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Last chance to get your 500 free Membership Rewards points

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Just a quick reminder – especially for anyone who has only recently got an American Express Platinum or Preferred Rewards Gold card – that 31st December is the last day to claim your 500 Membership Rewards transfer bonus.

All you need to do is make any Membership Rewards transfer before the end of the year, to receive 500 bonus points.

My original article on the deal is here.

I did this a few weeks ago and have already received my 500 points. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to register a new Membership Rewards partner before the 31st (it takes 10 days or so to link the accounts), so the only way to take part would be to transfer to a partner that is already linked to your MR account.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

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.

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

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

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend 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 offers:

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

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

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

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (11)

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  • Roger says:

    For those wanting to transfer one whole MR to Nectar – 1 is the minimum for this partner! – and have yet to sign up, don’t be put off my the AmEx blurb that new partner links take 7-14 days to be validated.

    Mrs Roger signed up this morning and made an immediate transfer to Nectar. Her MR balance is reduced by 1 so presumably she can look forward to her 500 MR bonus in due course, as I did. 🙂

  • Colin says:

    Thanks Raffles,
    Just signed up my Nectar card this morn and MR down by 1 point!
    Missed the email and your first post – now just off on my last DC redemption, Swiss F to Dar
    Thanks for everything.

  • ZHYOO says:

    if you call the customer service to register a new Membership Rewards partner, it would be accepted on the same day.I did this couple of days ago, my flying blue account is ready to use now.

    • Raffles says:

      I think it depends on partner. It took 10 days for my Carlson account to turn from ‘Pending’ to ‘Approved’ and that was set up my phone.

      • ZHYOO says:

        May be, Flying blue and starwood are both approved within 1 day, I’m lucky.

  • Andy says:

    Nectar card registered imediatly this morning and 1 point transferred. Thanks Raffles.
    Note: Only put in the last 11 numbers of the Nectar card, if you put in the full account number you will get an error.

  • Scott Nelson says:

    Thanks Raffles, almost missed this one!

    Nectar Card registration is a 5min jobby, and linking it with your amex was done within a couple of hours.

    I always do a 2 second mental calculation to make sure it’s actually worth my time to redeem these deals. They usually are!

    All this bonus points collection is addictive!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • FanofPoints says:

    Yeah did the same thing for a newly enrolled Nectar card – fingers crossed that it works! 🙂
    Thanks Raffles and everyone!

  • Rda says:

    Will see if it works with new nectar card, if not I’ve only lost 1 mr

    Thanks!

  • Scott H says:

    Does anyone know if the offer is valid for those in the USA?

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