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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.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2021 update

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

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.

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

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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

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

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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Comments (3)

  • 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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