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On the day that a wave of American Express hotel cashback offers close, Amex has launched a new cashback deal with Preferred Hotels.

You will receive £100 cashback when you spend £400 by 30th November.

If you are targetted for this offer, you will see it under the ‘Offers’ tab on your statement page on the Amex website or in the app. Remember to check for each card you hold, and click ‘Save to Card’ if you are interested.

£100 cashback at Preferred Hotels

Preferred Hotels Group is not a hotel chain, which is why you may not know it.  It is basically a marketing consortium made up of a number of independent hotels from around the world.

There are over 650 hotels represented from 80 countries.  Almost all of the hotels trade under their historic names with the phrase ‘A member of Preferred Hotels’ tacked on the end.

The quality is generally high. Almost 25 hotels are in the UK. In London, for example, they have The Beaumont, The Stafford, Royal Lancaster, Sea Containers Hotel and The Bentley amongst others. The Lowry in Manchester and The Grand in York are also included.

If you planning a Winter break, there are a lot of Spanish hotels listed including two in Palma and one on Menorca.

Don’t forget to sign up to the iPrefer loyalty programme before your stay – details here.  Whilst a low profile scheme the company claims to have 2.5 million members.

Full details of their hotels are on the Preferred Hotels site here.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – March 2023 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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:

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year Read our full review

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

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (18)

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  • MisterE says:

    Thinking of a long weekend at The Grand in York. Any views or experiences of what it’s like?

  • Craig says:

    I was really excited by this offer. Spend £400 by the end of November. What you didnt point out is the ‘stay by date’ is also at the end of Nov. I have just wasted an hour researching hotels in California for a trip early next year.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      This issue is that you don’t understand how these offers work not Robs wording.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      Notwithstanding any confusion about stay by dates, if you’d read the article more carefully, you’d have saved yourself looking at hotels in California for an hour.

      • Peter K says:

        Indeed. “You will see the hotels taking part in the offer, **which are all in Europe**”.

        • Andrew says:

          California is about half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Closest Preferred hotel would be the old Course at St Andrews

    • Harry T says:

      I think the OP may be creating his own adversity here.

  • rj24 says:

    Off topic: I see the advert for expresstest (by Cignpost) at the top of the page. I’ve tried on multiple different occasions to book a day 2 test at Heathrow T5 and the website doesn’t show any dates. The calendar freezes and I can’t proceed any further. An email last week to their customer service has so far gone unanswered. Anyone had any joy?

    • tony says:

      I don’t think the calendar is freezing. There’s simply no availability. There is some at other heathrow locations so if you select that then shift the location to T5, the previous date selected seems to stick.

  • JandeW says:

    Flying with my wife BA CW to JFK in December on 777 fitted with new CW Suite. Anyone have thoughts on best seats for 2pp together?

  • Cinimo says:

    I’m looking for a 5* hotel for a day in Paris in October. I don’t know any of the preferred hotels, but I can see the are a few in the list for the offer. Are there any experiences/recommendations for them?

  • Mo Farah says:

    Off topic. I’d book a Maldives gateaway for mid September on offer credit to HfP. Even though on Red List, I was still looking forward to it. Problem is BA cancelled outgoing flight, no alternative given and now can’t get through to them over phone past 5 days! Is anyone else experiencing the same and how do I go about this? I’m happy for BA to shift me to a Qatar plane that flies the day before or after my initial date.

  • Ian says:

    OT – has anyone else had an offer of 15,000 Virgin Red points to switch current accounts?

  • MichaelH says:

    Would appreciate any advice as to whether the Preferred offer on Amex is only on a minimum £400 room spend or if it’s on the total bill at checkout. I can’t find anything clear in the T&Cs for the offer. Thanks

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