American Express Membership Rewards

Membership Rewards is the rewards scheme offered by American Express on its Preferred Rewards Gold and Platinum charge cards. It is popular with miles and points collectors because you can convert them into a wide variety of different airline and hotel schemes, and keep your points with Amex until you need them.

My main article explaining the best uses for your Membership Rewards points is here.

Eurostar introduces ‘part pay with points’ – a decent deal?

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Eurostar Frequent Traveller (not to be confused with Eurostar Plus Points, their leisure-based loyalty scheme) announced on Thursday that it was introducing a ‘part points, part cash’ redemption option. Here is the new range of pricing: Standard Class, return 900 points, or 700 points + £30, or […]

The REAL facts about credit card interchange fee capping

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A couple of articles appeared in the UK press over the weekend linked to the decision by Capital One to scrap, completely, the rewards on its cashback cards.  The Daily Mail one is here.  This has led to a number of emails from readers asking […]

Is redeeming points for cash EVER a good deal?

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Last week I wrote about the temporary improvement to the British Airways ‘part pay with Avios’ offer.  Until April 29th, you can use your Avios for a discount on selected long-haul BA flights.  You effectively receive 0.67p per point up to a maximum of £400 on a […]

Amex Gold relaunched today – some good news, mainly bad news

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This news was embargoed by Amex until 9am which is why this article is later than usual. American Express has relaunched the Preferred Rewards Gold card today.  This has involved a rejig of the benefits package which, for many people, makes it a poorer deal. […]

What is best use of American Express Membership Rewards points?

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I have written numerous articles before about using American Express Membership Rewards points and a few pieces on how I value airline miles and hotel points.  This meant that, when a reader suggested I summarise the best ways to use Amex points, I had a […]

Qatar joining Amex Membership Rewards? … and other Amex MR shenanigans

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(EDIT:  Virgin has now reappeared on the Amex Eurodollar website.  Apparently it was taken down for a few days for technical reasons but normal service is now resumed.) There are a few ‘things’ ‘going on’ with the airline partners attached to the American Express International […]

Got Amex Gold? Get 3,000 free MR points by adding the Gold credit card

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I know that a lot of Head for Points readers have taken out an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold card in the last few weeks as they try to top-up their Avios before the April 28th devaluation. As a reminder, Amex Gold is free for […]

How to get your morning coffee for free with points!

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I know this is a slightly off-beat article but it is Saturday after all! If you have a Nectar card, you may be interested to know that they have launched a new partnership with Caffe Nero. For 350 Nectar points, you can now get a free large […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions


Valuing miles and points is a thankless task. I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.5p for IHG, […]

25% bonus on American Express points transfers to Etihad Guest – a good deal?


Next week I will publish the review of my recent First Class and Business Class flights to Abu Dhabi on Etihad.  It won’t be giving much away to say that I was very impressed. I ‘paid’ for that flight using American Express Membership Rewards points […]

End of ‘mistake’ Membership Rewards points for Amex Gold holders

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There has always been something odd about the way that American Express awards Membership Rewards points at certain retailers if you have an Amex Gold. As a reminder, Amex Gold gives double points on all foreign spend transactions.  (It also gives double points on travel […]

Use Emirates miles for VIP Arsenal tickets – a good value Amex MR redemption!

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Just when you think you know most of the tricks in this game, something comes along to prove you wrong!  I owe this one to Tom at who also comments at Head for Points on a regular basis. Emirates Skywards miles used to be totally […]

What are the best Star Alliance credit cards for UK residents?

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(This article was updated in April 2015) When bmi British Midland still existed, it was easier to get around the world with airline miles. British Airways was a core member of the oneworld alliance, and bmi British Midland was part of Star Alliance. Between them, you could redeem to pretty […]

Amazon now lets you pay with Amex Membership Rewards points!

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Amazon and American Express have launched ‘pay with points’ in the UK, a feature which has been available in the USA for some time. It is a very simple arrangement: You link your American Express account to your Amazon UK account via this page When […]

Up to 50,000 – yes 50,000 – free Membership Rewards points for Amex Platinum holders!

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If you have an American Express Platinum card, this is a fantastic deal. If you don’t have an American Express Platinum card, this deal may well persuade you to get one – especially as it runs until the end of February. Take a look at […]

Amex US$ Green card free for a year – and how to get a 60% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance

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American Express is currently running a ‘first year free’ promotion on the Green version of the American Express International Dollar Card. If you know what you are doing, you can use this to get a 60% bonus on your existing UK Membership Rewards balance.  This is […]