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.

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 – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

Bits: Win 1 million Amex Membership Rewards points, win a trip to New York with

News in brief: Win 1 million Membership Rewards points! American Express launched a competition yesterday to win 1 million Membership Rewards points …. but it comes with a catch. 1m Membership Rewards points would get you 1 million Avios points, 2 million Hilton HHonors points, […]

What are the best ‘first’ loyalty credit cards to get?

Head for Points is featured in The Daily Mail today.  I have pinned this recent article to the home page because I thought it would an interesting introduction any Mail readers who choose to visit today – welcome! The UK loyalty credit card market can be very […]

NEW: How to keep your Membership Rewards points when cancelling Amex Gold or Platinum

One of the downsides of cancelling an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum charge card is that you are required to empty out your Membership Rewards points account. The Preferred Rewards Gold card is free in year 1 and comes with a sign-up bonus […]

How to get a 30% bonus on your Membership Rewards balance – but why it isn’t always a great idea

One of the downsides of the fall of Sterling against the Dollar and the Euro has been to destroy, pretty much, the generous arbitrage that used to be available if you held the American Express International Dollar Card. In the past with Sterling at $1.60, […]

Bits: new Amex cashback deals, new Virgin Clubhouse access rules, IHG to United bonus

News in brief: American Express launches new cashback deals A new wave of Amex cashback offers launched this week. Some, all or none of these will be available for registration under the ‘Offers’ tab of your online statement. Offers marked ‘Connect’ appear on the Amex […]

25% bonus on point transfers into Etihad Guest – but with a catch this year

Etihad Guest has brought back its offer of a 25% bonus on points you transfer into their scheme.  It is 14 months since we last saw this offer. You can find full details of this offer on the Etihad website here.  The closing date is 31st July. […]

American Express Platinum Business charge card reviewed – is it worth a look?

If you are looking for an Amex for business use, American Express offers two products in the UK. Today I am reviewing the American Express Platinum Business charge card.  My review of the other option, the American Express Gold Business charge card, is here. (EDIT:  This review […]

American Express Gold Business charge card reviewed – is it worth a look?

If you are looking for an Amex for business use, American Express offers two products in the UK.  Today I am reviewing the American Express Gold Business charge card.  My review of the American Express Platinum Business charge card is here. (EDIT:  This review was […]

Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards hotel partner?

American Express Membership Rewards has three hotel partners in the UK, assuming you want to redeem for points instead of a voucher for a free room: Hilton HHonors, with a conversion rate of 1:2 Starwood Preferred Guest, with a conversion rate of 2:1 Club Carlson, […]

Bits: Delta launches Glasgow to New York, Amex ends Tripflex, Gatwick Express punctuality issues

News in brief: Delta to launch Glasgow to New York for Summer 2017 Delta, the 49% shareholder of Virgin Atlantic, has announced a new Glasgow to New York service for Summer 2017.  This will complement the existing Edinburgh to New York service and the existing […]

How to book Eurostar tickets using Amex Membership Rewards points

In a day or so I will review my recent trip on one of the brand new Eurostar e320 trains – keep an eye out for it. Today, I wanted to remind you about the ease with which you can use American Express Membership Rewards points […]

What is the best use of American Express Membership Rewards points?

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. I have pulled together both of these strands in this updated article on how to make the best use […]

What to do with the miles from your £1,275 Etihad Australia ticket? BA Bronze benefits for a start

Yesterday I wrote about the amazing Etihad business class fares currently available. These include business class to Australia on an A380 from as little as £1,275 (starting in Istanbul) or £1,400 from Dusseldorf.  There are also some excellent fares out of London such as £1,100 […]

How to get Waitrose gift cards (or pretty much any gift card) from Amex Membership Rewards points

It has always annoyed me that you cannot redeem Amex Membership Rewards points for Waitrose / John Lewis gift cards.  I thought that things may change when John Lewis finally abandoned paper gift vouchers for gift cards, but it hasn’t. There is, however, a solution! […]

Bits: Starwood’s new Element in Amsterdam open, warning on Emirates MR conversions

News in brief: Starwood opens 2nd European ‘Element’ hotel in Amsterdam Starwood opened its Amsterdam ‘Element’ hotel yesterday.  This is looking like a good value Starwood Preferred Guest redemption at 7,000 points per night – cash rates seem to hover around €200 on busy days. […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow Rewards etc points to Avios as soon as you earn them?

A reader emailed me over Christmas with a question about ‘convertible’ points.  This person was the sort who had an urge to transfer points across to Avios as soon as he earned them.  There was something psychological about the way he preferred to see his […]