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If you have an Amex Membership Rewards account, and are opted in to emails (and if not, you should be), you should have received an email yesterday which looks, on the face of it, like a piece of junk.  

It was called ‘Glittering festive gift ideas from Membership Rewards’, an invitation to hit the Delete key if ever there was one.

However, this email contains a very attractive promotion:

Redeem online between 1 October and 31 December 2012 and receive a bonus of 500 Membership Rewards points on your first redemption

Amex has run this promotion every year for the last 3-4 years and the bonus points always post.  Note, though, that you won’t get your 500 bonus points until close to the back-stop date of 10 February 2013.

Now, as far as I’m concerned, you should try to do the smallest possible redemption that you can.  Why bother moving 1,000 points to Avios?  If there is a 100% bonus on Avios transfers next year, you will actually be worse off if you move 1,000 points now that you don’t need.  At the same time, you should obviously do a transfer to a programme where you can use the points.

What do I suggest?  Club Carlson has a minimum transfer requirement of 3 points.  Jumeirah Sirius is 15 points.  BA / Virgin / BMI all need 1,000, so I would ignore those.  

The winner, I think is Nectar (assuming you have an active Nectar card) where the minimum transfer is just 1 point.  That leaves you 499 points up.

Personally, I will probably do Club Carlson (although I will need to ring them to change the card number linked to my MR account).  If I can’t be bothered, I will move 15 into my dormant Jumeirah account – although as we are at one of their properties in December, it won’t be dormant for long.


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British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

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BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

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25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

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Amex American Express Business Gold card

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American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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Comments (25)

  • traveler says:

    A quick question for those who transferred to Nectar points – when you register, do you need enter the entire card number (starting 9826…) or just the second part of it?

    • Alan says:

      Just the 2nd part – see my other post on this page, it doesn’t work with the whole thing.

  • Jenni says:

    When it says “redemption”, does this not technically exclude the MR points transfers to BAEC etc though? I’m puzzled by the wording as I thought the redemptions were only for the gift cards and Trunkis and the like? I don’t want to do a transfer if I won’t get the extra 500 points in case there’ll be a more lucrative transfer offer in the future…

    • Raffles says:

      In previous years it has worked fine. I did 15 points to Jumeirah last year and 1 to Nectar the previous year and got the bonuses OK. Send 1 point to Nectar or 3 to Club Carlson if you’re concerned, but on past treatment you shouldn’t be.

      • Jenni says:

        Thank you Raffles, I’ll certainly give it a go then. Absolutely addicted to your blog by the way!

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