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Generous new £250 United Airlines cashback offer on American Express cards

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An impressively generous new cashback offer has appeared on American Express cards thanks to United Airlines. It is a re-run of an offer that ran twice last year.

You will get £250 back when you spend £500 with United Airlines – a 50% rebate if you find a ticket priced at exactly £500.

United Airlines American Express offer

The rules say that you need to book a flight by 24th May which is departing from the UK. I am guessing that non-UK departures may divert you a different version of the United website which is why this rule is in place. It appears there is no ‘travel by’ deadline so you can book right into next March.

Remember that you can earn Avios on United Airlines flights when you credit them to an Aer Lingus AerClub account. You can then use the ‘Combine My Avios’ functionality online to move them to your British Airways Executive Club account. You will not earn any tier points, however.

Alternatively, as a Star Alliance member, you can credit your flight to any of their frequent flyer schemes. Whilst United MileagePlus or Lufthansa Miles & More are obvious options, SAS EuroBonus and Singapore Airlines KrisFlyer have the benefit of being American Express Membership Rewards transfer partners if you need to top up your account.

(The HfP article looks at the best way to earn Star Alliance miles from UK credit cards. This article looks specifically at how to earn United Airlines miles from UK credit cards.)

£500 should be enough to get you an economy flight to the US – albeit in ‘Basic Economy’ which is frill-free – and £250 would represent a chunky saving.

If you are booking for two of you, see if you have the offer on another Amex cards, or on the supplementary card to your main card. You can then book both tickets separately.

As usual, you need to check the ‘Offers’ section on the Amex website or in the app for each American Express card you own, and then click ‘Save To Card’ to register if you can see the deal.

Only 20,000 registrations will be allowed, so if you think you may be able to make use of this offer I would register now.

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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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

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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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard is doubled to 30,000 Virgin Points if you apply by 2nd October. You receive 15,000 Virgin Points with your first purchase and a further 15,000 points if you spend £3,000 within 90 days. Apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 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 a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

30,000 bonus points (SPECIAL OFFER TO 2ND OCTOBER) 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (68)

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  • LewisB says:

    Not got it this time but I did use this offer twice before. On the second occasion United had to pay me £520 in compensation, two nights hotel in Denver, food vouchers, taxi vouchers and I requested a refund for my return and flew home on BA. I found a ticket close to £500 and all. Must’ve cost them a few quid!

  • James says:

    Is it possible to transfer amex points to united airlines (indirectly)

    • Blair Waldorf Salad says:

      Via Marriott. And with the Marriott-United partnership, some elites can do the transfer at a preferential rate.

    • Rob says:

      Via Marriott, yes

  • BajiNahid says:

    If only other airlines were this generous, looking at you BA…

    Albeit, this is a great offer and I have availed this on all cards! cant complain at all!

    • BajiNahid says:

      Plus great choice of routes from EDI and accessible to say the least!

    • jjoohhnn says:

      BA might do such offers, but it wouldn’t be in their home market where they are dominant.

  • Mike says:

    This has not appeared on either of my two Amex cards. Any ideas why not? I have never used an offer like this before.

  • Thywillbedone says:

    Given the offer has been run in the past, did anyone get it to trigger for non-UK departures? I imagine the rules are the rules but wanted to ask as I have some internal US travel coming up…

    • memesweeper says:

      Amex had a deep relationship with airlines and they know exactly what ticket(s) you bought. Naturally a mistake could occur, or have occurred, but there’s unlikely to be a way to work around the T&Cs on what qualities. This is in stark contrast to the same types of Amex offer for bricks-and-mortar retailers.

      • memesweeper says:

        qualities -> qualifies

      • Rob says:

        Agreed. Normally I say ‘ignore the rules’ but not with flight tickets.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        100% agree. Usually flights need to be exactly as per the rules.

        If only you could get vouchers like 2020/1

    • Andrew J says:

      And being charged in non- GBP currency would likely not trigger the offer.

  • James says:

    Does it have to be spent on a UA flight or could it be spent on a partner airline via UA’s website ?
    Not fussed about another US trip (or that direction) at the moment.

  • JJ58 says:

    Just checked the “offers” page on my BA Amex and the offer doesn’t show.

  • Richmod_Surrey says:

    Great, added it to my cards. I got $150 voucher after flight delay, so will be able to top up with it.

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