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A number of interesting Amex offers have dropped over the weekend now that non-essential retail has been allowed to open.

I thought it would be worth running through some of them here:

£50 back on £200 spend at Harrods

A new offer on Harrods spend has appeared on many – but not all – card types. There appear to be two versions.

On the Centurion and Platinum cards the first 7,000 people to save the offer get “Spend £200, get £50 back”:

Harrods £200 Amex Offer April 2021

…. whilst on my BA Amex the first 5,000 people to save the offer get “20% back up to £50”:

Harrods Amex Offer April 2021

It doesn’t look like either offer is on my American Express Rewards Credit Card (ARCC).

On the face of it the 20% offer is sightly worse: you would have to spend £250 to get the same £50 cashback, versus £200. However, it does allow you to earn money back if you don’t plan on spending £200, as you’ll get 20% back on all transactions.

This isn’t the case for the Platinum offer, which has a minimum spend of £200 to trigger the cashback.

It makes sense that Harrods is offering two different variants depending on the card type, with more premium cards such as The Platinum card requiring a higher minimum spend.

Note that giftcards are excluded from the offer, according to the terms and conditions, but this may not necessarily be the case in practice.

It is showing on supplementary cards as well as primary cards, for the Platinum version at least, so you can benefit twice if you register twice.

Boots: spend £10 or more, get 7% back

Boots is offering 7% cashback when you spend £10 or more to the first 22,000 people to save the offer.

Boots Amex Offer April 2021

This offer is only valid once per card, so you should think carefully how and when you wish to use it – and use another card if you need to shop in Boots in the meantime.

Boots is generally very good at stocking a broad range of gift cards which do not appear to be excluded from the offer …….

Boots Opticians and Hearingcare are excluded, as is baby milk, prescriptions and the carrier bag levy. This may not be true in reality, given Amex’s inability to see what you purchased.

Uber Eats: 10% back

This is another decent offer – albeit one that popped up a while back which we didn’t mention at the time – that you should have little trouble using in the coming month. Uber Eats is offering 10% back on an Uber Eats transaction.

Uber Eats Amex Offer April 2021

This is another offer that is only valid once per card, although there is no upper limit on the cashback you can earn.

FREE NOW: Get 50% back up to £7

FREE NOW, the black taxi cab app owned by BMW and Daimler, is offering 50% back up to £7 for travel up to 13th July.

Free Now Amex Offer April 2021

In other words, it’s half price up to £14 spend. This isn’t far in a black cab, admittedly, but should be good for a short trip.

The offer is valid once per card to the first 100,000 cardmembers to save it.

If you don’t already have a FREE NOW account, using my promo code ‘rhys.jon’ after downloading the app will earn you an additional £4 credit.

Get a 50% FREE NOW discount on top

Code YOUAREFREENOW, typed into the app in the vouchers section, gets you a 50% discount on your next ride within one month. The discount is capped at £6.

This would stack with the American Express cashback. A £20 ride would be charged at £14 after using the YOUAREFREENOW code, of which Amex would refund you £7 – meaning the ride cost just £7.

As we mentioned last week, there is also a ‘15% cashback on all rides’ offer available with competing taxi app Gett available too.

And, of course, if you are an American Express Platinum cardholder in London, you will have your £10 monthly Addison Lee credit to use as well. Decisions, decisions …..


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our November 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 top current deals:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

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 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

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

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

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

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:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (66)

  • Tim says:

    Head For Amex! No problem with that under the current circumstances. It’s just the use of the word ‘drop’… 🙂

    • Lord Doncaster says:

      The creeping Americanisation of British English continues…soon we’ll have posts saying ‘I stan Jet Blue’ *monocle drops into cocktail glass*

      • Paul Pogba says:

        I’m still incredulous at the proposed changes to cricketing terminology.

        • David D says:

          @Paul Pogba, every time a batter misses the ball the Umpire will be calling a strike. Before the relief bowler comes on after 10 balls.

  • 1ATL says:

    Meanwhile on the free BA card I’m left with 15% off at Ann Summers and will writing at co-op – exciting NOT!

    • Chris Heyes says:

      1ATL That would surely depend though ?
      As I’m 73 if I was getting 15% off at Ann Summers “would I be getting exited”
      I would probably need will writing at the co-op So the two go together lol

  • Richard G says:

    I seem to have £200 off a £200+ stay with Onefinestay.

    Have never used them, so it could be useless. Will have to have a look.

    • Andrew says:

      General agreement is that it is quite useless due to its high minimum spend, although some people have managed to get it to work well for them I think. It’s been an ongoing monthly benefit of Platinum for a couple of years but I’m not sure anyone’s ever used it much.

  • Optimus Prime says:

    Be careful with the Uber Eats offer. If you tip the rider, Uber will charge you two separate transactions. Then Amex will apply the offer to the tip transaction – i.e. they give you peanuts. I’ve just noticed it after using that offer on multiple cards.

    • Bertster says:

      Same experience here. To be fair, this was one that Amex adjusted manually via chat, but it was a lot of effort to go to for £6 or so.

  • Gustavo says:

    For Boots I use Airtime Rewards with a visa mastercard as they give you regularly 5% back to use with your mobile bill. It adds up very quickly if you are a regular shopper at boots.

    • KBuffett says:

      I think there is a Curve cash back with Boots too, for those who have been with Curve since the start

      • Gustavo says:

        Yeah, but I think it’s only 1%. I have been getting 5% with airtime rewards on all my purchases including prescriptions (if you nominate boots as your pharmacy) since September 2019.

        • KBuffett says:

          Yes, but my point was that Curve rewards can stack with AirTime

        • TGLoyalty says:

          Consider a prepayment cert

          There are 2 PPC options to choose from:

          The 3-month PPC costs £30.25 and will save you money if you need more than 3 prescribed items in 3 months.

          The 12-month PPC costs £108.10 and will save you money if you need more than 11 prescribed items in a year.

          • KBuffett says:

            Good shout. Boots will lose money that way!

          • Gustavo says:

            Yes, that’s correct but if you just need the odd prescription then it doesn’t make much sense.

  • Track says:

    Nothing decent for me. Will go close Platinum.

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