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New earning rates on Amex Platinum Cashback start today – should you swap to the BA Amex?

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Back in May, American Express announced a reduction in the cashback rate paid on its two cashback credit cards – Platinum Cashback and Platinum Cashback Everyday.

There was a three month grace period, but the new reduced rates kick in from today.

What are the new American Express cashback rates?

Here are the new cashback rates:

HFP Amex American Express Platinum Cashback card

Platinum Cashback (apply here, £25 annual fee)

  • PREVIOUS: 1% cashback on spending up to £10000 per year, 1.25% cashback beyond this
  • NEW: 0.75% cashback on spending up to £10000 per year, 1.25% cashback beyond this

Platinum Cashback Everyday (apply here, no annual fee)

  • PREVIOUS: 0.5% cashback on spending up to £5000 per year, 1% cashback beyond this
  • NEW: 0.5% cashback on spending up to £10000 per year, 1% cashback beyond this

The ‘break-even’ point remains at £10,000. If you spend more than £10,000 per year, you should pay the £25 annual fee for Platinum Cashback. If you spend less than £10,000 per year, it isn’t worth it. Stick with the free Platinum Cashback Everyday card.

Here are three examples:

  • £5,000 spend – Platinum Cashback earns £12.50 net of fee, Platinum Cashback Everyday earns £25
  • £10,000 spend – Platinum Cashback earns £50 net of fee, Platinum Cashback Everday earns £50
  • £20,000 spend – Platinum Cashback earns £175 net of fee, Platinum Cashback Everyday earns £150

Are these still good cards, despite the cut in the cashback rates?

Yes. Spend £10,000 on either card and you will receive exactly £50 (0.5%) back.

Spend more and you receive more. If you push your annual spending up to £20,000, your return increases to £175 (net of the £25 fee) on Platinum Cashback, which is 0.875%. On the free Platinum Cashback Everyday, £20,000 of spending gets you £150 (0.75%) cashback.

Low spenders have less to get excited about.

Spend £5,000 on the Platinum Cashback card and your return, netting off the £25 fee, is only £12.50 (0.25%). On the free Platinum Cashback Everyday card, you would have received £25 (0.5%).

Bizarrely, the free BA Amex often beats both of these as a pseudo-cashback card

You should, oddly, give serious thought to dumping both of the cards above if you want to earn cashback from an American Express card.

The free British Airways American Express is the best pseudo-cashback credit card in Britain, paying 0.8%. This assumes that you convert your Avios from the credit card to Nectar points and spend them in Sainsbury’s, Argos or eBay.

As a reminder, the conversion rate from Avios to Nectar points is 1 : 1.6 and a Nectar point is worth 0.5p in most cases.

These means:

From today, you would need to spend £17,000 before the £25 Platinum Cashback card outperforms the 0.8% pseudo-cashback that the free BA Amex pays.

With the free Platinum Cashback Everyday card, you would need to spend £25,000 per year before your cashback increased beyond 0.8%, which is what the free BA Amex offers. I doubt most cardholders of this card are spending that much.

Amex Cashback Credit Card

Bonus: 5% cashback (to £125) for three months

Read our full review

Other information:

  • Cashback paid in a lump sum after 12 months
  • Annual fee: £25

Representative 36.7% APR variable based on an assumed £1,200 credit limit and £25 annual fee. Interest rate on purchases 31.0% APR variable.

See if you qualify for the 5% cashback sign-up bonus +

You will receive 5% cashback on purchases on the Amex Cashback Credit Card within 90 days of signing up.  This is capped at £125.

To qualify for the bonus, you must NOT, currently or in the previous 24 months, have held any other personal American Express card.

You are OK if you had a supplementary card on someone else’s American Express account.

You are OK if, currently or in the previous 24 months, you have held a Business American Express card.

For clarity, you can still apply for the Amex Cashback Credit Card even if you do not qualify for the bonus.  You will receive the standard rate of cashback on your spending.

Learn more about the card benefits +

The Amex Cashback Credit Card is the most generous cashback credit card in the UK.

After the first three months, during which the special bonus rate applies:

  • Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.75% cashback on purchases
  • Spend over £10,000 and receive 1.25% cashback on purchases

Cashback is paid in a lump sum at the end of each 12 month period.  If you close the card mid-year you will lose any accumulated cashback.

As our review shows, this card is better value if you will spend over £10,000 per year.  If you will spend under £10,000 per year, you should apply for the free Amex Cashback Everyday Credit Card instead.  The cashback rate is lower but this is offset by the lack of any annual fee.

You need a minimum personal income of £20,000 to apply for the card.

Amex Cashback Everyday Credit Card

Bonus: 5% cashback (to £100) for three months

Read our full review

Other information:

  • Cashback paid in a lump sum after 12 months
  • Minimum spend of £3,000 per year required to receive cashback
  • Annual fee: Free

Representative 31.0% APR variable

See if you qualify for the 5% cashback sign-up bonus +

You will receive 5% cashback on purchases on the Amex Cashback Everyday Credit Card within 90 days of signing up.  This is capped at £100.

To qualify for the bonus, you must NOT, currently or in the previous 24 months, have held any other personal American Express card.

You are OK if you had a supplementary card on someone else’s American Express account.

You are OK if, currently or in the previous 24 months, you have held a Business American Express card.

For clarity, you can still apply for the Amex Cashback Everyday Credit Card even if you do not qualify for the bonus.  You will receive the standard rate of cashback on your spending.

Learn more about the card benefits +

The Amex Cashback Everyday Credit Card is the most generous free cashback credit card in the UK.

After the first three months, during which the special bonus rate applies:

  • Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on purchases
  • Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases

You must spend at least £3,000 per year to receive cashback.

Cashback is paid in a lump sum at the end of each 12 month period.  If you close the card mid-year you will lose any accumulated cashback.

As our review shows, this card is better value if you will spend less than £10,000 per year.  If you will spend over £10,000 per year, you should apply for the £25 Amex Cashback Credit Card instead.  The cashback rate is higher and you are better off even after paying the annual fee.

You need a minimum personal income of £20,000 to apply for the card.

British Airways American Express

Bonus: 5,000 Avios

Read our full review

Other information:

  • Receive a companion voucher, letting you book two flights for the Avios of one, when you spend £15,000 in a card year
  • This sum is reduced to £12,000 until 1st November 2024
  • The companion voucher is only valid on Economy flights
  • It can be used on British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus
  • Annual fee: Free

Representative 31.0% APR variable

See if you qualify for the 5,000 Avios sign-up bonus +

You will receive 5,000 Avios as a sign-up bonus on the free British Airways American Express card if you spend £2,000 within 90 days of signing up.

To qualify for the bonus, you must NOT, currently or in the previous 24 months, have held any other personal American Express card.

You are OK if you had a supplementary card on someone else’s British Airways American Express account.

You are OK if, currently or in the previous 24 months, you have held a Business American Express card.

For clarity, you can still apply for the British Airways American Express card even if you do not qualify for the bonus.  You would still benefit from the companion voucher and the other card benefits.

Learn more about the card benefits +

When you spend £15,000 on the British Airways American Express card, you receive a companion voucher entitling you to book two Avios redemption flights for the miles of one.  This voucher is valid for one year.  (Full taxes and charges need to be paid on both tickets.)

This sum is reduced to £12,000 if you can achieve it by 1st November 2024.

The voucher on the free British Airways American Express card can only be used on Economy flights.

The voucher can be used for Avios bookings on British Airways, Iberia and Aer Lingus.

You receive your voucher within a few days of reaching the spending target.  You need to fly the outbound leg of your 2-4-1 flight before the expiry date of the voucher.

If you want more flexibility, the voucher issued with the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is valid for two years, requires the same £15,000 of annual card spend and is valid in ALL cabins including Business and First.  The Premium Plus card also has a higher earning rate of 1.5 Avios per £1 on general spend and 3 Avios per £1 on spend with British Airways and BA Holidays.

You need a minimum personal income of £20,000 to apply for the card.

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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:

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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.

Marriott Bonvoy American Express

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

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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.

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Comments (21)

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  • JanM says:

    Haven’t had an Amex card in two years. Which would be the better option: the Gold card or the free BA card? (I don’t have a partner so don’t see the point of the premium one or the companion vouchers.)

    • Rob says:

      Gold is better than free BA for the first free year – you get the 2 airport lounge passes and your 1 point per £1 on Gold converts to 1 Avios (so same rate as the free BA Amex) BUT you can also transfer them to other things.

      Gold has a far bigger bonus.

      And, of course, if you have Gold, you still qualify for the BAPP bonus. If you have some heavy spending coming up, get BAPP, bank the bonus and then cancel quickly, returning to Gold.

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