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ENDS SOON: Use your £50 of Harvey Nichols credit from Amex Platinum by 30th June

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If you have an American Express Platinum card, an interesting new benefit was added to your card in January.

You will receive £100 per year to spend at Harvey Nichols stores.

This offer is valid instore and online (click here) and includes selected store restaurants.

Amex has signed a three year deal with Harvey Nichols, meaning that you are guaranteed to receive the credit in 2022, 2023 and 2024 if you retain your Platinum card.

Your credit arrives in two £50 chunks. You will receive £50 back on your Harvey Nichols purchases between January and June, and £50 back between July and December.

The credit is only available on primary cards and not supplementary cards. Spending by a supplementary cardholder will not trigger the cashback on the primary card, according to the small print.

If you haven’t already used your first £50 credit, you need to do so by 30th June. You can’t carry unspent credit over from one half year to the next.

You must opt in to this benefit

This is NOT an automatic offer.

You must visit the American Express website or app, go to your Platinum account page, find the offer and click ‘Save to Card’.

Where can I use my £100 Harvey Nichols credit?

Harvey Nichols currently has UK stores in London, Leeds, Bristol, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester and Liverpool.

The Oxo Tower restaurant in London is also included in the deal as is Zelman Meats, Burger & Lobster and Madhu’s 2 Go in the Knightsbridge store. All Harvey Nichols-branded restaurants are included.

Note that “HN@HOME (OXO at home, Leeds at home and Edinburgh at home)” is excluded, as are purchases from the Oxo Tower restaurant’s website.

If you don’t live near a store, your best bet is probably a purchase of cosmetics or wine from the website. The cosmetics section is here and the ‘food and wine’ section is here.

(The website is currently offering ‘a complimentary Hair & Body Gift Set when you spend over £75 across two or more Beauty products’.)

There is also a ‘gifts’ section here which may be more relevant for a one-off purchase at around the £50 mark.

Sign up to Harvey Nichols rewards before you shop

By coincidence, Harvey Nichols has launched a brand new loyalty scheme called Harvey Nichols Rewards at the same time as launching the Platinum offer. You would be silly not to sign up to this, because you will get extra savings and rewards which will make your £50 credit every six months go further.

The new scheme is very similar to Harrods Rewards, with some extra upside. You can sign up on the Harvey Nichols website here.

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How does Harvey Nichols Rewards work?

There are two ways you benefit.

Get cashback on your spending in Harvey Nichols

Whenever you make a purchase in Harvey Nichols, online or instore, Rewards members will receive a cashback credit.

This starts at 1%. It then steps up based on your annual spend:

  • Spend £500 and receive 2% going forward
  • Spend £2,000 and receive 3% going forward
  • Spend £5,000 and receive 4% going forward
  • Spend £10,000 and receive 5% going forward

Your higher level kicks in as soon as you reach the spending threshold, and continues for the rest of the current year and all of the following year.

You can see your current level of accumulated cashback in the Harvey Nichols app or on the website. It can be redeemed on your next purchase, either instore or online. As far as I can tell, there is no minimum level of cashback required before you can redeem.

Note that you will receive £1.50 of additional cashback credit for fully completing your profile after registration. Well, I did, so I guess you will too.

Get additional discounts in selected categories

For small spenders, this is where you will benefit the most from Harvey Nichols Rewards.

As a member, you can select annual benefits from the following list. The number of benefits you select depends on your status – new members can just select one.

Once you have picked a benefit, it is fixed for the rest of the year.

Here are your options – remember that you are restricted to one choice as a base level member, but for most benefits you can use them as many times as you want during the year:

  • 10% off own-label food, wine and hampers
  • free drink in-store
  • 4 x double points booster
  • ‘Kids eat free’ (up to 12 years)
  • birthday gift
  • early access pass for sales and other events
  • 10% off in selected bars and restaurants
  • 10% off beauty treatments and grooming

The Harvey Nichols Rewards website shows other benefits but they are restricted to higher tier members of the programme. The ones I have listed above are open to all.

(Some of the restricted ones are very generous. A Level 5 members can pick a six-course meal for two at the Oxo Tower restaurant, for example.)

If you don’t live near a Harvey Nichols store and will be redeeming your £50 credits online, I assume that the ‘10% off own-label food and wine’ option will be most valuable. This will save you £5 on each £50 spend, whilst ‘double points’ will only get you an extra 50p back per £50.

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Get 30,000 points with The Platinum Card

If this offer tips you over into getting The Platinum Card, you can find our more in our review here.

The card currently comes with a 30,000 Membership Rewards points bonus, which converts into 30,000 Avios amongst other things.

The £100 per year of Harvey Nichols credit sits alongside the £120 per year of Addison Lee taxi credit as a ‘pseudo cash’ benefit. Other benefits include travel insurance, 2 x Priority Pass airport lounge access cards (good for a family of four), Eurostar lounge access, the impressive Fine Hotels & Resorts hotel booking programme and full car rental insurance. You can find out more here.

If you find the card isn’t for you, you can cancel at any point for a pro-rata fee refund.

If you apply now, you will have plenty of time to cash in your £50 of Harvey Nichols credit for January to June before 30th June. On 1st July, your credit resets and you can claim another £50 of free stuff.

You can apply for The Platinum Card here.

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Comments (53)

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  • Mmmbop says:

    This was part of my justification for getting the card but it has never appeared in my offers? Is it valid on new applications?

    I’ve checked saved offers and it isn’t in there either.

  • Bill says:

    Ask them on Live chat to add it.

  • DTR says:

    Addison Lee no longer a realistic benefit for me in west London. Still no drivers whenever I try

    • Alan says:

      Ah I didn’t realise that was a recurrent issue. Noticed it last week, despite there being loads of black cabs about. Was going to be the first time I got to use the benefit in 2 years too!

      • Roy says:

        I think it’s a general problem in the minicab industry – not confined to AdLee, or even to London.

        During the pandemic, a lot of cab drivers got jobs as delivery drivers, and many haven’t returned to the trade.

        There was also a shortage of black cabs, but that was more down to a lack of actual cabs than a lack of drivers – maybe that has got better?

        • Brian says:

          Uber was always fine in Manchester and Leeds even when it was difficult to get one in London (no idea if it still is)

      • Roy says:

        Oh, and expect it to get worse, for both minicabs and black cabs. Fuel costs have skyrocketed, but the fares they can charge are capped.

        • Brian says:

          The pound being rubbish against the dollar isn’t helping fuel costs as oil is priced in dollars. $1.25 versus around $1.50/$1.60 in the first half of the 2010s

        • Ken says:

          Mini cab (private hire) prices aren’t capped normally.

        • Rob says:

          Experience in London over 20 years is that minicab drivers are very good at pushing for fare increases as soon as fuel goes up but, of course, are unwilling to see those fares cut when fuel prices fall. Cabs are only used by the fairly wealthy in London.

          • Brian says:

            Why would they pass on lower fuel costs to the customer?

            Unless there’s general deflation in the economy, the cost of their bills etc will be going up, even if fuel costs go down.

            If they’re only used by the fairly wealthy then demand is in elastic.

          • Rob says:

            TfL sets black cab fares. That said, cab drivers have become far less militant since Uber arrived – I doubt you’d ever see a strike now.

            Demand is elastic because I can get a Mercedes from Uber Exec for the price of a black cab. It is only the ability to use bus lanes that gives black cabs any advantage.

          • Brian says:

            “ I can get a Mercedes from Uber Exec for the price of a black cab”

            That’s an irrelevant example because if you’re a regular Uber user you’re always going to use Uber because it’s more convenient and you’re not going to waste time comparing the price to a black cab

            People who use Uber aren’t using it instead of black cabs, because they’ve always been a rip off, they’re using it instead of another form of transport

          • Rob says:

            Black cabs are not necessarily a rip off per se. Most professional jobs don’t require you to study for as long as a black cab driver needs to study and neither do they insist you pay £55,000 every five years or so to pay for your ‘office’.

  • Neil says:

    What’s best value purchase for general purpose gifting just above £50?

    • Rob says:

      Bottle of champagne usually does the job, or perhaps some HN-branded food products.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Doesn’t appear on Business Platinum – shame, I was going to buy wine as a corporate gift!

  • Mr Sound says:

    I only got £1 credit for signing up but I wasn’t expecting it anyway. I suppose it took £1 off the delivery of my £50 swimming trunks for my holiday. I would never normally spend that much but these only cost me £4.

  • Oli says:

    Is it possible to buy a HN gift card and use it at the Oxo Tower?

    • Rob says:

      Good question. I would lean towards yes although I’m sure the small print is out there.

      • Roy says:

        Small print says:

        Benefit excludes purchases of gift cards and vouchers.

        • Rob says:

          This is because, if you buy a gift card online, it is processed by a third party and so won’t trigger it.

          Go into the shop and you’re fine.

      • Oli says:

        I’ve just called the Oxo Tower restaurant – they accept HN gift cards. When booking a table, you need to let them know you have a gift card.

        The person also told me that gift card sold on the Oxo Tower website are processed by a third party. So only the HN gift card route works.

        • Oli says:

          They do not sell Oxo Tower gift card in the restaurant (only online, processed by the 3rd party).

        • Rob says:

          Sinead and Rhys were in there for lunch today, they could have checked for you 🙂

  • Andy says:

    My HN credit from March hasn’t arrived yet. I spent it at Zelman Meats and Amex said it could take 20 weeks to credit.

    • Colin_Thames says:

      The T&Cs say it may take up to 150 days to credit. Quite why it should take that long is anyone’s guess.
      Previous cash back offers on my Gold card have taken a couple of days. I’d have hoped that a hefty fee on Plat would mean amazing service and speed. Not so.
      Grump over.

      • Deb20 says:

        Similar situation, used in March, had to chase Amex three times. Finally received credit last Friday, so it took approximately 90 days.

        Also had a similar issue with offers at Harrods and John Lewis, took about the same amount of time for the credits to appear.

        Never happened before as far as I can remember.

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