A warning about the Dell / American Express Business Platinum promotion
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American Express recently launched a series of promotions to support holders of Business Platinum cards. We wrote about the Amex Business Platinum cashback deals here.
One of these was the offer of ‘£150 cashback on a £150 purchase from Dell’.
Whilst Dell was clearly hoping that you would use the money towards an expensive new computer, you are free to spend it on whatever you wish from a special Dell / Amex website. This means that you can put together a £150 package of travel luggage and computer accessories and get it for free.
Or so we thought …..
It turns out that if you buy multiple items at the same time, Dell will charge each one separately on your American Express card. The cashback promotion is NOT cumulative and does NOT pay out unless there is a single charge for £150+ onto your Amex Business card.
I know of two readers who have been hit by this. The best bit? Dell will not allow you to return the items you bought because ‘business to business’ transactions are not covered by the laws allowing automatic refunds for online transactions. So far, neither of the impacted readers has been successful in getting American Express to pay the cashback, even though it is clear that there are multiple same day transactions totalling £150+.
On a similar point, I haven’t yet been able to test whether the offer of ‘£20 cashback on a £20 Currys PC World transaction, valid 10 times’ works in-store or not. None of the London city centre stores have yet reopened.
It works fine online – here are some ideas of what to buy from Currys PC World for £20 – but if it did work in-store you would have more flexibility to buy gift cards. The offer runs until the end of the year, so there is plenty of time.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2023 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express 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 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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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:
Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review
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
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review