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2,500 Membership Rewards points when you spend £250 at Amex Travel

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An interesting promotion has popped up on the American Express Travel website, for anyone who has an Amex card enrolled in the Membership Rewards programme.

Amex is offering 2,500 Membership Rewards points (worth 2,500 Avios amongst other things) if you spend £250 on flights, hotels (pre-paid) or car hire before 1st August.

The Amex travel home page is here – you should see the ad for this promotion on this page.

Amex Travel promotion

I am not sure if booking hotels via Amex Travel counts as a third-party booking or not and therefore takes away your chance of earning hotel points, stay credit and elite benefits.  It probably doesn’t, since Amex is not a rooms wholesaler like Expedia.  However, you may want to be careful here.

The best thing to book is probably a flight, since it will have no impact on the miles you will earn.

This is effectively a 10% rebate if you value Avios points at 1p and spend close to £250, so it is worth seeing if you can find a way to use it.

Comments (18)

  • Mike says:

    I just booked a BA flight (economy) through Amex travel to get this promotion. I tried to upgrade it on the BA website to plus, but it said that only the agent can do it (even though the website says that I can upgrade agent booked travel). The flight was the same price as on the BA website. Am I stuck with the class I bought?

    • Rob says:

      If you are trying to upgrade using Avios, you can only do it from Economy if you have bought a fully flexible fare. If you want to be offered a cheap cash upgrade, then you might have locked yourself out – my wife never gets offered these on all of her corporate agent-booked tickets.

      • Mike says:

        I rang amex and they could upgrade me for cash – it cost a bit more (~10%) than it would have to book through BA directly (including amex’s £20 ‘change fee’).