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.
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.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – September 2022 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:
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.