You can register for these on the American Express website or in the app. It will be under the ‘Offers’ tab and you need to click ‘Save’ to register.
These offers do not start until 1st October.
As you can see here:
…. the 1st October start date is not made clear unless you read the small print. You may potentially want to hold back some major expenditure for a couple of weeks if you can in order for it to count.
What sort of bonuses are on offer?
They vary by individual.
My wife’s Gold card, as you can see above, offers 1,900 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending £3,700. It won’t be happening.
My Platinum card has a totally different offer:
Yes, a whopping 200 points for spending a whopping £300. In fairness, at least I will trigger this one. I won’t be trying to do £3,700 in a month onto my wife’s Gold card and I’m not sure why Amex thinks I possibly could.
Meanwhile, Rhys got 2,500 bonus Membership Rewards points for spending £2,500 on his American Express Rewards Credit Card (ARCC). It seems rare to get one this generous.
Don’t incur any costs to hit these bonuses
Looking at my own targets as well as those of other HfP readers, it seems that most people are getting, roughly, an extra 0.5 to 0.66 Membership Rewards points per £1 spent.
The worst I have seen reported by a reader is 1,800 points for spending £7,000.
This may not even be enough to make the card a better choice than something else in your wallet.
More importantly, do NOT spend money abroad purely to ensure you hit your target. There is no way that the 3% foreign exchange fee added by American Express justifies the small number of bonus points.
I DID recently put a large holiday bill onto my British Airways American Express card, but the maths was totally different. I was offered 10,000 Avios for spending £5,000 which, with the base Avios, was worth 17,500 Avios for a £5,000 spend. I was happy to pay the FX fee on this basis.
An extra fraction of a Membership Rewards point, on the other hand, won’t do the trick.
You can register for this offer on the Amex website. Don’t forget that it doesn’t start to count your spending until 1st October.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2024 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.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
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.
Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.
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
40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points 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:
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
American Express Business Platinum
Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year 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.