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.

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

Over the next few weeks, I am running updated versions of our 17-part ‘Avios Redemption University’ series.  These article now reflect the recent Avios devaluation as well as other changes over the 18 months since the pieces were originally published. The “Avios Redemption University” series is a […]

American Express Nectar credit card – in-depth review

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.  However, as easyJet is a partner with Nectar, it is worth taking a look at […]

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 […]

New Amex ‘£10 back on £35 Amazon spend’ deal – were you targetted?

Last night, many of us received emails from American Express advertising another cashback deal with Amazon. You will receive £10 back if you spend £35 on before the end of July. American Express has gone to great lengths to ensure that, this time, Head […]

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

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

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?

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

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?

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

(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 […]