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American Express® Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card review 2023

The Amex Platinum Everyday card is an accessible and easy-to-use card offering cashback for everyday spending.

If you’re looking for a credit card that rewards your everday spending, this one could be a handy way of earning cashback.

  • Get 5% intro cashback in the first 3 months
  • No annual fee
  • An expensive option if you carry a balance from month to month
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 30.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).

Earn 1p

per £1 spent

Up to £100

Intro cashback

30.7%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Details

IssuerAmerican Express
NetworkAmex
Representative APR30.7% APR (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£0
Loyalty schemeCashback
Cashback detailsNew cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
IncentiveEarn £20 per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) through the Referral Programme, up to a maximum of £150 per year. The cashback rebate is not payable in respect of any month in which the minimum payment is not received by the due date.
Incentive on openingNew cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply.
Additional Rewards InfoRefund Protection - provides refunds to cardmembers in the event of any retailer, online or offline, refusing to refund the value of any goods taken back within 90 days of them being purchased, maximum £200, max £750 per annum. Global Assist - 24/7 help available when travelling outside the UK. Access to tickets for must-see music, theatre and film events, often before they go on sale to the general public with American Express Experiences. Eligible for American Express Connect where cardmembers can choose offers from selected retailers to obtain discounts or cashback.
Purchases30.7%
Purchases interest-free period (days)56
Balance transfers30.7%
Potential costs★★★★★
Doing its job★★★★★
Extras★★★★★
Overall Finder rating★★★★★
Overall customer rating
★★★★★
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93% of American Express customers in our 2023 customer satisfaction survey would recommend the brand to a friend
Acceptance at smaller merchants remains an issue

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Chris Lilly is a publisher at finder.com. He's a specialist in personal finance, from day-to-day banking to investing to borrowing, and is passionate about helping UK consumers make informed decisions about their money. In his spare time Chris likes forcing his kids to exercise more.

Expert review

For those who prefer account credit to reward points, the American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Card offers uncapped earnings subject to a relatively low yearly minimum-spend requirement.

There’s also an enhanced earn-rate when you first take out the card, which may make this an appealing choice to those about to make a big purchase.

If you anticipate carrying a balance from month-to-month, however, what you’ll pay in interest will likely outweigh any cashback earnings. But if you always clear your balance in full each month (you can set up a direct debit for this), then you’ll enjoy up to 56 days of 0% interest each billing cycle (this doesn’t apply to cash advances).

Take up the mantle of Amex evangelist and you also stand to earn a nice little cashback boost for referring a friend.

Need more persuading? The Platinum Cashback Everyday Card also comes with travel accident insurance (subject to enrolment) and access to Amex Offers and Amex Experiences.

Ultimately, it’s a sweetener-laden card for those who prefer cold hard cash (OK, account credit) to rewards points, but you don’t want to carry a balance on it from month to month. If you’re anticipating a large expenditure – say booking a holiday, for example – this could get you a little something back for yourself at the same time as giving you the protection that comes as standard with credit card purchases.

Pros and cons

Pros

  • New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
  • Ongoing uncapped cashback
  • No annual fee
  • Competitive purchase rate

Cons

  • An expensive option if you carry a balance from month to month
  • You don’t get cashback on foreign exchange transactions
  • Limited introductory offer compared to other Amex cards

How does it compare with other Amex rewards deals?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Name Product Ratings Finder rating Customer rating Rewards earn rate Max. intro bonus Annual/monthly fees Representative APR Link Incentive Representative example
American Express® Rewards Credit Card
Finder score
★★★★★
User survey
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
★★★★★
User rating
1 point per £1 spent
10,000 points
£0
30.7% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent thereafter. Earn up to 90,000 bonus points per year through refer a friend, 4,000 points awarded for every friend approved. 1 point = 0.45p (min 1000 points) to shop, other rewards have differing conversions
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 30.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
British Airways American Express® Credit Card
Finder score
★★★★★
User survey
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
★★★★★
User rating
1 point per £1 spent
5,000 points
£0
30.7% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
Earn 1 Avios for virtually every £1 spent. Spend £12K each year and get a travel companion voucher when redeeming Avios for a BA reward flight. - Earn up to 90,000 bonus Avios points per calendar year, 4,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for an American Express card (Excl. Basic card) and uses the Referral Programme. Avios value varies dependent on reward (min 1000pts for flights)
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 30.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
American Express® Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card
Finder score
★★★★★
User survey
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
★★★★★
User rating
1% cashback
£100
£0
30.7% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
New cardmember offer: Get 5% cashback on your purchases (up to £100) for the first three months of Cardmembership. Terms apply. Spend £0 to £10,000 and receive 0.5% cashback on all purchases. Spend over £10,000 and receive 1% cashback on purchases.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 30.7% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 30.7% APR (variable).
American Express® Nectar Credit Card
Finder score
★★★★★
User survey
★★★★★
★★★★★
Expert analysis
★★★★★
User rating
3 points per £1 spent with selected partners
2 points per £1 spent elsewhere
20,000 points
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum
36.3% APR (variable)
Check eligibility
Earn 20,000 bonus Nectar points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months. Earn a minimum of 3 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent at Nectar partners, and 2 Nectar points for virtually every £1 spent elsewhere.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 30.7% (variable) p.a. with a fee of Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £25 per annum, your representative rate is 36.3% APR (variable).
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Approval for any credit card depends on your status. The representative APRs shown represent the interest rate offered to most successful applicants. Depending on your personal circumstances, the APR you're offered may be higher, or you may not be offered credit at all. Fees and rates are subject to change without notice. It's always wise to check the terms of any deal before you borrow.

Repayment options

You can make manual repayments through American Express's app by logging in to your online banking or over the phone (0800 917 8047). Alternatively, you may wish to set up a direct debit.

A direct debit protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee (£12) or losing any promotional rates as a result.

You can arrange a direct debit for repayments when you apply for the credit card. The table below shows the options available.

Choose from the following direct debit options for your monthly repayments:

Minimum amount Fixed amount Fixed percentage Full amount

The verdict

The American Express Platinum Cashback credit card is a great everyday option for those wanting to earn something back on their purchases. While there are cashback cards with better earn rates, the combination of no annual fees, a decent purchase rate and bonus incentives make this a solid choice for those who prefer cashback to reward points.

How to apply

First, you can use Finder's eligibility checker to find out if you'd be likely to get approved for the American Express® Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card. This won't impact your credit score. If it's good news, you can then proceed to American Express's online application, which takes 10–15 minutes to complete.

Frequently asked questions

Do I get free travel insurance?

Subject to enrolment, you'll receive up to £150,000 in travel accident insurance provided you use your card to buy your tickets.

What is the limit on cashback?

You can get 5% cashback for the first three months, up to a maximum of £100. After three months, you can receive up to 1% cashback with no upper limit, provided you spend at least £5,000 over the year. You can also get free supplementary cards for friends and family, and then earn cashback on any purchases they make using their cards. Finally, you can enjoy bonus cashback by referring your friends to American Express.

How do I know if I'm eligible?

To be eligible for the Amex Platinum Everyday Cashback card, you'll need to be a British resident over 18, with a UK bank account, and not an existing customer. You can confirm your eligibility using American Express Eligibility Checker, which will not affect your credit rating.

Do I get access to American Express Experiences?

Yes! Through the Experiences programme, you can get access to ticket sales to popular music, film and theatre events before they go on general sale.

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