As I originally wrote here, Amex offered 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points to anyone who took out an insurance policy from Admiral. They were presumably hoping that people would buy an expensive car insurance policy instead of a £2.14 weekend UK travel insurance policy, but that’s tough!
No bonus points had turned up. I was not surprised, though, as the transaction went through my statement as Rock Insurance Services – Admiral’s underwriter.
In theory, Amex has until 28th February to post the points. However, in general these things usually post quickly or not at all, so I felt it was worth chasing.
Yesterday morning, I fired off the following email via the Secure Messaging Centre:
Hi. In November 2012, you ran a promotion for card holders in conjunction with Admiral Insurance. This offered 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points for taking out an Admiral insurance policy.
On November 27th, I took out a travel policy with Admiral. This appears on my card statement dated 27th November under the heading of Rock Insurance Services Crawley, for £2.14.
It is now 2 months since I purchased the policy but I have not received the 1,500 bonus Membership Rewards points. Can you please add these to my account?
Early yesterday evening, I got a response saying that my complaint had been escalated.
And, a couple of hours later, I had my points!
If you are missing yours, you might want to fire off a similar note in the next few days.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 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:
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.
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 & four airport lounge passes Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
30,000 points and unbeatable 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.