Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Save on flights and hotels with a new American Express Travel cashback credit – but only for £50

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American Express Travel has launched a new cashback credit promotion.

When this offer has run in the past there have been two versions:

£50 back on a £200 spend

£200 back on a £600 spend

This time ….. at least so far ….. the only one available is £50 back on £200 spent.

I recommend looking at the ‘Offers’ tab on your Amex online statement pages and signing up, if it is there.  For some reason it seems rarer than usual in my house even though Amex is accepting 25,000 registrations – it only appears on my British Airways Premium Plus card.  Nothing on any of our Gold, Platinum or Platinum Business cards.

You have until 28th February to do the necessary spend.

Whilst there was some grumbling in our comments yesterday about the lack of a £600 cashback offer, I think the ‘£50 back on £200 spend’ is more practical for many people.

Cumulative spend DOES count.

Note that you will lose your cashback if you use Membership Rewards to part-pay for the cost of your booking – although you would be crazy to do this as it is poor value for your points.

This offer is only valid for pre-paid products.  It is best used for a flight because – assuming the price is the same – a flight booked via Amex Travel is the same as a flight booked via ba.com.  You should get the same Avios and tier points.

The downside with booking hotel rooms this way is that Amex Travel is counted as a third party booking site.  You won’t receive hotel points or status benefits which – if this meant you lost out on free breakfast or a good upgrade – may leave you worse off than booking direct.  For hotels where you don’t have status, of course, it is more attractive.

Note that you can’t use it for Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings (the exclusive ‘added benefits’ scheme for holders of The Platinum Card) or The Hotel Collection bookings (the equivalent scheme for Amex Gold) as these are not pre-paid.

Even if you don’t see a window to use this offer at the moment, I recommend visiting americanexpress.co.uk and saving it to your card just in case.  It would be a shame if something came up but the target of 25,000 registrations had already been reached.

Remember that you have until 28th February to do the required £200 of spending although your travel can be for a future date.

PS.  If you missed it, take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons why you should apply for an American Express Platinum card.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2020 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are my December 2020 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.

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

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 card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

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 card

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.

Comments (76)

  • Bryn says:

    T&Cs say “Offer only valid on pre-paid hotel, flight, car hire or experiences booked online at travel.americanexpress.co.uk.”, unsure if this means it doesn’t apply to flight + hotel bundles?

  • John says:

    Are you meant to always get an email saying you have redeemed an offer after making a qualifying purchase?

    I usually do get one when an offer is triggered but not this time. The Amex travel booking has gone through and the payment has posted on statement but the offer is still showing in my saved offers page hmm.

    • Rob says:

      No. Not sure why but it doesn’t always happen.

      • John says:

        Hmm odd. The fact that the offer is still available in the saved offer tab is what made me think it didn’t trigger, and then not getting the email adding to it. I guess I’ll keep an eye out to see if the offer credit posts in a few days… Thanks!