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How to make £36 per year by NOT using your Amex Gold Deliveroo credit

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American Express Preferred Rewards Gold recently added a valuable new perk for cardmembers.

Each month, you receive 2 x £5 credits to spend at Deliveroo. There is no minimum order.

As long as you order something at least twice per month, you are getting £120 of free credit from American Express each year. This is an excellent return in your first year of having Preferred Rewards Gold, given that the card is FREE in Year 1. It also comes with a sign-up bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points, worth at least £160, and two free airport lounge passes.

Our full review of American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is here and you can apply here.

When the Deliveroo benefit launched, some Head for Points readers complained that they couldn’t use it. If you are in a Deliveroo area but rarely order takeaway, you should look at the new grocery delivery companies on the app.

How can you make £36 per year without using Deliveroo at all?

I’m glad you asked.

Deliveroo has a subscription service called Deliveroo Plus. There are two subscription options, one at £11.49 per month and one at £3.49 per month.

You will need to download the Deliveroo app and create an account. Register your Preferred Rewards Gold card as your payment choice. Under your profile you see an option to register for Deliveroo Plus.

(I am not sure if you can sign up for Deliveroo Plus if you are physically not in a Deliveroo delivery area at the time of signing up. You may need to wait until you are in an urban area or try with a VPN.)

The £3.49 per month plan gives you free delivery on all orders of £25 or more.

Sign yourself up.

Why should someone who never uses Deliveroo pay for Deliveroo Plus?

It’s simple.

There is no minimum spend requirement to trigger the £5 American Express credit.

Your £3.49 monthly subscription to Deliveroo Plus will trigger an immediate £5 credit to your American Express Gold card. You make £1.51 profit each month. It’s not much, but it involves zero work once you are signed up and you’ll make £18 per year.

Here is proof it works, from my wife’s Gold card:

You can double this by signing up a friend or your partner for their own Deliveroo account, using the same Amex Gold card for payment.

This second subscription will trigger the second monthly £5 statement credit, earning you another £18 per year.

In total, you will make a profit of £36 over a year. This makes a decent dint in the £140 annual fee for Preferred Rewards Gold if you choose to continue after the first year.

And, of course, if you DO ever decide to order some food or groceries from Deliveroo, you’ll benefit from free delivery on orders of £25+ thanks to your Deliveroo Plus subscription.

This technique also saves you money if you use Deliveroo once per month

If you only use Deliveroo once per month, you can use this technique to increase your savings as long as your order is for at least £25. £25 is the Deliveroo Plus free delivery threshold.

Let’s assume you make one Deliveroo order per month, comprising £25 of food and the £2.99 delivery fee. Your total cost is £27.99, and you will receive a £5 cashback credit via Amex Gold.

If you sign up for Deliveroo Plus, however, the maths looks like this:

  • First transaction – £3.49 Deliveroo Plus fee, which triggers £5 cashback
  • Second transaction – £25 food order, no delivery fee due to Deliveroo Plus membership, order triggers the second £5 cashback

You have spend £28.49 in total but received £10 back.

This compares to spending £27.99 by not having Deliveroo Plus but only receiving £5 back.

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Comments (38)

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  • Adam says:

    Does the similar strategy work for dell cash back on Amex Business Plat?

    • Rob says:

      No, it only repays what you spend – but you can eBay the stuff.

  • Steve says:

    Well, that’s the end of that, then.

  • AJA says:

    Grammar pedant here. I think you mean dent in next year’s bill not dint. Dint can refer to a hollow in the surface, a blow, or a force of attack. Dent can refer to a hollow in the surface or a reduction.

    I don’t use Deliveroo and don’t have a Gold card but was curious what the hack to save £36 involved.

  • CarpalTravel says:

    This is the sort of sensitive article/information I think would think would be better served to an inner circle, in a less public manner.

    Perhaps there could be a subscribers/members area of HFP, like on many forums. vBulletin have had it built in for well over a decade. That way those who contribute to HFP can get access to such info, without it being broadcast freely across the internet which puts it at risk. I’d certainly be up for that as I have benefitted greatly from this site regardless, no need for guarantees that such articles will appear.

    Just my tuppence worth.

  • Gtellez says:

    Is it possible to buy gift cards? It would be great to use the 10 pounds for that and give them to friends living in areas served by Deliveroo

  • Alex says:

    Does this “hack” still work? I saw in the offer’s T&Cs that Deliveroo purchases below £5 “may” not get the full £5 credit. So wasn’t sure if they changed it.

  • RH says:

    I signed up my husband for his own account using the same Amex card for payment and the system recognised the card and refusedit.

  • sarah gorman says:

    I can confirm that Deliveroo Plus works even if there is no Deliveroo in your area

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