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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 …..

American Express Business Dell cashback offer

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? – 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.