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American Express Platinum card giving DOUBLE points on all spending until 20th July

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The Platinum Card from American Express is offering double Membership Rewards points – 2 per £1 – on ALL spending until 20th July!

These means that, if you have Amex Platinum, it is now THE most valuable card in your wallet.

I had expected this offer to appear, because it has been offered to Platinum cardholders in other countries.  For some reason no-one has yet been emailed by American Express about it.

It DOES work though, and applies to all transactions from 21st April.  Take a look at this screenshot:

Amex Platinum giving DOUBLE points on ALL spending until 20th July!

Does this apply to all Membership Rewards cards?

No.

It only applies to personal American Express Platinum cards.  If you have the International Dollar / Euro Platinum Card, it also applies to that.  Centurion cardholders can also take part.

It does NOT apply to Business Platinum or the personal versions of Preferred Rewards Gold, Green or the American Express Rewards Credit Card.

How many miles and points will I now earn?

Two Membership Rewards points per £1 means you are earning:

2 Avios per £1

2 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1

4 Hilton Honors points per £1

6 Radisson Rewards points per £1

3 Marriott Bonvoy points per £1

….. and much more.

The full list of Membership Rewards airline partners is here and the full list of hotel partners is here.

Amex Platinum giving DOUBLE points on ALL spending until 20th July!

Or get 1.8% cashback instead

Alternatively, you can take 1.8% cashback instead.

As we wrote the other day, Amex Platinum cardholders now receive 0.9p per Membership Rewards points when they redeem for statement credit.

This means that, as you are now earning 2 Membership Rewards points per £1, you could immediately redeem these for 1.8% off your bill.

Is it worth getting American Express Platinum to take advantage of this deal?

I will do a separate article on this topic over the weekend.  The issue is that, whilst the rewards are clearly excellent now, you won’t be able to benefit from most of the travel benefits which come with the card.

My full review of the American Express Platinum card is here if you want to find out more now.  Our ‘quick read’ ‘Top 10 Reasons for getting American Express Platinum’ is here.

You can apply for The Platinum Card here.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:

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

American Express Business Gold

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

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (107)

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  • Lev441 says:

    Damn – just paid £14,000 on a SPG Card yesterday.. luckily on the grandfathered rate still of 3 Bonvoy per £1 but I probably would have put it on the platinum had I known!

    • Peter K says:

      £14000 x 3 = 42000 Bonvoys on Marriott Card

      £14000 x2 x (3/2) = 42000 Bonvoys on the platinum card.

      It works out the same if you wanted Bonvoys.

      • The Urbanite says:

        True, but Platinum is now offering 2 miles per £1 in many airline schemes whilst Bonvoy is still 1 mile per £1, or 1.25 miles if you’re generating enough points to take advantage of that offer!

      • Lev441 says:

        Would rather have the 1.8% cash back in the current climate.. no travelling anytime soon with BA, Bonvoy, IHG and Hilton looking very healthy with no travels booked!

  • Ali says:

    Nice.
    Wont stop me from cancelling it when year ends

  • bill says:

    I have also been getting double points

  • Jon D says:

    Clearly trying to stop people cancelling their membership

    • TGLoyalty says:

      It costs just over £47 a month and the fee would only breakeven at £4,800 (£5,330 if you take the cash back deal instead of airline miles) spend vs any other MR earning card like my free Gold Charge card.

  • Peter K says:

    So at 1.8% back you only need to spend £2777 (approx) to break even on the monthly fee, assuming you can’t use the other benefits currently.

    Or to look at it another way, if you value an Avios at 1p, you need to spend £2500 a month before the platinum points bonus makes it more beneficial than the Gold card (if in the first free year), once the platinum monthly fee is taken into account.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Well no because you get 1 point already on the free cards so it will take £4,800 before you breakeven on the fee.

      This reduces if you take the 1.8% credit vs 0.45% with any other MR earning card

      That’s as long as you think the travel perks that come with the card are now useless (they are to me)

      • Peter K says:

        Sorry, my mistake with my figures. It’s £2500 spend to get 5000 MRs to convey the £50 (rounded up) monthly fee.

  • roberto says:

    Wonder if its x4 on Amex Travel?

  • Graham Walsh says:

    And there was me thinking to cancel next month when mine is due for renewal. Hmmmm

    • Rob says:

      Unless you’re spending £4800 per month, the double points doesn’t offset the £48 fee.

      • Graham Walsh says:

        Good point Rob, expenditure to right down at present, no travel expenses. Could just do my Council Tax now before my renewal to bag some points, plus top up Bulb, Three etc.

  • PaulC says:

    How annoying, I’ve just paid our council tax early to hurry us along to hit £4k spend and was looking to cancel, this may of tempted me to keep it open a little longer.

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