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Amex Membership Rewards still offering 20% bonus on train ticket redemptions

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One of my favourite American Express Membership Rewards offers is East Coast Trains, oddly enough.

I just noticed that this ‘temporary’ special offer is still running, about a year after it started, so I wanted to highlight it again.

You can redeem your Membership Rewards points for East Coast Trains evouchers.  The standard redemption rate is 0.5p per point (based on £25 multiples).  However, Amex is offering a 20% bonus on all redemptions.

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With the 20% bonus, you are getting 0.6p per Membership Rewards points.  This isn’t fantastic, by any means, but a heck of a lot better than any of the other ‘pseudo cash’ redemptions, such as statement credit or buying travel through the Amex website.  It is also far better than all of the other gift card options.

What really makes this offer work well, though, is how it is constructed.

You receive your e-voucher INSTANTLY.  Click ‘Redeem’ on the Membership Reward website and up pops your voucher code.  You enter this into the East Coast website and you are instantly in credit and ready to buy train tickets.

The East Coast website sells tickets for ALL train companies, including Heathrow Express

East Coast charges no booking fees and no credit card fees.  There is a £1 postage charge, but you can avoid this by collecting your ticket from a ticket machine at the station.

Next time you find yourself having to book a train ticket, bear this in mind.  It only takes a couple of minutes to generate the e-voucher and you can instantly get your ticket booked.

Full details can be found on the Membership Rewards website here.


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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

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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.

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 (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (3)

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  • John says:

    Sadly nectar is still the only way to cash out “orphan” MR points

  • What's the Point says:

    OT – but related to Amex MR points. Both Mrs WTP and I got letters today from Amex saying that they had made some changes to the way they classify some merchants.

    In short, they didn’t pay the correct number of MR points on certain transactions. Neither of us have the Gold cards in question anymore, so they will be sending us a cheques for £6 and £11.

    What a totally ethical financial institution – I raise my glass to Amex!

  • Mark B says:

    The offer isn’t as good in Clubcard points terms as getting rail tickets via Red Spotted Hanky however that offer double the voucher as a credit e.g. a £12.50 voucher is worth £25 but cover going the same to avois would be 3,000 points only worth £18 at 0.6p with East Coast, that being said you have to wait for credits to post via RSH

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