Two of our favourite American Express cashback offers are back. Both are better than ever as the travel market starts to weaken for the first time in 18 months.
As usual, you need to check the offers tab of the American Express app or website for EACH card you own. You should also check supplementary cards. You need to click ‘Save to Card’ to complete your registration. The offer will disappear when the registration target is hit.
Offer 1 – Hilton
The new Hilton offer has two variants depending on where you find it.
On Membership Rewards cards, it is:
- spend £200 cumulatively by 22nd December, receive 9,000 Membership Rewards points
On other cards it is less generous:
- spend £200 cumulatively by 22nd December, receive £50 cashback
The first version is startlingly good. 9,000 Membership Rewards points would convert to 9,000 Avios. I average 1.2p per Avios redeemed, so I’m getting (assuming I converted them to £108-worth of Avios) 54% back on my £200.
This is before I factor in the Hilton Honors points I’d receive from the stay on top.
Even in the very worse case scenario – you convert 9,000 Membership Rewards points to 9,000 Avios and convert them into 12,000 Nectar points – you’d be getting £60 of value back on your £200 spend. If you take the ‘finger in the air’ 1p per Avios valuation (£90) you’re getting 45% back.
The list of participating hotels is here. Don’t miss the five new openings which are randomly stuck on the end of the last page!
It covers selected Hilton properties in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.
Don’t forget the current Hilton Honors promotion
This offer will stack with the new Hilton Honors bonus points promotion.
Hilton Honors is offering double or triple base points, depending on the city you are staying in, on every stay between 6th September and 31st December.
Offer 2 – United Airlines
With good timing, given that we’ve just run a six part review series on United Airlines, a cashback offer is back.
This is quite rare – neither my wife or I have it across all of our combined cards, and only 15,000 registrations will be accepted – but it is out there.
You will receive £350 cashback when you spend £700 with United Airlines by 26th October.
Flights must depart from the UK. This is easy for Amex to verify since, for flight purchases, it receives full details of the route and ticket class as you will have seen from your card statements.
United has 23 flights a day from London Heathrow to San Francisco, LA, Denver, Houston, Chicago, Washington DC, Newark and Boston.
During the upcoming winter season (end of October to the end of March) the only regional route operating is Edinburgh to New York Newark.
Our review of United Airlines Premium Plus (premium economy) is here, and see the image above.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can 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 – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points 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:
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
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.