There are currently VERY generous sign-up bonuses on the American Express Business cards for SME’s:
- American Express Business Gold comes with a 50,000 points bonus – apply here, review here – and is FREE for your first year
Subject to usual checks, all you need to open one of these cards is a business bank account. Your company does not even need to be trading yet.
One additional benefit if you get one of these cards is annual Dell credit. You MUST opt-in via this page of the American Express website. Once opted in, you will receive:
- £50 Dell statement credit (no minimum spend) every six months for Business Gold cardholders
- £75 Dell statement credit (no minimum spend) every six months for Business Platinum cardholders
The six month periods run from January to June and July to December. This means that if you place a Dell order now to use up your allowance, you can place another in July.
I was having a look at the Dell website over the weekend looking for ways to use my own allowance. If you don’t need any IT equipment at the moment, take a look here.
Dell sells a range of laptop bags, briefcases, messenger bags, laptop sleeves and backpacks – see this page of their website.
You might find something here to use with your statement credit. Remember that the prices shown exclude 20% VAT so if you want 100% of your costs covered you want an item selling for less than £42 + VAT if you have Business Gold or £63 for Business Platinum. Delivery is free on most items.
Dell also has a decent range of mice, keyboards and monitors which will work with all computers, not just Dell models – details here.
If you really don’t need anything, consider buying non-electrical items (backpack, laptop bag etc) and donating them to a local charity shop. They should sell for a decent amount if still wrapped and you may be able to get tax relief on the sale price.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our July 2021 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. Here are the other top current deals:
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
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
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
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
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
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: