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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 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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  • John says:

    A subscription would still be overpriced at £5.

  • Oliver says:

    I’d rather not give any money to the torygraph

  • G says:

    Would rather this newspaper and it’s outdated die out than it get any of my money. I assume circulation is declining steadily (if it were rising they wouldn’t have stopped publishing figures last year), so shouldn’t be too long…

  • Freddy says:

    Geniune question – what do you sophisticated readers read for your daily news?

    • J says:

      The FT stands alone these days.

      • John says:

        +1 for FT.

        Honourable mention for a new weekly, Byline Times.

      • Andrew H says:

        Agree, the FT is probably the best. Interesting that one of the few decent commentators at the Telegraph, Peter Foster, is now at the FT. I guess he didn’t fit in, not toeing the Brexit party line at the Telegraph – some of the rubbish they come out with now about Brexit wouldn’t be out of place in the Express – the paper that claims “EU on the brink” almost weekly.

        Managed to get 50% off FT recently, but missed the money off Amex offer…

        Also read Guardian, Times and NYT. Follow most papers on twitter so see their headlines pop up…

    • Cats are best says:

      International New York Times (successor to the Herald Trib)

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        +1 for NYT. Obviously they lean left but their non-politics articles are very good.

    • TimM says:

      In the UK there are two first-class bastions of journalism: the FT and the Guardian. They lean different ways but both remain brutally truthful and informative. The Guardian online remains free and I check it several times a day.

      • Rhys says:

        The Guardian can write some utter junk these days too, though. It’s my main paper but even I sometimes wonder what they’re smoking…

        • Jan M says:

          Completely agree. That stupid alpaca saga shows the utter bankruptcy of the UK press. The FT exempted.

      • Paul Pogba says:

        The Guardian has been increasingly awful since Rusbridger left. I used to buy it in print from before I left school and read it religiously online until a few years ago but it’s become a left wing Daily Mail. It’s hysterical and detached from reality.

        The best content now is on Substack.

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        Lol, one panders to remain supporters trashing uk wherever possible while the other is dipping it’s toes in extreme left wing agenda.

      • ken says:

        I like the Guardian but its journalists have been decimated in the last 3 years (actually more like triple decimated).

        The economics editor, Larry Elliott, is a marxist barmpot.

    • Mike says:

      Daily Telegraph

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      The Times and Sunday Times are much more credible organs

    • WaynedP says:

      If by “sophisticated” you mean poor souls genuinely trying to discern truly sensible commentary in a post-truth society, then I would hazard a guess that most look to several sources for their current affairs, recognising that every publication has its own bias to some degree.

      Personally, L’Osservatore Romano helps to keep me sane – the only daily periodical I know of that celebrates diversity of personal opinion in its masthead.

    • Harry T says:

      The FT and the Economist. I also read the NY Times – liberal bias but they do their research and produce quality journalism.

    • ThePenguin says:

      The Guardian and only the Guardian all day long!

  • Chris K says:

    Good morning Comrades!

    How heartening it is to read your comments this morning. I, too, had been sitting in the First Wing on a Tier Point run contemplating the best way to overthrow Bourgois capitalism and fight the climate crisis.

    Not using a Telegraph offer on your Amex card is inspired.

  • L Allen says:

    I subscribe to the Grauniad and the Torygraph as I like to see different perspectives on the same stories. What annoys me most about the TG is their nagging to share my subscription. They must be desperate for readers.

  • RussellH says:

    When I saw the headline I was hoping for something similar to the Deliveroo Charity deal written up a couple of months ago: maybe pay the Grope (as one of my mother’s colleagues always used to call it) £25 to fund the Trussell Trust and get £20 refunded.
    I have not seen a copy of the Grope for nearly 4(?) years now, and it was dire.
    Nothing like how it was in the 1960s and 1970s when you could be pretty certain that its non-political reporting would be some of the best to be found anywhere.

  • James says:

    It could be free and I still wouldn’t go near it. Whilst I didn’t agree with a lot of its politics in the past, it was once a vaguely credible newspaper. It’s now a brexit comic book, devoid of any serious reporting – just little Englander xenophobia.

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