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: BA closing Toronto lounge, new SPG Moments concerts, new Amex offer at Thistle, Amba, Guoman

News in brief: British Airways closing Toronto lounge It was rumoured on Flyertalk earlier this week that the British Airways lounge in Toronto was closing. The closing date has now been confirmed by the Twitter team as 31st October.  BA will be using the Plaza […]

Valuing my points – what I REALLY got over my last year of redemptions

Valuing miles and points is a thankless task.  I wrote this long piece on valuing Avios points but all it does is show you how complex it can be.  I also tend to throw out valuations of hotel points in articles – 0.4p-0.5p for IHG, […]

Bits: 500 Amex points or Avios for £10 Tesco spend, Aer Lingus launching Philadelphia, new Amex Hong Kong lounge

News in brief: 500 Amex points or Avios when you spend £10 at Tesco A few readers have been in touch about a very generous offer which has appeared on their American Express online statements. Once you have registered, you will get 500 Amex points, […]

American Express Platinum Business charge card reviewed – is it worth a look?

If you are looking for an Amex for business use, American Express offers two products in the UK.  Today I am reviewing the American Express Platinum Business charge card.  My review of the other option, the American Express Gold Business charge card, is here. Key link: American Express Platinum […]

American Express Gold Business charge card reviewed – is it worth a look?

If you are looking for an Amex for your small business, American Express offers two products in the UK.  Today I am reviewing the American Express Gold Business charge card.  My review of the American Express Platinum Business charge card is here. Key link: American […]

Should you dump your free BA Amex for the new Amex Rewards card? Possibly.

Yes, you read that right.  If you have the free British Airways American Express card, I think you should consider dropping it for the new American Express Rewards Credit Card (“ARCC”). I wrote about the American Express Rewards Credit Card yesterday (click here) – you […]

ARCC: a new way to keep your Amex points when cancelling Gold or Platinum

One of the downsides of cancelling an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold or Platinum charge card is that you are required to empty out your Membership Rewards points account. The Preferred Rewards Gold card is free in year 1 and comes with a sign-up bonus […]

Club Eurostar to launch later this year – what do we think of the changes?

If you are a member of Eurostar Frequent Traveller or Eurostar Plus Points, you will have had news yesterday about the new Eurostar loyalty programme. The name is Club Eurostar. We have analysed the changes below, and added some information which you weren’t told.  We […]

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 2017 article on how to make the best […]

500-1000 bonus Avios or Amex points with £25 amazon.co.uk gift card purchase!

A fantastic new Amazon offer has been launched by American Express.  It is available for many – but not all – British Airways American Express, Amex Gold and Amex Platinum cardholders. You will find this offer on the ‘Offers’ tab of your British Airways American Express / Amex Gold […]

Should you convert Clubcard, Amex, Heathrow, HSBC points to Avios on receipt?

This article is another of the ‘how to’ pieces we have been running over August for the benefit of newer readers, although hopefully everyone will get some value from them. A regular email question I receive from readers is about ‘convertible’ points.  There is a […]

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

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. This facility is mentioned on the Amex website here although it does not mention the price. […]

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 two weeks ago, 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 […]

Update on the Amex / Amazon deal – points showing, gift cards OK, Prime OK, so jump in!

There was a huge response to my article on Monday about the fantastic new Amazon offer from American Express. It is available for many – but not all – British Airways American Express, Amex Gold and Amex Platinum cardholders. You will find this offer on the ‘Offers’ […]

Five reasons to keep your Amex Gold card after the free first year

You probably have, or have had, an American Express Preferred Rewards Gold charge card. If you haven’t, why not?! Based on readership data for our articles, it seems to be the most popular card among Head for Points readers, even more so than the British Airways […]