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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? – April 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our April 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

If you have your own business, don’t miss our EXCLUSIVE offer on the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa card, worth 29,900 Avios. See below.

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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.

Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Disclaimer: Head for Points is a journalistic website. Nothing here should be construed as financial advice, and it is your own responsibility to ensure that any product is right for your circumstances. Recommendations are based primarily on the ability to earn miles and points and do not consider interest rates, service levels or any impact on your credit history.  By recommending credit cards on this site, I am – technically – acting as a credit broker.  Robert Burgess, trading as Head for Points, is regulated and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority to act as a credit broker.

Comments (53)

  • 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?

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