A message has appeared on the US American Express website saying that Sirius, the Jumeirah Hotels programme, will cease to be a Membership Rewards transfer partner on 31st July.
There is no similar message on the UK site at the moment. It is possible that this could just be a US move – Jumeirah lost control of its only US hotel, Essex House in New York, last year – but it would be rather odd.
If true, this would be another blow to the credibility of Membership Rewards, at least for hotel transfers:
Club Carlson is decent value as a transfer partner but they lack luxury properties
Hilton HHonors has lost a lot of its value in the recent devaluation
Starwood Preferred Guest is poor value for high-end redemptions and ironically is best used as a conduit to get Amex points into airline miles at a decent rate where Amex is not a direct partner (ie Miles & More)
There is also no mention on the Amex International Dollar Card / International Euro Card site about Jumeirah leaving those schemes.
Let’s see what develops. Amex and Jumeirah have historically had a close relationship, with Amex Centurion holders getting Gold status in the Jumeirah loyalty programme. Jumeirah has also run genuinely good exclusive promotions for Amex cardholders in the past. It would be a shame if all that went away.
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:
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.