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.

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 November 2015 – all the information below was correct at 1st November) 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 […]

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 […]