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How can you maximise the American Express ‘£20 cashback on £25 Daily Telegraph spend’ offer?

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There is an interesting offer from the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph showing on a lot of American Express accounts at the moment.

To see if you are targeted, you need to look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the statement page for each Amex card that you hold.  If you see the offer, click ‘Save To Card’.

This is the deal:

Spend £25+ on The Telegraph subscriptions and get a £20 statement credit

Offer valid until 28th February

That’s it.

Daily Telegraph subscription offer

The reason this is interesting is that The Telegraph has bonus offers running which would combine with the Amex statement credit.  This makes the net cost very low.

What are the best value Telegraph subscription packages?

Have a look at The Telegraph subscription website here.

On the basis that you want to maximise the £20 statement credit, these are the ones I liked the look of:

Best deal – a one year digital Student Subscription for just £5 net

Do you know anyone who is studying and has a or .edu email address?  You can buy them (or buy yourself, if you’re a student) a full year online subscription to The Telegraph for £25 via this page.

The cost of a one-year digital Student Subscription is £25.  With the £20 Amex cashback, your net cost is just £5.  £5 for a full year of The Telegraph app is an excellent deal.

The sign-up page for a Student Subscription is here.  There is an option to sign-up via Unidays – ignore that (in case you get charged by Unidays and not The Telegraph) and scroll further down where you can sign up directly.

Best deal for non-students – a one-year digital Standard Subscription for just £56 net with a free Fitbit

For non-students, the digital Standard Subscription looks like the best option.  This costs £76 for a year.

However, new subscribers also receive a free Fitbit Inspire 2, which sells for £89.  If you could sell the Fitbit on eBay for £56 then, adding in the £20 Amex cashback, your subscription is free.

The sign-up page for a Standard Subscription is here (switch to the ‘Pay Annually’ tab).

Daily Telegraph sports subscription

Best deal for sport fans – a one-year digital Sport Subscription for just £19 net

If you only read the back pages of the newspapers, you might be interested in a one-year digital Sport Subscription instead.  Full details are here.

The annual cost is £39 so, after the Amex cashback, you are only paying £19.

The sign-up page for a Sport Subscription is here.

With all of these offers, make sure that you pay upfront for the year.  £25 needs to be charged to your American Express card by 28th February to generate the £20 cashback.

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You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee 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 offers.

Amex 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

Comments (91)

  • Aryeh says:

    I bought the student subscription through unidays and works fine. Got an email from Amex saying I would get the £20 back within 5 days!


  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    I can’t think of any newspaper that I’d consider worth paying for at the moment.

    • mr_jetlag says:

      The Economist bills itself as a newspaper.

    • Andrew says:

      I’ve been a subscriber to Private Eye since I was 12 years old.

      I don’t think I’ll ever stop buying that particular newspaper.

    • David says:

      The Telegraph is one of the few papers I do actually read. It’s high quality journalism with no lefty remainer bias that many other papers have.
      I get mine on Sunday free with a Waitrose spend. Up here in a Scotland Waitrose underestimate readership and you have to be early to get one. Often sold out by the afternoon.

      • Harry T says:

        All papers are biased – we all choose the one that fits our own!

        • Olly says:

          Correct Harry, they all have an agenda so I do not take anything on face value, though some less obvious than others and better quality penmanship.

    • Paul says:

      hear hear

  • HolgerS says:

    Unidays triggers the Amex code. I checked out via unidays and all good. Thanks for the heads-up Rob!

  • BW says:

    I can’t see the Fitbit offer anywhere on the Telegraph web site. Do you need to use a special promo URL? Thanks!

    • Rob says:

      The link in the article, at least on desktop, takes you a page showing the Fitbit offer.

  • John says:

    Best deal for everyone – pay £0 and use one of those archive sites to read the telegraph for free

  • Andrew MS says:

    I noticed the DT recently bumped up the cost of their annual subscription by £140 to £728 per year for new subscribers (print only 7 days per week) when they stated to offer a “free” case of wine with your yearly subscription. . Now they are offering a “free” Fitbit or gift card with a subscription

  • BS says:

    I did this last year, paid £5 for the student subscription. I used it probably about once. The only thing I really considered using it for was Matt cartoons. But then I realised they are all on Twitter anyway.

  • Lou says:

    The most important question, why would you want a subscription to the Daily Telegraph?

    • Marc says:

      Well, you’ll be missing out on such cutting edge journalism such as the following from yesterday for starters…

      “Biden’s great, great, great grandfather, Edward Blewitt, left Ballina, co Mayo, Ireland for America during the Irish famine 170 years ago, which could mean he is well disposed towards Great Britain.”

      • Nick says:

        That’s the same Biden who when asked to give a comment to the BBC said “I’m Irish”. Last time I checked, Ballina wasn’t in Great Britain. So more quality output from the DT.

        To be honest, if the last year has taught us anything it’s that today’s DT story will tell us what government policy will be in a few days’ time, so there’s value there. Not at all the way it should be, but that’s the way ‘Britain Trump’ likes to roll…

        • bafan says:

          that is how I got into reading the DT – the guardian was hours behind the DT. I have no idea how Boris and Priti get away with penning editorials in the the DT over other newspapers.

    • Kurt Kraut says:

      As the average reader of this site j think that’s a pretty clear “no”🤣

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