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Get some cheap Avios with the Amex & Mr Porter ‘bonus Membership Rewards’ promo

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American Express has been emailing selected cardholders this week with an offer from online male fashion website mrporter.com

This is what I got as a Platinum cardholder:

And here’s one more reason to shop: as an American Express Platinum Cardmember you can earn 1,000 Membership Rewards points at mrporter.com on your first purchase between 15 October and 20 November 2012 whilst also enjoying complementary shipping. Simply enter the promotional code AMEXMRPUK at checkout to redeem.

(If you are a Gold card holder, you may have had a similar deal offering 750 points.)

Now, to a points hunter like me, I want to know if I can exploit this promo to get myself some cheap Avios. And, it seems, I can!

The cheapest thing I can find on mrporter.com are some socks, eg these socks for £8.

mrporter.com is on the British Airways e-store paying 4 Avios per £1, which is currently doubled to 8 Avios per £1. So, for £8 including free postage I will receive 1,008 Membership Rewards points, 64 Avios from the e-store and a pair of loafer socks!

My guide to Membership Rewards shows that 1,008 is good for 1,008 Avios points or Virgin miles, or a range of hotel points – plus 64 e-store Avios.

It seems a decent deal for £8 to me, and my socks are already somewhere with DHL on their way to me! Note that Mr Porter sends everything by DHL, so – even for a pair of socks – they need an address where someone can sign for the package.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

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

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (27)

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  • Ant says:

    I have always ticked yes for all marketing preferences from Amex but I still do not get any offers. I currently have an Amex Preferred Rewards Gold – should i have received this offer? Thanks

    • Raffles says:

      Have you looked online to see what is showing as Marketing Preferences? Amex also does not send everything to everyone, Mr Porter will have gone to men primarily, I guess, and they may have looked for people who have spent over £x in clothing store for eg.

  • Roger says:

    I mentioned that Mrs Roger and I had spent £8 each at Mr Porter.

    Very suspicious behaviour! When I got in this evening, there were two messages asking me to call AmEx at an 01273 number. When I called, they professed to know nothing about me and asked me to tell them my card number. Which card number? Any AmEx card number.

    With phishing in mind, I declined and went through the regular 01293 CS number. Sure enough, they asked if I knew Mr Porter.

    Gosh, 2x £8 transactions looks like fraud!

    • Roger says:

      I forgot to mention that the messages left by AmEx were for Richard …, not Roger. Not a confidence booster.

    • Mummy55 says:

      I also had a call from Amex to confirm that I had spent £8.
      It seems not to fit my spending pattern! (well you would have to add at least two zeros to buy a handbag.)

      • Raffles says:

        Well, I have got my socks! Easily the most overpackaged thing I have ever received, but I don’t want to spoil the surprise …!

        • tangey says:

          yeah….I looked at the box…ummm can this REALLY be for 1 pair of half-socks…my gawd even at £8 they didnt make a single penny on my order, when you consider the DHL next day delivery to Northern Ireland.

        • gnarly says:

          Free hanky. Yay!

  • Roger says:

    I just checked the ‘My Shopping Hisory’ link at ba.com and see my £8 purchase shows 26 Avios pending for net expenditure of £6.67.

  • Ian Buckingham says:

    So if I was not specifically targeted for this offer, will I not get the 1000 bonus points? I bought some rather dapper Paul Smith socks for £17. This has come through as only 17 reward points.

    • Raffles says:

      Everyone has only got base points … the bonus will go on later. Not sure how later …!

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