Potentially taking a leaf from Marriott’s ‘Week of Wonders’ promotions – which don’t seem to be returning this year – American Express UK is running its first ‘Member Week’ next week.
It runs from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd October.
Whilst not all of the offers will be interesting to you, the £75 travel discount does offer genuine value.
Here is what you can expect. Note that registration MAY be required for some of these offers.
Save £75 on a £300 booking at Amex Travel
This is one which I think will be of most value.
Any (TBC) Amex cardholder spending £300 on a pre-paid product at American Express Travel will receive £75 cashback.
It isn’t clear if this is once per card or once per cardholder. If the former, you would be able to split a long hotel stay or multiple flight bookings up and receive £75 back each time, assuming you had multiple American Express cards.
Got a Platinum card? There will be special offers on selected Fine Hotels & Resorts hotels, offering an extra free night or an extra property credit. I assume these would stack with the £75 credit if prepaid.
Got a Gold or Platinum card? Similar deals will run with The Hotel Collection.
Other Member Week offers include ….
You will be able to enter a range of competitions all week to win tickets to see Little Simz and Amex Gold Unsigned, plus ice skating packages at Somerset House and tickets for Wimbledon, the National Theatre, BST Hyde Park, All Points East and Brighton & Hove Albion football games.
A Membership Rewards competition to potentially avoid
300 members who use ‘Pay with Points’ to cover the cost of a purchase on their Membership Rewards-earning Amex card next week will win 30,000 Membership Rewards points.
As ‘Pay with Points’ gets you a terrible 0.45p per Membership Rewards points, the small chance of winning isn’t worth the loss of value on your points in my view. Potentially, if you bought something for £1 or so next week, you could cover the cost of that with points if you wanted to enter. You will need to register for the competition in advance.
A Bose deal
You will receive 25% off (up to £50) any online purchase from Bose next week.
You can find out more about Member Week on this page of the American Express website.
We’ll remind you about the Amex Travel deal when we have the full T&C but you may want to think about any £300 travel purchases you could bring forward to next week. Remember that any hotels booked via Amex Travel do NOT earn hotel loyalty points or status benefits so it’s not a no-brainer at branded properties.
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.