One of the most interesting and least known features of the American Express Membership Rewards programme is the ability to transfer your points to another person, subject to a flat fee of £15.
There were many potential uses of this, but one of the best was being able to transfer your points to your partner in order to empty your account, allowing you to cancel your card.
I have written about this before. On Sunday, a Head for Points reader rang up to do it. He was allowed to, but was told that Amex is in the process of withdrawing the option.
Then, last night, another HFP reader emailed me to say that a friend of hers had tried to do it and was told that transfers between accounts had already been stopped.
Now, Amex telephone agents are often not 100% up to speed with what is happening. However, if you were planning to transfer your Membership Rewards points to someone else, you should try to do it now. A good agent may still be willing to do it for you, especially if you tell them that the Amex website is still offering this.
The webpage advertising this option is here (deleted as now dead). However, this is a very old page as you can see from the layout, and I’m not sure if you can even access it via the main Amex website (I find it via Google when I need it).
It would be a real shame if this option was biting the dust, as it was a good way for couples to churn cards on a regular basis whilst keeping their Membership Rewards collection intact.