Back in October, American Express offered Platinum cardholders 1,000 bonus Membership Reward points if they bought something from online luxury mens retailer Mr Porter. Gold members got a similar offer for 750 points.
Despite being exceptionally expensive in general, I did find a pair of socks on Mr Porter for £8 with free delivery. This seemed a bargain for 1,000 Membership Rewards points (worth 1,000 Avios for example) so I ordered a pair. As did a lot of Head for Points readers.
It was not clear when the 1,000 points were due to post. Unlike the recent travel promotion, the points were always due to post in arrears.
Someone told me that they had been informed they would arrive by the end of January. However, on Thursday I got bored of waiting and fired off this email to Amex via the Secure Messaging Centre on their website:
Hi. In October 2012 I received an email from Amex offering 1,000 bonus Membership Rewards points if I made a purchase from Mr Porter (mrporter.com).
As you can see from my account, on October 15th I made a purchase from Mr Porter for £8.
I have not yet received the 1,000 bonus Membership Rewards points for this transaction. Can you please add them to my account as soon as possible?
On Friday, I got the following response:
I sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused to you due to this glitch.
I confirm that I have credited the 1,000 reward points as per the offer with MR PORTER to your account. You can expect this credit to reflect online as well within 48-72 hours.
Please accept my sincere apologies for the inconvenience this delay may have caused to you.
We thank you for your valued custom.
and, indeed, the points were there.
I should say that a friend sent a similar complaint and did not get the 1,000 points added – he was told that his complaint had been sent off to someone else to investigate further. (EDIT: his points arrived on Saturday morning). However, if you are still missing your 1,000 points then I recommend spending a minute to fire off a message.
Next up will be chasing the points from the travel insurance and FX promotions, but I’ll give them a bit longer.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 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:
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points 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:
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
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.