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.

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Comments

  1. aston100 says:

    At the risk of repeating myself, I have checked several more routes and some hotels too.
    Regardless of date or destination or airline/hotel, Amex Travel are quite a bit more expensive than booking directly with the airlines/hotels directly.
    I don’t get it. What am I doing wrong, since clearly they wouldn’t still be in business if this odd pricing was a constant feature.

    • Shoestring says:

      certainly true for the random March HBO return flight I just compared (to our place in the sun) – same basis –

      BA £166
      Amex Travel £215

      • aston100 says:

        Is it possible they’ve put all their prices up temporarily in response to the £50 statement credit?
        Grasping at straws I guess, but I honestly can’t think why their prices are in some cases up to 50% more than booking directly with the airline itself.

        • like everything in life it depends what you are looking at and what you are trying to do…my car hire (x2 separate bookings I’m looking to make in different locations and dates) are the same price on amex travel as booking direct

    • Last year, with the 200 off 600 spend, amazingly, Amex travel, was well under then added the reduction. It cut our scant flights down nicely.

      • A year or two ago, the £200 offer got me to Mahe and then on to Praslin for slightly over £400 in the school holidays. It’s hard to argue with that, even if it was cattle class!
        Sadly nothing on my cards this time.

        • Cat, where is your next trip to…Hope we can get party tkts tomorrow. Hope you framed the Harry Potter pic!

          • Meant to say, that was quite a bargain last year then for you, in school hols.

  2. 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?

  3. 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.

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

      • 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!

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