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.

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 […]

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

(EDIT:  One HFP reader was told that this was withdrawn at the end of 2015 and you can no longer buy points.  However, it remains on the Amex website as an option.  Please let me know your experiences if you call them.) One of the lesser known […]

Bits: New BA Greece routes, 25% Etihad transfer bonus, Nectar double up

News in brief: British Airways announces two new Greek destinations British Airways will be operating two new routes to Greece next Summer. From 30th April, it will fly to Kalamata twice per week (from Heathrow T5) and Chania (from Heathrow T3). Frequencies to Corfu and […]

Bits: Exclusive first photos of Qatar’s First Class lounge, earning Jumeirah Sirius points via Amex

News in brief: Qatar Airways finally opens its Al Safwa First Class lounge in Doha! When I was in Doha last October, the Qatar Airways Al Safwa First Class lounge in the new airport was still under construction.  12 months later, it has finally opened. HFP […]

Is the American Express Green card a viable alternative to cancelling an Amex Gold?

Many Head for Points readers find themselves in the following dilemma from time to time.  They want to close their American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or American Express Platinum card, but they do not want to empty their Membership Rewards account. One of the great […]

Avios Redemption University – Lesson 8 – What is the cheapest way to buy Avios points?

The “Avios Redemption University” series is a good starting point for beginners, although I hope everyone will learn something from them.  Click here to see the other articles. It is inevitable that, at some points, you will need to buy Avios points in order to make […]

American Express Nectar credit card – in-depth review

(EDIT: this review was updated in May 2016 – all the information below was correct at 25th May) This is my review of the American Express Nectar credit card. Head for Points mainly focusses on credit cards which offer airline miles or hotel loyalty points for your spending.  […]

How to use small orphan amounts of miles and points – Part 2 (Airlines and Shopping)

This is the second part of the updated article I began yesterday, discussing the best ways to ‘zero out’ loyalty card accounts which you want to abandon.  You need to remember that you may first need to ‘top off’ an account by earning a few more […]

What can you do with Amex Membership Rewards points?

There are a lot of references on Head for Points to American Express Membership Rewards, mainly linked to articles on their charge cards.  It has been a while since I looked at the programme in detail, so I though it was worth updating this overview […]

Can you transfer Amex Membership Rewards to someone else when you cancel your card? Er, ‘Yes’.

Until early 2013, American Express allowed you to transfer your Membership Rewards points to someone else for a £15 fee.  This option no longer exists. However …. The terms and conditions of the Gold and Platinum cards (PDF) explicitly allow you to transfer your points to another […]

How I obtained the new IHG Rewards Club Spire Elite status without doing any stays!

In my article on Friday I showed how difficult it will be to earn the new top tier status in IHG Rewards Club. Unless you spend £37,500 in a calendar year on the IHG Rewards Club Premium Visa or book a lot of stays which come […]

Bits: Hilton T5 deal, KLM raises award prices with no warning, £399 Air New Zealand to LA

News in brief: Interesting Hilton Terminal 5 deal Amazon Local is currently selling a good package for the Hilton London Heathrow Terminal 5.  Note that this hotel is NOT connected to Terminal 5 and requires a shuttle bus trip. For £149, you get: a King room […]

Updated: our crowdsourced list of Amex Membership Rewards transfer times

Two weeks ago, I asked for your help in putting together a list of the actual (as opposed to promised) time taken to transfer points from American Express Membership Rewards to various airline and hotel programmes. Thank you to everyone who contributed their experiences. The […]

Interesting eBay offer if you convert Amex Membership Rewards to Nectar

One option for using your American Express Membership Rewards points which is often forgotten about is converting them to Nectar points. The transfer rate is 1:1.  The minimum transfer is just 1 point which makes this a useful way of using up the last few […]

Help me build a list of Amex Membership Rewards transfer times

I’d like to enlist your help in a new crowdsourcing operation! A fairly common question I get asked by email is how long it takes American Express to transfer Membership Rewards points to a specific airline or hotel partner. I thought it would be useful […]