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This page contains the UK’s only comprehensive and regularly updated guide to small business credit and charge cards offering air miles or hotel loyalty points.

If you are looking for a personal credit card for private use, visit our directory of the best airline and hotel personal credit card deals here.

How many small business cards offer travel rewards?

There are only four cards on the market which offer travel rewards to small businesses and sole traders.

If you want a Visa or Mastercard, you have only one choice – the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card. This is good value, with a sign-up bonus which converts to 10,000 Avios and points worth 1 Avios per £1 spent. The annual fee is £99. Head for Points readers get a higher sign-up bonus of 10,500 points.

There are three American Express options. American Express Business Gold is the only card which is free for the first year and comes with a generous bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points. These convert 1:1 to Avios or other airline miles.

Here are your options:

American Express Membership Rewards cards:

American Express Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Avios, Virgin Flying Club and various other loyalty programmes

American Express Business Gold

Bonus: 20,000 Membership Rewards points

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Other information:

  • Annual fee: Free for the first year, £175 from Year 2
  • Points transfer at 1:1 into Avios, Virgin Points and other airline schemes

This is a charge card, not a credit card. You must clear your balance in full each month.  Annual fee £175 from Year 2, free in Year 1.

See if you qualify for the 20,000 points sign-up bonus +

You will receive 20,000 American Express Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus on the American Express Business Gold card if you spend £3,000 within 90 days.

Membership Rewards points are hugely flexible.  You can transfer them into Avios, Virgin Flying Club or other airlines (at 1:1) or into various hotels schemes, into Club Eurostar or use them for shopping vouchers.

To qualify for the bonus, you must NOT, currently or in the previous six months, have held any other American Express card which earns Membership Rewards points.  This includes Business or personal Gold, Business or personal Platinum and the personal American Express Rewards credit card.

You are OK if you had a supplementary card on someone else’s American Express account.

You are OK if the only American Express card you have had in the previous six months was a British Airways, Marriott Bonvoy, Nectar, Platinum Cashback or Harrods American Express card.

For clarity, you can still apply for the American Express Business Gold card even if you do not qualify for the bonus.  You would still benefit from the ‘no fee in Year 1’ offer.

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You receive £100 of Dell statement credit per calendar year.  This is made available in two parts.  You receive a £50 credit on Dell purchases made between January and June and a £50 credit on Dell purchases made between July and December.  There is no minimum spend requirement.

You can apply for supplementary Amex business cards for your employees at no extra cost.

You will receive one consolidated statement showing the spend on your card and all of the supplementary cards.  All of the Membership Rewards points earned on the supplementary cards will flow into your personal account.

Depending on when in your monthly cycle you make a payment, you will effectively receive up to 54 days free credit on your spending.

American Express statements provide more underlying transaction detail for flights and certain other transactions than Visa or Mastercard statements, making it easier to reconcile transactions.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

Bonus: 40,000 Membership Rewards points

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Other information:

  • Two Priority Pass cards, each allowing two people into 1,300 airport lounges
  • Elite status in four major hotel loyalty programmes
  • Comprehensive travel insurance
  • Annual fee: £595

This is a charge card, not a credit card. You must clear your balance in full each month.  Annual fee £595.

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You will receive 40,000 American Express Membership Rewards points as a sign-up bonus on the American Express Business Platinum card if you spend £6,000 within 90 days.

Membership Rewards points are hugely flexible.  You can transfer them into Avios, Virgin Flying Club or other airlines (at 1:1) or into various hotels schemes, into Club Eurostar or use them for shopping vouchers.

To qualify for the bonus, you must NOT, currently or in the previous six months, have held any other American Express card which earns Membership Rewards points.  This includes Business or personal Gold, Business or personal Platinum and the personal American Express Rewards credit card.

You are OK if you had a supplementary card on someone else’s American Express account.

You are OK if the only American Express card you have had in the previous six months was a British Airways, Marriott Bonvoy, Nectar, Platinum Cashback or Harrods American Express card.

For clarity, you can still apply for the American Express Business Platinum card even if you do not qualify for the bonus.  You would still benefit from all of the other card features.

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American Express Business Platinum comes with an unrivalled list of benefits for the keen traveller.

Your personal travel patterns will determine which of these is the most valuable.  The key benefits are:

Full comprehensive travel insurance for you, your family and the family of up to five supplementary cardholders, subject to enrolment

Two Priority Pass cards, each of which allows the holder and a guest unlimited free access to 1,300 airport lounges

Elite status in four major hotel loyalty schemes: Marriott Bonvoy (Gold), Hilton Honors (Gold), Radisson Rewards (Gold), MeliaRewards (Gold)

£150 of Dell statement credit per year – you receive £75 credit on Dell purchases betweeen January and June and £75 credit on purchases between July and December

Digital subscription to The Times and The Sunday Times, worth over £300

Avios credit cards:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Bonus: 10,500 Capital On Tap points

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Other information:

  • No foreign exchange fees
  • Points transfers to Avios are instantaneous
  • Annual fee: £99

Representative 39.9% APR variable based on an assumed £1,200 credit limit and £99 annual fee.  Rate varies by individual circumstances and can be as low as 9.9% APR.

See if you qualify for the 10,500 points sign-up bonus +

You will receive the bonus as long as you are a new customer of Capital On Tap.

You must be a limited company or LLP to apply, with a minimum turnover of £24,000.  Partnerships and sole traders are not being accepted at this time.

The standard bonus is 10,000 points.  You will receive an additional 500 points if you use promo code ‘headforpoints’ during your application.

Capital On Tap points transfer to Avios at 1:1.

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Other card benefits include:

20 free supplementary cards for your staff

a credit limit of up to £100,000

up to 56 days to pay before interest is incurred

no foreign exchange fees and no ATM fees 

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Bonus: 60,000 Avios
SPECIAL OFFER

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Other information:

  • Get 1 bonus On Business point per £1 spent on BA flights
  • Annual fee: £250

Representative 96.7% APR variable based on an assumed £1,200 credit limit and £250 annual fee. Interest rate on purchases 22.2% APR variable.

See if you qualify for the 60,000 Avios sign-up bonus +

You will qualify for the bonus as long as you have not held an American Express Business card, including Accelerating Business, Business Gold and Business Platinum, in the previous 12 months.

You need to spend £5,000 in 90 days to earn the bonus.

60,000 Avios will be available until at least 2nd November 2021.  The card terms state that the offer can be removed without notice at any point after 2nd November.

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The card comes with the typical American Express credit card benefits:

Up to 56 days to pay

Up to 99 FREE supplementary cards for your employees

Travel inconvenience cover (with higher payouts if you or your baggage is delayed on a British Airways flight)

Travel accident protection

Purchase protection

Refund protection

Cashback credit cards:

There are few Visa or Mastercard business credit cards which offer travel rewards apart from the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card above.

This is not available to sole traders or partnerships. Instead we recommend the free Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card as a good companion to an American Express Business card:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

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Other information:

  • Up to 56 days interest-free credit when you pay in full and on time
  • Purchase protection and cardholder misuse insurance (T&C apply)

Representative 21.9% APR variable. Approval of your application depends on financial circumstances and borrowing history, as do the terms you may be offered.  T&C apply.

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Whilst Head for Points is primarily focused on credit cards which offer travel rewards, there are few suitable options in the small business sector if you are looking for a Visa or Mastercard.

The Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card is our preferred choice for a non-Amex SME card.  You receive 1% cashback on eligible spending (T&C apply) and there is no annual fee.

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

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