Air France has launched a new cashback offer with American Express.
If you are targetted, you will see it in the ‘Offers’ section of the app or website on one or more of your cards. Remember to click ‘Save to Card’ to register
The deals offers £200 cashback when you spend £1,200 on the Air France website here by 28th October.
Unfortunately, the value is reduced due to three restrictions:
- you must depart from the UK
- you must book Air France flights
- you must book in Premium Economy or Business Class
This is frustrating, because:
- you can book Virgin Atlantic transatlantic flights via the Air France website, but it appears that these will not trigger the cashback
- Air France currently has some excellent deals out of Dublin (eg the £1,142 business class return to New York shown below) but it seems these won’t count either
Unlike most Amex offers, I don’t think you can ‘cheat’ this offer by booking a different airline or class. Airlines pass through detailed ticket information to American Express – you have probably seen it on your statements – so Amex can tell what you have bought.
(In general, you can ignore restrictions about what must be bought on an Amex cashback offer. For example, there was a recent £80 cashback deal for buying an iPhone 13. In reality this triggered on any Apple Store purchase above the £800 spend limit, as Rhys proved when he bought a new MacBook.)
That said, £200 isn’t to be sniffed at. The real value may be for those who live outside London – if you are getting the same price for booking Manchester – Paris – XXXXXX on Air France vs Manchester – London – XXXXXX on British Airways, I’d book the former and take the cashback.
Remember that you earn Virgin Points and Virgin Atlantic tier points on Air France if you credit them to a Virgin Flying Club account. This HfP article outlines what you earn in Virgin Flying Club when flying Air France and KLM.
You can search for fares on the Air France website here.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2022 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.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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
10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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.