American Express is throwing out travel-based cashback offers from all directions this week. The latest two deals offer £100 back if you can put your spending in the right place.
For American Express Business cardholders …..
This one only seems to have appeared for Business cardholders, but let’s see.
Holders of Business Platinum and Business Gold are being offered £100 cashback on a £400 spend with American Express Travel.
The offer runs to 22nd November.
This offer probably works best for flight bookings, because hotels booked via American Express Travel are treated as third party bookings and do not qualify for status benefits or loyalty points.
There is one upside. As we wrote here, American Express Travel now allows you to pre-pay American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts bookings. This would allow you to combine the strong benefits of an FHR stay with the £100 cashback.
(Pre-paying your FHR booking may disqualify you from status benefits and loyalty points, although you will get these if an FHR booking is paid at the hotel. Most FHR hotels are not part of major loyalty programmes, however. FHR is only a benefit for Business Platinum cardholders, not Business Gold.)
I have never used an American Express Travel cashback offer because of the issues over status benefits, but now that FHR is included I might be able to do something with this one.
For everyone else …..
Last week saw the offer of £50 cashback on a £200 cumulative spend. These are mainly mid-range properties, although the list also includes the University Arm in Cambridge and the Sheraton Grand on Park Lane in London.
A new ‘luxury’ offer has now appeared.
You will receive £100 cashback when you spend £400 in selected upscale Marriott Bonvoy hotels across the UK and continental Europe. UK hotels include Turnberry and The Langley. Ignore The Westbury which is closed for refurbishment and indeed recently auctioned off all of its furnishings ….
It runs to 28th February.
There are a lot of great hotels here, including the iconic Venice ones, so you may be able to squeeze in a decent Autumn break. £400 won’t necessarily get you far at these places but if you have the offer on multiple Amex cards you could split the bill at check-out and trigger multiple bonuses.
If you ARE booking any Marriott properties on this list, do drop a note to our hotel booking partner Emyr Thomas via this page. He can get you added benefits – including free breakfast, a food and drink credit and an upgrade – via the STARS and Luminous programmes runs by Marriott for luxury travel agents. You will pay the same as the flexible rate shown online and you pay at the hotel as usual so there’s nothing to lose.
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.