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How can you maximise the American Express ‘£20 cashback on £25 Daily Telegraph spend’ offer?

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There is an interesting offer from the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph showing on a lot of American Express accounts at the moment.

To see if you are targeted, you need to look under the ‘Offers’ tab on the statement page for each Amex card that you hold.  If you see the offer, click ‘Save To Card’.

This is the deal:

Spend £25+ on The Telegraph subscriptions and get a £20 statement credit

Offer valid until 21st November

That’s it.

Daily Telegraph subscription offer

The reason this is interesting is that The Telegraph has some offers running which would combine with the Amex statement credit.  This makes your net cost potentially very low.

What are the best value Telegraph subscription packages?

Have a look at The Telegraph subscription website here.

On the basis that you want to maximise the £20 statement credit, these are the ones I liked the look of:

Best deal – a one year digital Student Subscription for just £5 net

Do you know anyone who is studying and has a .ac.uk or .edu email address?  You can buy them (or buy yourself, if you’re a student) a full year online subscription to The Telegraph for £25 via this page.

The cost of a one-year digital Student Subscription is £25.  With the £20 Amex cashback, your net cost is just £5.  £5 for a full year of The Telegraph app is an excellent deal.

The sign-up page for a Student Subscription is here.

Best deal – a six month digital Standard Gift Subscription (which you gift to yourself)

There is no six month option if you pay for a full subscription for yourself.  However, under ‘Gift Subscriptions’, you’ll see that you can buy someone – yourself! – a six month gift subscription for £49.

This would reduce to £29 after the cashback.

The sign-up page for a Standard Gift Subscription is here.

Not a great deal – a one-year digital Standard Subscription

The 12-month subscriptions are not a great deal.  They costs £99 for a year, which drops to £79 after the cashback.  You are better off with a six-month gift certificate.

Historically we have seen very generous free gifts attached to standard subscriptions, which could often be sold at a profit.  There is nothing on offer at the moment.

The sign-up page for a Standard Subscription is here.

Daily Telegraph sports subscription

Best deal for sport fans – a one-year digital Sport Subscription for just £19 net

If you only read the back pages of the newspapers, you might be interested in a one-year digital Sport Subscription instead.

The annual cost is £39 so, after the Amex cashback, you are only paying £19.

The sign-up page for a Sport Subscription is here.

With all of these offers, make sure that you pay upfront for the year.  £25 needs to be charged to your American Express card by 21st November to generate the £20 cashback.


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Comments (100)

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  • Yorkieflyer says:

    But if the Torygraph is your thing you can read it for free with PressReader courtesy of your local library

  • Andrew H says:

    Telegraph? No thanks. It has some of the most repugnant and ignorant commentators anywhere in the press. Allison Pearson anyone?

    Sport is about the only thing it is good for now – I’d be tempted by the sport only offer, but I don’t want to fund that rag.

    • mradey says:

      Yawn…. . . . .

      • Andrew H says:

        Each to their own.

        My favourite Allison Pearson moment was seeing her on “celebrity” University Challenge. Even with the simpler questions she didn’t say a thing all show. But what she writes shows she is a truly awful human being, as well as not being very bright.

        • jj says:

          Andrew H – can I ask you to reflect on your description of a Alison ‘a truly awful human being, as well as not being very bright’? How do you think it affects the way that you are viewed by other HfP readers, for example?

          • Oh! Matron! says:

            He appears to be in the majority, so…… And as for Allison Pearson: Worked for the Daily Mail too.

          • J says:

            I doubt too many would disagree with him.

          • John says:

            Andrew H sounds like an intelligent and sensible person to me, if you’re interested in anecdotal evidence from other HfP readers 😂

          • David says:

            I’d say it reflects quite well on his character. She’s a public person and this is very much the persona she creates for herself.

        • Char Char says:

          What exactly ?

          She seems to write a lot of articles that everyone else is too politically correct to even contemplate.

          • jj says:

            John, I’m sure that Andrew H is an intelligent and sensible person, which is why I suggested that he might want to reflect on a comment that was probably made in haste. For example, saying that Alison Pearson has written some truly awful things (although I have no idea what those things might be) would have been very different from saying that she is a truly awful human being.

            We really don’t need to be personally nasty to get a point across.

          • ken says:

            She has advocated internment in her words for “thousands of suspects”, meaning muslims.

            As well as being a gross abuse of state power it was proven to be counterproductive in Northern Ireland and would almost certainly be so again.

            Thick as mince, awful human being.

          • Char Char says:

            @ken you need to provide more context to validate the ‘awful’ remark

          • ken says:

            I’m not sure what more context there is to add.

            She advocated internment for thousands of (almost entirely) UK citizens in the UK on the basis of the terrorist attack in Manchester.

            We rightly excoriate regions round the world where this happens, yet she wants it to happen here.
            Internment everywhere always leads to torture of at least some of those detained.

            The thick bit comes from the fact that it would inevitably make the situation worse and be the best recruiting sergeant terrorism ever had.

    • Andrew says:

      I understand that ,”The Sunday Sport” along with its midweek counterpart are still available if you are looking for a politically neutral sports focussed newspaper.

      Haven’t seen an Amex offer for it though.

      • Andrew H says:

        The Sport has had some of the best front pages recently. They’ve really nailed this joke of a government on occasion.

    • Paul Pogba says:

      If ignorance is your thing you should check out the guardian.

      • David says:

        You could argue it takes a certain level of ignorance to even think such a thing 😀

    • Char Char says:

      Just because a person is not your cup of tea, you shouldn’t assume that everyone else agrees with you, I don’t see any bad things put out by Allison Pearson at all.

      • Ian says:

        You’re in the minority

      • David says:

        Oh dear, she appears to be a rather bitter, nasty and inflammatory individual based on what I’ve seen of her writing.

      • Andrew H says:

        I don’t assume that everyone agrees with me.

        What she says about Covid is wrong and dangerous

        What she says about immigration, well… finding much of what she writes about that as being obscene is not “political correctness”

        • Char Char says:

          Obviously not everything is going to be about ““political correctness”

          Perhaps her views of Covid are different to yours but I’d like to see them actually be proven wrong rather than being different to the majority and ‘selected’ data.

  • Roger says:

    Use local library card and avoid all subscription cost

    • John says:

      Or just get it free anyway using sites which are often linked from reddit.

    • Andrew H says:

      I like to subscribe to papers as someone has to pay for quality journalism…

      I used to subscribe to the Telegraph, then the Times, but they (especially the Telegraph) and me have moved in opposite directions. Maybe it’s just me though…

      Still get the Times through Apple News subscription.

  • Emma says:

    Did anyone get the free £200 spend in restaurant offer?

    • Rob says:

      Covered yesterday if you scroll down the home page.

    • L Allen says:

      Yes! I have a booking at Lyle’s in a couple of weeks so that’s a free dinner – perfect timing! I was hoping there’d be more choice than just the Ivy in Glasgow. There’s so many good restaurants up there.

  • Paul says:

    I am genuinely surprised at the negative views expressed on the Torygraph on HfP. But it is early in the day and it’s core readership won’t be awake for a few more hours😛

    • Andrew H says:

      Excellent point. And how many of its core readership have the internet?

      I used to subscribe to it.. but it’s just unreadable now. It’s the Mail but with longer words. Actually it’s worse than the Mail, as the Mail doesn’t pretend..

      My 89 year old Mum reads the Telegraph but takes the Mail “for balance”… (she doesn’t have the internet – I am her online shopping portal)

    • Mike says:

      I have just woken up – and I am a loyal Torygraph supporter. Real hard copy newspaper for me though rather some digital version

    • Susan says:

      HfP readers always strike me as intellectually curious, informed and well-intentioned. None of which are traits I now associate with the Telegraph.

      • John says:

        No UK paper, perhaps with the exception of the FT (with regards to finance only) possesses these traits

      • James says:

        +1

      • ThePenguin says:

        HFP readers always strike me as intolerant to the EXTREME just listen to the names they call people who refuse to think as they think!

    • Rob says:

      It is fundamentally poor though. I am a fan of The Times and Sunday Times, despite not being my thing politically, because they have huge budgets and it comes through in the content. They generally play down their political affiliations. Neither of these apply to the Telegraph.

      • Harry T says:

        The Telegraph is rubbish for most stuff – their opinion pieces are written by low IQ bigots/trolls for the most part – but they are usually at the level of precognition when it comes to travel news at the moment. The hotel reviews are pretty good too.

        Before anyone calls me a liberal, I also think the guardian has significantly deteriorated recently and they are just as biased and bigoted as the Telegraph.

        • ThePenguin says:

          “their opinion pieces are written by low IQ bigots/trolls” – Well, I think you have made it abundantly clear that you are not liberal at all!

  • TeesTraveller says:

    Just a word of warning, these newspaper subscriptions can be difficult to cancel. They normally involve calling up (no online cancellation) and a 15 minute discussion with a retentions team. Unsurprisingly, you don’t read about this in the press…

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Any print offers that can be used?

  • Colin says:

    Had the student ( legit university account). £25-£20 = £5 deal last year.. it was worth it ( ie worth 10p per week) but didn’t feel warranted much more. ( already have FT)

    They tried to renewal at £140 pa.

    Assume I Could easily setup using a different email as a new customer ( student deal is via a code) but when one card offered me £12 cash back I decided against it, but then the £20 deal dropped into Amex Business Gold., so tried . and the system didn’t like the card.

    • The Streets says:

      Where did it say that they will renew at £140? I have the telegraph student subscription from last year and in ‘My Account’ it says it will renew at the £25 rate. Now i just need to update the card details with another Amex holding this deal

      • Colin says:

        Yes I assumed the same but when I logged in to cancel
        “Colin, stay with us and save over 40%
        Keep your unlimited website access and daily digital newspaper, plus share a bonus subscription with a friend. Just £140 for the entire year, price increases thereafter.”

        Now perhaps it would have renewed at £25 but seems poor admin if their retention offer was +£115

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