American Express has, it seems, been running an interesting promotion with Admiral Insurance since the end of August, not that they bothered to tell us about it!
If you are a new customer to Admiral and take out a policy before 31st December (paid with your Amex charge card), you will receive 1,500 Membership Rewards points.
Now, Admiral is presumably hoping that you will splash out for a car insurance policy or the like. However, Admiral also does travel insurance. As an example, cover for a weekend away in the UK from 7-9 December for one person costs £3.07! See screenshot below.
There are no rules in the promotion about what sort of insurance qualifies, so this should work fine.
1,500 Membership Rewards points is good for 1,500 Avios, amongst other things – a very good deal for £3.07!
Before you book, you need to register your Platinum, Preferred Rewards Gold or Green American Express card at this website. Whilst the main text says the closing date was 30 October, the small print does say 30 November – as does the covering email that Amex is using to promote this to people. October also has 31 days, so it would be odd closing registration on 30 October.
And, whilst you need to register by the end of November, you not need to pay for your policy before the end of December.
Note that you will not receive your bonus points when the transaction posts to your card statement. They will arrive separately, no later than 28 February.
There is one possible fly in the ointment. These policies are written by a firm called Rock Insurance Services – not owned by Admiral – and that is what appears on your card statement. Amex may not automatically pick this up as being an Admiral transaction and so you may have to retroclaim your bonus points in March.
Expect to have to do a couple of rounds of email ping-pong via the Amex Secure Messaging Centre before they get added on.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 2021 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our January 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus.
British Airways American Express
5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review
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
30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
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
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these:
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
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
Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review
Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history. By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker. Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.