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Get triple Membership Rewards points on all bookings via Amex Travel

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As per this web page, Amex is offering triple Membership Rewards points (ie 3 per £1) on all bookings made via the Amex Travel website.

The offer is valid on bookings made up to January 31st.

If you already have a British Airways American Express then you won’t be any better off using an Amex Platinum or Amex Gold to book British Airways travel.  I would also be wary of booking chain hotels via an agent in case you lose your status benefits.

However, this is a very attractive offer for booking, say, non-BA flights.  3 Membership Rewards points per £1 soon mounts up on expensive tickets.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – October 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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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

10,500 points bonus – 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 (7)

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  • timrogers says:

    Out of interest, do you know much about Amex Travel Services? Apart from the issues around MR collection, for what kind I purchases can it be economical? I imagine (perhaps falsely) that there’s a hefty mark-up or everything.

  • flyoff says:

    I have had some good deals with Amex Travel. The Hilton Frankfurt was half the price of booking direct when I stayed. Hilton also provided Gold benefits of a room upgrade and use of the Executive lounge.

  • Raffles says:

    A BA flight on a BA Premium Plus Amex gets double miles, so 3 Avios per £. That is the same as the 3 MR points you get on the Plat.

    You are right about Gold, which should get you 4 per £1 and so is better.

    And you can skip the credit card charge, as I’m sure you know, by saying on that your Amex is registered in Ukraine and not UK. I wouldn’t feel guilty about this, BA is still better off than if you book via Amex as no commission is paid!

  • Neil Spellings (@neilspellings) says:

    Are there any disadvantages to booking BA flights via Amex travel from a status/points perspective?

    Do Amex ask for your BAEC and OnBusiness numbers and pass these onto BA?

    • Raffles says:

      You can add these at under Manage My Booking. You will still earn full miles and OB points. It used to be that if you booked via a travel agent you couldn’t upgrade your flight with Avios, but since last June that has been amended. I don’t think there are any other restrictions.

      • Neil Spellings (@neilspellings) says:

        Thanks. I’ve just found that the Amex website doesn’t allow a different return city and departure city, forcing me to use their telephone booking service, which will mean I’ll miss out on the triple points!

        Please Amex, update your website to allow multi-city!

        • martindeutschn says:

          It doesn’t even seem to cope particularly well with LON – (destination) – LON journeys. I want to leave from LGW and return to LCY, but no dice. Unless I book two one-ways, which is just a faff.

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