Is Club Carlson the best Amex Membership Rewards hotel partner?

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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, […]

Advanced Avios: 60,000 Amex points with the Amex International $/€ Card

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A few people have emailed me about this offer in the last month or so.  I have not written about it before because this is a very complex process which should not be entered into lightly, but as it does seem to be coming onto the radar […]

Holiday Tips 3 – earning Avios when ordering foreign currency


This is third part of our ‘Holiday Tips’ series this week, covering ways of earning miles and points from every aspect of your holiday planning. Even if you do decide to pay for the majority of your holiday costs by credit card, you will still […]

Use your Amex Membership Rewards points for a Nectar ‘x4′ redemption

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Not a lot of people know that Nectar is a transfer partner of American Express Membership Rewards.  You can transfer your Amex points into Nectar points in a ratio of 1:1. (The minimum transfer to Nectar is just 1 point.  This means it is a […]

Report your American Express cancellation counter-offers!

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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

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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

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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

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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

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(EDIT:  This article was updated in September 2014, the numbers are current as of 1 September) 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 […]