American Express Rewards Purchases Credit Card review

Spread the cost of an upcoming expenditure and earn Membership Reward points while you spend.

Anticipating a hefty expenditure? This card will charge you 0% interest on purchases for 18 months, after which point any outstanding balance will revert to the card’s standard rate.

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Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).

18 months

0% interest on purchases

22.9%

Representative APR

£0

Account fee

Earn 1 point

per £1 spent

Details

IssuerAmerican Express
NetworkAmex
Rep. APR22.9% p.a. (variable)
Annual/monthly fees£0
Loyalty schemePoints
IncentiveEarn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent.
Additional Rewards InfoRefund Protection (90 days to return, receive max £200 per item, 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.
Purchases0% for 18 months reverting to 22.9%
Purchases interest-free period (days)56

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Expert review

Amex isn’t usually associated with 0% deals, but this card is a rare exception. It’s not dissimilar to other cards in the Amex range, but instead of a welcome bonus of a few thousand Membership Rewards Points, you’ll get an introductory break from interest on purchases. This might appeal if, say, you’re looking to buy a new-used car (or any other big outlay) on a credit card and need to spread the cost over several months. Just remember that when the 18 months are up, the card’s less-appealing standard rate will kick in.

If you decide to hang onto the card after the 0% offer has expired, provided you clear your balance in full each month, you’ll be able to take advantage of the card’s ongoing interest-free grace period on purchases – meaning it doesn’t have to cost you a penny (but you’ll still earn points on all your spending). If you do end up carrying a balance from month to month at that point, however, what you’ll pay in interest will almost certainly outweigh what you’ll earn in rewards.

As with all Amex cards, you’ll be able to enjoy exclusive discounts and pre-sale gig tickets through the American Express Experiences (formerly Invites) programme – an excellent way to gain brownie points with family and friends.

How does this card compare with others that earn Amex reward points?

Table: sorted by representative APR, promoted deals first
Updated September 21st, 2019
Name Product Max. intro bonus Default earn-rate Annual/monthly fees Rep. APR Incentive Representative example
2,500 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
9.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 2,500 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £1,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 9.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 9.9% APR (variable).
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 Membership Rewards® point for every £1 spent.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
5,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£0
22.9% p.a. (variable)
Earn 5,000 bonus Membership Rewards points when you spend £2,000 in your first 3 months, and 1 point for virtually every £1 spent thereafter.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a., your representative rate is 22.9% APR (variable).
10,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
Year 1 - £0, Year 2 onwards - £140 per annum
57.6% p.a. (variable)
Earn 1 point for virtually every £1 spent. 2 points per £1 spent directly with airlines or in a foreign currency or 3 points for every £1 spent through American Express Travel. Earn 10,000 bonus points when you spend £3,000 in your first 3 months. Spend £15,000 or more during the year and earn 10,000 bonus points each year the card is renewed. Earn 6,000 points per friend/family member that successfully applies for the card or 12,000 points if they spend £3,000 in their first 3 months. Two complimentary lounge visits per year, available at over 500 airport lounges worldwide.
Representative example: When you spend £1,200 at a purchase rate of 22.9% (variable) p.a. with an annual fee of £140 (£0 in first year), your representative APR is 57.6% APR (variable).
30,000 points
1 point per £1 spent
£575 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Additional 30,000 points earned when you spend £4K within first three months of Cardmembership. Earn 1 additional point for virtually every £1 spent at American Express Travel Online. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through Platinum Service. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays. Cardmember can pay card fee (£575) using Membership Rewards® points at renewal. Earn 12,000 bonus points per friend/family that uses Referral Programme and successfully applies for a card and spends £4K within first 3 months of Cardmembership.
N/A
1 point per £1 spent
£60 per annum
N/A (this product is a charge card).
1 point earned for virtually every £1 spent. Rewards points can be used as currency to buy flights and package holidays through American Express Travel. Reward points can also be redeemed for a wide range of products, experiences, travel and hotel stays.

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Repayment options

When it comes to repayments, you can make manual repayments online or over the phone (0800 917 8047), or alternatively set up a direct debit. A direct debit is a great idea because it protects you from forgetting to make a repayment and either damaging your credit score, getting hit with a penalty fee 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:

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How to apply for the American Express Rewards Purchases Credit Card

It’s fast and straightforward to apply through the Amex site with its secure application form, which takes about 15 minutes to complete.

We’ve found that Amex’s customer service (0800 917 8047) is actually significantly better than most card issuers’. What’s more, the brand is really pushing to increase its customer base in the UK right now. But if this is your first experience with Amex, it’s worth appreciating that it does do some things a little differently, and if you’re having any difficulties then calling in for assistance will usually solve the problem.

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