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1,000 quick FREE Amex Membership Rewards points for iPad / iPhone users

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American Express has teamed up with Venmo, a new secure online payments service which – with shades of Paypal – allows you to pay for transactions online without having to input your card details.

If you didn’t get the email from Amex, this is how it works:


You need to download one of the following apps from the App Store: YPlan, Hotel Tonight, livingsocial, Drivr, Bizzby

Open the app, log in (create an account if you don’t have one) and go to Settings

On the page where you store your credit card details, there will be a box marked ‘Send to Venmo’ which should be ticked if it is not automatically ticked

Add details of your Amex Platinum, Amex Gold or Amex Green and save

That’s it! You can then delete the app from your iPhone or iPad.

I tried it with YPlan and it worked fine – simply click the ‘equals sign’ logo in the bottom left to go to Settings and then go into the credit card pages.

What is not clear is if you can register supplementary cards as well. I have, just in case I get a double bonus.

You have until 14th November to register your card, so there is still time to do this if you were planning to apply for an Amex Gold (review) or Amex Plat (review) but have yet to do so. Think of it as an extra 1,000 points sign-up bonus!

Note that points can take 8 weeks to hit your Membership Rewards account.

This offer is not available for Android devices …. don’t ask my why.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – January 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

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 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

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

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% for 3 months if you apply by 31st March) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (53)

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  • AM says:

    Also, does anyone know how long it takes for the points to post? I need to cancel my gold card within the next 3 weeks as my free years is coming to an end

    • Rob says:

      Just for clarity, the Gold fee is refunded pro-rata if you cancel. If they do charge you £125, you can cancel a month later and get £115 or so back. Not, of course, that its worth doing that just for these 1,000 points.

      • Andy says:

        I cancelled my Gold card after 4 months and got nothing refunded.
        Does it actually say this in the T & C’s?

        • Rob says:

          Yes, they are on the website on the Amex Gold sign-up page, click View Important Information

          • Andy says:

            Ah, of course I was in the first year which was free anyway. It was my BA Amex that I never received a pro rata refund from. I assume that the same terms are attached to that?

          • Rob says:

            Yes, rules are on the Amex website. But the basic BA Amex would have been free anyway.

  • Andy says:

    Seems to work with sup cards as well!
    I have 2 pending transactions of £1 from Yplan. One for my wife’s account and one for me as I added my sup card number from a different device. Nice one, 2K MR’s for nothing

  • AJ says:

    Just added my Plat Amex.. I never get alerted by emails about these promotions even though I have signed up to their mailing list and alerts. I wonder why I don’t get informed?

  • Singing Dwarf says:

    Got my 1,000 points for emailing Amex 🙂

  • Me says:

    Sounds like…
    adding a supplementary card = 1000 MR bonus
    adding Y plan to main holder = 1000 MR bonus
    adding Y plan to suppl holer = 1000 MR bonus.

    That might be worth paying 1 month worth of annual fees for…

  • Flood says:

    Anyone had the 1000 points hit their account yet?

    • Rob says:

      Nothing here, although I would not expect these to post in a hurry to be honest

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