American Express is currently running a very generous offer for holders of The Platinum Card.
All cardholders have been given £200 to spend at any of the restaurants on this list. Even more generously, Amex has – so far – been giving the credit to new Platinum cardholders too. This could change, but so far so good for HfP readers who applied after 1st September when this deal launched.
If you haven’t used your credit yet, be aware that the list of participating restaurants is NOT fixed.
Core by Clare Smyth, which has three Michelin stars and was one of the highest profile restaurants on the list, has quietly disappeared. Reader Anthony had a booking here and rang Amex when he spotted this, and they confirmed that it has been removed.
Given that visiting Core generally requires a booking well in advance, this seems unreasonable. I would assume that the majority of cardholders who book this offer do not keep checking back to ensure that the list is unchanged.
It isn’t clear why this happened, but Core is very popular and very small and appears to be virtually full between now and Christmas. If it has been removed due to limited availability, we may see other restaurants also disappearing as we head into December.
The lesson here is that you should double-check the restaurants taking part in this offer on the day you are planning to visit.
UPDATE: Since this article was published, American Express has confirmed to HfP that they will honour the £200 cashback even if a property is removed from the website.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – November 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our November 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the top current deals:
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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: