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New American Express cashback deals launched – and Shop Small changes?

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American Express has launched a new batch of cashback deals, with a couple of new hotel deals among them.

As usual, you may see all, some or none of these offers on your American Express account. You need to look at the ‘Offers’ section on your online statement pages or the Amex app for every card you hold.

Some offers will also be available for supplementary cardholders, as long as the card is registered with Amex. Other offers will only be for the primary cardholder.

This is what we seem to have that are new and relevant to HfP readers:


The taxi app is offering 15% cashback on all rides until 30th June.

Financial Times

Instead of the old offer which offered a fixed £25 discount, the FT is now offering 25% cashback on a transaction of any size. This is valid on transactions taken out by 20th June.

If you already pay for the FT, you may want to see if there is a way of adjusting your subscription (can you get a pro-rata refund on an annual sub and then take out a new one?) so that a payment is made during this period.

Red Carnation Hotels

You may not have heard of Red Carnation, but it owns a number of smart boutique hotels in expensive parts of London. It also owns Ashford Castle in Ireland (below) which you may have seen on the recent BBC2 series with Giles Coren, but this is NOT taking part in the offer.

You receive £75 cashback on a £350+ spend by 30th September.

Red Carnation Hotels is no longer a Virgin Atlantic points earning partner.

You can take a look at their full portfolio here.

American Express cashback offers

Hand Picked Hotels

I have no experience of this UK chain, but you can get £50 cashback on a £400 stay by 30th June.

There are a lot of other offers out there too. My wife has 58 on her Preferred Rewards Gold card, which is more than double what I have on my Platinum card. Not bad going given that the shops are shut ….

American Express Amex Shop Small

Meanwhile ….. is Shop Small changing?

A reader posted an interesting titbit from Amex Australia in our comments section yesterday.

In Australia, Amex Shop Small is changing into a ‘year round’ event. Instead of getting A$5 cashback on each qualifying A$10 purchase for a short period, cardholders will receive an extra 3 points per A$1 spent for the next year. There is a cap of 40,000 bonus points between now and the end of March 2022.

There is no guarantee that we will see the same in the UK, but this is how the wind is blowing.

If I owned a small shop, I might find this new offer more attractive. Instead of getting ‘once a year’ visits during the Shop Small promo period, a shop may attract new regular customers who know they will get additional rewards on every purchase, every day.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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 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:

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

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (76)

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  • mark2 says:

    This sounds to me like the abolition of Shop Small. Mind you they have not bothered to maintain its administration for the last few years: the map/list is very inaccurate.
    I did manage to save about £500 last time so it will be a loss to me. It does seem to depend on where you live/work.

  • Dominic says:

    Would be disappointing to see shop small go, as it helps justify the annual card fee (particularly when travel has been limited by COVID!).

    Having said that, a whole year of 4 points for £1 wouldn’t be an awful thing in itself (at shop small locations) – but no way is it better than the current offering

  • James says:

    In other words the usual crappy offers

  • David S says:

    I would love the new offer if it comes. Coffee and something to eat for two usually comes to £9 so it forced you to spend extra to get the £5 back

  • Axel says:

    I think its becoming more and more difficult for Amex to administer Shop Small. Small retailers are moving onto payment aggregators such as Square, Sumup and Stripe with a myriad of features such as out the box ePOS, click n collect etc

    • kt1974 says:

      Is that why some of my Shop Smalls didn’t go through? Nothing I spend via Square or Stripe seems to get the £5 back, even if the retailer is listed as participating, but I always forget to call up and query…

  • Harry T says:

    I agree that I wouldn’t bother to shift my business to particular shops to get a handful of points rather than 50% off a £10 bill.

    However I do think Shop Small is overrated and some people go to massive lengths to accumulate as many rebates as possible – I question whether that is time well spent when you factor in opportunity cost.

    • Genghis says:

      Used to be three figures an hour net for me. Was well worth it.

      • Will says:

        Same, live in small town. Could do restaurant gift cards and a few clothes shops that my partner shops at within a day and have £500-1000 saved on what would be genuine purchases throughout the year.

        Different for everyone but not paid £750 a day after tax so worthwhile little jolly.

      • Harry T says:

        Maybe Newcastle just doesn’t provide the kind of lucrative opportunities you fellows have encountered elsewhere! Barely anyone on the map in Newcastle and many of them don’t actually take Amex.

    • mark2 says:

      Our hairdresser was selling £50 gift vouchers for £40 before Xmas, so I got £50 for £20.
      Assuming that they will still be in business on April 12th!

      • Roy says:

        By asking the hairdresser to charge the £40 as four different £10 transactions? You do realise you’re risking getting your account closed for misuse?

        • mark2 says:

          They were different cards obviously, belonging too different people.

      • Polly says:

        Same here. And bought loads of restaurant vouchers which we used over several months. And still using now through lockdown as takeaways every week. At least we feel we are supporting our local places so they stay open after lockdown.
        Stamps are another good buy at small shops too. Use all our cards on those too.
        If you are careful and spread out the shops, don’t think amex mind, as it is their promotion after all.

  • mark2 says:

    Just a reminder:

    My Amex 10% back at Morrison’s expires in 4 days; yours probably does too.

  • Christopher says:

    On the subject of Amex offers, I have a spend £40 get £20 back on Craft Gin Club. I’ve done 2x £20 transactions and received no credit and no confirmation email – is this a deal which cumulative spend may not work on.

    • Jonathan says:

      Yep, I think they’re wise to the double dipping on Amex as last month they had a free extra bottle of gin on the £40 subscription box except when you added the code it also deducted 1p to make price £39.99.

      This month it’s a code for half price subscription box (£20) but you can’t order/pay for 2 at once.

      They are also very expensive & pricey delivery for other stuff in the online shop which must be ordered/paid for separately to subscription box.

      Essentially they’ve thought this through!

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