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News in brief:

American Express changes the rules over your £5 Deliveroo credits

In May, American Express added a new benefit for Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders, worth a potential £120 per year.

Preferred Rewards Gold cardholders will receive 2 x £5 Deliveroo statement credits per calendar month.

You need to register for this benefit, but only once. After your initial registration, you will receive the 2 x £5 monthly Deliveroo credits without any further registration required. The deal is guaranteed to run until at least mid 2023.

You can opt in to this new benefit via the ‘Offers’ tab of your online Amex statement page or in the American Express app.

There is minimal small print – the credit won’t roll over from month to month if unused, and the offer only applies to primary cards, not supplementaries.

What has changed?

Without any notice, American Express has changed the rules of the promotion. There is now a £5 minimum spend required to trigger the cashback.

You may think this makes no difference, given Deliveroo’s pricing, but it does. Many HfP readers were using the credit to pay their £3.49 subscription to Deliveroo Plus. This was triggering the £5 cashback, so you made a small monthly profit as well as getting free delivery on orders of £25+.

If you signed up for Deliveroo Plus purely to use up one of your £5 credits, you should cancel.

The good news is that Deliveroo is offering 12 months of Deliveroo Plus absolutely free to Amazon Prime members. You can sign up via the Deliveroo app – I was offered the deal as soon as I cancelled my paid membership – or by clicking here.

Darjeeling Express biryani

Join Marriott Bonvoy for a meal at Darjeeling Express

Marriott Bonvoy Moments is hosting an event at Darjeeling Express, the critically acclaimed Indian restaurant on Garrick Street in London’s West End.

The event, held between 1pm and 4pm on Sunday 5th December, will be in three parts:

  • A champagne reception
  • Chef Asma Khan will do a cooking demonstration for all guests
  • A ‘Biryani Supper Club’ meal will follow, served ‘dawaat’ style with wine pairings

The menu you will receive is here.

The current Michelin Guide review is:

“Darjeeling Express is the definition of honest, traditional Indian food. Conjuring the ambience of a home-cooked dinner enjoyed with your nearest and dearest, the all-women kitchen team at Darjeeling Express lovingly create a multitude of flavours and textures served on sharing platters, with recipes drawing influence from the length and breadth of India.”

Marriott Bonvoy is auctioning eight pairs of tickets, with starting bids of 50,000 Marriott Bonvoy points for two people.

These ‘Supper Club’ events typically cost £95 per person with drinks and service on top. You are looking at around £300 of value, plus whatever extra benefit you put on the champagne reception and cooking demonstration.

Because all attendees will be Bonvoy members, it will also be a different atmosphere compared to booking yourself in at random for one of these ‘shared table’ events.

You can bid for tickets here. Attendees must be at least 21 years old.

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