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American Express is rolling out ‘compensation’ deals for Platinum cardholders.

For holders of the personal The Platinum Card, it is fairly simple – American Express is giving you £100.

If you have American Express Business Platinum, this article explains what you are getting instead.

£100 free for American Express Platinum cardholders

Do I get £100 in cash?

No.  Well, sort of.

In order to receive your free £100, you need to spend £100 by 27th August at any combination of:

  • Marks & Spencer
  • Waitrose & Partners
  • Deliveroo
  • Harvey Nichols
  • Apple (online only)

100% of your spending at these shops is returned in the form of statement credit, up to £100 per card.  For clarity, the £100 cap is NOT per shop.  It is cumulative across all five shops above.

What are the restrictions?

There are some, but they are not hugely onerous:

  • M&S exclusions: Bank and Energy services, Bureau de change, Opticians and Petrol stations
  • Waitrose & Partners exclusions: Cellar, Florist, Garden, Pet, Cookery school, foreign currency, Gift Section
  • Harvey Nichols exclusions: International delivery, gift cards, vouchers and dining within restaurant
  • Apple exclusions: Apple iTunes, Apps and Apple Music, Apple Search Ads, Apple Finance and Gift Cards

Here is a key thing to remember.  Waitrose gift vouchers can be used at John Lewis department stores, either online or instore.  If you can get to a Waitrose store but do not want to spend £100 on shopping, you can buy a gift card which should trigger the cashback.  You can then spend this at John Lewis at your convenience.

Do I need to register for this offer?


You MUST register your card for this offer.

To register, go to the ‘Offers’ section of your online statement page for your American Express Platinum card.  Scroll down until you see this promotion and click ‘Save To Card’.  You’re good to go!

Virtually all Platinum charge cardholders have this offer.  A small minority do not – it is not clear why.

£100 for American Express Platinum cardholders

Can I apply for The Platinum Card now and get this offer?

It isn’t clear.  It runs until 27th August so you would have plenty of time.

However, it depends on American Express adding the deal to the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement page and we cannot be certain that this will happen for new applicants.  I’m sure we will find out soon enough.

Our full review of The Platinum Card is here if you want to find out more about the card.  You can apply here.


This is clearly a ‘no brainer’ offer for holders of The Platinum Card.  Ensure that you register your card now.  Remember that you have until 27th August to do the relevant spending.

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

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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 (270)

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  • BuyEMExternalBonds says:

    Just been to a Waitrose near me and bought £200 JL gift card in one transaction, no amex redemption email – used main card only. I did not have any supp cards when the initial offer went live unfortunately.

    • Anita says:

      Have you had a credit from Amex for buying a gift card at Waitrose?

      • Rob says:

        Others have had the credit for gift cards. No-one is getting confirmation emails.

        • Chris says:

          I bought a £200 gift card at Waitrose on 1 June. Not statement credit and no email so far.

          • Rob says:

            You won’t get an email.

            My transaction on the 29th got credit on the 31st. My transaction on the 1st hasn’t turned up yet, possible overnight.

          • Chris says:

            Follow up data point, Statement credit appeared on 4 June

  • Mark says:

    No £100 credit on my personal Platinum, contacted Amex and they apologised and added to my account immediately , they said all Platinum primary card holders should have it.

    • PlaneSpeaking says:

      Thanks Mark, it wasn’t showing on my account yesterday the first time I read about it so I assumed it was targeted. When I read Rob’s article today, I checked again and still nothing and then I saw your comment. I called Amex and they apologised and said it is for everyone and they’ll arrange to add it today. Thanks for your note.

  • Gtellez says:

    I ordered food with Deliveroo on Thursday after saving the offer in my main platinum card, didn’t received the email saying I used the offer. However, today I received the credit for the transaction. I did a small shopping in Waitrose with a supplementary yesterday, let’s see if I receive the credit quickly too. In that case I guess I’d use the credit for the supplementary I have as soon as possible.

  • Jor Dan says:

    I can confirm you receive the credit on supplementary cards (if you have it saved already). Just got mine.

  • SimonW says:

    Data point – Used supplementary card on Friday night to order deliveroo…. Credit hit the account this morning…… Question is wether both cards get £100 each, or if credit will stop at £100 over both main and supp cards……..

  • Andrew says:

    Data point.

    Used both primary and supplementary cards for £100 transactions at Waitrose on Thursday evening. Charges hit the account yesterday and 2 x £100 credits have been applied today.

    • SimonW says:

      Great news. I make that 11 bottles of Whispering Angel courtesy of Amex !

      • Andrew says:

        Haha. To be honest I make it a £200 contribution towards some furniture we were going to buy from John Lewis in any case…

        Very much appreciated!

    • Ravi K says:

      Hey Andrew, thanks for the info. So just to confirm you bought Waitrose gift cards @ £100 each and the credit was applied?

    • Anita says:

      Could I please check whether you made actual purchases at Waitrose or whether you bought gift cards?

  • Matthew says:

    Perhaps some of the people thinking they are missing out are actually holding a black BA Amex thinking it’s a platinum card?

  • Sukes says:

    I was able to save the Amex deal to 4 cards- my main & 3 supplementaries. I made an Apple purchase on one of the gold supplementaries on Thurs and received £100 credit back to that card today Mon at the same time as the card was billed. So as others are noting Amex do seem to be honouring the deals saved to supplementaries.

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