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New American Express cashback offers appearing

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After a lockdown-driven hiatus, new American Express cashback offers have started to appear this week.

Many Marriott Bonvoy American Express cardholders, including myself, have an easy win – ‘spend £10 and get £5 back’, valid to 31st March.

The key travel offer is £75 cashback on a £300 spend with Melia Hotels (website here). This is valid until 30th June. It appears on my Platinum Card which means, of course, that I can combine it with the MeliaRewards Gold status benefits that come with being an Amex Platinum cardholder. You also earn Avios when you stay with Melia.

Not all Melia hotels are taking part – the only UK participant is ME London on The Strand which I have toured, but not reviewed. It is very modern with a great rooftop bar and of course you can’t complain about the location. The only participating hotel we have stayed at is in Hamburg – see our INNSiDE Hamburg Hafen review (website here).

Non-travel offers on personal cards include £100 back on £750 spend at Dell UK.

Interestingly, my Business Platinum card has a 10% cashback offer at Dell, which presumably stacks with the £75 statement credit that Business Platinum cardholders now receive every six months.

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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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points 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:

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year 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

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

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