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A rare American Express cashback offer at John Lewis

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For the first time, at least as far as I can remember, American Express has launched a cashback deal with John Lewis.

It isn’t hugely generous and, based on my cards, it is quite restricted, but it is an interesting development.

If one of your American Express cards is targetted for this offer, you will receive £10 back on a £100 John Lewis purchase made by 25th March.

John Lewis American Express cashback

The rules that it must be a one-off transaction, not cumulative.

If you are a regular Waitrose shopper, the easiest thing to do would be to pop into John Lewis and buy a £100 gift card. These can be used at Waitrose without any issues.

The offers appears restricted

John Lewis isn’t throwing a huge amount of money at this.

Only 20,000 American Express cardholders can register. I reckon only about 33% will actually end up redeeming, so the total cost to them is only £66,000.

Of the six Amex cards in our home (eight, including supplementaries), we only had it on one card – my Platinum.

Buying gift cards online may not work

Buying a £100 gift card in a John Lewis store is almost certain to trigger the £10 cashback.

This is not necessarily true if you buy online. Many retailers use third party companies to handle gift card sales. You may find that an online order is processed by an external party and it is their name that goes on your card statement, disqualifying your cashback.

You have until 23rd March to trigger the cashback if targetted.

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Comments (67)

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  • Eoc says:

    I have the Morrisons offer on numerous cards and have used it before successfully.
    I do t recall seeing this condition before tho. It sits halfway down the offer T&Cs.

    Offer excludes purchases of gift cards and vouchers.

    Hmm. Anybody had the offer actually track to their card on a purchase yet?

    • lumma says:

      It says that on pretty much every amex offer. But unless a store has a seperate way of processing gift cards, American Express don’t really have a way of knowing what you’ve purchased.

      The only real exception is when it’s a deal for an airline where the terms say “flight must depart from UK” or something like that as the flight details usually show up on your statement from Amex.

    • Points Hound says:

      Amex have no idea what you’re buying, they only know the amount.

      • Rui N. says:

        All card issuers get access to “level 3” data, so they do know what you bought. That’s why when you buy a BA flight with an Amex the route shows in your statement. They don’t use that information for offers (as far as we know), but they do have it.

        • Chrisasaurus says:

          That is level 3 data, but they don’t all have it be even the biggest stretch of the imagination

  • Mike says:

    I have it on my BA Premium Plus card

  • JimBurgessHill says:

    We have it on Plat and BA (including supplementaries).

  • alig4th says:

    Got it on 7 of the 11 across my family. There’s not a Morrisons anywhere near us, so £700 of Gift-Cards ahoy!

  • Paul says:

    Nothing on my card. Will try later but I do shop regularly at JL

  • The Original Nick says:

    I still have my £175 John Lewis gift card 😁

  • Cranzle says:

    John Lewis are evidently trying to increase sales. I have spend £150 get £15 off on the JL app a week or two ago. The most I’ve ever has prior to that is £5 off £50.

    • Andrew J says:

      Yes that was a good deal – and was combinable with their 15% off most fragrance and beauty which is still on. Shame the Amex offer didn’t coincide too.

    • Lady London says:

      If you sign up to their programme they have been offering some decent money off. I think I’ve had 20% off £100 a couple of times in recent months. More common are 10%’s and spend targets on one transaction ranging £200-£600.

      If you bring your home shop (not sure if any shop) 5 cosmetic emptied containers of any brand, they are giving £5 off a purchase in their Beauty/Cosmetics department. This one has been on for a few months and was recently reminded in their monthly email.

  • Alan says:

    Not on any of my cards (including Plat) although I do have 5% off at Morrisons on spend >£30 on all of them.

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