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Save on flights and hotels with a new £50 American Express Travel cashback credit

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American Express Travel has launched a new cashback credit promotion.

When this offer has run in the past there have often been two versions:

£50 back on a £200 spend

£200 back on a £600 spend

This time ….. at least so far ….. the only one available is £50 back on £200 spent.

I recommend looking at the ‘Offers’ tab on your Amex online statement pages and signing up, if it is there.

In our house, it is showing on my Platinum charge card but not my Marriott Bonvoy Amex or British Airways Premium Plus.  It is not on my Business Platinum. My wife has it on her Preferred Rewards Gold but not on her supplementary Platinum.

The offer is valid for the first 30,000 people to register:

You have until 31st May to do the necessary spend.

Cumulative spend HAS counted in the past.  It is not mentioned either way in the offer rules.

What Amex Travel bookings qualify for cashback?

This offer is only valid for pre-paid products.  It is best used for a flight because – assuming the price is the same – a flight booked via Amex Travel is the same as a flight booked via ba.com.  You should get the same Avios and tier points.

The downside with booking hotel rooms this way is that Amex Travel is counted as a third party booking site.  You won’t receive hotel points or status benefits which – if this meant you lost out on free breakfast or a good upgrade – may leave you worse off than booking direct.  For hotels where you don’t have status, of course, it is more attractive.

Note that you can’t use it for Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings (the exclusive ‘added benefits’ scheme for holders of The Platinum Card) or The Hotel Collection bookings (the equivalent scheme for Amex Gold) as these are not pre-paid.

Should you be using a travel agent at the moment?

One thing you should consider before booking is whether you want to use a third-party agent at all at the moment.  Using an agent makes it harder to get a refund or make changes if your plans change, or if the airline or hotel change your plans for you.

Given that Amex Travel is very reputable, I would be less concerned than I would be with some other agents.  It is still likely to be harder work getting your hands on your money in the event of an issue than it would be if you had booked direct.

I may take the risk for £50 back on £200 spend.  If I was planning on spending £1,000, I’m not sure if £50 cashback is worth the risk of potentially not seeing my £1,000 again for a long time in the event of problems.

Conclusion

Even if you don’t see a window to use this offer at the moment, I recommend visiting americanexpress.co.uk and saving it to your card just in case.  It would be a shame if something came up but the target of 30,000 registrations had already been reached.

Remember that you have until 31st May to do the required £200 of spending although your travel can be for a future date.


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

If you are looking to apply for a new credit 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 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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 – 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

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 (36)

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  • Phillip says:

    I have to say, I had numerous flight bookings made through Amex Travel at the start of the pandemic. They were overall great with processing refunds and thanks to the chat function, I rarely had to wait. If the airline terms allowed a refund, it was all done smoothly. I did notice on some occasions they held on to the refunds for a few weeks before releasing them, even after the airline paid them the refunds, but I felt that they fought my corner where needed.

  • Princess says:

    I had an hotel booking made with Amex Travel during the last offer and when the pandemic started they contacted me and told me they needed to cancel the booking as the hotel was closing down and they refunded the money immediately.

  • Andrew says:

    It was suggested yesterday that Amex would also issue a BA FTV if you chose not to fly on a flight which isn’t cancelled. If this is the case, this offer is effectively a way of buying a £200 BA gift card for £150.

    • John says:

      Can you use it directly with BA or do you go via Amex again

    • Andrew says:

      As long as a refund doesn’t show on your account for that amount then they won’t claw back the credit.

    • J man says:

      Do bare in mind FTV won’t automatically become an eVoucher (unless I am mistaken?) – it took several weeks for me last time

      • Rob says:

        The plan was that all cash tickets (pure cash, single traveller only) were now being issued as eVouchers in the first place. Happy to be corrected though.

  • tony says:

    Note one thing you lose with Amex BA bookings is the 24hr cooling off period. I’m not sure how the book with confidence thing works but this was a few years back. I ended up paying slightly more than the £50 I saved in change fees to rebook the flight the next day 🤦‍♂️

    • John says:

      Yeah I’m always afraid I will mess up my amex travel bookings but it does save 3% on ex-EU bookings as it uses the IATA exchange rate

  • Matthew says:

    Amex Travel also refunded me for a non refundable room at Sofitel LHR due to a cancelled flight. Been impressed by them and wouldn’t dedicate to book again.

  • Andrew says:

    Unlikely that the Amex travel offer would appear on the BAPP as the card specifically pushes you towards booking with BA directly (by offering you double Avios)

  • Andy says:

    Does see a bit strange at the moment. I’ve got loads of offers on my BA amex and plat card. However my wife got a new plat card a few weeks ago and only has three offers on it with the Amex travel not being on it. I have no offers on my supplementary card at all despite having had it for over two weeks and spending a fair bit on it

  • Anna says:

    Can it be used for anything other than flights and hotels (e.g. “experiences”)? I have more than enough avios/points/free nights to keep me going for the rest of this year and some time beyond!

    • Matthew says:

      I’ve used it on experiences in the past as long as it bills within the offer time period.

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