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Save £75 on a £300 travel purchase during American Express Member Week

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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.

American Express Member Week

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.

American Express Member Week

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:

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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Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (62)

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  • Sun7 says:

    Booked on 12th night on Amex travel 🙁 poor timing I guess

  • AllanB says:

    Can this be used for a return Brittany Ferries crossing?

  • AS says:

    Am I correct in thinking that you can no longer (could you ever?) book cash Eurostar tickets via Amex travel?

    As opposed to booking them with MR points which I know you still can.

    • Lady London says:

      Didn’t someone mention it’s (for now) possible to book Eurostar tickets via Uber? I wonder how that appears on statement, presumably as a train

  • James says:

    For all those asking if the platinum spend £300 get £100 back with Amex Travel works on flights it does, i used it last week, booked a £400 flight on Amex Travel and the £100 credit showed on my statement about 4 days later so it does work on flights.

    • peckishpassport says:

      YMMV as I was declined the credit even though the offer triggered and I received an email notification.

  • Karl says:

    Virgin Atlantic, trying to lose customers?

    • Jonathan says:

      They already do that with their network being very centred on the U.S.

      Plus they’ve only a couple of days ago had to cancel flights to Tel Aviv for the foreseeable future… hardly very surprising at all to be fair

  • Dave says:

    Any idea if this will be cumulative or a one off spend needed?

  • Mike says:

    Got the email but chat are saying just wait and they are investigating, yet this happens every time they do something like this, it’s not a one off.

    They are putting the fee up, yet outsource, offshore, and cutting costs all over, so hard to justify the increase next year.

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