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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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You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

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If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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Comments (68)

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  • Truth Truth says:

    Is an additional cardholder able to use this offer if the main cardholder has already done so?

    • Rob says:

      Yes IF the supplementary cardholder also has it showing on their offers (other readers have told me that supps DO see it) and you pay with the supp card for the 2nd ticket.

  • JPa says:

    Last time I got an instant email (within the free 24 hour cancellation period), if you get the email you can be pretty sure it will work. But not getting an email doesn’t often mean these sort of offers will not work…

  • zapato1060 says:

    Does United fly East from the UK?

  • Ron says:

    What I did last time was to book a ticket that is just above £500 (to trigger the cash back on the first card), turn it into a travel voucher through a cancellation, then book an itinerary that costs around £1.1k, apply the voucher, then pay the remainder using a different Amex that has the same offer

  • Mainline421 says:

    I’m guessing if this doesn’t show in offers on the Amex app then I’m not eligible? Got Amex gold so not linked to any airline.

  • James says:

    Hi – would someone be able to clarify the situation regarding flights leaving UK?

    I.e flight out of UK cost £300 and return flight cost £250 (total cost 550) I assume this wouldn’t be illegible as I’ve not spent £500 on a flight departing the UK?


    • Rob says:

      No, if you book a return flight costing £500 IN TOTAL then you’re ok.

  • Fifou says:

    Is it on specific cards only? (apart from the obvious BA Amex being excluded)
    I’ve got both a Gold and a ICC Platinum, and none of them show this offer.

  • JPa says:

    Oddly this is on every card I have apart from BA. Last time it ran last year it was only on a couple of cards.

    • zapato1060 says:

      It wouldn’t be on BA, like Pepsi handing out Coke coupons.

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