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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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  • Paul says:

    Whilst I’ve always been pretty happy with Amex Travel and used them a fair bit over the years, just to add some balance on pandemic experiences: last year I had a fully flex ticket booked with Amex Travel which I attempted to cancel ahead of the flight date, fully in accordance with the ticket conditions. They claimed I was cancelling due to COVID (OK, I was, but that doesn’t change the fact I was entitled to do so per the ticket conditions I’d booked) and faced no end of problems getting them to acknowledge the fare conditions I’d booked and not lump me into ‘we’ll have to wait and see if the flight operates, and then maybe offer credit’ category. I ended up successfully upholding a dispute against the payment (also Amex, so a dispute against themselves…) to get my money back.

  • MJ says:

    I’ve looked at some Euro flights and I’ve noticed they are more expensive (+£10 per one-way pp) vs paying the airline directly. So for a couple doing a one-leg journey the saving is really only £30.

    • IanM says:

      Yes I’ve noticed that AMEX travel were more expensive in the past, more than cancelling out any offer

      • Aston100 says:

        I’ve found them to be a bit more expensive than going directly to the airlines themselves.

  • Jordan D says:

    A shame it isn’t the 200 on 600 saving, but will take it nonetheless!

  • Braiden says:

    A shame this isn’t the usual 600/200 offer.

  • George K says:

    I don’t believe Amex Travel offers have been extended to non-MR cards in the past, so it’s not a surprise that Bonvoy/BA cards wouldn’t show this. In fact, I think that if you only have a BA card for example, you don’t have access to Amex Travel (but I could be mistaken).

    Two things about booking with Amex Travel.
    1) They are a very good Travel Agent, and they won’t ignore you if something goes wrong with your booking. They are good on refunds and dealing with problems, and can always get through to speak to someone. Would always be happy to book with them

    2) They ARE sometimes showing a more expensive plane fares online. What’s weird is that this sometimes drops down to the same rate as with booking direct, but only when you reach the final booking/payment stage (not when you’re browsing the results). You basically get a prompt saying ‘good news! we’ve found an even cheaper rate’! If the price doesn’t fix itself, it’s worth calling and complaining. I had a few BA flights showing as £20-30 more expensive with Amex Travel, but had the 600/200 offer to redeem so called them and asked them to look into it. The price was fixed within a week and thankfully it hadn’t gone up in the meantime.

  • Dubs says:

    Cumulative spend does count as per t&c on email sent out that I just received.

    Terms and Conditions

    1. Statement Credit Offer

    Only one £50 statement credit per Card, when you cumulatively spend £200 or more on pre-paid accommodation, flights or car hire through American Express Travel at americanexpress.co.uk/travel. Book by 31 May 2021. Offer excludes Fine Hotels + Resorts, The Hotel Collection and cruise bookings. Limited to first 30,000 Cardmembers to save this offer.

    • Rob says:

      It usually is cumulative because Amex Travel tends to charge per person anyway. If you book flights for 2 people for £200 it is likely to go through your statement as £100 and then another £100 even though you only made 1 x £200 payment.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      99% of the time these T&Cs are copy paste rubbish

  • VINZ says:

    I only have it on my Vitality Amex

  • Blenz101 says:

    Advertised on the email as valid on U.K. travel

    • meta says:

      No, it’s not. They are just advertising of possibility to use it on UK escapes. There is a footnote which then goes to say only valid for context on Amex Travel UK. But Amex Travel UK has global content.

      They just don’t want to be it obvious they are encouraging travel outside the UK when the ban is still in place.

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