American Express rolls out Travel Spend Offers for cardmembers (valid through January 15, 2022)

When it comes to spend-based offers, one of the chief proponents in the market is American Express. As India heads into the holiday season, American Express has already rolled out spend based offers of many kinds last months. We usually don’t write about them because these are targetted. However, this time around, the spend-based offers seem to have been rolled out to a wide base of American Express cardmembers.

American Express Travel Spending offers

While American Express used to offer some Tanishq vouchers back in the day for festive spending, this time around, they have rolled out a far bigger bouquet, including Air India Vouchers and Taj Vouchers. All offers rolled out are valid from December 3, 2021 to January 15, 2022, and enrolment is mandatory.

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The offers rolled out by American Express are targetted at the following cardmembers:

  • American Express Platinum Card
  • American Express Platinum Reserve Credit Card
  • American Express Platinum Travel Credit Card
  • American Express Gold Card
  • American Express Membership Rewards Credit Card
  • American Express SmartEarn Credit Card

Various permutations have been rolled out, and you will receive one of the following offers on most cards:

  • Spend a total of INR 2,00,000 or more to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 15,000. [7.5%]
  • Spend a total of ₹ 50,000 or more to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 4,000. [8%]
  • Spend a total of ₹ 25,000 or more to receive Air India Vouchers worth INR 1,500. [6%]

On the Platinum Charge Card, the following permutations are on offer:

  • Spend a total of INR 4,50,000 to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 40,000. [8.8%]
  • Spend a total of ₹ 2,00,000 or more to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 20,000. [10%]
  • Spend a total of ₹ 75,000 or more to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 6,000. [8%]
  • Spend a total of ₹ 50,000 or more to receive Taj Vouchers worth INR 4,000. [8%]

There is no minimum number of transactions required, but you can only spend on Travel, Lodging & Transportation industries spends to count under this cashback. This means a spend on MakeMyTrip, Marriott, Qatar Airways, Emirates amongst others, will count.  The T&Cs of the promotion state that eligible spend made on booking of International & Domestic holidays, flights, trains, hotels, Bed and Breakfasts, cabs and buses with a registered travel agent/travel merchants/travel & hotel website will be considered. Any spending done on fuel will not be considered.

The offer is applicable for only select American Express Cardmembers. A Cardmember is eligible for this offer only if they have received an offer communication directly from American Express through any of its channels. Supplementary cardmember spending will also be counted towards the spending made by the primary cardmember.

Gift Vouchers will be sent to eligible Cardmembers on their registered email addresses with American Express by May 15, 2022. The Gift Vouchers will have a validity of 180 days from the date of issuance by American Express.


American Express has rolled out its holiday promotions for the season and offers anywhere between 6-10% incentives over and above the other rewards they usually offer for festive spending. You should have received an email communication with your customised offer from American Express, and make sure to enrol before you start spending.

What do you make of the Festive Treats offer from American Express? Which ones did you get?

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