert the payment card and enter your pin.

      • Neil Donoghue says:

        I topped up yesterday by £30 and used contactless – Happy to report back

        • Pretty sure they would have coded it to only work on charges from the TfL Back Office, not the stations.

          Oyster still cheaper for me off-peak as I have a railcard. But can use it on buses and peak if not hitting cap that day.

          • Thanks folks. Do report back if any success from £30 top ups. However, I suspect Amex would not like kindly on doing that dozens of times if it did work!

  11. Shoestring says:

    Probably too late to buy more M vouchers for 10% off your diesel/ petrol/ Amazon etc – expires tomorrow & transaction must hit your a/c before deadline

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Only the charge must hit your account the transaction doesn’t need to post.

      I’ve actually got so much credit at amazon, Netflix and JL I can’t be bothered to spend any more.

      Bagged some Uber at Tesco on 25% Off but painful as only 2 £15 cards per transaction. Shame there’s no Uber GC’s at M.

      • Shoestring says:

        I did actually get the success email *instantly* for my latest M voucher buy

      • Only so much advance spend possible. Am planning to double dip our petrol spend on Sunday with the 10% off vouchers plus the 10p off per litre of Petrol from the till. So that will be a handy fill up.
        Plan to use the paper v on petrol next couple of months.

    • How are you getting 10% off fuel?

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