Report your American Express cancellation counter-offers!

Amex Gold

I get occasional emails from Head for Points readers asking me if it is worth trying to ‘bargain’ with American Express over threatening to cancel your card, hoping to get a lucrative retention offer. My answer is usually ‘No’. There is plenty of evidence over […]

40,000 Membership Rewards points (= 40,000 Avios) with Amex Platinum Business

Amex Business Platinum

I don’t write much about small business credit cards on Head for Points, because they tend to offer poor value. There are, for example, two British Airways American Express Corporate Cards, which I discuss in this post on the On Business loyalty scheme. They are […]

Got Amex Plat? 1,000 Membership Rewards points for adding a supplementary cardholder

Amex Platinum

Last July, I wrote about a special American Express promotion offering 1,000 Membership Rewards points (= 1,000 Avios, amongst other things) for each new supplementary cardholder added to your Platinum charge card account. Reader Trevor emailed me over the weekend to say that the promotion is […]

Last chance to convert Amex points to Virgin Flying Club for 20% bonus

Virgin Atlantic

Thursday of this week is your last chance to earn a 20% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Virgin Flying Club. A lot of people, including myself, did not receive the original email back in February.  However, the bonus is NOT targeted and is showing […]

How Amex Membership Rewards members can buy miles for up to 50% off

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One of the lesser known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to buy up to 10,000 Membership Rewards points per year for 1.5p each. (It is even less known today than it used to be, as Amex removed the webpage […]

20% bonus when you convert Amex Membership Rewards points to Virgin

Virgin Atlantic

American Express has launched a 20% bonus on transfers of Membership Rewards points to Virgin Flying Club. A lot of people, including myself, did not receive the email.  However, the bonus is NOT targeted and is now showing on the American Express Membership Rewards website (click […]

The top UK loyalty credit card sign-up deals by £ value

Credit cards

(EDIT:  This article was updated in July 2014, the numbers are current as of 1 July) Our ‘Credit Cards Update’ tab lists all of the card deals currently available. What I thought might be interesting, though, would be to rank the sign-up bonuses in terms of cold […]

How to get Waitrose vouchers from Amex Membership Rewards points


We spend a LOT of money in Waitrose.  It is at the top of our road, about 90 seconds from our door, and one of our household is in there virtually every day. It has always annoyed me that you cannot redeem Amex Membership Rewards […]

Amex bans MR transfers to friends from March …. so they must be OK now!

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The question of whether you can transfer your American Express Membership Rewards points to a friend took another twist this week.  January card statements contain the following text: Effective 20 March 2014, we will be removing the ability to gift or transfer Membership Rewards points […]

Amex Membership Rewards still offering 20% bonus on train ticket redemptions

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One of my favourite American Express Membership Rewards offers is East Coast Trains, oddly enough. I just noticed that this ‘temporary’ special offer is still running, about a year after it started, so I wanted to highlight it again. You can redeem your Membership Rewards […]

New ‘Avios Promos’ page launched (plus full list of current offers)

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The beady eyed will already have noticed that a new page has appeared at the top of the home page, marked ‘Avios Promos’.  (If you are reading this via our email list, the link is here.) Head for Points is a fast-moving site!  Any deal, […]

New year, new credit card – various sign-up bonuses disappearing soon!

Credit cards

If one of your New Year resolutions was to churn your credit card collection in order to pick up a generous sign-up bonus, there are a number of offers which are ending soon and are well worth considering. All of these deals are with American […]

1,200 bonus Membership Rewards points for £400 spend at Amex Travel

Amex Travel

American Express Travel has launched a decent bonus promotion for anyone spending £400 or more at their website. To qualify for the 1,200 point bonus, you need to spend £400 or more on pre-paid hotels, plane tickets, car hire or experiences in one transaction before 13th […]